Turmoil was in the streets of Denver, Chicago, and New York this week, but at times the footage was reminiscent of Karachi during the 2012 protests. It’s hard to say just when the tipping point came where flawed progressivism turned on our country and became hate, but how else can we characterize a crowd jeering police officers struck by a car in Denver?
As the Obama presidency stumbles towards closure and a Republican-dominated Congress threatens to turn a lame duck into a dead duck, it’s hard to look at the turmoil across the country and not see the final pieces of a failed community organizer’s scheme coming together. There is little left in America that hasn’t received the “broken” label. Health care was broken and it still is, though no one in the White House will ever admit it. The immigration system is broken. The housing finance system is broken. The student loan system is broken. Veterans Affairs has to be overhauled. The federal budget process is broken, too, especially during year-end budget squabbles and debt ceiling crises. All this breakage adds up to Washington being fundamentally flawed, but Washington is not the issue. The issue is America and how we view it.
Liberals have pushed big government to the limits because Obama gave them the opportunity. With their grip slipping, even progress is an excuse to keep the people unhappy. Jobs have been created and the unemployment rate is down to 5.8%, but job creation isn’t good enough because the lower classes are not making enough money for politicians to feel secure. We saw how this works in Chicago last Tuesday, where the minimum wage was raised by city council members facing an election next year. They can take credit for higher wages now, but workers won’t see the $13/hr. until 2019.
The one thing that we aren’t being told is broken is our federal system for going after alleged civil rights violations. There has been a lot of talk lately about trust between the people and law enforcement. Why this trust should exist when there is no trust between the people and their government is hard to say, but if anything in our country is said to be broken now, it is race relations. After years of getting the word out on unfairness and inequality the president finally got what he wanted: Americans in turmoil, demonstrating against a system he told them was unfair. Now he has three hot button racial incidents to exploit: one in Ferguson, one in New York, and one in Cleveland.
There is a tremendous contradiction between Obama’s broken country and demonstrations spurred on by an administration that has no regard for our laws and embraces a political agenda that uses race as a tool for change. Repeat appearances by Attorney General Holder have fanned, not quelled the flames. Holder made this statement after the Eric Garner decision, subtly encouraging those planning to demonstrate:
I urge all those inclined to demonstrate tonight and in the days ahead to remain peaceful in their demonstrations, and not to engage in activities that deflect our attention from the very serious matters our nation must confront.¹
There are serious matters we need to deal with, but they aren’t the ones Holder is talking about. One is the fundamental distrust between the people and their government that comes from repeatedly being lied to, let down, and told that nothing we pay for works. Another is encouraging turmoil by resurrecting 1960s civil rights struggles and using has-been activists like Al Sharpton to get the word out while the world sits back and watches.
When all hope of legislative change has been lost by the left the only thing remaining is to encourage discontent. That goal is being accomplished, as misguided demonstrations have proved, and well it should. The president and Democrats have been working on it since 2009.
Worst Political News Story This Week published December 6, 2014.
Title revised 06-11-2016.