Do Cops’ Lives Matter to Obama?

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Do Cops' Lives Matter to Obama?
Pat Buchanan
Pat Buchanan

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Barack Obama, as chief law enforcement officer of the United States, is going to have to stop acting like a conscientious objector in this war on cops.

Wednesday, another officer, in Fox Lake, Illinois, Lt. Charles “GI Joe” Gliniewicz, was gunned down. Last Friday, Darren Goforth, a Houston deputy sheriff, was shot 15 times by an alleged black racist.

President Obama called the widow of Deputy Goforth, but he has yet to show the same indignation and outrage he exhibited at what happened to Trayvon Martin in Florida and Michael Brown in Ferguson.

This year, 24 cops have been gunned down. And the day after deputy Goforth's execution, “Black Lives Matter!” showed up at the Minnesota state fair chanting, “Pigs in a blanket! Fry 'em like bacon!”

Last fall, when mobs blocked highways after the death of Eric Garner in an encounter with police on Staten Island, the hoodlum chant was: “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want 'em? Now!”

Soon after, two cops in Brooklyn were executed in their patrol car.

Time for Obama to ascend the bully pulpit and call out the racial demagogues in the fever swamps of his own radical left constituency.

For some of the evils of the last century we thought we left behind seem to be returning, as is the old indulgence of lawlessness when done by those claiming some “grievance” against society.

Violent crime is rising again, a direct result, many believe, of a new police reluctance to be aggressive in enforcing the law, to avoid violent clashes with criminals and suspects, the so-called “Ferguson effect.”

The lead story in the Sept. 1 2015 New York Times reported a surge in murders in the city after the Eric Garner incident, and even greater surges in Milwaukee, St. Louis, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Chicago.

A closer look at the Times figures reveals something more disturbing. Chicago, a city with not half the population of New York, exceeds New York in murders this year, 294 to 208.

Washington, a city not a tenth as populous as New York, had half as many murders, 105. Baltimore, where Freddie Gray died in police custody, and six officers have been charged in his death, has had more murders this year, 215, than New York, though New York has 14 times the population.

To discover the causes of the new crime wave in America, we should reconsider what rolled back the tsunami of crime that swept America from the 1960s to the early 1990s.

One of the causes of that crime wave was simple demography. From 1962 to 1990, the baby-boom generation, largest in U.S. history, passed into, through, and out of that age cohort, 18 to 36, where crime among males is at its highest.

Second, beginning with the Reagan era around 1980, America nearly quadrupled the number of incarcerated, from 600,000 to over 2 million in jails and prisons. Muggers, robbers, rapists, killers were taken off the streets and put away for decades.

With mayors like Rudy Giuliani, hard-core criminals had the book thrown at them, and even petty crimes were prosecuted before the petty criminals graduated to worse crimes.

Cops became heroes. America's cities became livable again.

Washington ceased to be the “murder capital of the nation.” Young people begin moving in and fixing up inner-city neighborhoods that few had dared to visit a couple years before.

While we have nowhere near the murders, rapes and robberies we did in the worst decades of the 20th century, the crime rate is rising across the nation.

In D.C., restrictions on cops and a spike in crime have produced a huge vote of no confidence from the Fraternal Order of Police in once-popular Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

Cops say that aggressive methods of crime control like New York's “stop and frisk” make cities safer. The D.C. Fraternal Order says that city leaders need to “stop sacrificing the safety of our communities … to political correctness,” and let the cops do their jobs.

Post-Ferguson, America seems to be dividing angrily over this issue of cops and crime.

The Right sees America's cops as civilization's last line of defense against crime and anarchy. Among liberal elites and the Black Lives Matter crowd, an old notion is regaining ascendancy — cops are the problem and police are all too often the oppressors.

In the 1960s, Vice President Hubert Humphrey declared that if he had to endure the conditions of the ghetto, he “could lead a pretty good riot” himself, while Nixon ridiculed the Kerner Commission report that blamed the riots on “white racism.”

Nixon and George Wallace got 57 percent of the vote in 1968. And a strong stand for law and order helped to give the GOP a near quarter-century lock on the presidency.

The law and order issue is lying there again, waiting to be picked up.

Meanwhile we ought to hear from our president about who and what he thinks is responsible for all those wounded and dead cops…

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

  • 7 thoughts on “Do Cops’ Lives Matter to Obama?

    1. No one’s lives matter to Obama and his admin , same as KING Cuomo in New York . The use media to highlight the crimes they want and point fingers then scream for gun control while supplying arms to terrorists around the world.

    2. The template for criticizing cops was set when Professor Gates was ‘locked out’ in Harvard Yard. Obama in so many words labeled the cop, who was just doing his job, as “Stupid”.

    3. Is not this rogue Administration raised and mentor to by those chanting and shouting in anti Police Demonstrations:
      “What do we want?”
      “Off the Pigs!”
      “When are we going to do it?”
      “NOW!”

      Seems I still remember this along with shouts of “Solidarity with the PLO” ( Palestine Liberation Organization).

    4. If it had been a black officer’s killed by a white person then Obama would have been in on what happened, But when a white officer kill’s a black person then he jumps up and down about gun control, White’s are out to kill young black’s. He never faces the real world. Obama is a Asshole we can only hope someone take’s over who can move our nation in the right way.

    5. The rise in crime is the result of the system losing legitimacy in the eyes of many minorities, not a lack of policing. (Read Prof Roth’s “American Homicide” for how this works http://www.amazon.com/American-Homicide-Randolph-Roth/dp/0674064119)

      Anyone who claims we need more policing is an enemy of liberty. There’s a reason dictatorships are called police states & we’re getting there. A govt with the power to oppress will oppress. The only way to protect our liberties is to disarm the govt while arming & organizing the people. Don’t forget that the 2A says that a “well regulated militia is necessary for the security of a free state”. It doesn’t say “a strong police force”. The Founders were leery of a powerful govt, they were right about that.

      What we need to do is dial back the social dynamics that progressivism brought us that drive crime up. They’re sure not talking about us like that in France anymore! Progressivism has failed to achieve its lofty ideals. Instead it has created our present situation of crime and murder, war and empire. It is this failure that the advocates of gun control want to cover up. Instead of facing reality they want to blame guns for the problems the implementation of their ideas has created. Before anyone gets too smug, let me emphasize that both political parties have adopted the progressive ideology. Today’s so-called liberals and conservatives advocate different degrees and different aspects of it, but advocate it they do. The liberals may advocate gun control, but it is the conservatives who advocate the police state that can enforce it. Stop and frisk is a great example of this. Gun control is what drives it. While the liberals object to stop and frisk they support its driving force. While the conservatives advocate stop and frisk they oppose the gun control that drives it. It’s past time for both sides to realize that the killing will only end, society will only heal by turning it away from being ruled by force and toward voluntary interaction between its members. Liberty is the answer.

    6. Remember Eric Holder, good buddy of bath house barry? Remember Holder deciding to release convicted criminals because a) they were black, b) they had been convicted of non-violent crimes, c) they were the kinds of guys Holder liked to play basketball with? Guess what the cities mentioned have in abundance that is shared by the lying, cheating, thieving, muslim traitor in the White House? When criminals like Hillary Clinton violate the law, get caught and don’t go to jail, guess why crime is going up! Thank you bath house barry, thank you democrats and republicans.

      You voted twice for bath house barry to put the country in the toilet; vote for Hillary to hit the flush handle. And continue to wonder why things continue to get worse in this country.

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