An Assault By All of Us

Hillary Clinton said this week that the attack on police officers in Baton Rouge was “an assault on all of us”.

I don’t disagree with Clinton’s statement. In a civilized society, it is unacceptable for citizens to target those who have taken an oath to serve and protect the community. Police officers come from the communities in which they serve, so we should feel a kinship with them that they do represent all of us. They are officers commissioned by the people, and their authority to do their work of serving and protect comes from a social contract with the citizenry.

Clinton’s statement was perfect in describing the role of police, but it was incomplete. If we are to accept that an assault on the police is an assault on all of us, then we must also accept that the unjust killing of an unarmed black man by the police is not done only by the police but all of us. When that killing goes untried and without persecution, we are implicitly giving it a stamp of approval. By not reprimanding officers who step out of line, we too become guilty. This is even more pertinent today as the highest ranking officer in the Freddie Gray Case has been found not guilty of manslaughter. The problems that have led to these shootings are on the shoulders on the officers in question, but they are also societal problems, that if gone unaddressed with fester.

Let’s take a minute to remember a few police officers who shot and killed that have not been convicted:

Trayvon Martin (Sanford, FL) – Neighborhood Watchman George Zimmerman (acquitted)

Michael Brown (Ferguson, MO) – Officer Darren Wilson (cleared by grand jury)

Eric Gardner (New York, NY) – Officer Daniel Pantaleo (not indicted)

Tamir Rice (Baltimore, MD) – Officer Timothy Loehmann (no charges, settlement with city)

Walter Scott (North Charleston, SC) – Officer Michael Slager (facing trial Oct. 2016)

Jonathan Ferrell (Charlotte, NC) – Officer Randall Kerrick (not indicted, settlement with city)

Samuel DuBose (Cincinnati, OH) – Officer Raymond Tensing (charged, settlement with University of Cincinnati)

Laquan McDonald (Chicago, Il.) – Officer Jason Van Dyke (facing trial)

 

These are just a few of the shootings. It doesn’t include those in St. Paul, MN and Baton Rouge, LA from the last weeks. Every day there is the fear of this happening in our towns, with our family and friends. If we don’t accept these deaths on our behalf, them as a whole society, we better start acting like it.

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Quick Take: No Indictment. No Surprise

Minutes ago, the FBI announced that it would not recommend charges be filed against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D-NY).

As the reactionist media starts its uproar, I would love to point out that this should not be surprising. Here’s my top three reasons why:

  • Most importantly, Clinton dismantled attempts to discredit her months ago during her 11 hours on the stand. There have been seven congressional investigations on her, which have been marred by partisanship.
  • The idea that Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who has a personal relationship to former president Bill Clinton, would attempt to press charges, is laughable. This announcement is likely more of a relief to Lynch, as she will not be facing the political backlash alone.
  • In the wake of the economic turmoil following the Brexit vote, there is a certainty that the powers that be did not want to create more.

Those who wanted to believe that Clinton would be indicted is a fairly short list.

  • Donald Trump (R-NY) supporters, not just a bandwagon supporter with no other choice. (I’m looking at you, Paul Ryan (R-WI).)
  • Bernie Bros who refuse to support their party’s candidate, and are likely to defect to Trump.

If there is one certainty in this world, it is that the far left media and Donald Trump will find a place of agreement, in calling foul on a corrupt system.

Biden: My V.P. was Warren

Following up on my article earlier:  V.P. Pick Critical for Clinton

Politico reported earlier today that current Vice President, Joe Biden (D-DE), would have picked Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) as his running mate. Biden was a leading candidate for the Democratic nomination, but never entered the race. Biden notes Warren’s anti-bank agenda, and the enthusiasm with the left supports her as he, like Clinton, is a centrist Democrat. Biden believes that Warren should be Hillary Clinton‘s (D-NY) running mate. Warren, to her credit, has played her cards carefully, giving her an opportunity at influence and possible the vice presidency, while generating enthusiasm on her Twitter account.

Politico – Joe Biden Wanted Elizabeth Warren as his VP

The revelation of Biden’s interest in Warren is timely: The Massachusetts senator, who has not yet endorsed a candidate for president, has been careful to avoid any statement that would indicate she favored ideological soulmate Bernie Sanders over the more centrist Clinton. But progressives have begun pitching Warren as a possible Clinton vice presidential pick to heal the divisions between the center and left of the Democratic Party after the protracted duel between Clinton and Sanders.

And Warren hasn’t entirely resisted the suggestion — in part, because it gives her leverage to influence Clinton’s potential staffing decisions in the Treasury Department and financial oversight boards.

V.P. Pick Critical for Clinton

From July 25th-28th, the Democratic National Convention will meet in Philadelphia and most likely, nominate Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) for president. Sometime in the next 11 weeks, Vice Presidential candidates will announced for both the Democrats and Republicans. This pick could either sink or buoy Clinton’s campaign, being much more crucial than it is for Donald Trump (R-NY) and the GOP. Continue reading

‘Will McAvoy’ with Another Wake Up Call

In 2012, Jeff Daniels lit the internet on fire with a jaw dropping opening scene to HBO TV Series, The Newsroom. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth the 8 minutes. It was stunning enough that it was shown on the first day of my first political science class in college.

Daniels returns with a spoof on the scene, which is only two minutes. He succinctly highlights why this election shouldn’t be called for Hillary already, like many of the major news stations are doing.

Read my thoughts on Trump, Clinton, and Party Identity here.

President Trump: The Result of Identity Crises

As the primaries wrap up, it has become clear that the long time front runners in both parties will win the nomination: Donald Trump (R-NY) and Hillary Clinton (D-NY). The nomination and widespread support of Trump has come as a surprise to the Republican establishment, who a year ago was ready to anoint Jeb Bush (R-FL) or Scott Walker (R-WI) as their nominee.  Trump’s distinct platform and attitude has mobilized masses to vote for him, revealing an identity crisis of the Republican Party, but the identity crisis of the Democratic Party may give Trump the presidency. Continue reading