Yesterday Donald Trump continued his outreach to black and inner city voters by speaking at Great Faith Ministries in Detroit’s Barton-McFarland neighborhood. Even on the Motor City’s low standards this is an especially depressed part of the city, three years ago the area just east of Barton-McFarland was named the most dangerous neighborhood in the United States.
Rather than focusing on over fifty years of Democratic failure in the Motor City–Detroit has not had a Republican mayor since 1963, Trump uncharacteristically took a modest tone at Great Faith.
“But today I just want to let you know that I am here to listen to you, and I’ve been doing that and we had a fantastic interview with Bishop [Wayne T.] Jackson.” Trump said from the pulpit. “It was really an amazing interview. He’s better than the people who do that professionally. It’s true, it’s true. He’s better.”
“Our nation is divided. We talk past each other and not to each other.” Trump continued. “And those who seek office do not do enough to step into the community and learn what is going on. They don’t know — they have no clue. I’m here today to learn, so that we can together remedy injustice in any form, and so that we can also remedy economics so that the African-American community can benefit economically through jobs and income and so many other different ways.”
When is the last time Hillary Clinton, in one of her increasingly infrequently public campaign appearances, said she was there to learn?
Trump decried the sidelining so many African America youths with “unfulfilled potential…tremendous potential,” adding, “Our whole country loses out when we’re unable to harness the brilliance and the energy of these folks.”
Donald Trump will not win a majority of the black vote in 2016. He won’t even come close. But unlike recent Republican nominees, the political newcomer is campaigning outside of his party’s comfort zone. As a political newcomer, Trump doesn’t reflexively subdivide Americans into different voting blocs. There is too much this-is-a-black-problem-in-the-ghetto type of thinking in this country. What’s wrong in the inner city is an American problem.
This morning on Fox News Donald Trump spokesman Ben Carson said, “If we are going to make America great we cannot have large pockets of dysfunction.”
Carson was responding to questions about the latest mainstream media tantrum about the Republican nominee Tweeting about Friday the murder of Nykea Aldridge in a violent Chicago neighborhood, the cousin of Chicago Bulls player and longtime all-star Dwayne Wade, where he indelicately predicted a groundswell of support for his campaign.
But as I remarked in this space a month ago, Trump is the first Republican presidential nominee in memory to make a concerted effort to appeal to black voters and he correctly points out that the Democratic Party, whom African Americans have reflexively voted for en masse since the 1930s, is failing inner city blacks. A few days before Aldridge murder Trump was offered this statement by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, “Did you know that murders in Chicago are up 50 percent this year from last year? And they can’t solve it.”
The political newcomer replied, likely correctly, that the wrong people are in charge in Chicago and based on a conservation that the political newcomer had with an unnamed senior Chicago police officer, that violence in America’s third largest city could end in a week. Okay, that’s a major piece of hyperbole, there will always be some violence everywhere. What police department is able to prevent an angry person who hits a spouse over the head with a frying pan during an argument in their kitchen? On the other hand, a noticeable drop in Chicago violence of course is a possible, and of course, a desirable goal.
Detroit hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1963. Chicago hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1933. Both are dominated by “large pockets of dysfunction.” Some Chicago politicians have a cozy relationship with street gang leaders.
It took a Republican, Rudy Giuliani, to turn around New York City, which was believed to be ungovernable prior to his two terms as mayor.
The mainstream media, which of course is no fan of the Republican Party and its nominee Donald Trump, in what must have been an act of collusion, almost immediately dismissed what I thought was an A- acceptance address as a “dark speech.”
Oh, why just an A- from me? I thought Trump’s speech as a bit long, and that he should have used the safety part of the speech at 11:00PM Eastern/10:00PM Central when non-politicized viewers, many of whom only vote in presidential year elections, would be tuning in searching for the local evening news.
Trump did something in last week’s speech that the MSM, and many Republicans, including this one, have been calling on the GOP to do for decades: make an appeal to urban voters.
Democrats run nearly all of America’s largest cities. Some, such as Detroit and Chicago, haven’t had Republican mayors in the lifetimes of most of the people reading this post. However, the turnaround of one city, New York, was achieved only because of the doggedness of one determined man, Republican Rudy Giuliani, who was the mayor of America’s largest city from 1994-2001. NYC was viewed as ungovernable prior to the arrival of the “Mayor of America” at Gracie Mansion.
Maybe only New Yorkers understand. Manhattanite Trump does.
From his acceptance speech:
This administration has failed America’s inner cities. It’s failed them on education. It’s failed them on jobs. It’s failed them on crime. It’s failed them at every level.
