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Roger L. Simon

The Real Villain of Ferguson

August 18th, 2014 - 10:24 pm

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It’s hard to have sympathy for anyone in the Ferguson affair — the cops, the demonstrators, the pontificating politicians, the exploitative media or we its pathetically loyal audience that keeps tuning in.  The whole event plays out like the umpteenth rerun of the famous quote from Marx about history repeating itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.

By that accounting we should all be at Aristophanes, Moliere or Groucho (pick your favorite farceur) times ten by now.

Unfortunately, however, it’s farce with virtually no comedy, no humor.  The Ferguson affair is a grim business indeed, particularly grim watching the latest nightly edition — the eighth one! — on television Monday evening.  On and on it goes, the roundelay of police and demonstrators,  tear gas and bloviation.  We even have the old standbys from the O.J. trial (Dr. Baden Baden Baden) making an appearance for the second of who knows how many autopsies to be conducted.  Where is Marcia Clark?  And there must be someone Alan Dershowitz can represent?  Admittedly, the good professor has hands full with the Israeli-Palestinian conflagration, but he has retired from Harvard Law so he should have some free time to multi-task.  And most of all — where’s Geraldo?  It’s hard to believe he’s not on the scene by now, flagellating us all about  America’s perpetual racial crisis.

(To his credit, Fox’s Shepard Smith wondered aloud Monday whether the media was actually exacerbating the situation and might help things by going home.)

By now you’re thinking, what’s Simon doing making light of this?  Okay, it’s a media circus but an eighteen-year old kid died here, even if he was a bit of stoned thug who liked to beat up clerks in convenience stores just to make off with a box of cigars. He didn’t deserve to die.

No, and neither did several hundred — or is it thousands — or even tens of thousands — who died in a similar time frame.

But, you say, this was a white-on-black crime. An o-fay cop offed a brother. (Never mind that brothers can butcher brothers like it’s going out of style, this pig had white-skin privilege.)  Well, yes, and we don’t yet know the circumstances, but even accepting the narrative of, say, the Huffington Post that the cop was the reincarnation of Bull Connor and that the “youth” was a “gentle giant” on the way to a contract with PBS as the next Mr. Rogers, the event is basically a charade.  Everyone knows we’ve seen it before and everyone knows we’ll see it again.  In fact, many parties don’t want it to go away.  The beat must go on.  It has to go on or their very personalities will disintegrate.  And I will tell you why — what caused it.

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LBJ knew exactly what he was doing. He even mentioned on one of his tape recorded conversations that ,"The Ni..ers will vote for us for generations",with his welfare programs.He hated blacks but knew how to manipulate them. Absolutely horrible.
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Perhaps only recovering liberals of a certain age would see it this way, but I'm one too. And I must say that I perhaps understand Lyndon Johnson differently than you do because my father was a farm leader who met with Johnson pretty regularly in the mid fifties on farm policy. Johnson had started out politically representing the poor hardscrabble farmers of Texas so he and my father understood each other well and the social problems arising from the progressive impoverishment of small farmers. Black and white. And I have no nostalgia whatsoever for the little "White only" sign I saw in the grass at the first roadhouse I visited south of the Mason Dixon line. And, sorry Huffpo, Bull Conner was an upfront white supremacist and proud of it. Ferguson is different and largely a media driven event where everyone is stuck playing unchanging dramatic roles. Media is a form of scripted theater, so finding events that can be made to fit preexisting memes is their modus operandi. So Jihadis will fight like crazy to get hold of a shot down helicopter so they can film themselves doing 'the Blackhawk Down strut'. They did exactly that at Tal Afar in Iraq in about 2003. Ferguson is a similarly scripted event that traps both the black teenager and the cop into predetermined roles and they are stuck in those roles as much as if they were an actor playing Othello or Hamlet. Assuming anyone remembers who they are.
17 weeks ago
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Dear Roger

Some of us knew what was up in 1965. All you smug lefties spent a lot of time making fun of us and calling us racists. It's on you dude.
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So, I got here late, and realize that probably many of the 189 previous comments made the same point. But-

"Okay, it’s a media circus but an eighteen-year old kid died here, even if he was a bit of stoned thug who liked to beat up clerks in convenience stores just to make off with a box of cigars. He didn't deserve to die."

I see what you did there. The strong arm robbery he just committed had nothing to do with it. What got him shot was that he attacked a cop, hit him in the head hard enough to cause a blow-out fracture of the cop's eye socket. The cop had every reason to fear for his life, and was justified in using lethal force, whether the lynch mob wants to see it that way or not.

I respect you, and expect better from you than that manipulation of events and emotion.
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Really? This isn't even a story worthy of national news. A two-bit, overgrown thug with dark skin tried to beat down a police officer, and he (rightfully) got what was coming to him. The world is quite likely better off without him. Unarmed does not equate to not lethal. I have no sympathy. Get over it and get on with real news. I'm sick of the bleeding hearts.
17 weeks ago
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no comment
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It’s the American Kabuki cycle, the song-and-dance that gets enacted every few years, attended by hack journalists and their political hangers-on, who insist that attention much be paid to low-lifes like Brown and Trayvon. The culture already pays too much attention to them with no result except another Kabuki.
17 weeks ago
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"even if he was a bit of stoned thug who liked to beat up clerks in convenience stores just to make off with a box of cigars. He didn’t deserve to die."

