To Punish And Enslave

Regardless of race, run!

On Monday, May 25th, four members of the Minneapolis Police Department – namely Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Keung – arrested 46 year old George Floyd after receiving a call alleging that Floyd had passed a counterfeit twenty dollar bill at a nearby store. A bystander to the arrest filmed the encounter, and in the recording – which is disgusting, and I will not play it here because I believe it to show the man’s wrongful death – we see MPD officer Derek Chauvin essentially murder Mr. Floyd. Here’s a picture from the footage:

MPD Officer Derek Chauvin

For almost 10 minutes, Chauvin crushed the neck of Floyd while the alleged counterfeiter repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe while displaying obvious medical distress. The other three officers stood by, and instead of helping Mr. Floyd, they threatened bystanders who were asking them to stop. Heartbreakingly, George Floyd likely died during the encounter, shortly after begging for his mother. The vitriol and callousness of the officers on scene, especially officer Chauvin, were clearly visible, and Chauvin even appears to continually and unneccesarily shift his weight to apply more pressure to Floyd’s neck. It is a painful thing to watch, yet the officers seemed completely unconcerned that their actions were being recorded, probably because they engage in this type of behavior all the time. I make that assertion because Chauvin is the recipient of a dozen conduct complaints, none of which earned him any disciplinary action.

One can guess what happened next. Minneapolis has become a riotous warzone, with looting, rioting, and lines of militarized police responding with force. Hundreds of miles away in Los Angeles people also took to the streets to riot and loot, even destroying a couple of police cars. While I do not agree with innocent businesses being looted and destroyed, I completely agree that something must be done, and it has nothing to do with what color you are, it has much more to do with the pervasive “us versus them” mindset that is rampant in American law enforcement.

 

Police in America have become something they were never meant to be, and contrary to the gross racial narrative being pushed by mainstream media like CNN, the real truth is worse than some idiotic race-baiting. That angle is only pushed because it takes the focus off of the real problem, and makes the people responsible for what the police have become appear blameless. For example, in 2019, 1,004 people were shot and killed by police. The breakdown is 370 whites, 235 blacks, 158 Hispanic, 39 “other”, and 202 “unknown”. Those facts do not support the race narrative, yet those responsible for police corruption are happy to feed it to you in order to divide the public and gain political advantage.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/national/police-shootings-2019/

 What the narrative fails to ask is: Who is the Minneapolis Police Department Chief, who appointed him, and who has approved of and endorsed the department’s behavior? The Media narrative would have you believe that these police are a bunch of hillbilly, redneck MAGA types that can’t wait to literally stomp on innocent black folks. In truth, in Minneapolis and Minnesota, in cities and towns across the country where police abuses are most heinous and frequent, leftist and democrat policies and politicians are in charge. And also contrary to the Media narrative, most police chiefs are liberal democrats that stock their forces with corrupt union thugs that are only too happy to ignore their oath to the constitution in favor of illegal orders from Mayors, City Councils, and Governors. Just a quick look at the states continuing to impose illegal lockdowns, and using police stormtroopers to enforce them, will tell you just which political philosophy leads to abuse. Don’t believe me? Minnesota is deep blue, with a democrat Governor, Lt. Governor, and the infamous race-baiting Keith Ellison (D) as State Attorney General. Minneapolis is deep blue as well, with MPD police chief Medaria Arradondo ( a self-described “change agent” ) having been appointed by previous Mayor Betsy Hughes (D), overseen by current Mayor Jacob Frey (D), and approved by a city council comprised of 12 democrats and 1 Green Party member.

Everywhere you can see the abuse of power by police. For the last three years, corrupt and lawless federal police, the FBI, CIA, NSA, you name it, have been engaged in unconstitutional and illegal behavior. From James Comey and James Clapper to FBI agents like Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page, law enforcement has morphed into something akin to the Mafia, a “Cosa Notra”, or “our thing”, that knows no duty or law other than abusing their positions for more power. The power to destroy political opponents, settle petty personal crusades, and completely disregard the rights of American citizens starts at the top, and unsurprisingly it has trickled down into all of law enforcement.

The political right in this country is not blameless, either. The tired mantra of “it’s not all cops”, “the good people that make up the FBI”, and “we respect and support law enforcement” is responsible as well. Sure, it may not be all cops, federal agents and intelligence officers, but it might as well be. Why? Because evidently it’s enough of them to completely negate the actions of those that honor their oaths. When the occasional police officer comes forward to expose corruption or illegality, the Thick Blue Line makes sure they lose their jobs, reputation, and livelihood. It seems that “just following orders” is now the oath that is placed above all others, and history shows that to be a pathetic excuse for trampling the rights of others. People who lean right or libertarian are predisposed to expect law enforcement to be honorable and trustworthy, and in our current climate that can literally be a fatal mistake.

Really?

It’s beyond time to cast a distrustful and scornful eye on those that hold the power to imprison you and take your property or life. It’s time to question whether transferring multiple-tour combat veterans of Bush’s and Obama’s unending wars into domestic police forces is wise. It’s time to strip domestic law enforcement of surplus military weapons and gear that has become commonplace, because the mentality that comes with it is not healthy to maintaining a good relationship between a nation’s citizens and it’s police. Because nothing good can come out of the current state of America’s law enforcement.  And to those honorable and good cops or to the readers of this column that disagree with my position, it’s time to step up and prove that you actually believe in and honor the phrase “to protect and serve”…instead of “to punish and enslave”.

