Looting and Rioting Do Not a Protest Make
Tevya Sheds a Tear
Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Monday, December 8, 2014. Our dear friend, Wasp Tevya, is at the breakfast table. He is torn apart watching the footage of the looting and violence spreading across our nation. Something has gone terribly wrong in America and it is time to get to the bottom of the problem. Please join us for breakfast. Tevya is bringing sesame bagels with cream cheese and lox. I will be preparing delicious Irish coffees to warm you. We look forward to your arrival.
The Rule of Law
Thank you all for joining me this morning. I remember a time when America was a nation of laws. Respect for the law and for law enforcement is now at an all time low and I truly believe we can thank President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder for fanning the flames of violence. President Obama has a tendency to weigh in on local issues and pass judgement on the guilt or innocence of the parties involved before the legal process decides anything. Local issues should be left to local law enforcement and not placed on the national stage because it suits the interests of a president and attorney general who see racists everywhere. The businesses in Ferguson that burned to the ground were the end result of protestors who came to cause harm. The woman who was seen running out of a liquor store with a few bottles in her hands, could give a damn about Michael Brown. The same can be said of the thugs who attacked an elderly white man dependent on oxygen in a parking lot in Ferguson. The victim was left lying on the ground with his oxygen tank atop his body. The animals who attacked him, took his car and ran over the man's body as they sped away. I don't recall Attorney General Eric Holder mentioning this atrocity. I don't believe President Obama took a second to mention this crime either. Two Grand Juries met to deliberate the deaths of two black men at the hands of the police. They reached conclusions based upon thousands of pages of testimony. The public were not privy to this information. The public was not in the jury room. They reached their separate decisions and did not find sufficient evidence to indict the police in Ferguson or New York. That should have been that! If we are truly a nation of laws, the process worked as it was supposed to. Have we now come to a point that we will allow mobs to decide guilt or innocence? If President Obama or Eric Holder felt the need to chime in on these matters, they should have stressed the point that the Grand Jury in each case was charged with deciding if a crime was committed. They and they alone heard testimony, studied the evidence and came to a conclusion. President Obama and Attorney General Holder should have pleaded for calm and made it very clear that violence will not be tolerated. They failed miserably in my view and they are still failing.
Throwing the Police Under the Bus
What kind of nation would we be without brave men and women willing to serve on the police force? It is a dangerous and often thankless job. We have a tendency in this country to prefer a dead police officer to one that acts to save others or himself by taking down a threat. I have no intention of getting into the guilt or innocence of the actions of the police in either case. That has already been decided in a court of law. What I would like to see happen is a smack down of all the looters and losers. Bring back the paddy wagons and load these fools in the truck and haul their sorry behinds off to jail. Police should never be told to stand down and let the violence peter out. Once it dies down a bit, you have local businesses burned to the ground and old sick men trampled with nobody held accountable. That is simply unacceptable. The police are not the problem in this country. The promotion of the idea that the police are the problem is the root of all this evil. Attorney General Eric Holder started this along with President. Obama. When police officers violate their code of conduct, they are dealt with by their departments. The incidence of a suspect dying while being arrested is incredibly small. The incidence of young angry black men resisting arrest is incredibly high. Therein lies the problem.
The Death of Respect
Along with the death of common sense comes the death of respect for authority. When a police officer tells you to put your hands up, you put your hands up. Any beef you may have with the arrest will be handled in court. No one has to die. It really is that simple. Parents, teachers and role models should be hitting the message home that we must respect authority figures if we are to remain a nation of laws and not a third world country where violence in the streets is common place. We have a right to protest in this great nation. There are hundreds of protests every single day. They are peaceful and the protestors obey the laws and life goes on. Every once in a while something goes terribly wrong. That time is now and the message must be sent that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated. The last thing this nation needs is president and attorney general who think they are back on the streets of Chicago with a bullhorn.
Get the Message Right
The black community has to come to terms with the truth about how so many of them live their lives and bring up their kids. They need strong leaders to step forward and tell them the truth. This country has marvelous examples of black Americans who have succeeded at the highest levels. The message is this. If you can't stand the circumstances of your life, change them. Get educated, get a job, start a business and build a life. The time for complaining and anger is over. There is ample opportunity in this country to get ahead. Not taking advantage of all that this nation has to offer is just plain lazy and stupid.
Every parent and every kid, regardless of the color of their skin has to hear the same message. Life is not always fair, but we all have the power to make things better. Every immigrant group coming to this country faced terrible and seemingly insurmountable problems, but they managed to make their lives better. When President Obama won election to the highest office in the nation, so many people breathed a sigh of relief and said that racism was definitely under control. The people who elected Obama thought so, but Obama and his friends never seemed to buy into the message. Maybe that's the problem.
Dear God, you made so many protestors
It's no shame to be a protestor
But sometimes, it's no great honor either!