On 8/15/14, after Barack Obama made his first comments in the wake of the Ferguson riots, I wrote:
I have no idea what happened in Ferguson, MO, and neither do you. And we all agree any unnecessary death is a tragedy. But we have a judicial system to deal with bad cops, if that turns out to be the case. Rioting, looting, Molotov cocktails, death threats, and the like, should be singled-out as inexcusable no matter what the facts turn out to be. Justice can only be served through our judicial system and that takes time, patience, civility, and wisdom. Instead of making that case convincingly and emphatically, as a president should, Barack Obama spoke to the nation in bland platitudes and equivocated.Four days later, after he commented again, I wrote:
America, we have a problem.
Obama spoke to the nation again yesterday (8/18) and again equivocated. If he wanted to avoid further violence, looting, anger, and hate, he could have explained to those calling for "death to Darren Wilson!" that we have a judicial system and that the facts will come out as they do in every public case, especially when there are dozens of eye witnesses as there are in this case. But this case should not be tried on TV, or in the streets, or from the pulpit, or with molotov cocktails. Instead he drew a moral equivalence between our judicial system and looting rioters. Think about this America -- The President of the United States, for political reasons, does not want to prevent further violence, looting, anger, and hate.Tonight , 11/24/14, the grand jury spoke and the case is now closed. The officer, Darren Wilson, was not charged with any crime because the jury believed he acted with justifiable use of force.
Again the president spoke and again mistook his role for that of agitator. He accused the judicial system of racism. He made no mention of the fact that Michael Brown would be alive today if he had obeyed officer Wilson. He made no mention of his faith in the grand jury or the public servants who worked this case according to the law. He made no mention of the officer whose life has also been upended by Michael Brown's belligerence. He made no mention of the fact that moments before the incident officer Wilson had helped save the life of an infant. And finally, he made only bland equivocal calls for peace and non-violence.
It's a shame this isn't baseball, because on Ferguson alone I count three strikes.
(I put the images at the top of the page together because you will not see them in the pop media. But they are real and should be part of the record. What they mean is up to you to decide. Of note: neither was raised by his father, and all seem to have issues with authority.)