The death of Eric Garner is a tragedy. Any loss of human life should give at the least, a moment of pause and reflection on that life and those whom he or she may have impacted. Empathy is an emotion we all should embrace from time to time. This emotional train however, can derail if left unchecked, and in turn needs a good dose of logic and reasoning. As of late the latter of these traits seem to be missing. The masses are condemning the police officer who performed a take down move on Mr.Garner to arrest him. Eric Garner was going to be arrested that day, and he resisted, resulting in the need for force. Would the “choke hold ” have killed another man without the multiple pre-existing medical issues Mr. Garner was suffering from? What other means of force should have been used to subdue Eric Garner? Tazer/pepper spray? Could this have killed him as well? Enforcement of laws that our politicians craft are the police officers job, and no doubt an unbelievably tough one . I agree that training, techniques and various operational particulars should be looked at by all police force members across the nation. I do not agree, however, that race had anything to do with the death of Eric Garner or Michael Brown. If crimes are committed or are more prevalent, in a certain area, or by a certain complected person, then of course the cases that end tragically will involve people from that area or with that complexion. (Not to mention the thousands that end badly with people of a fairer skin) The protests around the country displaying signs touting “black lives matter” and “stop white oppression” could have a less divisive and more positive impact, if the focus was on stopping the degradation of our cities, and promoting family values that once were commonplace across the nation. Again , crime is the issue, not color.
After the Ferguson grand jury had come to the conclusion that there was indeed no evidence to put officer Darren Wilson on trial, the President spoke. At this point I truly hoped he could put aside whatever bias he may have and at least appear presidential. I was of course sadly mistaken. The president took this opportunity to yet again divide the nation, take a side and rationalize the rioting that had, and would soon again take place. With racism always on the forefront of Obama’s quest to divide the nation, he yet again stayed true to form in this latest local issue he has chosen to involve himself in. In my opinion a better man would have tried to mitigate the precarious situation, and kept his thinly veiled racism at bay.
This case should have nothing to do with race or color and everything to do with breaking the law and self defense.
Nelson Mandela is a hero to many, that is for certain. But should he be lifted and portrayed as a peaceful shining example of success and equality? The media by in large is pandering to people’s desire to embrace him as such. Barrack of course would be top on the list of proponents to Mandela this is what I would expect. However there are two sides of the story and turning the other cheek seems to be the status quo here.Rather than speak out against human rights violations for the people of Indonesia under Suharto or Libyans under Gaddafi, he gave them a firm handshake. Now that may sound benign but taken into consideration his violent past, it is just too much to give him the title of a “peace loving man.” As the leader of the ANC Mandela allowed or oversaw bombings and shootings of hundereds of innocent civilians. This is an ugly side that truley needs to be recognized and not ignored. South Africa is a now an extremely dangerous place for people of fair colored skin, murders and anti-white sentiment abound. Is that the end product of this peace loving mans mission?
Green is good. Fossil fuel is bad. The Earth is getting hotter.This is the mantra which you cannot oppose unless you wish to be labeled a nut. The so called “green” movement is a multi-billion dollar industry which is followed with a blind faith or the unassuming ignorance of a child. That being said I am an outdoorsman and fully believe in protecting and using our resources responsibly. Hybrid and electric cars are great, so is recycling,however, THE WORLD IS GONNA END scare tactics are ludicrous. 1961 then president Eisenhower warned: “The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by federal employment,project allocations, and the power of money is ever present-and is to be gravely regarded. “This is what I have found to be happening today. Our Federal Government is dumping tax dollars into failing green projects, our media outlets are extremely one sided. Rarely will a story or article circulate pointing to the possibility that just maybe the earths natural cycle and water vapor are the true champions of “global warming”. The last decade has been on a cooling trend, last 100 years a .06 degree rise in temps. Facts are facts, water vapor , not machine produced Co2, is the chief factor in our climate. Global warming,climate change, holes in the o-zone and melting ice caps. These are the ever evolving terms which to me, point to a government wanting and getting more ability to spend,control and support causes which line their, and their constituents pockets. What do you think?
I have opinions, you have opinions, yet they are often not expressed and discussed in public. Why should this matter? Well I believe open public discussion is life’s sifter for the truth.We are too afraid to offend and/or be labeled causing a Stagnant pool of beliefs and ideas.True we have social media which conveys our thoughts but it is in person ,I believe ,we need more prose.Many important events occur and pass by which can and will effect our family’s, community’s and country with very little back and forth face to face discussion. I want to be fully informed and the best way to do that is going into a discussion with as much solid information as you can. Now hopefully the fearless counter point is there to bounce and shape ideas off of, which is in my experience ,fairly uncommon. I’m not calling for a pissing ,spitting or screaming match, simply drop the labeling, talk open and honestly,hear and contemplate the opposing view and form a rational opinion.The Daily Show,MSNBC, and Fox News should not be as close as we get to the truth of any issue.
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