If big government has failed, would even more government succeed?

Conservatives are gleefully rubbing their hands over the delicious sight of Bernie Sanders getting live-mic’d off the podium by Black Lives Matter in uber-liberal Portland, Ore. One group of demagogues out-demagoguing another demagogue.

As a result, Hillary the Inevitable is meeting with Black Lives Matter to forestall such an embarrassment; Democrats, after all, are supposed to own the black vote, even though Republicans are the ones hauling down the confederate flags that Democrats erected in the first place.

“Sandra Fluke is a great choice for this honor,” President Obama said in a statement released by the White House. “Sandra embodies all of the qualities I value in a modern American woman. She is smart, well-educated, self-absorbed and completely dependent on the federal government.” — Tim Donovan

Donald Trump calls Sanders “weak” for backing down, which makes one wonder what Trump would have done. (“I would never give up my microphone. I thought that was disgusting.”)

Got to think each of the candidates’ handlers — does Jim Gilmore even have one? — are reviewing contingency plans. Of course, many candidates hold their events in hermetically sealed venues, ticketed admissions only, because liberals love to shout down conservatives. Wisconsin’s blue-fisters were even willing to disrupt the Special Olympics. When your ideas can’t compete, you try to shut down the debate.

The Blaska Policy Werkes suggests a multi-racial and ripped security team be ready to hustle the hustlers off to the police, trespassing complaint in hand. As Ronald Reagan said, I paid for that microphone. And got the permit. You’re not going to guilt-trip Ben Carson or Marco Rubio or, for that matter, Scott Walker.

Which is what Black Lives Matter is all about. BLM continues to supplicate at the exhausted teat of Big Gummint. What are YOU going to do, Mr. Socialist running as a Democrat, that 50 years of Great Society liberalism has failed to do? Hillary and Bernie’s response so far — free college!

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Policing the killing fields

Meanwhile, in Ferguson, Mo., a doff of the blue visor to St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar. He deployed his troops throughout the hot zones rather than bunching them in a defensive posture at city hall. Each time a protestor left the sidewalk for the street police intervened. They were not going to lose the streets.

Madison, are you listening?

So, it’s time to listen to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, a Democrat and brother of former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu.

The good mayor, who is white, “argues against what he sees as a bien-pensant double standard in mainstream liberal thought: black lives don’t matter only when they’re taken by police officers, he argues — they matter when they’re taken by other blacks, too.

“This particular problem has to do with a lot of things, poor personal responsibility, family structures, a particular culture,” Landrieu tells The Atlantic magazine in a September 2015 article, “A culture of violence.”

From 1980 to 2013, a total of 262,000 black men were killed in America. That compares to 58,000 Americans killed in Vietnam. In New Orleans, about 6,000 African-American men have been murdered in that time. “The killers of these men were, in the vast majority of cases, other African-American men.”

“He supplements his arguments about the importance of jobs and education with a critique of what he sees as the quick-trigger culture prevalent in some impoverished African-American communities,” The Atlantic relates.

“We can talk about slavery, we can talk about reparations, we can talk about the need for the nation to atone for its original sin … but reparations are not coming so … I’m going to spend my time fighting for something that has a possibility of happening.”

Quote, unquote

  • “… High-profile U.S. economists like Paul Krugman, Joseph Stiglitz, and Jeffrey Sachs … have led the global anti-austerity campaign and have made my country a cause célèbre in that struggle. They …  have provided intellectual cover to radicals who appeared at best to be willing to take a stupendously reckless gamble with Greece’s financial, political, and geopolitical future, and at worst to be planning … a socialist takeover of power.” — Greek journalist Yannis Palaiologos in Politico.
  • Bernie Sanders “may have an affinity for a political ideology that has given the world everything from the Soviet gulag to modern-day Greece, but in this age of Obama, the senator is just another liberal with a statist agenda.” — Jason L. Riley, Wall Street Journal.
  • Memo to the ACLU: If panhandling is free speech, then so is jaywalking, spray-painting graffiti, and writing a ransom note.

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