When I am president, I will work to ensure that all of our kids are treated equally, and protected equally.
Every action I take, I will ask myself: does this make life better for young Americans in Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Ferguson who have as much of a right to live out their dreams as any other child America?
Rand Paul, who like his father is generally the Republican that leftist media know-it-alls hate the least, received wide-spread praise for making a campaign stop on Chicago’s South Side last year. But such plaudits were easy because Paul was not the Republican nominee and Trump is. It’s circle-the-wagons time for the dishonest media, because the general election is now only a few months away.
Despite Trump’s reach-out to urban voters, he will not win a majority of the black vote. He won’t receive even fifteen percent of it. Trump will not win Illinois or Maryland’s electoral votes. But Trump spoke like a leader, not a candidate, as he accepted the Republican nomination for president.
The GOP political newcomer may be able to peel off enough black votes to become the first Republican presidential candidate to win Michigan since 1988.
I believe, maybe it’s just a hope of mine, that a majority of Americans are looking for a leader, not a partisan hack to steer us through troubled times.
As for the cities, we’ve tried it the Democratic Party way for over fifty years. Detroit is an urban ruin. Chicago and Baltimore are headed that way.
Trump wants to heal the rot.
And Trump, yes, really wants to Make America Great Again. All of it.
John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit. He regularly ventures into inner-city Chicago for blogging material and has traveled to Detroit.
Murders in B’more began their surge after the riots this spring in response to the death in police custody of Freddie Gray in which the city’s hapless mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake all but offered “space to destroy” to the thugs.
Six police officers were indicted for the Gray death, their trial ended with a hung jury. [See correction below.] By all accounts Baltimore’s cops are pushing a little less forcefully as they go about their dangerous job. That and the looting of drugs from Baltimore pharmacies during the riots have unleashed an unprecedented killing spree. Yes, Baltimore had 353 murders in 1993 but 100,000 more people lived there then.
Most of the murder victims have been black, but the Black Lives Matters movement is more interested in protesting the police than bringing attention to the slaughter of African Americans by, yes, other African Americans.
There is no reason to believe that 2016 will be dramatically less violent than this year. Interestingly, there is a mayoral race next autumn in Baltimore. Rawlings-Blake will not be running for reelection, the early favorite to replace her is her predecessor, Sheila Dixon. As part of her plea deal involving her theft of gift cards meant for poor people, Dixon resigned her office. Sure, early polls nearly always favor those with high name recognition, but her popularity is still troubling. Can a convicted criminal be the savior of Baltimore?
It is said in a democracy that voters get the government they deserve.
Correction: The mistrial was for only one of those accused Baltimore cops. Thanks to commenter Holding My Nose for pointing this out.
The “society is to blame” argument is something I’ve seen a lot lately to defend or explain all kinds of crime and violence in the black community online , in print and on camera and a lot of people are buying it.
There is just one problem with the “systems of oppression” argument. It’s a matter of history
After 1866 Black Americans in the south had to worry about the Klan, while in the North they were competing for jobs made scare by the end of the civil war.
After re-construction Black Americans had to deal with Jim Crow laws.
During the Wilson years Black Americans had to deal with the return of the Klan sparked by the first real blockbuster movie in America, Birth of a Nation.
During the 30’s Black Americans had to deal with Jim Crow AND the Great Depression
During the 40’s Black Americans had to deal with discrimination in the armed forces
During the 50’s they had to deal with renewed violence and massive resistance
and even up all the way to 1964 you can see Black Americans oppressed under the law.
During most of those years, there was no kind of government social safety net, no liability laws against employers and almost no chance of legal relief for actual oppression short of murder.
Yet in all that time you don’t see anything like the level of violence crime in the black community that you see today, you don’t see the black on black violence, nor the mob violence that we all saw in Ferguson and Baltimore live or that has not been reported because the MSM has not considered it newsworthy.
So to all of those who are making the “oppression” argument in Cleveland, in Baltimore, in Ferguson and elsewhere, I have a question for you:
If the criminal actions of Black Youth today are simply a reaction to oppression then why was this crime not the norm during the 100 year period from 1866 to 1965 during a time when guns laws were practically non existent, there was no social safety net and the oppression of Black Americans was backed by law rather than in violation of it?
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Tora Tora Tora 1970
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
Yesterday while most of the country was watching Baltimore the Supreme Court heard arguments to decide if the definition of marriage that had endured throughout human history was to be tossed out and redefined in a way that not only the founding fathers but most americans of a mere generation ago, would not have imagined.
