We dispose of trash. First up, Eric Garner.
When we first saw the Garner video of his death for the sale of loose cigarettes we were very very sympathetic. But then we read Garner had an arrest record of 31 times (assault and grand larceny among the charges). Then we read in our comments section that Eric Garner was 43 years old. So if he started his life of crime the moment he became a teenager Eric Garner has been arrested once a year for his entire adult and teen years. At the time of his death Eric Garner was out on bail (driving without a license, marijuana possession among the charges). Our sympathy at that point evaporates.
We’ve played the board game “Monopoly” for many years. In our entire lifetime we cannot recall 31 days in the “Monopoly” jail. We can’t begin to imagine someone who has actually been arrested 31 times.
A parent, spouse, or family of someone arrested more than once may still love the miscreant. But any degree of honesty amidst the love would also require an admission that the criminal is the problem and that the repeated arrests are more than just a streak of bad luck or police harassment.
31 times!!! Eric Garner was arrested 31 times! Something was very wrong with this behemoth.
Michael Brown just robbed a store as he bullied the owner by dint of his size and was audaciously out on a stroll in the middle of the street afterwards knowing he had just committed a crime. Then he tried to take a cops gun.
So why are these two behemoths the latest civil rights icons? Two criminals who died are two criminals less to terrorize the black community.
As to the question of racism in these two cases, the charge is ridiculous. In both cases the grand juries that wisely refused to indict the police officers there were members of the grand jury that were black.
Unless the charge is two black people who have an animus against other black people there is no racism in the Eric Garner case. By “two black people” we mean the black woman police officer (not seen in the video) who was in charge of the arrest of Eric Garner and the black man at the police precinct that sent the cops to haul in Garner.
Kizzy Adoni is the name of the black woman police sergeant who was in charge of the Eric Garner arrest and death. Is Kizzy Adoni a racist?
The “racism” narrative collapses unless you believe that the black woman police sergeant is a racist.
Was Kizzy Adonie a racist that watched as Eric Garner died? Well, that would have been a neat trick when you consider that Eric Garner did not die on the street or on that infamous video. Garner died in an ambulance of “cardiac arrest” at the hospital an hour later.
There’s another racist in the story that explains what happened to Eric Garner. The story is told by Garner propaganda outlet The New York Daily News:
NYPD No. 3’s order to crack down on selling loose cigarettes led to chokehold death of Eric Garner
EXCLUSIVE: Chief of Department Philip Banks made the order to investigate complaints over the sale of untaxed cigarettes in Tompkinsville, Staten Island, a source told The News. That fierce crack down resulted in the lethal manhandling of Eric Garner.
An order to crack down on the illegal sale of 75-cent cigarettes in Staten Island came directly from Police Headquarters, setting off a chain of events that ended in Eric Garner’s death, the Daily News has learned.
Chief of Department Philip Banks — the highest-ranking uniformed cop in the city — sent a sergeant from his office at 1 Police Plaza in July to investigate complaints of untaxed cigarettes being sold in the Tompkinsville neighborhood, a source close to the investigation told The News.
“(Banks) set the whole thing in motion,” the source said.
The sale of loosies had been on Banks’ radar since at least March, when it was discussed at a meeting at Police Headquarters about quality-of-life issues, a police source said.
Banks’ office also conducted surveillance on Bay St. and took pictures, one of which shows three men believed to be involved in an illegal cigarette sale. The News reviewed the photograph and Garner is not in it.
At around the same time, on March 27, a caller to the city’s 311 hotline complained about the issue, saying a group of men had been selling untaxed cigarettes, and sometimes marijuana, on Bay St. every day for the past three years, a second source said.
The caller identified one of the sellers as “a man named Eric.”
Did you notice the crucial missing fact? Here it is: Chief of Department Philip Banks, the #2 guy in the New York City Police Department, the man who set loose the loosie cigarette war, is BLACK. So to believe the racism angle you have to believe that the #2 guy in the New York Police Department who is black is also a racist against other black people and that the black woman in charge of the police team that tried to arrest Eric Garner was also a racist.
