As of this writing, we still don’t know all the facts – not about the Dallas massacre, nor the Sterling and Castile shootings. As things now stand, with what I’ve been able to learn, I’m highly doubtful of the justification for the Sterling and Castile shootings (especially in the case of Castile – if he did have a CCW, then that strongly indicates a solid citizen who tries to stay out of trouble). I’ve little doubt that the person or persons responsible for the Dallas massacre were (a) likely mentally deranged and (b) at least partially incited in their insanity by the over-heated rhetoric on police and race we’ve seen this past couple years. But everything I believe about these cases is subject to change as new facts emerge. Never pre-judge these situations…and never arrive at a hard and fast conclusion you’re vigorously defending for at least some days after the incident. You may end looking foolish and, worse, you make get so invested in your Narrative that you actually take to spreading lies to defend your position.
I don’t know what went through your hearts and minds as the events unfolded, but I got a rather sick feeling – that our nation is poised on the edge of complete disaster.
We’ve discussed this a lot lately, and I haven’t modified my views on how we got here, nor on what needs to be done to fix it. We’ve got here because dishonest people have stirred up hatred in order to advance themselves in power and wealth. To get out of this our primary focus has to be on reducing the power of government because a powerful government is a government which will be prey to whomever shouts the loudest – whomever stirs up the most hatred. No one is out there rioting in favor of being left alone to live their lives as they see fit. Riots are started by people who want someone punished; someone to pay; by people who want to garner themselves some unearned wealth and power. Riots and all manner of gutter politics are the tools of those who want Big Government to do something – either to someone or some group or for someone or some group. Reduce the power of government and you immediately reduce the scope of action for gutter politics.
The only people who can reduce the power of government are Conservatives. And so to reduce the power of government, Conservatives must gain power. To do this, Conservatives are going to have to radically rethink how they approach issues and come up with solutions which appeal to the electorate as it is. We’ve talked about that a bit, as well – and there has been dispute over what precise actions we should take. And I’m ok with that – unlike Progressives, no Conservative will ever figure he or she has the exact right answer. But we do need to change how we do business, that is a certainty. We need to find a way to lead the charge for reform – for revolutionary reform which will restore limited government, the rule of law, public decency and a sense of moral responsibility.
Right now, a lot of usual suspects on the left and right are trying to make these terrible events into mere talking points – we can’t allow that to happen. People are dying; our nation’s future is at risk. We do have to speak firmly, but not in hatred or anger. We have to listen. We have to think. We have to be merciful. It is time for Conservatives to live up to their ideals, is what I’m trying to say. Whether or not we do so determines the fate of the nation.
I don’t know what went through your hearts and minds as the events unfolded, but I got a rather sick feeling – that our nation is poised on the edge of complete disaster.
That was pretty much my reaction as well. At least Obama should be happy. He’s finally going to get the race war that he and his cronies have been fomenting for 7-1/2 years. Maybe saner minds will still prevail — again, but I’m not holding my breath.
I don’t think they believe they are fomenting anything – once you dig down in to what is actually taught in Progressive circles, this all makes sense. We must betray our allies and buddy up to our enemies around the world because that is how we’ll repair all the hideous damage we have done since WWII. We must stir up the pot of hatred in the United States because that is the only way we’ll get AmeriKKKa to acknowledge her sins. On and on it goes like that – they really believe it, and believe it will be for the best.
Mark, I don’t agree that there is no “..fomenting anything…” A race war has been the clear goal of the Obama administration from its very beginning, and it is becoming more and more blatant as they get away with more and more glaring examples of setting blacks against whites.
“We must stir up the pot of hatred in the United States because that is the only way we’ll get AmeriKKKa to acknowledge her sins.” Certainly that is a nice side effect but as those “sins”, as far as black people in this country are concerned, are exclusively about how badly treated black people were and are in this country, it all comes back to race. If such a “sin” does not relate to how awful white people are, then it just doesn’t count.
At first I thought it was just a political ploy, to get a black man elected to the presidency. But since the first inauguration, it has been escalating, sometimes with the overt encouragement of the President, sometimes with a nudge nudge wink wink from the Oval Office via its law enforcement branches, sometimes with a blatant refusal to enforce the law. The result has been to validate existing hatred of whites from blacks, to initiate and feed black hatred of whites that did not exist before, and to make millions of white people see blacks not as people just like they are who happen to have darker skin but as crazed and hate-driven people who cannot be trusted.
If this alleged dialogue about race had ever been intended to bring submerged hatreds and resentments to the surface where they could be purged, it would be different. But the intent has clearly been to bring them to the surface where they can be nurtured.