Given that gay marriage only became legal in American in 2004 by a 4-3 vote in the most liberal state Supreme Court in the land (Massachusetts) and the unwillingness of Governor Mitt Romney to push back in the slightest against this idiocy, the fact that the Supreme Court is expected to uphold the narcissistic idea that marrying within one’s own sex is a basic constitutional right is nothing short of remarkable (constant cheerleading by the entertainment/media complex not withstanding).
What’s even more remarkable in my eyes however is that events in Baltimore that have caused many eyes that would normally be on the court to be elsewhere have given the justices who will be ruling on gay marriage a look at the future they are preparing to create.
The riots give the answer to the question: What do you get when you have a culture when the presence of both a father and mother is considered unimportant in the rearing of children? The experience of the Black family over the last five decades answers this question.
Consider: At the same time that civil rights laws were freeing black Americans from centuries of legal restraints by narcissists redefining marriage (sound familiar) and humanity itself to suit their cultural desires, an event that should have been the prelude for black America to jump into a golden age, two other forces from liberal America, one cultural & one political, arose that would have a catastrophic effect on the black family which had so nobly fought for the rights that were finally being acknowledged.
First came the sexual revolution that not only shattered the concept of sex within marriage as the proper moral norm but brought with it the contraceptive culture giving the illusion of divorcing sex from children (with abortion as the final card to play in an emergency).
Nearly simultaneously came the Great Society which among other things gave the poor, in the form of government cash assistance, an incentive to abandon the family unit for single motherhood without a husband and father in the house.
This combination of incentives coming at this time of transition for the black family was the key ingredient in its destruction. Single parent households, abortion and absent fathers increased while marriage decreased.
The result, two generations later the norm within the black community is now the absence of an intact family with a father & mother present in the home and the further absence of a grandfather to reinforce fatherly values if accident or circumstance causes the fathers loss.
Normally the disastrous results of this, while apparent daily in the black community is invisible to society as a whole (with the exception of judges, police and social workers) but the crisis in Baltimore is giving the general population and the world a vivid view of this new cultural paradigm. And the best illustration of this view came from an angry mother of a rioting son.
Why was there only one mother of a rioter taking action? Where were the rest of the mothers & fathers?
Every single one of those rioters had a mother, yet we only saw one taking actions. Every single one of those rioters had a father, yet we didn’t see a single image of a father pulling a rioter of the street.
I submit and suggest that if black America had that same ratio of intact families with fathers and mothers in the home today as it did in the mid 50’s the number of teens rioting would have been tiny as their concern over the reaction of an angry father would have overridden the peer pressure to raid a mall, set fires or destroy & loot stores.
I further suggest that events in Baltimore vividly illustrate what happens to a culture when you have generations of people who do not have the traditional nuclear family to reinforce values, when the value of a male and female role models is discounted and when society or a subset of it rejects it as the desired norm.
Now in the end the final responsibility for the actions of the rioters, the inaction of their parents, and their failure to said parents to imbue either the values or the fear that would preclude violent acts by their progeny, lies with them.
But while theirs is the responsibility for succumb to the perverse liberal social & financial incentives society as a whole are paying the price allow with them for that choice.
It’s ironic the Supreme Court is deciding whether to allow states the choice of redefining marriage and absorbing the cultural costs that it will entail to children who will not have a father or mother or COMPEL the entire nation to follow the social paradigm of single sex parenting at the same time when while the entire nation and world are seeing the results of this cultural meme.
The justices and the people have a front role seat to the vivid warning provided by Baltimore of the results of such a decision
It’s a lesson I hope the Supreme Court pays heed to.
Let me close with this thought:
While cultures, technology, tastes as to what is socially acceptable might change (for example a century ago the elites of our land were big into the idea of eugenics until a fellow with a Charlie Chaplin mustache took the idea to its logical conclusion with horrifying results) they don’t trump the realities of human nature and the reality is this:
When you create a culture that disregards the vital and unique role of the intact father & mother to raising of children and instead provide incentives, both legally and culturally, to promote alternatives as equal and as healthy for the sake of a groups self-esteem you are sowing the seeds of disaster that will bear fruit within the lifetimes of those foolishly promoting the exercise in narcissism that is gay marriage.
This summer a wonderful story emerged from the South Side of Chicago, a part of the city which has gained international infamy for violence. The story was almost perfect. The Little League team from Jackie Robinson West Park, consisting entirely of African-Americans, became the Little League champions of the United States. They were runner-ups in the Little League World Series, falling to a South Korean team.
