After he murdered five Dallas police officers and wounded seven others, Micah Johnson kept a SWAT team at bay for more than three hours. As they tried to talk him into surrendering, he told them that he wanted to kill white people, especially white policemen.
Johnson’s horrific attack on police is the most recent evidence of one of the worst divisions in our society, that between law enforcement people and the civilians they are sworn to protect. That division has been created and is exacerbated daily by President Obama and the rest of the pure-as-ivory-soap ideological liberals he has led for eight years.
Obama has pushed American blacks along the road to Dallas. The path he charted began in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2009, a Cambridge officer saw a black man apparently trying to break into a house. After an argument with the man, who reportedly refused to step outside to speak to him, the officer arrested Henry Louis Gates.
Gates was a Harvard professor and one of Obama’s personal friends. Before he knew the facts, Obama said the Cambridge police “acted stupidly” and “…that there’s a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately.”
At each instance since, Obama has continued to widen the racial divide between black Americans and police.
The road from Cambridge to Dallas goes through New York City. When he was running for mayor, hyperliberal Bill de Blasio would frequently walk away from his police protective detail, who he believed was spying on him, in order to speak confidentially with his campaign advisors. When he was elected, de Blasio hewed to Obama’s line, saying that he had cautioned his biracial son about police.
He said what he did is, “[w]hat parents have done for decades who have children of color, especially young men of color, is train them to be very careful when they have… an encounter with a police officer.” His son was raised to believe, like his father, that all cops are racists and to be feared.
De Blasio’s words did damage beyond his family. No wonder dozens — if not hundreds — of New York’s finest turned their backs at him at the separate funerals of two murdered officers.
The road to Dallas goes directly through Baltimore. After the suspicious death of a man in police custody, the local prosecutor — a young, inexperienced black lady — didn’t wait for a thorough investigation or a grand jury proceeding. She issued charges very quickly against six police officers, some white and some black.
Amazingly, she announced the indictments by seeking approval from the crowds of rioters who had torn Baltimore apart. Marilyn Mosby said:
To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America: I heard your call for “No justice, no peace.” Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man.
To those that are angry, hurt or have their own experiences of injustice at the hands of police officers I urge you to channel that energy peacefully as we prosecute this case. I have heard your calls for “No justice, no peace,” however your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of Freddie Gray.
So far, two of those officers have been acquitted of all charges and one will be retried after a hung jury couldn’t decide his guilt. The highest-ranking policeman, a lieutenant, is now being tried. But how can you prosecute a higher-ranking officer for actions of those he commanded if they have already been acquitted? Because Mosby’s case is political, not factual, and further divides Americans on racial lines to further her political ambitions.
After questionable police shootings of black men in Minneapolis and Baton Rouge, many police officers have been injured by protesters. It’s a commonplace for “mostly peaceful” protests to involve people throwing rocks at police.
In St. Paul, a Molotov cocktail was reportedly thrown at police. In San Antonio, someone shot at police headquarters.
And, still, Obama works diligently to widen the racial gaps he and his followers have created. Last Thursday — shortly before the Dallas murders — Obama spoke at a NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland about the shootings by police in Minneapolis and Baton Rouge. He said, “What I can say is that all of us as Americans should be troubled by these shootings because these are not isolated incidents. They’re symptomatic of a broader set racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system.”
Yes, there is racism in this country. And there are bad cops. But to say what Obama says consistently — that cops are racist and pick on innocent people routinely — is false. It’s also a belief that is a cornerstone of liberal dogma.
Liberal dogma requires that no matter what terrorist act or crime is committed the motivation of the perpetrator — if it is a black person, a Muslim, or any other protected minority — cannot be stated truthfully. That rule is obeyed even when it is obvious that the motivation is religion, race hatred, or politics.
When Nidal Hasan massacred thirteen of his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood it was, in the words of Obama’s Army Chief of Staff, Gen. George Casey, “workplace violence,” not an Islamic terrorist act. Never mind that his business cards said “soldier of Allah” and the fact that he shouted “Allah Akbar” as he killed people. Never mind that the Orlando nightclub massacre was conducted in the name of the Islamic State by a terrorist murderer shouting “Allah Akbar.”
Neither Obama nor Attorney General Lynch calls such acts by their proper name: Islamic terrorism. In fact, they profess to find no clear motivation for these mass murders. After the San Bernardino shootings, Obama said the shooter’s motivations were unclear.
Neither Obama nor any of the other liberals have said — or ever will say — that the Dallas cop murders were motivated by racial hatred despite the clear statement by the murderer. They won’t say that because for them to do so would be to admit the enormous flaw in their ideology that is literally killing Americans.
From Henry Louis Gates’s arrest to five assassinated cops in Dallas is a chain of events caused by eight years of racially divisive liberalism. That liberalism, expressed in politically correct rhetoric, abandonment of the rule and letter of the law, has torn our social contract to shreds. Everything from Hillary’s escape from criminal prosecution to the Dems’ insistence that gun control is the answer to mass murder is traceable to that single cause.
The more Americans are separated from those who are sworn to protect them, the less safe and less free we will be. Regardless of the result of the presidential election, there’s no reason for optimism.
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