Riots and Floods, And Vacation, Oh My!
By Raymond Shipley
The month of August has quickly become an eventful one in the story of 2016. Added to the already volatile situation in the United States are police shootings, riots and floods. The hits keep coming, and they sure don't seem to be slowing down.
To start things off, police in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, shot and killed a 23 year old black man named Sylville Smith. Smith was armed with a stolen firearm and was evading police on foot when the shooting occurred. The officer that shot Smith has been identified as 24 year old Dominique Heaggan-Brown. This is just the latest in the stream of "innocent" black men gunned down by police in recent history. Nevermind that Officer Brown was wearing a bodycam, Smith was armed and that Officer Brown is black, the racism narrative has been on full display ever since the shooting. Facts have ceased to matter, if ever they did, and rhetoric continues to fuel the fires.
As a result of the shooting death of Smith, unrest in Milwaukee was perhaps an inevitability. What began as peaceful protesting quickly snowballed into all out rioting by the crowd, which consisted of large numbers of Black Lives Matter and other Black Nationalist groups (qv the shouts of "Black Power" during the rioting/looting). White people were specifically targeted for violence during the melee, and a gas station, bank and at least three other buildings were set on fire by the unruly mob. Shots were also fired at random into the crowd and journalists covering the event were assaulted, including being kicked, punched and thrown to the floor. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) activated the National Guard to assist with the incident.
A little further south, Louisiana is under water again, with a death toll attributed to the flooding at at least 13. While no Hurricane Katrina, this latest flood has been said to be as much as two feet in under three days, and with a rising death toll and the damage increasing it is clearly not an event from which to casually turn away.
Despite the racial unrest, National Guard presence in Milwaukee and the worst natural disaster to hit the US since 2012, Obama has refused to interrupt his Martha's Vineyard vacation to deal with the mess this country is now in. Moreover, he has yet to even release a press statement about the flooding, and even the Washington Post has identified the anger the POTUS has stirred due to his casual handling of the crisis. It seems Obama may be on auto-pilot as he knows he is on his way out of office very soon anyway. In case it seems relevant, Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump is scheduled to tour the Louisiana flood damage Friday.
Much has happened to the United States in the past 40 years, and the rate at which change is coming seems to have accelerated. With the past eight years of Obama as POTUS the obvious question would be is it wise to elect someone endorsed by him. As we are already headed for the cliff of self destruction, pressing the gas even harder with the election of one endorsed by a president that has done more than most to put us on said course doesn't seem wise. That the person in question is Hillary Clinton, a person with more evil and corruption to her name than perhaps any candidate in our history, simply confirms it. In conclusion, to quote Captain America:
“Doesn't matter what the press says. Doesn't matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn't matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right.
This nation was founded on one principle above all else: The requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world -- "No, YOU move.”