Systemic Nonsense Two great crimes against civilized society.
The death of George Floyd is not an example of "systemic racism" and those who claim it is are a systemic problem. We don't even know if racism was involved.
We recently watched in horror as an innocent man's life was deliberately taken by a police officer in Minneapolis while three other policemen stood idly by, none of them lifting a finger to stop the murder they all knew was unfolding in plain sight.
We watched in horror as innocent people of all races were beaten and murdered as public and private property were looted, burned, and civil society was severely attacked while elected mayors and governors, charged with the responsibility to prevent such violence, stood idly by, and didn't lift a finger to stop the violence. Even worse, they directed their police officers to "stand down" and not confront rioters and looters!
Two crimes, and two sets of complicit onlookers who must equally share in the guilt for the crimes committed.
The three police officers who failed to restrain and arrest their fellow officer for attempted murder must pay the penalty for contributing to the death of an innocent man. One case of murder, three cases of aiding and abetting the commission of a murder.
The mayors and governors who sat idly by while rioters and looters destroyed livelihoods and property and severely beat and killed innocent people because police officers were instructed to "stand down" must pay the price for aiding and abetting the mayhem that ensued. These public officials should be held accountable for their criminal negligence.
What possible rationale can any elected mayor have for failure to perform their first duty to the public... to protect and defend them from harm? What possible excuse can there be for any governor to fail to take command of a city's police where the mayor is being derelict by issuing a "stand down" order in the face of an imminent threat of riot and looting?
While these elected officials are just as guilty as those criminal Minneapolis police who killed an innocent man, the remedy and punishment for the damages done by these officials is available to the people at their next election. It won't be sufficient punishment for these bad actors, but it will at least make it less likely another atrocious "stand down" order will be made in the future.
Murdering policeman, riot-encouraging mayors, both are equally guilty of crimes against civilized humanity.
It is a disgrace that in cities where the mayor ordered the police to "stand down" not one of the Police Commissioners had the moral courage and integrity to countermand the ludicrous order of his mayor and take charge of the protection of his city!
America must put its collective foot down... hard... on the necks of these insane mayors who deliberately put their cities in harm's way.
Bob Webster, a descendant of Daniel Webster's father, Revolutionary War patriot Ebenezer Webster, has always had a strong interest in early American history, our Constitution, U.S. politics, and law. Politically he is a constitutional republican with objectivist and libertarian roots. He has faith in the ultimate triumph of truth and reason over deception and emotion. He is a strong believer in our Constitution as written and views the abandonment of constitutional restraint by the regressive Progressive movement as a great danger to our Republic. His favorite novel is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and believes it should be required reading for all high school students so they can appreciate the cost of tolerating the growth of unconstitutional crushingly powerful central government. He strongly believes, as our Constitution enshrines, that the interests of the individual should be held superior to the interests of the state.
A lifelong interest in meteorology and climatology spurred his strong interest in science. Bob earned his degree in Mathematics at Virginia Tech, graduating in 1964.