So what and why did Chief of Department Philip Banks, the #2 guy in the New York City Police Department, the black man who set loose the loosie cigarette war do? Here’s more of the story:
The next day, Garner was arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes, one of three pending cases before his death.
Sometime in early July, a memo was sent to the Staten Island borough command, a source said. The memo stressing the need to address quality-of-life issues was then forwarded to bosses in the 120th Precinct for “immediate attention,” according to the source.
On the afternoon of July 17, cops spotted Garner on Bay St. again. Witnesses said Garner, 43, had just broken up a fight. Cops say the 350-pound father of six was selling untaxed cigarettes. [snip]
“That particular area of the 120th Precinct has been the subject of numerous quality-of-life complaints and enforcement actions for months,” Davis said. “Among the specific public complaints of illegal activity in that area included the sale of untaxed cigarettes as well as open (alcohol) container and marijuana use and sale offenses.”
A high-ranking police official agreed.
“We address behavior and conditions and not people,” the official said. “That’s what we do across the city, and one of those conditions is the sale of untaxed cigarettes.” [snip]
Garner’s rap sheet includes eight arrests for possession and selling cigarettes.
“Every time you see me you try to arrest me,” Garner told Officer Daniel Pantaleo and a second cop before he was put in the chokehold, according to a video first posted by nydailynews.com. “I’m tired of it. It stops today.”
Did you catch that important fact that gets no emphasis in the news article and no mention in TV broadcasts? Here it is: Garner and the officer (Pantaleo) that took him down knew each other from previous encounters. Also, Garner made it explicit that he was going to resist arrest (“It stops today.”).
But the narrative of police use of force then comes into play. Was police overuse of force the problem? No.
350 pound Eric Garner decided to resist arrest. The police officers and their black woman supervisor on the scene were under orders from the #2 top cop, a black man, to crack down on the lifestyle crimes in the Staten Island neighborhood. When you look at the video of the attempted arrest you can see the cops look like Hobbits wrestling with Uruk-hai. The problem was that Uruk-hai Eric Garner refused to follow the orders of the police. What were the orders given to the police? Again, the Daily News:
The city’s crackdown against untaxed cigarettes in Staten Island intensified on March 27 when the city’s 311 system received a complaint about individual smokes being sold in front of a clothing store on Bay St. near Victory Blvd., just four buildings down from where Garner was killed.
The caller said illegal cigarette sellers set up shop outside the 4 Brothers Clothing on Bay St. for three years and were selling loose cigarettes every day.
Depending on the time of day, marijuana was also being sold, said the caller, who rattled off the names of several suspects, including “a man named Eric,” a source said. [snip]
Other store owners on Bay St. said they didn’t complain to police about Garner or untaxed cigarette sales.
But the 311 tip made its way to Banks’ office where “the untaxed cigarette problem on Bay St.” was discussed, a source said. A day after the 311 call was made, cops arrested Garner for selling cigarettes without proper tax stamps.
Cops found him in possession of 23 sealed packs of untaxed cigarettes and one open pack, officials said. He was arrested with untaxed cigarettes again on May 7, officials said.
Then, a week before his death, Garner was “warned and admonished” about selling untaxed cigarettes, a police source said.
So the #2 cop in the city, who is black, commands a crackdown on untaxed “loosie” cigarette sales on the block where Eric Garner has been repeatedly arrested for untaxed “loosie” cigarette sales and a black woman police sergeant is dispatched along with several other police officers to stop the illegal sales as part of the successful “lifestyle” crimes cleanup. Why? Who is to blame?
The entity to blame is the New York City Council. The Mayor’s office is also to blame.
For years we have heard the propaganda from the left equating cigarette sellers as “killer” who sell their products to poison the population. Now the police have stopped a cigarette seller and from the reaction you would think a saint has been sacrificed.
Why was such a stupid law passed? Why can’t someone sell cigarettes in any way they want? Well, it’s all because of taxes. Taxes killed Eric Garner:
“We have a poor guy who died because of a tax collection issue,” conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show.
Governments condemn cigarette use on one hand while relying on cigarette taxes to fund their operations, Mr Limbaugh and others contend.
