The Foundation of Liberty
Our article, Truth, Justice, and Domestic Tranquility, written just days after a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. shot a man threatening his life states:
“Justice is absolutely and critically dependent on truth. Domestic tranquility similarly has as its prime requisite, justice for all. Reading the Preamble to the Constitution, “justice for all” is the primary directive controlling the intention of the Constitution. From and by it all other intentions are enabled. In the Framers understanding, validated by all human history, justice is defined not by the laws of mankind, but the “Creator” of immutable Law.”
Continuing, it says:
“Fearful of the public majority, they [the Framers] met in secret to study history to 500 years before Christ to learn from the past and give birth to a “Nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal”. This attack on America must be learned from. Appeasement and the tolerance of injustice never work.”
But, as the following articles by Genevieve Wood and Larry Elder reiterate, the problems underlying the recent attacks on America arise from those wanting to believe what they want to believe moving against all fact and truth. Reality paints an entirely different picture of the majority of the working, law-abiding residents of Ferguson of African-American descent living in peace and harmony with their neighbors. Separating rioters and looters from legitimate protesters, the former should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Those with a Molotov cocktail or weapons of any sort in their hands should have been shot, not killed, by police snipers documenting their actions on high resolution cameras in order to protect law enforcement, to disable the threat to the public, and to discourage other law breakers. Whatever the crime, just punishment unabated by judicial activism or political interference is the only successful deterrent. Why is it that Brown’s accomplice whose false account of the incident setting off the media frenzy of lies is not charged with filing a false police report? Anyone protesting and expressing in any form a message of “hands raised – don’t shoot” is protesting in support of untruth and injustice!
Confirming either their complete ignorance of or utter disregard and disdain of the truth, as in every attack on all that made America great, enemies of freedom and justice for all, foreign and domestic, assign the real definition of justice to the cesspool of humanist failure while ever moving beyond reason. Not unlike the ISIS terrorists beheading innocent aid workers, those that would prosecute any person for defending themselves, their loved ones, their friends and neighbors, or just their property reject the definition of justice that must be in place for any successful and enduring human relationship of any size, composition, and at any time. History alone validates the ideology rekindled in the Great Awakening of the 1730s that gave birth to this “one Nation under God”.
In addition to the disastrous and devastating experiences encountered at the personal level when justice is abandoned in clear unmitigated violation of the original intent of the Constitution as expressed in the Preamble, the failures of governments to “provide for the common defense” are exposed in the flames of Ferguson. Highlighted by the police refusal to allow civilian protection of life and property where government either proved inadequate or law enforcement was restricted by political interference, governments, politicians, and bureaucrats violating “the supreme law of the land” must be held equally accountable. Understanding the encompassing jurisdiction of the words “provide for the common defense”, how is it that any government can prevent American families from protecting their children from the disease, lies, deceptions, and failures accompanying homosexuality? Tolerating the devastation brought to the American family by an out-of-control welfare system is the responsibility of every citizen. Just as those who are overweight are responsible for the negative health effects of their eating more than they burn such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, etc., so we are responsible for the proven evils of pornography when we allow liberals to contaminate the eyes of innocent children. “All it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing.”, a paraphrase misattributed to Edmund Burke will remain forever relevant and telling.
The real question of what is there that offers any person of any purported agenda any evidence to legitimize their protest must be asked. Absent truth as a foundation for protest, any limitation or usurpation of the rights of law-abiding citizens, Ferguson or anywhere, is unjust. Blocking access to homes and businesses is unjust. Fear limiting “the pursuit of happiness” by anyone unjustly is simply wrong!
Opposing the lies, deceptions, and injustice impacting the normally loving caring majority in the St. Louis area, and now even globally, are the women of color offering food and hot drink to the National Guardsmen protecting them and their property in the 20o F weather. Or, the men of different color hugging in the bitter cold after the man of color stopped unloading new cars in front of a North County dealership to help his brother fix a flat tire. The friendly exchanges of compassion and concern at the grocery. The neighbor helping the other scrape the ice from the windshield in an integrated neighborhood. Far outnumbering the protestors are the thousands living in peace and harmony.
No human law or government can command care, respect, and responsibility – love. Nor can it experience any emotion, but it can destroy. Whether seen in Congressmen interested only in reelection allowing the influence of environmentalists to bribe them for their vote defeating the Keystone pipeline costing thousands of American jobs, the EPA preventing working Americans from using their own natural resources to enable industry bringing jobs effectively competing in the global economy, legislators even considering taxing the greatest aid to free competition the world has ever known, unbridled capitalism, and on and on; government has failed.
