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Ferguson: A Fire Alarm in the Night
American Interest, by Walter Russell Mead

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Posted By:Hazymac, 8/15/2014 11:21:26 PM

Thomas Jefferson said that the controversy over the admission of Missouri to the union struck him like a fire alarm in the night: Missouri wanted to join as a slave state, and the resulting controversy almost split the country. It is almost 200 years later, and the issue of race still disturbs America’s peace as nothing else can. When police in Ferguson, Missouri, shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Saturday, it set off rioting and protesting that continued well into the next week. Rioters have hurled bottles and molotov cocktails at police and fired on helicopters, and the

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Many of us--not even Paulbots, if you can believe it--are disturbed by the SWAT-ification of police forces, not to mention federal bureaucracies that rarely if ever have to deal with dangerous suspects. In Ferguson, MO there were a lot of injured people who were not doing anything illegal. Calmer heads than Sharpton, Jackson, and paramilitary types must prevail. Under Obama, racial problems are proliferating, not ameliorating, because he and AG Holder like stirring that racial pot. Brings angry voters to the polls. But when is enough enough?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: smcchk, 8/16/2014 12:20:58 AM     (No. 9967791)

As long as politicians can play the race card, OP, there will be tensions. That will be for a very long time.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird, 8/16/2014 12:26:32 AM     (No. 9967792)

I find little in tis Obama-voting Democrat´s writing that resonates with me.

As long as the Black Grievance Industry thrives, fueled by the activists and lawyers and politicians who profit from it, we´ll have these young people acting out their rage - and often the rage of their elders - and taking what they´ve been taught they are entitled to. Law enforcement will have to do its job of enforcing the laws and protecting innocent citizens. These forces will clash and we´ll have Watts and Ferguson.

Disarming law enforcement is not the answer. Those who act out their entitlement would see that as just another weakness in the society they are trying to tear apart.

Until these black families understand they have to parent their children and teach them by word and example to respect the rights of others, I have little hope that this situation will get anything but worse.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 8/16/2014 12:52:29 AM     (No. 9967799)

Could it be this riot actually was a crime fest against black owned stores including vandalism and and looting plus a strong arm act against a small black girl shop employee.
The story today suggest --YES.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: shimmer128, 8/16/2014 2:22:31 AM     (No. 9967821)

"Blacks in Ferguson are twice as likely to be stopped by police as whites"

Well the article says that 2/3 of the population is black, so what´s the big beef here? More whining by blacks, they´re being victimizzzzzzed

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ladychatalie, 8/16/2014 7:01:57 AM     (No. 9967890)

I wonder how much of that protesting was paid for by someone. Once the highway patrol took over, it was an instant kumbaya. The message: bigger gov is best. The reaction was not logical. Anger like that should not turn on/off like a light switch. Since it did, I suspect some level of the violence was bought and paid for. This was like a sad stage play by someone who did not want a crisis to go to waste.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: suedotsue, 8/16/2014 7:18:48 AM     (No. 9967908)

This Democrat author is noteworthy for his good writing exposing global warming fraud and that its greatest victims are the world´s poorest. On other topics, he´s hopelessly Democrat. This isn´t about race--the New Black Panthers have even been denounced as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. This is just the left doing what it does. As Soros said about the prospect of riots in US streets, Yes! Yes! Yes!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Mickeymat, 8/16/2014 7:52:55 AM     (No. 9967944)

I stopped readin early in the piece when the author wrote that the police "violently" arrested two reporters in McDonald´s. There was video of this on TV and police asked the reporters to leave numerous times and they refused saying they had a right to charge their cell phones.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 8/16/2014 11:20:26 AM     (No. 9968195)

Re McDonald reporters: Someone who lives hear there called to Rush to report those two had been using the McDonald´s for their living quarters and McD´s wanted them out but they wouldn´t leave so McD´s called the cops.

Last night a black someone on Fox said the blacks were angry because they were poor. So what! A lot of people are poor and they do something about it if they don´t like it, not sit back and wait for Uncle Sugar´s check which is never going to make you rich. And make more babies so they get more $$ from Uncle Sugar. As many or more POOR since Lyndon Johnson started his program 50 years ago. Why is no one any better off after trillion$ have been spent.

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