Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Complete and Total Failure Of The Left

If you claim to believe in results you can't possibly be a leftie--unless burned and hollowed cities are what you support:
In Baltimore, as the National Guard steps in, curfews are imposed, and business owners pick up the pieces from their burned-out, looted stores, let’s not forget why one more American city has been torn apart by racial violence. Blue America has failed at social justice. It has failed at equality. It has failed at accountability. Its competing constituencies are engaged in street battles, and any exploration of “root causes” must necessarily include decades of failed policies — all imposed by steadfastly Democratic mayors and city leaders.

Are the riots caused by the Baltimore Police Department’s “documented history” of abuse? Which party has run Baltimore and allowed its police officers to allegedly run amok? Going deeper, which American political movement lionizes public-employee unions, fiercely protecting them from even the most basic reform? Public-employee unions render employee discipline difficult and often impossible. Jobs are functionally guaranteed for life, and rogue officers can count on the best representation money can buy — courtesy of Blue America.

The accompanying graphic is telling as well:
The left is morally bankrupt.  Witness the invective against Whole Foods for daring to feed National Guardsmen brought in to protect people and property:
Whole Foods was criticized Tuesday for their efforts to support local law enforcement who have been working tirelessly to secure Baltimore after riots took hold of the city Monday evening.

“We teamed up with Whole Foods Market Mt. Washington to make sandwiches for the men and women keeping Baltimore safe. We are so thankful to have them here and they’re pumped for Turkey & Cheese,” one of the supermarket’s local store’s posted online.

Almost immediately, Whole Foods found themselves in a firestorm of controversy.
What they are doing is "unconscionable", they are feeding "the oppressor".

To lefties, feeding those who stop rioting is a bad thing.  Noted.

Update, 5/2/15More evidence to support the thesis:
A few weeks ago, there was an election in Ferguson, Mo., the result of which was to treble the number of African Americans on that unhappy suburb’s city council. This was greeted in some corners with optimism — now, at last, the city’s black residents would have a chance to see to securing their own interests. This optimism flies in the face of evidence near — St. Louis — and far — Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco . . .

St. Louis has not had a Republican mayor since the 1940s, and in its most recent elections for the board of aldermen there was no Republican in the majority of the contests; the city is overwhelmingly Democratic, effectively a single-party political monopoly from its schools to its police department. Baltimore has seen two Republicans sit in the mayor’s office since the 1920s — and none since the 1960s. Like St. Louis, it is effectively a single-party political monopoly from its schools to its police department. Philadelphia has not elected a Republican mayor since 1948. The last Republican to be elected mayor of Detroit was congratulated on his victory by President Eisenhower. Atlanta, a city so corrupt that its public schools are organized as a criminal conspiracy against its children, last had a Republican mayor in the 19th century. Its municipal elections are officially nonpartisan, but the last Republican to run in Atlanta’s 13th congressional district did not manage to secure even 30 percent of the vote; Atlanta is effectively a single-party political monopoly from its schools to its police department.

American cities are by and large Democratic-party monopolies, monopolies generally dominated by the so-called progressive wing of the party. The results have been catastrophic, and not only in poor black cities such as Baltimore and Detroit. Money can paper over some of the defects of progressivism in rich, white cities such as Portland and San Francisco, but those are pretty awful places to be non-white and non-rich, too: Blacks make up barely 9 percent of the population in San Francisco, but they represent 40 percent of those arrested for murder, and they are arrested for drug offenses at ten times their share of the population. Criminals make their own choices, sure, but you want to take a look at the racial disparity in educational outcomes and tell me that those low-income nine-year-olds in Wisconsin just need to buck up and bootstrap it? Black urban communities face institutional failure across the board every day. There are people who should be made to answer for that: What has Martin O’Malley to say for himself? What can Ed Rendell say for himself other than that he secured a great deal of investment for the richest square mile in Philadelphia? What has Nancy Pelosi done about the radical racial divide in San Francisco...

Yes, Baltimore seems to have some police problems. But let us be clear about whose fecklessness and dishonesty we are talking about here: No Republican, and certainly no conservative, has left so much as a thumbprint on the public institutions of Baltimore in a generation. Baltimore’s police department is, like Detroit’s economy and Atlanta’s schools, the product of the progressive wing of the Democratic party enabled in no small part by black identity politics. This is entirely a left-wing project, and a Democratic-party project.

