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Posts Tagged ‘Charleston’

Governmental Errors in Headlines

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 13, 2015

July has not been a good month for government and those that look to it to resolve societal challenges.

After the carnage in a South Carolina church that resulted in the death of nine African-Americans at the hands of deranged racist, Progressives sought to use the tragedy to push a gun control agenda. Then, last week it was announced that the accused shooter, Dylann Roof, was not legally able to purchase the gun used in the massacre.  Admitting that the background check of Roof is not properly handled, FBI director James Comey said: “This rips all of our hearts out“.  This is also an indication that America does not need more laws, but competent enforcement of current laws.

In San Francisco, 32-year-old Kate Steinle was murdered on Pier 14.  Any murder of an innocent is a tragedy, but it becomes especially troubling when it could have been prevented had authorities acted responsibly.  Ms. Steinle was reportedly shot by Francisco Sanchez, who is not only an illegal alien, but had been deported multiple times and had multiple felony arrests in the United States.  Adding an explanation point to this avoidable tragedy, it was reported by the Associated Press that the gun used in the murder belong to a federal agent, but was reported stolen.  Again, additional gun control laws would not have prevented the murder.  However, had the city of San Francisco reported to the federal government that Sanchez was being released from jail, as requested by the federal government, he would have been deported Incometenceprior to the killing.

Finally, last week the Country learned of a very damaging, but less violent event involving governmental incompetence to the max.  Over 25 million Americans had their personal information stolen from a governmental computer system.  This led to the resignation of Katherine Archuleta, the director of the Office of Personnel Management.  Ms. Archuleta’s resume included working for the Obama administration’s reelection team.  It is little wonder that she lacked competence computer/personnel security.

Over the years those with a Libertarian view of government have railed at the crony capitalism, waste and incompetence of government.  As the government has grown, increasing its reach deeper into the economy and society, the opportunities for incompetence and abuse increases.

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Civil Rights Activist Andrew Young on the Confederate Flag

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 1, 2015

After last week’s tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina, significant focus has been on Confederate Flag often visible in the South.  Many have expressed the strong opinion that the flag should be removed from both public and private venues.  While this Blog believes the Confederate Flag can be divisive, attacking inanimate objects and denigrating freedom of speech is a slippery slope that has potential negative consequences that far outstripped potential benefits.

Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young has impeccable Civil Rights credentials including marching with Dr. Martin Luther King.  He points out in the video below that; “The problems we face don’t have anything to do with the flag.  The fact is that 93 percent of the black people killed are killed by other black people.  So if black lives matter, let us start believing that we matter.”  Look for Mr. Young to be attacked by Progressives for not towing the Leftists line.

Today’s society often deflects from addressing complex problems.  When faced with significant challenges, society may seek simple solutions that include attacking symbols, rather than addressing underlying causes for the problems.  A high profile murder likely leads to the opportunity to promote gun-control.  The death of an African-American at the hands of the police will lead to an indictment of the entire police force.  A racist attack, such as occurred in Charleston, focuses on the Confederate Flag.  Similar to any of these simplistic solutions, banning the Confederate Flag will not eliminate racism.

Ambassador Andrew Young is to be commended for his desire to seek real solutions to social problems that affect various parts of our society.  President Obama would do well to bring in clear-thinking people like Young to his cabinet instead of the divisive radicals he has often brought into his Administration.

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Charleston SC Shows Courage and Grace in the Face of Adversity

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 22, 2015

van jonesIt is difficult to contemplate even the smallest sign of something positive coming from last week’s tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina when a despicable human being, a racist, entered a church and killed nine innocents of African-American descent because of the color of their skin.  Yet there are some green shoots rising from the carnage, as expressed by Anthony Van Jones who said when interviewed by CNN’s Jake Tapper:

“The white community here is as heartbroken as the black community is here.  If they can come together here, if they can reach out to each other here, they can show justice and love and support here, then why can’t we do that in Washington, D.C., and across the country where, frankly, the reasons for the divisions are harder to understand.  Here you can understand division.  There’s none.  There’s none.  So something is happening here in Charleston, and I’m proud that we’re showing it.

