Three developing stories prove just how much we permit protest and politics to decide the value of life. The spread of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Sandra Bland protests, and the move to defund Planned Parenthood speak to our willingness to let the value of life be a sardonic decision made for the benefit of agitators and political heavyweights.
Race in America
While Obama boasts reducing the number of federal prisoners,1 lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are showing signs that they aren’t done with mandatory minimum laws just yet. It doesn’t matter whether we slap mandatory penalties on guns, drugs, or failing to pick up after your dog.
Two children died on the streets of Chicago while the Congressional Black Caucus celebrated the removal of a historic relic in South Carolina. 1 As reported by the Chicago Tribune,2 Dillan Harris was sitting in his stroller when he was run over by a car escaping a shooting.
Thank heavens we have a flag to draw the nation’s ire. A flag can’t be racist, but its symbolism can certainly be construed as offensive. This is a good thing at the moment for anyone who needs to convince themselves that we can make things right by discarding the Confederate flag.
There is not much that shocks me, but my jaw bounced off the top of my desk when I read President Obama’s “society’s lottery winners”1 remark made during a discussion on poverty and class segregation. Is he trying to convince us that he is so humble he doesn’t realize he is one of those winners and has helped make segregation worse?
Loretta Lynch parroted the newest Obama administration slogan as she made her case for the Justice Department’s slice of the federal budget. Appearing before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Thursday, she spoke of the ”trust that must exist between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.”
We weren’t watching the fruits of a Great Society in Baltimore. Citizens behaved like terrorists. Public officials said the wrong things. A city burned, but cities can be rebuilt. Restoring respect is not that easy.
It is a lot harder to change people’s beliefs and instill respect for society when disrespect is encouraged and rewarded.