For change to occur in America, the original intention of the Constitution with its “indispensable supports of religion and morality” must be restored. The foundation of liberty is found in immutable Law written on the hearts and obeyed, not only by those holding the reigns of government, but, by a people intolerant of injustice.
Whether manifest by the out-of-control bureaucracy of governments and the horrendous injustice of the administrative state, the imprisonment for debt explicitly violating the Missouri Constitution upheld by the lame excuses of judicial activism, failed education indoctrinating our children with lies and deceptions, or the long list of grievances which every thinking American should reject, including those listed in the following articles; the tolerance of injustice and the untruths from which human failure must always arise have to be eliminated to protect and defend the foundation of liberty – the original intention of the Constitution of the United States of America.
In this season bringing the hope of peace, love, and justice, all mutually dependent, to all humanity, it is historical fact that though ignited and accelerated by the Great Awakening of the 1730s and 40s, the ideology of America – “government of the people, by the people, for the people”, with “liberty and justice for all” started with a birth over two millennia ago in the little town of Bethlehem. The Framers foundation of liberty, as echoed in Washington’s Farewell Address, is love and justice, inseparable. It was not about religion, but all about Truth. Belief in God or the divinity of Christ were and are not necessary for immutable Law to obtain! Whether recognized or even acknowledged, the Founders and Framers understood God is in control.
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism who should labour to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and citizens. The mere Politician, equally with the pious man ought to respect and to cherish them.” – George Washington, September 17, 1796
Genevieve Wood /November 26, 2014
We’ve been here before.
The riots in Ferguson, Mo., are the latest set off by racial tensions—but they are certainly not the first.
Decades may have passed, but the Ferguson riots look similar to these past events:
- The 1965 Watts riots in Los Angeles that followed an incident between California Highway Patrol and a young black man initially pulled over for reckless driving;
- The 1968 riots in Washington, D.C., following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.;
- The 1992 riots in South Central Los Angeles following the acquittal of four white police officers accused of police brutality against a suspect, a black man named Rodney King.
The Watts riots lasted six days, at least 34 people lost their lives, more than 3,000 people were arrested and there was an estimated $40 million in property damage. Almost 30 years later, the 1992 riots in Los Angeles resulted in 53 people being killed and an estimated $1 billion in property damage. The 1968 riots in Washington also lasted six days, resulting in 12 deaths, over 6,000 arrests, more than 1,000 buildings being burned and approximately $175 million in property damage by today’s standards.
I live in the very neighborhood destroyed by the 1968 riots. What was once considered the “Harlem of DC”—an area regularly featuring artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington, home to hundreds of black-owned businesses and less than two miles from the White House—was literally turned to rubble in a matter of days.
Today, it is considered one of the city’s most booming real estate markets—but that took over 30 years to happen, and its original residents and businesses are long gone.
This photo was taken at the corner of 7th and N Streets NW, in Washington, about 8 blocks east and south from where I live today. (Photo: Wikimedia)
A business in Ferguson, Mo., ruined by the riots. (Photo: Newscom)
Here we are again today in Ferguson. Though each incident has its own set of circumstances and occurred at a particular point in history, and was shaped by the culture and atmosphere of the time, they all share a similar foundation based on racial tension and a sense by those participating in the riots that justice is out of reach.
Without question the looting, property damage and violence is unacceptable. Everyone watching is right to question the point of it all and be both disgusted and saddened by the destruction and mayhem they see night after night on TV.
Yet, one of the the most tragic aspects of all is that so many of the politicians and self-appointed civil rights leaders calling for justice are themselves proponents of policies that oppress and keep down the very people they claim to be defending. These policies breed a victimhood mentality that sometimes plays itself out, wrongly, in the kind of behavior we’re seeing in Ferguson.
The truth is, as President Obama said in his remarks the night of the verdict, we have come a long way in terms of race relations, as his own election shows. But what could not have been clearer as one watched the split screen of the president speaking from the White House, juxtaposed with pictures showing the rioting in Ferguson, was that many blacks there and elsewhere don’t believe they have the same opportunities Obama has had.
And many don’t—due in large part to some of the policies he and others on the left support.
The oft-chanted slogan “No Justice, No Peace” reflects only one part of the story.
There is no justice in trapping children in poor-performing public schools. Yet instead of supporting school choice measures that would benefit those in lower-income and urban areas the most, the left says no.
There is no justice in supporting government welfare programs that make it easier and more profitable to sit home than work, that discourage marriage and encourage single parenting—thereby destroying one of the most important foundations of any community, stable families—yet liberal public policies have and continue to do these very things.