Yes he did actually. Our society is far too tolerant of thugs who have no respect for the social contract. If you break it you're out. The guys who commits a strong arm robbery of a convenience store today is the same guy who will bust down your front door in the middle of the night and rape your wife at gunpoint tomorrow.

Even if society were to come to it's senses and begin to seriously enforce norms of acceptable behavior it will take decades to purge our streets of this filth.
17 weeks ago
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LBJ's other "big contribution" to the USA were the 55,000 dead in Vietnam. Let's not forget that. Carter is often referred to as the worst president in history because of what he didn't do. I tend to think LBJ was the worst because of what he did do.
17 weeks ago
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Okay, I wanted someone else to say this, but it didn't happen. The Vietnam war came close to accomplishing a whole lot -- think 'another South Korea,' only failing to do so because an American public consistently misled by both nominal leaders AND the press didn't have the stomach to finish the job.

But even so, it accomplished something useful: Communism stopped spreading in Asia.

I think even the lesson that the American public is fickle when it gets a steady diet of lies and political spin is valuable: Vietnam was far from our only instruction on that point, but it was the biggest lab and serves to anchor all the others.

We can hope that in the future, presidents AND congresses will take better account of our limited capabilities when our national interest is not absolutely a vital one. We do seem to have learned the lesson as far as Iran goes: An Islamic fundamentalist state with nuclear weapons is evidently not a sufficient threat to justify military action in the New America.

Now we just have to survive that lesson.
17 weeks ago
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Controlling The Story

“There are none so blind as those who will not see.” -John Heywood (1546)

Anyone in public relations will tell you that, in the midst of controversy, you must control the story. A critical aspect of any story is terminology.

American Traditionalists ... those who promote the U.S. Constitution as written and promote traditional, American ideals and values ... have allowed their opponents to gain control of the stories. Loss of control signals loss of battles. Loss of battles signals loss of the war, and war it is ... biological, political, economic, and sociological.

One example is the euphemism, “gay” used instead of the real term, “homosexual”. The homosexual lobby has usurped this term explicitly to control the story; they have succeeded. Even those who regard homosexuality as an abomination blindly and mistakenly use the homosexuals’ own chosen terminology.

Another example is the word ... well, dare one use it, or will one get censored? Instead of the biologically-meaningful term unstated herein, substituted are the imprecise terms “black” and “African-American”. Yet, the United N* College Fund continues to use the term. Ironically, use of the term, Caucasian, remains acceptable. The point is that by allowing others to censor your legitimate use of a legitimate term, you cede control of the story to others.

Words have power. Words can kill. The demagogues well are aware of this fact. American Traditionalists seem to have lost sight of it. There are consequences to such blindness (www.inescapableconsequences.com).
17 weeks ago
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Thank you for saying this so eloquently. I have been saying the same for years and its like a fart in church to some. We never correct them and take back the vocabulary. I never say the word gay and when I get corrected by some to say gay I then have an avenue to explain the history of the word gay and how and why it was co-opted.
16 weeks ago
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Well said!

Too many on our side are doing the devil's work.

17 weeks ago
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I have sympathy for the policeman who was injured by Brown and who was at risk of losing his life.
17 weeks ago
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Mr. Simon, The thug attacked the officer, TWICE. The thug went for the officer's gun and when it went off the thug started to run until the officer did his job and attempted apprehension of the thug, then the thug turned and rushed at the officer to attack him again. At that point the officer did the only thing he could to stop the threat to his life, he shot the thug.

He did the right thing and will get to see his family again. If the thug's family cared only a little they would have taught their son that being a thug will get you killed.

The thug was not a child nor a kid, he was a thug. His choices killed him, not the officer. Get off your high horse, you sound like president McGolfer.
17 weeks ago
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No, the officer killed him.

Rightly so.

17 weeks ago
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Here's what I don't understand about this, and the NYC story.

Presumably most American blacks understand English. Presumably most American cops, regardless of race, speak English. Okay, now for the puzzler:

What is so difficult about the concept that when the police tell you to do something, you don't sass, you don't demand an explanation, you do exactly as you're told. If you think your rights have been violated, you sue once you get out of custody. But if you get belligerent and you provoke the cops with provocative behavior designed to prove you're a man just short of inviting armed retaliation, and you miscalculate how much behavior constitutes that trigger, you're gonna be the worst for it. You might even be dead. You can't challenge the police behavior if you're dead.

So what's so difficult to grasp about that concept????
17 weeks ago
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"Presumably most American blacks understand English."

I think your presumption is open to debate.


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One word: Stupidity.
17 weeks ago
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Young men are nuts.
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