“A fondness for power is implanted in most men, and it is natural to abuse it when acquired.” – Alexander Hamilton

“With great power comes great responsibility.” – Stan Lee

Corrosion of Conformity

I watched the latest Hollywood ad promoting Hillary Clinton yesterday. I am not surprised at the Elite’s latest effort to prop up it’s puppet – namely Hillary Clinton and the Democrat Party – yet after viewing this slick propaganda piece I found myself in amazement at the hypocrisy and ignorance that can be found in the entertainment industry.  It’s produced by Joss Whedon, creator of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” “Angel”, and more recently writer and director of “The Avengers”. Whedon is talented, funny, and extremely successful to the tune of $100 million dollars. That’s great…….after all becoming successful at what you love is The American Dream. What I find disturbing is that the supposed party of the everyman doesn’t seem to be made up of regular people, but instead is composed of entitled, wealthy Elites who owe more to nepotism and circumstance than to anything else. Whedon himself was born into the entertainment biz with connections that would guarantee his success, and many of the familiar faces in his ad are as equally disconnected from the reality the rest of us live in. Let’s look at a few of them:

Robert Downey Jr. is another example of talented ignorance. He is now worth $240 million dollars due to his rightly-praised performances in a multitude of films, and though he was also born into showbiz, he almost squandered it. Luckily for Mr. Downey he was able to use his money and notoriety to escape the kind of consequences you or I would find imposed on us for the same offenses, such as being arrested in 1996 driving naked while possessing cocaine, heroin, and a loaded 357 magnum – or being arrested in 2000 in Palm Springs for possessing cocaine (again) while being dressed in a Wonder Woman costume.

Robert, while now admittedly sober, has quite a record for drugs……which makes his advocacy for Hillary Clinton especially confusing. You see, Bill Clinton wrote and signed into law one of the biggest expansions of national drug laws. His bill introduced mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offenses, and also introduced the “100 to 1” rule for cocaine sentencing……which means that 1 gram of crack cocaine is the sentencing equivalent of 100 grams of powder cocaine.  At the same time, Clinton’s bill gave billions of dollars to the construction of new, private prisons to house all of the new inmates his bill would create. In her term as Secretary of State Hillary continued being the consummate drug warrior, pushing the “Merida Initiative”, involving hiring private military contractors to sell U.S. military arms to Mexico to “combat drug trafficking”. I guess Mr. Downey thinks that though he escaped ruin from prosecution of repeated drug crimes, others should spend serious time in jail for their similar crimes, all while putting tax dollars into the hands of the privatized prison system. Oh well, I guess that full pardon he received in 2015 from Gov. Jerry Brown, for any and all previous crimes, makes the hypocrisy go down a bit smoother.

Then there’s perpetually angry Don Cheadle. Don really hates Trump, you see…….because, well………just because. Don, who is worth $35 million dollars, thinks all the world is racist and aligned against him. His recent project, “Miles Ahead”, was difficult to bring to the screen because of the racism of Hollywood against the subject, Miles Davis, and himself. He claims black people are “underrepresented in Hollywood”, yet Cheadle himself is the 14th richest black actor in the world ( ericroberson.com ) and has been nominated for, and received, many awards. Cheadle became caught up in the recent #OscarsSoWhite controversy……tweeting to Chris Rock during the Oscars that “they got me parking cars on G level……….” – implying the bias against black actors and the distance between them and esteemed award. Odd, considering Cheadle was nominated for an Oscar in 2005 for “Hotel Rwanda”.  Even stranger is Don’s willingness to appear with his friend Robert Downey Jr. in a political ad……considering Downey has an Oscar for playing a character in “blackface” in 2008’s “Tropic Thunder”. I guess Don forgives Hillary for calling black young people “super predators” a couple of years ago, and Bill’s “a few years ago this guy would be carrying our bags” remark about Barack Obama. In fact, the Black Community seems to be perfectly ok with Hillary’s kinship with the late Robert Byrd, whom she called in 2014 her “friend and mentor’, though Byrd started his own KKK chapter in West Virginia……and was famously quoted as saying, “I shall never fight in the armed forces with a negro by my side … Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.” – Robert Byrd.  I wonder if Don Cheadle knows that Hillary’s “friend and mentor” also spent 14 hours attempting to filibuster the 1964 Civil Rights Act?

Don’t forget the wise Scarlett Johansson, who is an activist and advocate for women’s rights and the rights of the LGBT community. Scarlett is worth over $100 million dollars, and her movies have netted $3.3 Billion(BoxOfficeMojo), yet she still finds the time to promote her feminist heroine, and warn us of the dangers of Trump. I wonder if she knows that the Clinton’s heavily benefit from contributions from some very un-feminist places. The Clintons took at least $25 million dollars from Saudi Arabia…..where same sex activity is illegal and punishable by death, discrimination against gays and women is encouraged by the State, and women need permission from a “male guardian” for even simple acts like going out in public. Add $1 – $5 million apiece from Qatar, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates……. all of which persecute gays and women in accordance with Sharia law. I guess since ScarJo can vote and drive here in the U.S., who cares if other women elsewhere in the world can? Or about where Clinton’s money comes from  and what it may have bought?

There seems to be an awful, hypocritical, conformity taking shape amongst our entertainment and political Elite. What binds them is the insularity that their position and wealth affords, and they become more and more out of touch with reality while simultaneously lecturing the rest of us. I do not begrudge anyone their financial success, I applaud it…….but it’s also important to remind people that these celebrities are not, and most never were, ordinary people whose children compete with illegals for a scholarship, a job, or a home. They are eager to conform to each other, and are eager for us to conform to the corrosive ideas and policies of the politicians they promote.

Or maybe it’s just a bunch of talented frauds telling us to vote for one of their own.

 

“So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire…….. by people who don’t even know that fire is hot.” – George Orwell