Baseball’s popularity among young blacks has been slipping since the 1970s. After a peak of 19 percent in 1986, the percentage of African-Americans playing Major League Baseball has dropped to 8 percent. The decline of organized inner-city youth baseball is certainly a factor in this athletic demographic shift.
Oh, one of the players for JRW, 12 year-old Jaheim Benton, was homeless. But after the Little League World Series, a donor gave his family a rent-free home for a year. The city held a victory parade for the team followed by a rally where Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Pat Quinn lauded their triumph. Jackie Robinson West met with President Obama at the White House. Chicago Magazine named JRW its Chicagoans of the Year.
On the their way to the Series, Jackie Robinson West crushed the local opposition, including a 43-2 stomping of the team from Evergreen Park, a predominantly white suburb near the territory of JRW.
But last week DNAinfo Chicago, in a detailed article, reported on the allegations from, Chris Janes, an official of the Evergreen Park team, that some of the JRW players didn’t live within the designated boundaries of its Little League territory. Bill Haley, the president of Jackie Robinson West, denies the allegations.
The evidence that Janes right is quite strong. US Rep. Robin Kelly Tweeted that three members of JRW lived in the suburban part of her Chicago area district. In its “Faces in the Crowd” feature, Sports Illustrated reported on another player who resided in the suburb of Homewood. Two other suburbs boasted of their own athlete on Jackie Robinson West, while other players lived outside of the JRW territory–but in the city, according to DNAinfo Chicago.
Little League International dismissed Janes’ charges that JRW was effectively a regional all-star team. Their response is that Jackie Robinson West provided the necessary documentation to prove residency for its players. However, for reasons that no one can explain, LLI doesn’t disclose the boundaries for each individual league. And some JRW parents counter their boys are from split families, with one parent residing within the league’s zone. But claiming residency in an area for the sole reason of being able to join a team is against LLI’s rules.
Local media has dutifully reported on Janes’ allegations, and JRW’s denial, but they haven’t delved into the the details of DNA Info Chicago’s story.
Perhaps they don’t want to dismantle that almost perfect story of black kids from a bad neighborhood becoming champions. Or maybe Chicago reporters are afraid of being labelled racist.
But if Jackie Robinson West did cheat, team officials should be held accountable and the JRW national championship should be revoked.
Call me old-fashioned, but youth sports are supposed to build character and more. My oldest brother was a Little League coach in New England. While his team was being clobbered during a game, opposing players taunted his youngsters with derogatory chants. My brother objected to the other team’s coach, telling him, “Hey, isn’t this game supposed to be educational?” Well if it was that day, some boys were clearly learning the wrong lesson.
Putting ringers on a team is the wrong lesson too.
From the perspective of most of the [Manhattan] parents, the kids, and Rebecca, the six-week [summer] program was a great success. It introduced black elementary and middle school students to the joys of a rigorous, integrated and knowledge-centered classical Christian curriculum. Rebecca’s Latin classes were a huge hit and her lower school students could not get enough of the children’s version of Homer’s Odyssey that was used to teach them mythology, grammar and sentence structure. The students were also offered classes in Old Testament history, informal logic, botany, arithmetic, and maps and timelines of the ancient world. They also had swimming and archery lessons. On the last day of the program, there were few dry eyes. Nevertheless, I was not as happy. I knew that the gains were short-term because in a few short weeks, these kids would be going back to terrible Department of Education schools.
Every black community in America has its own story. But the fundamental dynamic that makes each one of them tick, I would imagine, is probably the same. At best, these communities are desperately confused and inconsistent when it comes to understanding or expressing a commitment to Western Civilization as a cultural ideal or as a shared history that all Americans, regardless of race, can say that they have contributed to and therefore have a stake in. At worst, these communities are just too ignorant or angry to care. The angry ones will never be able to see themselves as anything other than casualties of the white man’s greed and his various never-ending wars. The ignorant ones, like those in my neighborhood, are just ignorant. And although, I know that a classical Christian education is a big part of the answer to all of this, I’m no longer sure that the black community, at large, is even worth it.
I bet that a few people will call Mr. Ikenga a racist for coming to this conclusion, without discovering what I suspected intuitively about him, from his last name: he is of Nigerian descent. The sad part about that is that those who would reflexively call Ikenga a racist would be demonstrating the mentality of which he laments.
I contend he is both right and wrong for reasons which have nothing to do with Ikenga’s race or heritage.
He’s right that the group is not worth saving, if he is doing his work because he previously deemed that group of children or that community to inherently deserve his efforts.
