Sharpton, Holder, Obama share blame for Ferguson fires

November 26, 2014

“Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight.  Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

And then they grow up.  Most living lawful, peaceful, productive lives; building communities, contributing to society.

But some choose another path.   They agitate, they confront, stoke violence and rage to pad their pockets with the profits and power that their destruction begets.

In Ferguson, Missouri Monday night, the seeds sewn by the latter reaped another bumper crop.

Innocent shop owners saw their businesses and their contributions looted and burned.

Men and women that had chosen to contribute by joining law enforcement saw their lives put in jeopardy because of the irrationality and violence of others.

The cruel irony being that the three men who could have done the most to prevent violence, – Al Sharpton, Eric Holder and Barack Obama – are also the men who helped stoke it.

Sharpton’s actions up front, in your face, Holder’s and Obama’s more subtle, but all have contributed to fanning the flames of Ferguson.

Yes, I just put the Attorney General and the President of the United States in the same sentence as one of the most prolific race baiters of our time.

To some I could only do so because of the rabid racism that flows through my white privileged body. After all, I’m the middle aged white guy living in fly-over country the left just loves to stereotype.  (While denouncing all other stereotyping of course.)

But for those tired of skin color being used to silence criticism of this administration, a post-racial refresher course.

One of Eric Holder’s first actions as Attorney General was to ensure that the case against New Black Panther members that had stood in front of a Philadelphia polling place with ball bats went away.  He has called America a “nation of cowards” on race and he is publicly proud of the activism he brought to the Department of Justice.

Barely six months into office, President Obama stood at the Presidential podium and absent of all the facts pompously declared that “the Cambridge police acted stupidly”.

Three years later he added Trayvon Martin to his family tree.

And two years after that he would stand before the United Nations General Assembly and put Ferguson, Missouri on par with “a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.”

From the very beginning the subliminal message of the Obama administration has been one of” the law is no longer what it actually says, it’s what we say it is”

The split screen image Monday night of the President of the United States giving a speech on the right, while fire and looting raged in Ferguson, Missouri on the left was troubling, but it was his words that made it surreal.

Just four days after unilaterally making millions of illegal immigrants “right with the law” for political gain, the President was now lecturing that “First and foremost, we are a nation built on the rule of law”.

The rule of law is not something that can just be pulled out for convenience.

It must be followed every day, every night, every minute, of every hour with diligence and dedication or it fails and fails fast.

When constitutionally respected it is the bulwark that defends every citizen of every race.

However, distort it through the prism of politics and it becomes a weapon of mass destruction.

And no one knows that better right now than the thousands of lawful, peaceful Ferguson residents who are now walking the damage that Presidential politics has left behind.

PUBLSIHER’s NOTE:  A version of this column first appeared in the November 26, 2014 print edition of the Joplin Globe.

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