Those rioting in Ferguson, as before in Watts and Washington in the 1960s, aren’t just upset about what they see as an unfair criminal justice system. That may be the spark that sets off the fire, but simmering underneath is a lack of hope that life can be better and a belief that the opportunities of America belong to them, too.
There will always be people who are looking for an excuse to cause trouble. Feeling disenfranchised gives no one the right to riot. But unless all those who say they want to bring healing are willing to address the day-to-day injustices, not just the made-for-television run-ins with the police, we’ll be here again.
Ferguson Obscures Much Bigger Problems in the ‘Black Community’
November 29, 2014
From the very beginning, this was much ado about an aberration, a tragic aberration to be sure, but an aberration nonetheless.
Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014. Immediately, according to St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch, witnesses began to give different versions of what happened.
The apparent would-be star witness, Dorian Johnson, was with Brown when the shooting occurred. He gave a dramatic account of a trigger-happy bigoted cop who shot “my friend” in the back and gunned him down despite the victim attempting to surrender by placing his hands up. Other alleged eyewitnesses came forward with similar, if not identical, descriptions of an aggressive, out-of-control cop.
Several witnesses, according to McCulloch, later changed their testimony, with some admitting that they really didn’t see the incident — just heard about it and so filled in the blanks in their own mind. And some witnesses were simply proven wrong by the physical evidence. Others corroborated the officer’s account.
McCulloch explained why more information wasn’t released in a “timely” fashion: “Those closely guarded details, especially about the physical evidence, give law enforcement a yardstick for measuring the truthfulness of witnesses.” McCulloch explained that a trail of Brown’s blood led from the police car, and was found 25 feet farther away from where Brown’s body lay — suggesting Brown turned and came toward Wilson, as the officer said. “Physical evidence,” said McCulloch, “does not change because of public pressure or personal agenda.”
After summarizing the evidence, McCullough ended his press conference with a note of hope. He said don’t let this “fade away … we have to keep that discussion going.”
But the “discussion” we should have is one we rarely do — that is, about absentee black fathers, poor education and urban crime.
Ironically, in Wisconsin just three weeks ago, Milwaukee police Chief Edward Flynn was being criticized for inappropriate and disrespectful behavior. Flynn, during a police commission meeting related to an officer-involved shooting, was on his cell phone. Didn’t he appreciate the gravity of this hearing? Later, at a press conference, he was asked why he was rude.
The chief said: “Well, I was on my phone, yes. That is true. I was following developments with a 5-year-old girl sitting on her dad’s lap who just got shot in the head by a drive-by shooting. If some of the people gave a good goddamn about the victimization of people in this community by crime, I’d take some of their invective more seriously.
“The greatest racial disparity in the city of Milwaukee is getting shot and killed — hello! Eighty percent of my homicide victims — every year — are African-American; 80 percent of our aggravated assault victims are African-American; 80 percent of our shooting victims who survive their shooting are African-American.
“Now, they know all about the last three people who have been killed by the Milwaukee Police Department over the course of the last several years. There’s not one of them that can name one of the last three homicide victims we’ve had in this city. … But this community is at risk all right, and it’s not because men and women in blue risk their lives protecting it. It’s at risk because we have large numbers of high-capacity, quality firearms in the hands of remorseless criminals who don’t care who they shoot.
“Now I’m leaving here to go to that scene. I take it personally, OK? We’re going up there, and there’s a bunch of cops processing a scene of a dead kid. And they’re the ones that are going to be out there patrolling and stopping suspects that may have guns under the front seat. They’re the ones that are gonna take risks to their lives to try to clean this thing up, all right?
“We are responsible for the things we get wrong, and we take action. We’ve arrested cops, we’ve fired cops and so on. But the fact is, the people out here, some of them — who had the most to say — are absolutely MIA when it comes to the true threats facing this community. It gets a little tiresome, and when you start getting yelled at for reading the updates of the kid who got shot, yeah, you take it personally, OK?”
Meanwhile, in an exchange with black MSNBC pundit Michael Eric Dyson, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani called the Ferguson killing a rarity. He argued that the “heavy policing” in black areas results from the need to address black crime: “I find it very disappointing that you’re not discussing the fact that 93 percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks. We’re talking about the exception. … I would like to see the attention paid to that, that you are paying to (Ferguson). … It is the reason for the heavy police presence in the black community. … The white police officers won’t be there if you weren’t killing each other.”
Dyson’s response? “This is a defensive mechanism of white supremacy at work in your mind.” Well, at least we’re “keeping the discussion going.”
Larry Elder is a best-selling author and radio talk-show host. To find out more about Larry Elder, or become an “Elderado,” visit www.LarryElder.com. Follow Larry on Twitter @larryelder.