“Garner died because he dared interfere with government reach and government muscle that didn’t want to lose tax revenue to independent operators,” Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass writes.
“You want an all-encompassing state with the power to stop you from smoking? Well, don’t complain about the Eric Garner case,” writes the Hayride’s Scott McKay. “This is what big government looks like.”
The Daily Caller’s W James Antle says that while public outrage is focusing on the level of force employed by the New York police, “let’s not let the people who write the laws off the hook”.
“A man who is killed by government overreach, fueled by anti-tobacco fanaticism, is just as dead as one who smokes a carton of unfiltered Pall Malls every week for 30 years,” he writes.
“You want an all-encompassing state with the power to stop you from smoking?” writes the Hayride’s Scott McKay. “Well, don’t complain about the Eric Garner case. This is what big government looks like.”
We thought we were supposed to hate cigarette vendors? Eric Garner was a cigarette vendor but his crime was to not give his share in taxes to the New York City government:
In the name of cutting smoking rates, New York has the highest state cigarette tax at $4.35 per pack. New York City piles on an additional local cigarette tax of $1.50 per pack. Since 2006, the cigarette tax in New York state has been raised 190 percent. In response, cigarette smuggling there increased 59 percent. More than half of all cigarettes consumed in New York state are smuggled, according to a 2014 report by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
Garner chose to participate in the booming underground cigarette market as a smuggler. Since 2009, he had been arrested eight times for selling loosies, which are popular among people who can’t afford a full pack because of the excessive taxes.
In January 2014, tough new penalties for selling untaxed cigarettes took effect in New York City. In July, emboldened by the new law, the city’s highest-ranking uniformed cop, Philip Banks, issued an order to crack down on loosie sales days before Garner died.
These events confirm that police are ultimately the enforcers of the tax code, and every vote for higher taxes gives police increased authority to exert more force on citizens in more situations. Higher excise taxes inevitably lead to more violent clashes between police and smugglers.
Think it’s funny to blame the death of Eric Garner on taxes? Think untaxed cigarettes are not a big problem for the big taxers? Think again. Big city “progressives” are hooked on taxes on cigarettes and untaxed cigarettes are something “progressives” will kill:
New York is now the highest net importer of smuggled cigarettes in the country, thanks to a $4.50 per pack tax. New York City adds an additional tax of $1.50.
Smuggling is up 59 percent since 2006 and now is believed to account for nearly 57 percent of New York’s cigarette market. A Mackinack Center study had the figure slightly higher. Last year, authorities seized $4.5 million in counterfeit Chinese cigarettes in Brooklyn. As early as 2010, New York was losing $20 million a month in revenues to black market smokes.
It’s spreading throughout the region. According to one study, nearly 40 percent of cigarettes smoked in Boston come from the black market. In Providence, that figure is somewhere between 30 to 55 percent. In Washington, D.C., it’s 30 to 60 percent.
Nearly 60 percent of discarded cigarettes found in five large Northeastern cities lacked the proper excise tax stamps.
A revenue-hungry nanny state in New York has boosted cigarette taxes nearly 200 percent in less than a decade, creating the crime for which Garner was killed. Have we learned nothing from Prohibition or the war on drugs?
“Alleged gun-running and terrorist-loving ex-Stuyvesant HS teacher Theo Burroughs, busted in a sting two months ago, was trafficking in untaxed cigarettes along with assault rifles and handcuffs,” the New York Post reported.
Hezbollah and the Irish Republican Army have gotten a piece of the action as terrorists, gangs and the mafia get involved in the cigarette black market.
The Post quoted a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms official as saying, “We see lots of [rip-offs] and violence with drug trafficking, and you will see a rise of that in tobacco, too. As volume and money go up, the stakes get higher. And certainly, a concern of ours is violence will spill out of this.”
Two paragraphs later, the story says “state officials maintain the tax is worth it as an incentive for people to quit.” Quit breathing?
We can all breathe better now that Eric Garner has gone to his just reward. The notion that racism killed him is ridiculous. The notion that excessive police force killed him is equally false.
