I'm not quite sure whether to feel as if I've been threatened or bludgeoned with stupidity.
Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Tuesday that the Bush administration has done nothing to defuse a "quiet riot" among blacks that threatens to erupt just as riots in Los Angeles did 15 years ago.These scenarios sound suspiciously familiar to those of losing parties around the world recently. One must wonder, then, is Barack prepping his followers for similar actions when he loses? What a defeatist attitude!
The first-term Illinois senator said that with black people from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast still displaced 20 months after Hurricane Katrina, frustration and resentments are building explosively as they did before the 1992 riots.
At any rate, this pandering to those who believe that the disaster in New Orleans was Bush's fault is simply ridiculous. At this point, anyone who blames the subsequent suffering on anyone other than the state and local government is beyond the reach of reason. Furthermore, I have little sympathy for the voters of New Orleans because not only did they elect Kathleen Blanco and Ray Nagin to lead them, they also had the sheer inertia of stupidity to reelect Nagin as mayor. Give me a break.
And if we're going to talk about Rodney King, lets talk about a guy who was already on parole for armed robbery leading cops on a high speed chase and then resisting arrest even after cops tackled him, hit him with batons and tasered him. A guy who was doped up on PCP which gives you the feeling of unlimited strength, numbs pain, and causes violent or suicidal tendencies. A guy who threw cops off of him when they tried to restrain him, and was charging police officers. The cops that got thrown to the political wolves for using "excessive force" didn't get convicted - and in allegedly racially motivated case it becomes important to note that the prosecutor that failed to get convictions was black.
"Those 'quiet riots' that take place every day are born from the same place as the fires and the destruction and the police decked out in riot gear and the deaths," Obama said. "They happen when a sense of disconnect settles in and hope dissipates. Despair takes hold and young people all across this country look at the way the world is and believe that things are never going to get any better."
He argued that once a hurricane hits or a jury renders a not guilty verdict, "the frustration is there for all to see."
Yes, frustration with the rule of law and acts of God is a very good reason to riot. Killing and injuring over 2000 people and causing untold amounts of property damage is excellent form.
A presidential contender encouraging or even tacitly condoning such behavior is simply ridiculous.