This is, right now, the Obama legacy. If we are lucky it will be no worse than this, But I, and many many others agree, the true agenda has been an all-out race war.
I can’t imagine that is what they would want as they would so obviously lose such a thing – but Progressives do often show themselves impervious to facts and so they might think it is what they want. I don’t know.
You always have to look at what might be gained, and by whom.
First, in a black/white race war, blacks will lose. There is no doubt about that. Not only will those actively fighting be killed or wounded and imprisoned. black women and children will suffer, and the entire race will pay a steep price for generations to come. That is what would happen to black people if this were to develop into an actual race war. And by the way, many whites who love to see themselves as morally superior by “standing up for” black people, even when the issue is so cut and dried, so obvious, that they just look like fools, will jump at the chance to side with blacks, and they, too, will die.
So who would benefit, and how? Race baiters would benefit, as they profit from the anger and hatred and misery of others which is why they spend their lives stirring it up, feeding it and creating it if it doesn’t already exist.
In the short term, the American Left would benefit if a race war were to be used to justify martial law and suspension of the election. In the long run, the American Left benefits by anything that divides Americans. People who are angry, scared and/or hating are ripe for demagogues to step up and tell them what they want to hear—witness the astounding rise of Donald Trump.
And the old adage of “follow the money” would still hold true. This is why I would look at what would be gained by the International Left, if America were to be destabilized and rife with internal chaos and violence, and who might be paid handsomely to make it happen.
As for the black people themselves, the Left sees them as mere cannon fodder. They are a demographic which, for some reason, is easily led, and willing to suspend intellect for hatred. Sometime when you read a short article in one of the online sources, scroll down and read the comments. People are actually arguing that Sterling was shot and killed for selling CDs, and that the police have the belief that if someone has a criminal record it is OK to kill him. That kind of willing, carefully nurtured stupidity makes people useless except as tools, and as tools they will be used and thrown away.
“..if he did have a CCW, then that strongly indicates if he did have a CCW, then that strongly indicates a solid citizen who tries to stay out of trouble))..”
Possibly, but you do draw some conclusions here. To get a CCW, you just have to have not been convicted, and I am not sure if arrests without convictions would be a problem. Someone with a clean record can also be a criminal, who has just not got caught. So it is a conclusion that this person is “…if he did have a CCW, then that strongly indicates a solid citizen who tries to stay out of trouble)..” I am not saying he was not a solid citizen, or that he didn’t try to stay out of trouble, just pointing out that conclusions without backup information can lead people to all sorts of conclusions.
My late husband was tall, ruddy, with golden blond hair and bright blue eyes. So when we were in London a few blocks away from the route to be taken by the Queen and he taken aside for questioning because he fit the description of an IRA terrorist, he understood and was quite cooperative. If he had exhibited suspicious behavior, it would have been reasonable for more severe action to be taken. It is a more serious problem in the United States, regarding black people, but it is still kind of the same thing, After several dozen black males of a certain age have pulled guns on police officers when stopped for questioning, it is not surprising that police officers are a little more sensitive to abrupt movements by black males of a certain age after they have been stopped. The most serious, law-abiding, peaceful black man in America simply has to accept that his own brothers have created an environment in which he, though completely innocent, is going to be viewed through the lens established by others. And that means being careful around police officers.
I don’t know if Castile made any such movement, if he did anything to start the reaction that led to his death. I do not, however, believe that any policeman just shot him because he was black. Even if a cop does have homicidal racist tendencies, any policeman knows that shooting a black person is likely, in our environment of carefully nurtured racial hatred of black people toward all whites, particularly white police officers, he would be carefully if not brutally scrutinized, savaged by the press, put himself and his family at risk, and very likely be responsible for getting fellow officers killed. This is true even when the person who is shot was pointing a gun at the officer and making threats to kill him.
I am not denying that there is racial bias these days, probably more than ever in the history of this country. In the bad old days, it tended to be along the lines of white racists thinking black people were intellectually inferior, or some such thing. That was based on the observation of poor uneducated black slaves and then on newly freed slaves and their descendants who spoke differently and had different cultural backgrounds. As black people got more education, as they entered professions where they worked side by side with white people, as they assimilated into what might be called “white culture” those stereotypes faded, until for the most part we had become a colorblind society. People WERE judged by their character and not by the color of their skin. These days, bias is based on actual overt ACTIONS by millions of black people, who openly express their hatred of white people, who support movements like BLM which foments not just hatred but actual violence against whites, who justify pretty much any act of violence against white people as acceptable.