We understand that many people don’t get along well with cops on the beat. Too often cops are officious and think they are the king of the hill. Instead of being servants of the people too often police treat citizens as servants. Of course there are the many, many good cops who try to help and “serve and protect”. But the rude, nasty cops are the ones that stick in our memory, not the good effective ones.
But whatever our notions of cops or the many times cops have been good to us or been mean to us we remember that even with the “bad” cops we must behave with respect even if it is trough gritted teeth. That Eric Garner thought he could tell cops what to do was just another to add to his 31 mistakes.
That some think the cops should have Tasered Garner instead of knocking him down ignores the fact that a Taser of Garner would probably have killed him due to his crummy health and then Al Sharpton would have asked why the police did not use a chokehold to bring the near 400 pound man to obey the law.
As with Michael Brown of Ferguson we think the black community should be applauding the death of Gardner. At some point the black community has to take sides in the battle for their soul: it’s either the criminals or the decent law-abiding citizens.
This guy, Wilson, has it exactly right:
For the black leaders that think Eric Garner is the extension of a new, more successful Occupy Wall Street movement we have bad news:
Washington — A majority of young people believe racism is more a problem for previous generations than it is for their own. And most young people – 73 percent of whites, 66 percent of nonwhites – say they don’t see racial minorities any differently than they see white people, according to a survey conducted for the youth-oriented cable network MTV. [snip]
Perhaps most strikingly, a majority of those surveyed, who range in age from 14 to 24, agree that “having a black president demonstrates that racial minorities have the same opportunities as white people.” Among young white people, the figure was 64 percent, and among young people of color, it was 58 percent. [snip]
Majorities of white and nonwhite respondents agreed that “it’s never fair to give preferential treatment to one race over another, regardless of historical inequalities.” Among white Millennials, 75 percent agreed, as did 65 percent of nonwhites.
Another statement presented the “racial preference” concept differently: “Because of historical inequalities, it is sometimes more fair to give preferential treatment to one race over another.” Among whites, 22 percent agreed; 30 percent of people of color agreed.
The Nation magazine is horrified that that in earlier surveys the same results emerge that young people won’t buy the Al Sharpton line:
The results weren’t heartening. Overall, 46 percent of Millennials agree that the government pays too much attention to the problems of minorities, with 49 percent who disagree. 48 percent also agree that discrimination against whites is a genuine problem. When you disaggregate by race and count only white Millennials, the picture is much worse.
A solid majority of white Millennials, 56 percent, say that government has paid too much attention to the problems of blacks and other minorities. An even larger majority, 58 percent, say that “discrimination against whites has become as big a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minorities.”
The pollsters at PRRI don’t try to tease out what this actually means, and honestly—as an African-American myself—it’s hard to figure out.
You better figure it out if you are at all interested in helping the country and helping the black community in particular.
If you think that an attack on a black singer for singing “White Christmas” on the night of the Eric Garner grand jury news is not a problem then you’ve got a problem.
If you think that telling white people they can’t act like dopes, only black people can participate in the demonstrations of dopiness, then you’ve got a problem.
If you think that invading Macy’s or Apple’s flagship New York store, or blocking traffic is a way to convert people to your cause then you are an Occupy Wall Street dope. Speaking of Occupy Wall Street — Eric Garner protesters “shut down capitalism” because… capitalism!. Say what??? What???:
Protesters staged a “die in” Friday night in an Apple store on Fifth Avenue and in Macy’s at Herald Square.
Hundreds of people angry over police treatment of African-American men crowded the street outside the Apple store, and some made their way through the store’s large glass doors…
Zandir Santos, 30, of Brooklyn, relished in the idea that protesters had disrupted life at an Apple store and a Macy’s in New York. The filmmaker said this is a pivotal time in American history and that police must change how they treat people.
