Published: Thursday, Aug. 21 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
All the beautiful thoughts and daily prayers didn't stop Utah from
overwhelmingly voting for George Bush and Dick Cheney...twice...deep sighs....I
think your idea about "one generation from world-peace" is not
likely.Also, don't paint with such a broad brush when you know
very little about the people and communities you refer to.Peace does start
at home for sure.
Many people are just looking for an excuse to steal and destroy.
"If this community wants to change their image with police officers, they
need to act differently and make changes from what has been expected."Over 90% of those arrested for violent behavior (looting, etc.) are not
residents of Ferguson. Of course the MSM has not highlighted this fact
otherwise it might hurt their nightly ratings. But people seeking the truth
will find this evidence. There is overwhelming evidence of a long history of
police harassment in Ferguson and even more evidence that Michael Brown was shot
while attempting to surrender and so just who is it that needs to "act
differently"?"When Children learn how to get along with
others and learn that it is way more profitable to make one's self
better...all this violence and hate in the world will stop"It's a two way street. Both sides need to learn that lesson. The vast,
vast majority of Ferguson's residents are simply exercising their rights of
free speech, in a peaceful way. But that becomes difficult in the midst of fire
hoses and tear gas..
The damage done to the Ferguson boy was "irreparable", wasn't
it?This is about police killing unarmed black kids with impunity and
getting away with it.
Actually, most of the violence was committed by people from outside Ferguson.
Every morning, we see young men with brooms and shovels cleaning up. There have
been many positive actions, including a voter registration drive. Good can come
from this tragedy.
Maverick is absolutely correct. This incident has moved beyond any thoughtful
discussion of racism, and has turned into outright anarchy. Let me
give a directly applicable analogy here. Abraham Lincoln famously stated
"Whenever the vicious portion of the population shall be permitted to gather
in bands of hundreds and thousands, and burn churches, ravage and rob provision
stores, throw printing presses into rivers, shoot editors, and hang and burn
obnoxious persons at pleasure, and with impunity; depend on it, this government
cannot last."That is exactly what is happening in Ferguson. The
general population is completely out of control, and the very government is
nearing a point of helplessness. Something must be done immediately to restore
Maybe the police should start by de-escalating the situation rather than
escalating it. Perhaps aiming your guns everywhere you go isn't good for
calming people down. Maybe martial law makes people more mad. What if it was
Two points. First, perhaps the problem is with the police, at least in large
part. Second, perhaps racism is still a serious problem and some, like the
letter writer, do not have a full appreciation of the issue of race in America.
From an AP news story, '"Riots erupt when all other options have been
closed," said Cathy Schneider, an American University professor who studies
race riots. "When people really feel vulnerable in the face of police
violence and local authorities are totally impervious to community
demands."'Ferguson is 67 percent black; the mayor, city
council, school board and police force are almost all white.'Yes, there are a lot of people from all over the US who are upset when young,
unarmed black men are killed by police. Yes, many of those people are
converging in Ferguson and protesting this latest death. But, as the White
Stripes song says, you can't take the effect and make it cause. The police
aren't behaving badly because these riots are occurring - the riots are
occurring because the police are behaving badly. Victims not
fighting back is not peace.
If Democrats are going to "quote" Republicans, the least they can do is
let the Republican speak for himself - instead of using Saul Alinsky tactics.The full quote was: "Mr. Wills told the right-wing website
Breitbart: “If that’s not fanning the political flames, I
don’t know what is. I think it’s not only disgusting but completely
inappropriate.”Eye witness accounts tell an entirely different
story than the media has reported. Agitators, i.e., community organizers came
from all over America to "participate" in the rioting and to make
certain that civil unrest continued until their leader got what he wanted.How many "riots" will we have in America before the next
election? How many lawbreakers will those "community organizers" USE to
get out the vote?Well, it works both ways. 100% of eligible voters
should be registered in every part of America. Those who want to take this
Country back from agitators need to vote their conscience. It's time to
tell a President who uses his office to divide America that we are done with his
rhetoric and his tactics.By all means, vote!
The resurgence of racial hatred in America makes one think that it never really
went away. Despite all the progress we have made in giving equal opportunity to
all races, it seems to be coming back with a vengeance. I think it
is mainly due to the hate campaigns of conservative media in their efforts to
make President Obama fail.
I agree with The Real Maverick. " Many people are just looking for an
excuse to steal and destroy".I fault those who would take the
statement to only be referring to ordinary people who take every opportunity to
get ahead. The real conglomeration of people seeking to steal,
cheat, impose and even destroy are those who manipulate our government to their
private desires. It is likely that they have stolen more from people than all
the looters and stealers of public demonstrations in the history of America.
