Nov 25, 201411:50 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
The Ferguson verdict reflects a split-screen America
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The split screens on the all-news cable TV channels Monday night reflected the political divide in America today.
There was President Obama on the right half of the screen, the nation’s first black president, pleading for calm while seeming to indict the Ferguson legal system. The left side of the screen depicted a police car billowing fire in Ferguson, Mo.
“Season’s Greetings,” implored the banner across Florissant Street, now choked with the smoke of tear gas and burning buildings, punctuated by gunfire. Yes, it is the season of thanks and Christian charity.
Rioters looted a liquor store and smashed windows of neighborhood businesses in a protest supposedly informed by a yearning for justice. “No justice, no peace” — as long as we get what we want, no need to pay.
That divide pits those who support the cult of victimhood and its resultant curse of entitlement against others who demand personal responsibility.
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin is up today with a critique that claims St. Louis prosecutor Robert McCulloch’s 45-minute presentation Monday night “was icy and divisive.”
No, McCulloch was pitch perfect: professional, patient, evenhanded, forthcoming. He even suffered the fool who asked why the laws “weren’t working.” McCulloch’s performance ranks with Rudy Giuliani’s after 9/11. The grand jurors, he said, saw evidence not released in order to provide a check on errant witnesses. They heard witnesses who did not make the rounds on the cable TV channels. The prosecutor is putting all that evidence out there for the world to see. Some cover-up.
But Toobin does ask why announce at 8 p.m.? That is a good question. Further, the Missouri governor would have been well within his rights to deploy the National Guard. He would have been criticized for doing so by our … acquaintances. So what?
But those officials did not cause the riots.
Madison had its own notorious police shooting two years ago. A young man named Paul Heenan was shot and killed on the morning of Nov. 9, 2012, next door to his house on Baldwin Street. His blood-alcohol level was a near-fatal 0.21. He barged into the wrong house, started fighting with the occupant of that house, then lunged at the responding police officer. Heenan and the officer were white.