(Side note: the word deserve should be stricken from the language. There’s only one thing every single human being–with the exception of Jesus the Christ–deserves: death. Any other talk of what an individual or group deserves incites both pride and covetousness.)
If he doing it for the worth of that particular group he is wrong. He should be doing it for himself and all of the others who have transcended tribalism and embraced reason, the reason produced by Western Civilization. The more seeds he plants, the more likely it is that Ikenga and men like him will even be conceived.
Otherwise we all might as well bend over and kiss our own behinds goodbye.
Eddie:Now I probably wouldn’t say this in front of white folks but in front of y’all I’ll speak my mind
Taylor: He knew all the time. Long before your discovery, he knew. Defender of the Faith. Guardian of the terrible secret. Isn’t that right, doctor?
Planet of the Apes 1968
I see an awful lot of people on the net Ann AlthouseSmitty, Neo Neocon to Richard Epstein to pointing out the obvious weakness in the arguments of the Al Sharpton, the Jessie Jacksons and the various democrat race pimps who spent this weekend in rallies (rallies, I suspect much smaller than anyone in the media want to admit) and still trying to sell the story of the George He doesn’t count as black or hispanic, really he doesn’t Zimmerman killing a young black man over race.
But while it is vital to keep pointing out these truths and making sure that people who aren’t paying attention know these facts there is one very important thing that has to be understood. Their target audience is not the black community.
Now that might seem counter intuitive in doing when doing this. If you are looking to change the media meme, to counteract the power of the meme police it would seem necessary to make the sale to the black community to, as Bill Whittle does present the evidence that can’t be disputed:
Even so if you are choosing to make this case to the black community you are wasting your time.
The vast majority of the black community already know it.
Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton and Joan Walsh may like to pretend that the Black community in 2013 is being held back by the Bull Connors of the 50’s. They will pretend there are rednecks stopping their community at the voting booths, and may can paint a picture of intact black families cowering in their homes and apartments as the Klan, Confederate flags flying proudly drive through their neighborhood looking for black teens to kill, and some liberals and low information voters might actually believe it.
The Black community doesn’t. They live in those cities, they vote in those neighborhoods and know who is pulling the trigger when their children are killed. They live these realities every single day.
Then why do they put up with it? Fairly simple
They find the message of the Jacksons, Sharptons and Walshs a most comfortable lie and that official lie endorsed by the media elite remains more palatable than admitting the truth, at least in the hearing of the wrong people.
And as long as that is true, they will continue to be silent in the face of it, and nothing will change.
Mr. Howell: Young man are you accusing a Howell of cheating? I’ll have you know I’m far too wealthy.
Spy Gilligan: To cheat?
Mr. Howell: No, to be accused!
Gilligan’s IslandGilligan vs Gilligan 1966
Talking Points memo is breathlessly reporting the following statement from Ann Coulter
The quote that caused them to embed this video and was this:
“On the gun crimes, we keep hearing how low they are in Europe, and oh, they’re so low, and they have no guns,” Coulter told Fox’s Sean Hannity. “If you compare white populations, we have the same murder rate as Belgium.”
Ed Kilgore at Washington Monthly titles his post “Solution is obvious” snarking:
If I didn’t really like the Belgians, I’d suggest that she get herself over there permanently right away. It might be a socialist hell in her eyes, but it would be one where she’d not only be secure, but would not be allowed within 100 yards of a camera.
In the comments at the two sites I see many adjectives describing what Ann said: “Hateful“, “Racist”, “Horrible”, but there are only two adjectives that actually matter concerning her statements:
True or False
Oddly neither TPM nor Washington Monthly bothered to dispute her statement. Perhaps it is presumptions of me to believe so, but if professional journalists from nationally known sites are going to snark over someones remarks one might think they would weigh in concerning: their veracity. Given their scorn for Coulter their failure to do so speaks volumes.
Nevertheless I’m still outraged over Ann’s Comments, not because of what she said but because of the reality they represent. Just this week a 13-year-old black teen on his way to choir practice in Boston was shot. Nobody demand a march, nobody called for the confiscation of guns over it and no national news network outside of Fox decided the story was newsworthy beyond the city. I didn’t see any story in Memeorandum for TPM or Washington Monthly to comment on concerning it.
In relation to homicide the number one killer of black men is other black men. It is a national tragedy that black-on-black crime ranks as the 4th leading cause of death for black men. In the age group of 15 – 34 black-on-black crime is the #1 killer of black men.
because this truth outrages me and it should outrage you too!
