The heavily-burdened Grand Jury has handed down a decision stating that they will not indict Officer Darren Wilson for any criminal wrongdoing in the shooting death of Michael Brown. That has regrettably caused a lot of very frustrated, angry and frightened people to take to the streets and riot. This has given cover to a number of professional radicals who look for any grievance, legitimate or contrived, as an opportunity to destroy property and ruin lives in the name of bringing down “The System.” The activities undertaken by our leaders, both elected and self-selected have been at least as criminal in their negligence as anything that either Darren Wilson or Michael Brown may have participated in on the fateful and tragic day of Mr. Brown’s death.
I blog here not to praise Caesar but to decry his lamentable absence. Our President, so sudden to grab for executive power when he thinks that he can gain from it, is completely, utterly and lamentably absent from situations where he could have a positive and ameliorative impact. He spent the days leading up to the riots telling the protesters to “stay on course.*” This implied that it could lead any place other than fiery ruin if they didn’t get their way. His speech after the verdict was released did nothing to quell the rioting or calm down aggrieved feelings. It was cowardly double-talk designed to say nothing while “saying something grand” in front of the cameras. When he could have helped prevent the riots; he once more voted “Present” instead of leading when leadership was hard.
Our Attorney General derides us as a nation of cowards, but then obsequiously kowtows to radicals who seek any pretense to damage our society for the sake of watching it burn. As 25 structural fires were being set in the city of Ferguson, Eric Holder informed us that Federal prosecutors were still looking into the shooting of Michael Brown. That will be of great comfort and succor to the old man who was carjacked and run over at a local pizza joint during the riots.
Only Governor Jay Nixon took any steps at all to protect the personal property and public safety of Ferguson, MO civilians and he was rewarded by the possible sabotage and very real contempt of his own party. Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal had the following to say while fire-fighters were being shot at by rioters engaged in burning local businesses.
“And I have to tell you, this is St. Louis’s race war,” she continued calmly, holding back tears. “We didn’t have a race war like other cities throughout the country. This is our race war. And people have to be open, and they have to be honest. And they have to earnest. And they have not been earnest for decades. I know people in my own party, in my own government structure who disregard things that we say, and how we feel. And we are not going to allow it anymore.”
Ferguson burns for a lot of reasons. Several of those reasons reside in the Federal Government or the media. So many national leaders pursued cowardly or disingenuous agendas with respect to the shooting of Michael Brown that the tragedy continuing to strike Ferguson like a locust plague became inevitable. Any time the leadership of our country chose to, they could have stood down the growing unrest and told people that street justice was unacceptable and would not be tolerated. Any time they could have supported Governor Nixon’s efforts to maintain order and allow for public safety while allowing non-violent dissent over the Grand Jury proceedings and the shooting that occurred.
Instead, our President did nothing but encourage the demonstrations and then gave a weaseling, blame-evading speech at the key moment of crisis leverage. Instead, our Attorney General criticized Governor Nixon for attempting to quell anarchy before it started. Instead, members of Jay Nixon’s own party openly declared the events of Ferguson, MO as St. Louis’ race war. Governor Nixon was the only person in this entire situation to take any action at all on behalf of the thousands of predominantly African-American citizens who wanted nothing more than to live productive lives, unencumbered by the ongoing feke-storm that was the shooting of Michael Brown. Literally every other leader involved in Ferguson, MO ran from the necessity of preserving public order the way Brave Sir Robin ran from the enemy in a certain, famous Monty Python skit. Eric Holder and all the rest of them showed us leadership befitting the nation of cowards he accuses us of being.
*-Does that mean anything? Would having them stay on course unshoot Michael Brown or unburn anyone’s small business?