Our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances
are hearing dog whistles
Give ’em a bag of Purina!
Is turnabout fair play? Is tit for tat legit?
Not when you are criticizing Donald Trump. You’re supposed to have a clear shot at the President in a carnival arcade without taking return fire.
Trump is a “Russian asset.” An illegitimate President. He pees on women. He’s racist. Kidnapped the Electoral College. Cheats at golf.
Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore can accuse Trumps Border Patrol agents of “child abuse.” Heaven forfend if Trump responds. Which, of course, he did — with both barrels.
Conditions “in his Baltimore district are far worse and more dangerous … a disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess. Maybe if he spent more time in Baltimore …,” Trump tweeted.
Why is so much money sent to the Elijah Cummings district when it is considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States. No human being would want to live there. Where is all this money going? How much is stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately!
Immediately, the liberal news media played the race card for two essential reasons:
- Rep. Cummings is African-American and
- Trump criticized him.
Rather than address the issue
ABC News pontificated:
The president employed language similar to what he has used before to describe political opponents of color and majority black areas. Cummings represents Maryland’s seventh congressional district, which encompasses parts of Baltimore and the surrounding area. He is black, as are 53% of his constituents, according to census data.
The Baltimore Sun editorialized: Mr. Trump sees attacking African American members of Congress as good politics, as it … warms the cockles of the white supremacists who love him.
A Baltimore Sun columnist professed that “People who refuse to see or hear Trump’s racism in attack on Baltimore are beyond reach.”
So, yeah, Baltimore has had a long spell of violent crime, and we are per capita one of the most violent cities in the country. It has been a miserable fact of life here for a long time, the last four years particularly. And yes, we have rats and we have trash.
But we do not need the president of the United States to rub it all in our faces, especially a president of a political party that has done as little as possible over the last half-century to relieve us of these problems.
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“The last half-century”?
“As little as possible?”
Blaska Policy Werkes asks: When are American cities (and states, for that matter) going to take some measure of responsibility for their own governance?
Democrats have been governor of Maryland for all but 9 of the last 50 years, including the esteemed Martin O’Malley, primary challenger for U.S. President in 2016 .
Speaking of mayors of Baltimore (which O’Malley was between 1999-2007), Democrats have run city hall for all of that time. All 50 years.
Five of the last six mayors have been African-American, including (until this May) Catherine Pugh, who resigned in disgrace after her home and her city hall offices were raided by the FBI and the IRS. There’s corruption for you.
Democrat(ic) presidents Clinton and Obama served 16 of the last 26 years. Taxpayers in flyover states have been pumping federal money into Baltimore ever since the Great Society. Tell us when it starts working.
Physician, heal thyself
It’s not just Trump. A few years ago, Bernie Sanders described Baltimore as “Third World country” and “a disgrace.”
The Washington Post ran this story six years ago “Oh, rats. There’s one aspect of Baltimore she can’t get used to.”
The good people at Orkin list Baltimore as the ninth-most rat-infested city in America. (After #1 Chicago, followed by Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, and San Francisco. Milwaukee is 21st.
More ominously, Baltimore is the runner-up as the murder capital of America.
Homicides/100,000 population 2017 cities over 250,000 population (according to this source):
1. St. Louis 69.6
2. Baltimore 55.9
3. Birmingham 45.1
4. New Orleans 44.3
5. Baton Rouge 39.5
6. Detroit 38.8
11. Chicago 24.7
14. Milwaukee 20.2
21. Washington D.C. 16.6
62. Los Angeles 7.0
74. Madison 4.3
79. New York City 3.4
⇒ Baltimore named nation’s most dangerous city by USA Today.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has shown that the race card will be played face-up whenever a racial minority is criticized. But we’ll leave it to James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal:
“The thing we adore about these dog-whistle kerfuffles is that the people who react to the whistle always assume it’s intended for somebody else,” he wrote. “The whole point of the metaphor is that if you can hear the whistle, you’re the dog.”