I submit and suggest until our friends at TPM & Washington Monthly find a way to blame the GOP for the stats in this chart from the CDC.
they will continue to be less outraged by Black and Hispanic mothers in tears over their dead children then Ann Coulter suggesting it is a problem.
After all why worry about a bunch of dead people’s whose parents will vote for you if you try to save them or no?
The Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP), headed by Rev. William Owens of Memphis, Tenn., said that the NAACP had abandoned its core mission by supporting same-sex marriage.
“This is supposed to be an organization for black people who were beaten, who were mistreated and who were enslaved,” Owens told The Huffington Post. “You’re advocating for something that’s not normal, that’s not natural. It’s still out of line, it’s against moral law.”
“Gay marriage is leading us down a bad path,” Owens added. “Our young people are already hurt. They’re already damaged.”
The media has to dodge this issue because it has the potential to create the same split between leadership and rank and file that we have seen in Unions and mainstream coverage of that applause would shatter that narrative.
But as I said this morning, the MSM coverage doesn’t matter. HERE is what matters:
1. Is the Romney Gay Marriage Clip is being played on Black Radio Stations?
Holder on Sunday told the Detroit NAACP that “as we all know, the reality is that certain aspects of this case are far from unique. And incidents of violence involving young people are anything but rare.”
That is Eric Holder commenting on the Trayvon Martin case, but what does this have to do with the Gay Marriage Debate? everything.
The president is playing a fine game “Gay Marriage” for one reason only, the Black and “Hispanic” communities and I submit the news of the last few days has played into his hands because the Biden statement and all the public debate that has followed has …
1. …reinforced the knowledge that Obama is in fact in favor of Gay Marriage among the activist left. The media understand this, the gay community understand this and republicans understand it. That signal needed to be sent to potential contributes on the left.
2. …means that for several days the economy was not topic one. Any day that the Obama record and the economy is not topic one is an advantage for Obama.
Most important of all, deep within the black community of the south the press conferences are not going to get much if any play. The fiction of Obama’s opposition to Gay Marriage is maintained as the community continues to focus on the Trayvon Martin case.
His (Obama’s) “opposition” to gay Marriage only helps him among blacks because they think he is telling the truth.
His “opposition” to gay marriage doesn’t hurt him among liberals because they don’t believe he is telling the truth.
These are two mutually exclusive statements, As long as liberals are convinced he is selling a bill of goods to the black community (as I do) and the black community continues to buy this bill of goods he is fine.
The moment the Black Community no longer buys it, or the moment he takes decisive actions (Bawhahahahah it’s funny just typing it) to convince the Black community he means it then you will see a backlash from one side or the other.
All of this is smoke and mirrors, keep the far left money people happy, keep the Black community focused on Trayvon (not the actual developments in the case mind you but the narrative that the MSM created) and away from the Marriage issue.
And smoke and mirrors are necessary because without them, this president can’t win re-election so expect a lot more of this as we get closer and closer to November.
Update: Removed a repetitive sentence that I thought I had pulled at post time
Update 2: Obama publicly shifts on Gay Marriage. Could this have actually been a gaffe?
That’s what it was all about: The brand, plus the political awkwardness created by Biden’s candor on “Meet the Press” this past Sunday. I used to ask whether anyone seriously believes O opposes gay marriage. Now I have to start asking whether anyone seriously believes O would have stopped feigning opposition if it was still a clear political winner for him to keep it up. His “courage” here, as in all things, is about his own reelection chances. If there’s anything for gay rights supporters to celebrate today, it’s the fact that popular opinion has shifted enough that even an opportunist as transparent as The One thinks it’s safe enough to take this position before a national election.
My Arch Enemy friend on the left crows a bit in comments. If I was wrong about the “sly” business and it was a gaffe than it and the NYT tweet above is true this switch was all about stemming damage control which means one thing: Panic.
What yesterday’s elections may have told Team Obama is that the bitter clingers out there are bitter enough to give 41% of the Democrat vote in West Virginia to a convicted felon and to ease a ban on same-sex marriage into the North Carolina constitution. They may have concluded that their energies are better spent targeting more socially liberal white college graduates in the suburbs of northern Virginia, Philadeplphia, Denver, etc. than wasting time on trying to persuade Rust Belt Jacksonians to pull the lever for Barack Obama again while (as Allahpundit suggests) considering discontent among socially conservative African-Americans an acceptable risk now. The establishment’s mockery of Obama’s unevolved position may have suggested to Team Obama that painting Mitt Romney as a right-wing extremist is made more difficult when the president shares Romney’s position on SSM.