“The CEO of Apple knows we shut his store down–that means capitalist America is going to take us seriously,” he said. “We are going to shake up your business and we want to hit you where it hurts. “
Capitalist America as well as every sensible American thinks these Occupy Wall Street refugees are loons. Just like Occupy Wall Street these DailyKooks harm their own goofy fad. Keep on blocking traffic and making members of the public pay for your foolishness and in the end you will be as popular as Occupy Wall Street. It is always amusing to see a young white guy lying down in the lobby of a big store with a sign that says “End White Supremacy” in a city where the #2 cop is black and in a country where the president is black, the Attorney General is black and the head of the Homeland Security Department is black.
On Thursday “Inside the NBA” on TNT, panelists Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith discussed the issues of Garner, race and Ferguson in light of Barkley’s recent remarks on police and accusations of police brutality motivated by race.
During that discussion, Barkley dismissed his critics.
“Some people are going to agree with me,” Barkley said. “And some people are going to kiss my ass.”
Barkley’s earlier remarks about Ferguson are considered by some to be controversial because they are so truthful:
Former NBA star and TNT NBA Analyst Charles Barkley lamented America’s “tribe mentality” on race and criticized many black leaders as a “cast of sad characters” in an interview broadcast on Tuesday’s “CNN Tonight.”
Barkley said that while he believes Michael Brown’s stepfather should not be prosecuted for inciting a riot, he defended calling the looters and rioters “scumbags,” saying “when you’re looting people’s property, that’s what you are. That’s against the law, it’s not your property, you wouldn’t want people to do it to your house, and to go back to the stepdad, he didn’t want people to burn down his house.” [snip]
Barkley also turned to the rhetoric towards law enforcement, stating “the notion that white cops are out there just killing black people, that’s ridiculous. It’s just flat out ridiculous…the cops are actually awesome, they are the only thing in the ghetto between this place being the wild, wild west. So, this notion that cops are out there just killing black men is ridiculous, and I hate that narrative coming out of this entire situation.”
He also said that the police in the Eric Garner case in New York “got a little aggressive,” and might be “excessive force,” but also argued “if you fight back, things go wrong.”
Barkley further addressed the issue of racial profiling, declaring “there’s a reason they [cops] racially profile us at times. Sometimes it’s wrong, but sometimes it’s right.”
He expressed that the president should not go to Ferguson, adding “another thing that annoy annoys me about this whole situation, Brooke. Every time something happen[s] in the black community, we have the same cast of sad character, and we don’t have to have Al Sharpton go there…we have the same sad sack of black characters, we need strong black men in St. Louis to stand up, and say, ‘hey, let’s handle this situation.'”
We’ve written that it is time for the black community to step up and cheer when black criminals get sent to jail or killed. The former head nanny of New York wrote an op-ed article last year which states some truths too:
New York is the safest big city in the nation, and our crime reductions have been steeper than any other big city’s. For instance, if New York City had the murder rate of Washington, D.C., 761 more New Yorkers would have been killed last year. If our murder rate had mirrored the District’s over the course of my time as mayor, 21,651 more people would have been killed. That’s more than Georgetown University’s student body, faculty and administrative staff.
Based on crime data, we know that more than 90 percent of those 21,651 individuals would have been black and Hispanic. Some of them would have been children.
But even one murder is too many, and last year New York City had 419. The Post never published an editorial lamenting the loss of those innocent lives. Nor has The Post published an editorial at any point during my 11½ years as mayor about the crime in our city’s minority neighborhoods and its toll on innocent people. When our police officers were gunned down in the line of duty, there were no Post editorials about the lives and liberties they died protecting — nor about their sacrifice.
And yet this month, in two separate editorials, The Post lectured our police department about protecting the civil liberties of New Yorkers. The Post swallowed — hook, line and sinker — the attack leveled on the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) practice of stopping, questioning and frisking by an ideologically driven federal judge who has a history of ruling against the police.
This judge ruled that our police officers on patrol — a majority of whom are black, Hispanic and other minorities — engaged in “indirect racial profiling.” Never once in the judge’s 197-page opinion did she mention the lives that have been saved because of the stops those officers made. Instead, throughout the recent trial, she showed disdain for our police officers and the dangerous work they do.