The only way for this kind of bias to go away is for black people to stop creating it in the first place. Until they do, until they take responsibility for how black people, particularly black men, are increasingly seen by whites, it is only going to get worse. When even Jesse Jackson admits that when he hears footsteps behind him on a dark street and turns to learn they are those of a white man he feels relieved, we know the problem is not just one of white people randomly and for no reason “hating” black people.
If Castile was an innocent victim of this bias, that is sad, but I place the blame not on trigger-happy cops but on a newly evolving black culture which tells white people, particularly white cops, that they are hated and that black people want to kill them. I consider defensiveness, and even super-defensiveness, to be quite understandable and even prudent in the atmosphere created wholly by black racists.
There’s been a lot of new info about Castile – first off, no confirmation of the CCW. Officials says it is private – which I can’t judge as I have no idea, but I’d have thought that a CCW was as much a public record as a driver’s license. Anyone who has a CCW can advise. Second, he wasn’t pulled over for a busted tail light – the police recording of the officer demonstrates that he thought he was approaching a possible suspect in an armed robbery (which also shows why he might have been more quick on the draw than he would have been if it were a normal traffic stop). Third, I understand the officer who fired was Latino and if that is the case, it rather knocks down the whole racial aspect of the incident. Fourth, the police didn’t just let Castile bleed out but, instead, tried to render first aid.
Now, none of that makes the shooting justified – that will take a lot of police investigative work and ballistics and forensics will be key to making a final judgement. But it does show that, for the most part, we can ignore initial reports in these cases – they are always incomplete and very often flat wrong.
I have gone through the certification process for a Concealed Carry permit but haven’t finished the paperwork yet for the application. I do know that in Colorado, anyway, you have to go through a class, and much of mine was on CC laws and how to deal with being approached by a law enforcement officer if you are carrying or have a weapon in your car. I don’t know what Castile was alleged to have done to alarm the officer in question, but I doubt that he kept his hands visible and on the wheel of the car and reacted calmly and respectfully. A bad attitude followed by a quick motion is going to get a cop’s attention.
An intelligent black man will get up in the morning and say to himself, in one way or another, “Because so many black men have been killing cops of all races, I just have to accept the fact that if I am approached by a cop he or she is likely to be more sensitive to anything I do. It might not be fair, it might tick me off, but that’s just the way it is.” And he will keep that in mind if he has any kind of interaction with any law enforcement officer.
The reason we don’t know much about the Sterling shooting is that the Complicit Agenda Media are not telling us the whole story.
I don’t think black “protesters” CARE that Sterling was not “shot for selling CDs” but was shot for resisting arrest after being called to the scene for threatening a homeless man with a gun. Watching the coverage of the hysteria and hearing the utter stupidity of the comments made, I think these people are truly stupid, deeply and profoundly stupid, and therefore easily led by demagogues who count on that stupidity when they feed them lies and engage in their rabble rousing.
Sterling was a vile human being, a violent predator who had routinely broken the law and injured other people, who was a sex offender, and was known to law enforcement for his criminal history and carrying of illegal weapons as well as for resisting arrest.
In my mind, people who defend him are validating his behavior, saying they don’t care what he has done, who he has hurt, or who he might have hurt in the future. They are saying that law enforcement should have ignored him and let him continue on his path of violence and predation.
Of course, if the man he threatened, who called the police to report that Sterling was armed and had threatened to kill him for asking for spare change, had been a black man who was then killed by Sterling, because the police reaction was “Sorry, but we don’t have anyone here, black or white, who is willing to be passive while a black criminal shoots him or her, so we don’t respond to calls like this”, there would be outrage and more protests.
In Denver, there is an area called Five Points, which was historically the black ghetto of Denver. There were shrieks of outrage because white policemen were arresting black criminals in what was well known as the highest-crime area in Denver. So the police force backed off a little. Then there were equally shrill bleats of outrage because “the cops don’t care about black folks and won’t even protect them”. So the DPD did a major outreach to the “black community” and actively recruited black cops, to help police Five Points. Then the squeals of outrage were that “the police are racist pigs, turning black people against their own”.
I used to spend time in Five Points with musician friends of mine. One night we were playing pool in a basement room of a bar when there was shooting upstairs. A man had been kicked out and had come back with a gun and shot the bartender. My white boyfriend and I were among the four or five who stayed to help the bartender. When I asked if anyone had called an ambulance, I was told “the ambulances don’t come here”. I found out later that this was not because of racism, because the medics just didn’t care if black people lived or died, it was because sometimes black people would shoot at EMTs who responded to emergency calls. That was a real “DUH” moment for me.