On CNN right now Roland Martin is saying he has talked to Black Pastors who have supported Obama who say they will have to denounce him from the pulpit this week.
This tells me he has thrown away the south and is playing a minimalist strategy, frankly it is the right move for the campaign, Obama is in huge trouble in his election and he needs to risk a decrease in the black vote in states he is not going to carry any in the hopes of energizing voters in states he think he can win. Better to do it now BTW than to have it come closer to election day and there is the “cool” factor and it’s not like he’s gonna do better with Catholics anyways.
It’s a calculated risk in purely political terms it might be the right one. On a different basis it’s always better to say what you actually think instead of playing games.
Bottom line, if I’m wrong and Chris is right, then it adds up to fear and what does that tell conservative?
It’s crash and burn time for the left so my advice is the same:
The talk of the news this morning is the Trayvon Martin case, a 17-year-old who was shot in Florida by an apparently paranoid member of a neighborhood watch. The case is drawing national attention and outrage over the decision of local police not to arrest the shooter George Zimmerman his claims of self-defense, and Florida’s “stand your ground law”. The authors of the law however disagree:
the lawmakers who crafted the legislation in 2005 — former Sen. Durell Peaden and current state Rep. Dennis Baxley — said the law doesn’t need to be changed. They believe it has been misapplied in the shooting death of Trayvon by a Sanford crime-watch captain, George Zimmerman.
Zimmerman has not been charged because, police said, it appears he acted in self-defense. The Seminole County state attorney’s office decided Tuesday to take the case before a grand jury.
“They got the goods on him. They need to prosecute whoever shot the kid,” said Peaden, a Crestview Republican who sponsored the deadly force law in 2005. “He has no protection under my law.”
Peaden and Baxley, R-Ocala, say their law is a self-defense act. It says law-abiding people have no duty to retreat from an attacker and can meet “force with force.” Nowhere does it say that a person has a right to confront another.
The 911 tapes strongly suggest Zimmerman overstepped his bounds, they say, when the Sanford neighborhood crime-watch captain said he was following Trayvon and appeared to ignore a police request to stay away.
The case is becoming a cause célèbre on the left concerning both gun control and race as the victim Trayvon Martin is black and the shooter George Zimmerman is white not? (see update below). On Morning Joe Thursday Mika Brziniski quoted a Florida lawmaker attempting to amend the “stand your ground” law and remarked this story has “everything to do with race”.
Yet for black males ages 12 to 19 years old, homicide eclipses accidents as the leading cause of death, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Wednesday. That troubling statistic — or, more accurately, the deeper problems underlying it — is garnering some local attention. Advocates say dramatic action is needed.
Those stats are from 2010. Here is more from the web site afrodaddy.com
In relation to homicide the number one killer of black men is other black men. It is a national tragedy that black-on-black crime ranks as the 4th leading cause of death for black men. In the age group of 15 – 34 black-on-black crime is the #1 killer of black men.
Here is the graph that says it all:
People are rightly concerned about the shooting of young Mr. Martin and Florida needs to take a good long look at this case. If Zimmerman’s self-defense claim is as specious as it seems they should go after him big time, but those figures I quoted aren’t just stats, they represent actual individual people murdered. Their lives were no less dear to their mothers than Trayvon Martin was to his, yet they haven’t generated any million hoodie marches.
I have sons near the age of Mrs. Martin. I can’t imagine what she’s going through and I don’t begrudge her one bit of her anger or desire for justice for her son. It seems to me however, that the activists and media personalities so outraged today, had none for the young black men who’ve been slaughtered in cities for years:
That is the true disgrace, daily bloodshed in the Black community that is left unchecked. The statistics are telling:
The hundred or so homicides in Oakland each year are part of nearly 6,000 murders nationally committed by blacks, mostly of other blacks, compared to just over 5,300 homicides committed by whites and Hispanics combined. (Blacks are 12.8 percent of the U.S. population, whites and Hispanics, 81 percent.).
Where is the outrage in the black community. Why does not the black leadership or the elite liberal opinion address this outrage, because it doesn’t fit their template of racism as the primary cause of the suffering of the Blacks in America.
You can’t find that outrage because it has no political value to either activists of the left or to the self-appointed black leaders that you will see on every channel for the balance of the Trayvon Martin case.
The Trayvon Martin case is a tragic, but the regular murders of young black men in the cities by other young black men and the unwillingness of people to talk about it nor the media’s willingness to write about is the real national outrage.