When will the Left be held to account for the brutality in Baltimore — brutality for which it bears a measure of responsibility on both sides? There aren’t any Republicans out there cheering on the looters, and there aren’t any Republicans exercising real political power over the police or other municipal institutions in Baltimore. Community-organizer — a wretched term — Adam Jackson declared that in Baltimore “the Democrats and the Republicans have both failed.” Really? Which Republicans? Ulysses S. Grant? Unless I’m reading the charts wrong, the Baltimore city council is 100 percent Democratic.
I'm sure it's more fun to blame Republicans, though. It allows the liberals to avoid the cognitive dissonance that would otherwise make their heads explode.

Update, 5/5/15Thomas Sowell says it like nobody but Thomas Sowell can:
That vision is nowhere more clearly expressed than in attempts to automatically depict whatever social problems exist in ghetto communities as being caused by the sins or negligence of whites, whether racism in general or a “legacy of slavery” in particular. Like most emotionally powerful visions, it is seldom, if ever, subjected to the test of evidence. 
The “legacy of slavery” argument is not just an excuse for inexcusable behavior in the ghettos. In a larger sense, it is an evasion of responsibility for the disastrous consequences of the prevailing social vision of our times, and the political policies based on that vision, over the past half century. 
Anyone who is serious about evidence need only compare black communities as they evolved in the first 100 years after slavery with black communities as they evolved in the first 50 years after the explosive growth of the welfare state, beginning in the 1960s. You would be hard-pressed to find as many ghetto riots prior to the 1960s as we have seen just in the past year, much less in the 50 years since a wave of such riots swept across the country in 1965...

You cannot take any people, of any color, and exempt them from the requirements of civilization — including work, behavioral standards, personal responsibility, and all the other basic things that the clever intelligentsia disdain — without ruinous consequences to them and to society at large. 
 Non-judgmental subsidies of counterproductive lifestyles are treating people as if they were livestock, to be fed and tended by others in a welfare state — and yet expecting them to develop as human beings have developed when facing the challenges of life themselves.
Liberals don't care about results.


maxutils said...

I'm pretty sure you have never been to that part of Baltimore. It's a strip of rich people stuff (including Camden yard and Ravens stadium) surrounded by EXACTLY what you have seen on either "Homicide: Life in the Streets" or "The Wire."
They have two main problems, and one ancillary: first, drug trafficking. In Baltimore, in that area, there is absolutely no better way to make money than selling drugs; and the police crack down on the sellers, raising prices and creating new opportunities for previously law abiding citizens. And -- which party is it that favors decriminalization, and which supports more costly judicial solutions? So, chalk one up for the left. Second, is educational opportunity … their schools suck, and they sort of have a voucher thing, but not really … that's both on the left AN D the right. Ancillary problem? Who on earth would invest in that community? You can't blame this soley on the left … although, the mayor is a freaking idiot.

Darren said...

Unless you're supporting the legalization of hardcore drugs, your argument doesn't make sense.

And how about the examples in this post that are *not* Baltimore--the graphic, perhaps? The left creates the very problems it rails about.

maxutils said...

I actually do support legalizing hardcore, and all drugs. Allows regulation, taxation, reduces enforcement costs, and doesn't really wncourafge use. You can also use your saving to promote anti drug education programs for those who need it, instead if making pot smokers who want no part of it and aren't addicted (pot being completely non addictive) to complete them instead of going to jail ...

Ellen K said...

What I don't understand is that while the mayor and chief of police are both black and three of the six cops involved in this event are also black, how can this still be racism? Wouldn't it be better defined as class warfare? I don't think any of my middle class black, Hispanic or Asian parents would willingly send their kids to MICA or Johns Hopkins after seeing this kind of behavior. But then I have already had parents refuse full rides for their kids to School of the Art Institute of Chicago for fear of what goes on there. These are not white kids, they are black kids from upper middle class families. This reinforces my belief that while middle class black kids feel they must embrace the political views of the far Left, their parents realize that to do so puts them in danger.