Obama needs no help from Republics to show that he is failing. What America
needs is a media that reports accurately the facts instead of reporting what
Obama wants to see on the news or read in the papers.Where are the
news reports that tell us who those community organizers are that just happened
to show up in Ferguson? Why were they there? Who paid their way? Who gave
them instructions? Why were they not arrested for inciting riots?This Country is more divided now than it was in 2008 simply because Obama
preaches class warfare. He constantly tells us that some "rich guy"
owes the rest of us. He shows that he believes that by spending his time
vacationing and playing golf. Where is the outrage about a President who shirks
his duty? What would have happened in Ferguson if the community
organizers had stayed away? We'll never know, but it's time to start
prosecuting anyone who incites a riot, no matter whose payroll they're on.
Mike RichardsSouth Jordan, UtahI recall you said the reason
you have guns [2nd amendment] is to protect youself against a tyranical
government.Isn't that what the people shooting at police in
Ferguson doing?They see the Police [Government] as a bully and a
"mainly due to the hate campaigns of conservative media " Ok ultra,
chapter and verse, you can't make a blood libel kind of statement and not
show text. Obama's failure has nothing to do with race, politics maybe,
but not race. I have never seen or heard a conservative commentator
tell us race is the reason they oppose Obama, but I hear everyday liberal
commentators tell us the reason he fails is because of racial hate. Who then is
the racist? The liberal left saying he is failing because he is black and race
is at the bottom of all the policies, or conservatives who do not like his
policies because they are wrong? When America learns to judge
people for the content of their heart, and not the color of their skin, then
will the our nation grow. It can start by defending Obama's
policies, not the color of his skin.
The LA riots were much worse than this in terms of damage. A little premature to
talk about irrepairable damage.
You are right Irony guy the Republican party labeling the voter registration
drive in Ferguson disgusting is a party failure. In fact The Republican party
has failed miserably in this area. They should be there in mass helping voters
register, and teaching the new voters how to vote, and what they can do to
insure their votes are accurate and counted. How they can prevent voter fraud
from any political group. Teach them the importance of an honest vote.
As usual Open Minded Mormon is using Saul Alinky's model to twist the words
of others. If Open Minded Mormon wants to use his own gun to overthrow the
government, then let him say so. Twisting words, misrepresenting
others, oblique attacks are all found in the "community organizer,Saul
Alingsky's book, "Rules for Radicals". If you read that book,
you'll see that some posters use the methods found in that book.
What's worse is that leadership in Washington also closely follows the
teaching of that book. The "community organizers" sent to Ferguson
closely followed the teachings of that book.It's time in
America for those of us who believe in the Constitution to stand up for its
principles of PEACEFUL assembly, of free speech against the government's
misuse of authority, and to speak out against those who twist words to suit
their own purposes.The good people of Ferguson were USED and their
city sullied by community organizers.
Ranch said:"This is about police killing unarmed black kids with
impunity and getting away with it."=====So Ranch,
Police in this nation are "killing unarmed black kids with impunity..."?
Please enlighten all of us and provide specific examples of this epidemic that
we keep hearing you folks on the Left wring your hands about.Blacks
make up 13% of the US population (39,000,000). Please provide us:*
Names of the Black Victims* Names of White Law Enforcement Officers*
Specific injustice committed by white cops against black persons* Location
of injustice (State/city)* News stories related to eventAgain,
it should be very easy to provide example after example of these injustices you
folks on the left say is common place in the USA. BTW, as the facts
continue to come out, looks Like Michael Brown did indeed assault this officer
and did inflict bodily damage on his person (major damage to his eye socket).
Also looks like the witnesses were lying, as confirmed by the autopsy
reports.We're breathlessly waiting for your examples???
And the myth continues "This is about police killing unarmed black kids with
impunity and getting away with it." Is this an everyday occurrence, what
about and how often do police kill unarmed white kids with impunity and getting
away with it. How many whites, blacks, Hispanic, and other races. What are the
rates. How about the fact of black on black crime how many innocent little
children died in Chicago, Detroit, Philly, and on and on, with impunity and
getting away with it. The popular narrative is falling apart in
Ferguson, an officer had his face bashed in by as Travons witness said a good
(censored), by an individual who just robbed a convenience store, and was now
charging directly at him. Given the officers face is smashed, and probably
cannot see clearly, and someone is charging at him, I think I would fire also.
Mind you he is trained to shoot to kill. Their is no innocence in this case,
this is not a white on black crime. It is an officer against a thug, their is no
race in this.
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