Update: I have to disagree with Noel Sheppard on this quote:
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: I’d go further. I’d go further. Because if this unfolds the way it appears it’s unfolding, you know, in a country where its leader can talk about a radio host calling someone a name, we ought to be looking at ourselves and this situation really closely from the top down. And, quite frankly, it is, they’re looking at audio tapes right now of the cell phone, and there might have been a racial epithet.
I think this is more of “The president has time to talk about Limbaugh but we aren’t talking about this? I think it reflects (correctly) on the insignificance of the Rush business and what the White House prioritizes.
I do agree with Noel here:
it’s quite obvious to even the casual observer that this matter is being politicized in an election year.
What’s next – that this is somehow part of the media fabricated Republican “war on women,” and that comments made by the various GOP presidential candidates are also to blame?
Just how far are the press going to use this tragic event to further their political agenda?
These days, it seems the sky’s the limit.
There was something outrageous on that show worth talking about…but that’s for my next post.
Update 2: According to one commentator Mr. Zimmerman is Hispanic and Pam Geller describes him as Hispanic and black.. The photo is a bit iffy to me one way or the other, but either way it has no bearing on the shooting in terms of justification but it make the media’s attempt to turn this into a “southern racial” issue a tad more interesting, and insidious
NOTE: I missed the first 15 minutes of Morning Joe today but I went back at 8 a.m. when it repeated, they quoted John Lewis saying the protests: “Reminded him of the civil rights movement” but somehow didn’t find “occupy Atlanta”‘s refusal to let him speak newsworthy.
Look at the links, not a single blog on the left has a problem with a predominantly white crowd insulting a 14 term congressman and civil rights icon with video to back it up. update the Crawdad Hole writes to say they are a blog of the left that doesn’t support the current Democratic party
The Crawdad Hole asks what they would have done if it had been a Tea Party, (even without video)? They don’t have to ask, we saw it with the false “Tea Party” incident leading on every network and the ignoring of Breitbart’s $100k challenge. In fact today Morning Joe played a clip of Nancy Pelosi repeating that same Tea Party canard.
OK so if the John Lewis story wasn’t news what did the MSM decide was the story of the week, with unemployment at 9.1% and leftist protesters going naked in SF and defecating on police cars in NY. What was the burning issue that had to be addressed:
Are Mormons Christians and do the GOP candidates think so?
Yup; THAT is the burning issue sweeping the nation. So this morning on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC the whole question of the remarks of Robert Jeffres at the Value Voters Summit was the only issue that matters. All of them went long on it. Morning Joe hit it both hours and attacked Herman Cain and Michelle Bachmann for having the temerity to suggest that they aren’t running for theologian in chief.
Our betters in the elite beltway media beat their breasts shocked and dismayed that a group of American might choose to reject Mitt Romney based on his religion (as opposed to his constant flip-flops, Romney Care etc etc etc…) but in their self-righteous outrage I seemed to recall something they don’t.
During the proposition 8 campaign and its aftermath the Mormon Church was constantly attacked by the left, the media and gay activists for their opposition to Gay Marriage. That same media lionized the comedy “The Book of Mormon” that pokes fun at the religion and have had little outrage over TV shows that made fun of Mormons and their beliefs.
For some reason I don’t seem to recall their outrage then.
I agree with them and Bill Bennett that Mitt Romney’s religion should not be a cause to oppose him but I submit that there will be a whole lot more people on the left who will summarily reject a Mormon candidate due to religion than on the right.
I further question the news judgement of the most theologically ignorant segment in the nation, they couldn’t explain what Catholics believe with the Pope coaching them let alone Mormons, in their decision to consider this story more significant than the snubbing of John Lewis by the Occupyeverwhere people.
Finally I suggest that even though the MSM is not talking about the John Lewis incident, the Black Community is, via facebook , via twitter and via all kinds of social and black media. Black Americans have noticed the snubbing of Lewis and I’ll wager they’ll also notice the MSM rushing to embrace the “occupy everywhere protests” that did it.
They will not forget.
Update: Not just an instalanche but a HEH! Now that’s special!
Update 2: If by some miracle you missed the video here it is:
BTW on an unrelated issue with Sarah Palin not running, my vote is available. I’m issuing an open invitation to supporters of any GOP candidate (or the candidates themselves) to call my show Saturday at 10 a.m. EST 888-9-fedora to make their your case to win my vote.
Update 3: BTW don’t forget my bi-weekly column at the Conservatory Under the Fedora
Update 4: The Crawdad hole sends this correction:
The Crawdad Hole is a lefty blog. We are former Hillary Clinton supporters who do not support Barack Obama or the current Democratic party.