Here we go again. Violence and destruction of property over a white police officer acquitted of killing a black man. There are certainly those cases where a white officer murdered a black man, such as with Philando Castile, where the murdering officer was acquitted but was fired by the police force as he should have been, and the senseless shooting of Walter Scott, where the officer pleaded guilty in a plea deal and will serve time as he should.

In this case, as in virtually all cases where black men are shot and killed, a crime had been committed or was in the process of being committed. Anthony Lamar Smith was dealing drugs, and when caught, used his car as a weapon against the police. When he was cornered and refused to get out of the car, he was shot and killed. I’m not saying this was the right thing for the police officer to do, but as with the Michael Brown case, it’s never a good idea to make a threatening move against a cop. You will most likely get shot and killed. It’s kind of common sense.

Consider the fact that blacks are 13% of the population. Blacks account for almost 48% of all murders, 55% of all robberies, 34% of all aggravated assault, and 31% of all burglaries, according to 2012 FBI statistics. The fact is that blacks simply commit considerably more crimes than other race groups as a percentage of the population. That cannot be disputed. And thus, since blacks commit more crimes, they will come into contact with law enforcement more often and there will be more opportunities for blacks to be shot by police officers. Still, blacks are killed at one-half the rate by police officers compared to whites even though we commit an inordinate number of crimes as a percentage of the population.

These people in St. Louis are violently protesting the rare case where a black man is shot by a police officer, and completely ignore the high crime perpetrated by blacks in these urban communities, which is the problem (as in the 800-pound gorilla, the elephant in the room, you get it). But they don’t want to face that simple fact. Instead of protesting, they should be looking within and they will find that the fault is almost entirely their own.

To get down to it, the problem in urban black communities is the lack of quality education and poverty due to lack of economic opportunity. These are the key drivers of crime. And in virtually all cases, these urban areas are run by Democrat politicians who have promised the moon over the past five decades and delivered nothing but misery. Yet their policies that make blacks ever more dependent on government are never challenged and even heralded.

Now, this is not an endorsement of Republicans. Republicans, in the rare cases where they bother to speak to urban black communities, don’t promise more checks from the government, but to bring school choice and economic opportunity to the poor in these communities so they can begin to rise up the economic ladder for themselves. But these messages have always been rejected because Democrats, who want to protect their votes and stay in office, will say Republicans are racists because they don’t have anything tangible to argue otherwise. This is an intellectually lazy and cowardly way to stay in office, and clearly, it has worked quite effectively. They care more about staying in office than actually finding a way to end the cycle of poor education and poverty in their urban districts. But then again, black communities keep voting for these people without demanding more. And that is why they keep getting the same result. The very definition of insanity.

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Words from the Wise, and Happy July 4th!

by walterm on July 4, 2017

From Calvin Coolidge, an answer to everyone who wants a different nation than what we have. The liberal progressives of today simply do not understand that the America they wish for is regressive, not progressive. Their views will not usher in progress, but destruction. As the Bible says, there is nothing new under the sun. There are simply things that cannot and need not be improved upon, such as freedom and liberty. Many a civilization in the past never knew such things. Liberal progressives would be wise to heed Coolidge’s words. If they don’t, it is ultimately to the peril of themselves and the rest of us as well. The people of Venezuela now know this intimately.

“About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning cannot be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction cannot lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.”

Happy July 4th!

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Biblical Interpretation on Homosexuality and Same-Sex Marriage: Should Biblical Interpretation Change as Culture Changes?

July 2, 2017

The other day I was on Facebook discussing a recent poll showing Republicans becoming more approving of same-sex marriage, and how this related to religious liberty. I was in general agreement with the author, who is a stalwart conservative representing the LGBT community, that there is a balance to be had where homosexuals can live out […]

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Congressman Steve Scalise: Must His Security Detail Share His Political Views?

June 19, 2017

Crystal Griner, described unfortunately as a black, lesbian law enforcement officer in a same-sex marriage, was one of two Capitol Police officers last week that bravely saved the lives of Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise and a number of other Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game against congressional Democrats. And now liberal progressives are making […]

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The Illogic of Moral Relativism

June 17, 2017

Moral relativism, I think, is one of the most illogical and dishonest positions a person could have. Indeed, moral relativists do moralize, but the question is why do they? If morality is relative, there isn’t much of a basis for moralizing at all. What any given moral relativist may have is a particular opinion on […]

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Liberals Suddenly Discover Federalism

June 1, 2017

I was listening to Senator Mike Lee on the Andrew Wilkow show this morning (SiriusXM), which prompted me to write a little note to my liberal friends about the simplicity of federalism. Note that suddenly, since Donald Trump has come into power as president of the United States, you have now become fans of federalism, […]

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Morgan Freeman’s “Through the Wormhole” and Gun Control

May 27, 2017

I have watched every season of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, of which this is the last. As much as I admire Freeman, I sincerely disdain his politics and the manner in which he uses his celebrity to advocate for far left-wing causes under the guise of “science” to influence an unsuspecting public. In a recent episode, titled “Is Gun […]

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The Constitution is not a Plaything

April 2, 2017

I have written quite a bit about how liberal progressives view the Constitution as a living, breathing document. Indeed, the Constitution is a living, breathing document, but not in the way liberals want it to live and breathe. To wit, recently U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (regrettably, my senator from California), criticized U.S. Supreme Court nominee […]

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When Making a Moral Argument Against Someone Else, Don’t Misrepresent Their Views

March 28, 2017

One of the most interesting things to me about liberal progressives is that when they are making a moral argument, they will, with a straight face, intentionally lie about the actual position of those whom they oppose. For example, Gil Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles, was speaking of being a sanctuary city today, and how morally […]

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Senator Dianne Feinstein and Ideological Judges: Be Careful What You Wish For

March 21, 2017

I wanted to provide a little commentary about how Democrats are handling the Neil Gorsuch confirmation for U.S. Supreme Court justice, and ask my fair-minded liberal friends to consider just how bad this is and why they should not support this type of behavior from elected leaders when it comes to Supreme Court justice confirmations. […]

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