You have an ideology of hatred and an ideology of love.  An ideology of blame that is about racial hatred — we have to say that.  But we also have ideology right here behind us of racial reconciliation.  You can’t appreciate the beauty of what you have behind you right now until you really name the hatred and the evil that happened just right behind us a few days ago.  It’s the ability to talk about both that gives us the ability to find meaning and to move forward truly together.

Those leaders in the country, both parties of all races who don’t want to deal with both — the fact of the racial hatred, but also the potential for racial reconciliation — I think are letting the country down.  But people on the street — white people on the street here — are showing more courage and more leadership and more honesty than I’ve seen in the halls of Washington, D.C., and they need to be given respect for that and hopefully we can take this spirit forward.”

While this Blog rarely agrees with Van Jones who veers strongly to the Left, his eloquent words concerning the aftermath of the Charleston tragedy are eloquent and from his heart.  The Country’s leadership in Washington could say it no better.

Today, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from that state’s Capitol grounds.  This is an appropriate gesture for the victims of the racist attack in that state.  Gov. Haley is to be congratulated for taking this direct response which certainly will be appreciated by the African-American community and others in the state.

Why is it that the good people of Charleston of all colors have responded so gracefully to an unfathomable tragedy?  Why is their reaction so different from Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD to their challenges?  These questions are significant, but must be sidelined until the victims can be appropriately mourned.

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Obama’s Geographic Gaff on Leno

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 9, 2013

President Obama has proven to us that he is cool.  Part of that narrative has been created with the help of and the availability of modern media.

This week Obama again hit the TV talk show circuit making yet another appearance on Jay Leno’s gig.  Why not; the entertainment talk shows never ask the tough questions that could be asked in a press conference.

On his latest Leno appearance Obama showed a remarkable ignorance of geography when he referred to the Gulf Coast as including Charleston, South Carolina, Savannah, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida.  Ok, we can forgive the President for Jacksonville, not too far off, but Charleston and Savannah?  (Video and text included below.)

Remember when Sarah Palin made the geographic gaff about Russia in a Katie Couric interview?  The press went viral with this story as proof of Palin’s ignorance.  As for Obama’s current gaff?  They will excuse it as a mere slip of the tong that was taken out of context.

Watch out Mr. President, a few more of these and you could end up topping your Vice President on the gaff meter.

Leno  You mentioned infrastructure.  Why is that a partisan issue?  I live in a town, the bridge is falling apart, it’s not safe.  How does that become Republican or Democrat?  How do you not just fix the bridge?

Obama:  I don’t know.  As you know, for the last three years, I’ve said, let’s work together.  Let’s find a financing mechanism and let’s go ahead and fix our bridges, fix our roads, sewer systems, our ports.  The Panama [Canal] is being widened so that these big supertankers can come in.  Now, that will be finished in 2015.  If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf – places like Charleston, South Carolina, or Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida –  if we don’t do that, those ships are going to go someplace else.  And we’ll lose jobs.  Businesses won’t locate here.

Leno  You mentioned infrastructure.  Why is that a partisan issue?  I live in a town, the bridge is falling apart, it’s not safe.  How does that become Republican or Democrat?  How do you not just fix the bridge?

Obama:  I don’t know.  As you know, for the last three years, I’ve said, let’s work together.  Let’s find a financing mechanism and let’s go ahead and fix our bridges, fix our roads, sewer systems, our ports.  The Panama [Canal] is being widened so that these big supertankers can come in.  Now, that will be finished in 2015.  If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf – places like Charleston, South Carolina, or Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida –  if we don’t do that, those ships are going to go someplace else.  And we’ll lose jobs.  Businesses won’t locate here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PWr6Pg8jkk

 

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