A single mother who cares for her three young children and her elderly mother is shot point blank as she sits in her car.
The woman — to satisfy a-Bob, Baldy, and their fellow wallowers in the politics of identity — is black and hispanic.
I would say for no reason was she killed but there is a reason. It’s not robbery or a drug deal gone bad. The reason is she was wearing a blue uniform, the uniform of the New York city police department. Which is also the reason that the Black Lives Matter cynics have remained silent, if they’re not silently rejoicing.
“Where are the demonstrations?” asked NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill at her funeral. The divine Peggy Noonan elaborates:
Unnamed but a clear focus of Mr. O’Neill’s remarks was the radicalism and rage of the Black Lives Matter movement, coupled with a national media too often willing to paint the police, in any given incident, as guilty until proven innocent. This sets a mood that both excites and inspires the unsteady and unstable.
Dateline: the No Man’s Land of Chicago
A neighborhood activist, age 58, trying to quell the gang banging and offering hope and jobs — is shot dead on the streets of Chicago. Now that is bad to the bone. Kill the good guy because he is doing good. Depraved.
“People are so cold-hearted. How could you take somebody’s life? He helped everybody. I just don’t understand,” Patricia Carter, the victim’s niece, said. (Read & Weep)
Police are NOT targeting and killing black men
“With a few notable exceptions, violent criminal attacks are the best predictor of whom police might shoot in America.
“In 74 percent of all fatal police shootings, the individuals had already fired shots, brandished a gun or attacked a person with a weapon or their bare hands,” the [Washington Post] reported in 2015. “Another 16 percent of the shootings came after incidents that did not involve firearms or active attacks but featured other potentially dangerous threats,” National Review reports.
The perfect is the enemy of the good
I have no patience for my Trump uber alles friends who pillory Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell as “traitors.” (Lookin’ at you Shameful Hannity and Loo-ser Dobbs.)
Republicans are too independent-minded, sometimes, for their own good. Democrats, by contrast, have that union mentality. They fall into line. As Fred Barnes writes: “Politics is a team sport.”
You don’t abandon your team just because you don’t get everything you want. … You hold your nose and vote for an imperfect measure. … But too many Republicans aren’t comfortable as team players. To them, it’s shady and unprincipled to vote for something about which you have serious doubts.
Same dynamic at work in the Wisconsin legislature, especially over highways. A former Dane County Republican chairman described it as “herding cats.”
Blaska Policy Werkes Rule #256: In a legislature of 100, it doesn’t matter what you think. It matters what 51 think. (Profundity, thy name is Blaska!)
Clueless in Michigan
An assistant professor of history at the University of Michigan prescribes the cure for what ails the Democrat(ic) party, via Sunday’s New York Times:
The Democratic Party must reaffirms its commitment to economic and social justice, even as it seeks to speak to the needs and interests of rural citizens, the struggling lower middle class, the laboring poor, etc. …
It was the “et cetera” that got me. The same old Marxist taxonomy. Add your own “people of color,” et cetera. Same old identity politics.
Now let’s parse the Lefty buzz words (“dog whistles,” if you will) “economic and social justice” — polite words for socialism. This verbiage is curiously bridged by: “even as it seeks to speak to the needs …” of the afore-mentioned list of subgroups — the class, order, family, genus, and species of that phylum known to most of us as “Americans.”
“Even as it speaks” acknowledges, however implicitly, the antagonism between the cause — the socialism of “economic and social justice” — and the audience: Americans sliced into ever-thinner lab specimens.
Platinum Subscriber bonus effluvia — The Squire was never Trump but elated that Hillary lost. If that is not equivocating, nothing is. But I gotta say, if Kim Jong-un himself dropped a dime to say he’s got dirt on my election opponent, I’m listening. And what is this about canoodling with an “enemy?” The Cold War is over. Vlad Putin is a cold-hearted sonofabitch but so was Harry Reid.