There is absolutely a culture of racism in this country in general and in law enforcement in particular, so as the Fergusen MO story unfolded, I tended to believe the supporters of Michael Brown. The Fergusen PD has an abysmal record when it comes to treatment of people of color. The only evidence we heard for weeks was complete fabrications from Right Wing radio hosts (there was no “orbital eye socket injury”), and sympathetic “eyewitness” accounts from the victim’s friends and neighbors. The prosecutor handled the case terribly, passively dumping reams of evidence on the grand jury and allowing it to flounder about, instead of shepherding it to an indictment and then a jury trial, which should have happened. Nevertheless, the actual evidence presented supports the officer. It is clear that the struggle began in the car and that Brown was shot while moving towards the officer, who was shouting at him to stop. That is pretty much all you need to exonerate the cop. Very few people will take the time to read the evidence, unfortunately, which is why we so desperately needed a trial to bring it out point by point, and clear the air. Now instead, we have riots and anger, and FOX News spewing racist claptrap.
I am a liberal, and I love listening to Glenn Beck. His shows are true performance art (with an agenda, of course). They are possibly the most entertaining radio on the air that doesn’t involve music. He starts off leading you down a path of reason, getting you comfortable (even liberals), winds you through fields of gradually increasing paranoia, so gradual that you might not notice at first, and then drops you down into a canyon of complete and utter insanity, all in that mellifluous, hypnotic voice of his. It is no accident that he is the highest paid entertainer in the country.
PLEASE VOTE, EVERYONE!
I am frustrated by the extent to which the “BOTH SIDES DO IT, BOTH SIDES ARE OWNED, BOTH SIDES SUCK” meme has taken hold. The fostering of this feeling of hopelessness is possibly the most brilliant move the wealthy and corporate powers that be have ever made. Convince the people that their vote means nothing and that they have no real choice, and they won’t vote, leaving you with a smaller electorate, made up mostly of those loyal to the status quo. Those who promulgate this patently false meme accuse others of not thinking for themselves, when in fact they are the ones abdicating their responsibility to honestly investigate and acknowledge the very real distinctions between parties and candidates.
One party has introduced and tried to pass legislation:
- overturning Citizens United and curbing the influence of money in politics
- raising the minimum wage to a level at which people can survive without government assistance
- providing equal pay for equal work regardless of gender
- expanding health care to millions of Americans who didn’t have it, and limiting insurance industry profits
- introducing common sense gun control laws
- maintaining the separation of church and state
- protecting a woman’s right to choose
- protecting the environment
- protecting workers’ rights
The other party has blocked, tried to block, delayed, or watered down all of the above.
You can choose which approach you prefer at the ballot box. Please do.