Some more uncomfortable truths for the Occupy Wall Street idiots and others who seek to turn the criminals into saints:
Unlike many cities, where wealthy areas get special treatment, the NYPD targets its manpower to the areas that suffer the highest crime levels. Ninety percent of all people killed in our city — and 90 percent of all those who commit the murders and other violent crimes — are black and Hispanic. It is shameful that so many elected officials and editorial writers have been largely silent on these facts.
Instead, they have argued that police stops are discriminatory because they do not reflect the city’s overall census numbers. By that flawed logic, our police officers would stop women as often as men and senior citizens as often as young people. To do so would be a colossal misdirection of resources and would take the core elements of police work — targeting high-crime neighborhoods and identifying suspects based on evidence — out of crime-fighting. The absurd result of such a strategy would be far more crimes committed against black and Latino New Yorkers. When it comes to policing, political correctness is deadly.
Political correctness is deadly and the piles of black bodies testifies to that fact. We threw away our politically correct style book in the trash long ago.
Speaking of trash, now that we have disposed of the Eric Garner trash, we need to talk more trash. The trash is Mary Landreiu.
Today is runoff election day in Louisiana. Trashy Mary Landrieu is about to be thrown in the trash. Why? Well many reasons. But remember our article about the white working class? The white working class is about to trash Mary Landrieu:
Elliott Stonecipher, a political analyst in Shreveport, La., said that the growing degree to which whites have become Republicans and the loss of an estimated 125,000 Democratic voters after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 meant that Democrats now represented about 47 percent of Louisiana’s overall voter registration, compared to more than 60 percent in 2000.
Yeah, those pesky white people:
Louisiana is a state where blacks are a significant share of the electorate (a third or more), and they vote overwhelmingly (over 90%) for Democrats, as they have for Landrieu in her several races. Only Mississippi has a higher African American share of the population than Louisiana, even with the departure of many blacks from Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (leading to the loss of a U.S. House seat after the 2010 census). White voters have become almost as homogeneous a voting pool in the state in the other direction, with Landrieu receiving only 18% of white votes in the primary. Louisiana was carried twice by Bill Clinton and is one of the states that has moved most dramatically from blue dog Democrat to Republican in the past decade, along with Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and West Virginia, all of which were carried by Bill Clinton twice and by Republicans in presidential races ever since.
Trash Mary Landrieu is going away in a very big stinky way full of lies and more lies along with race-baiting.
This Saturday The Atlantic tolls the bells as the trash collector comes to pick up the white trash:
HAMMOND, La.—Mary Landrieu is dead, and everyone knows it but Mary Landrieu. [snip]
Since the primary, Landrieu has undergone a series of humiliations. First, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced it would not spend any money supporting her in the runoff. [snip]
“This is a fight worth fighting. I mean, I have a very good record! Records should matter!” It doesn’t seem to occur to Landrieu that it is precisely her record—of supporting an unpopular president and voting for all his major initiatives, including the Affordable Care Act—that voters object to. [snip]
In what are likely the waning days of Landrieu’s career, she has become an exotic specimen—the Last Southern Democrat. [snip]
But that has changed dramatically since Barack Obama was elected in 2008.
As recently as 2007, Democrats controlled both houses of the Louisiana legislature and seven of nine statewide offices, including the governorship. Today Republicans have large majorities in both houses, and Landrieu is the last statewide elected Democrat. As the Associated Press recently noted, if Landrieu loses, Democrats will not control a single governorship, Senate seat, or legislative chamber from the Carolinas to Texas. [snip]
“It appears that the Democratic Party in Louisiana, with the exception of the odd majority-minority district, is moribund for the foreseeable future,” Pearson Cross, a political scientist at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, tells me. The approximately one-third of the population that is black is overwhelmingly Democratic, but white voters have fled the party. Landrieu, who got 33 percent of the white vote in 2008, drew just 18 percent of whites in last month’s primary.
Cassidy’s campaign, like those of almost every Republican this year, has consisted almost entirely of putting Landrieu and Obama in the same sentence. A chyron hovers at the bottom of the screen throughout all of his television ads: “LANDRIEU + OBAMA = FAILED POLICIES.”
Barack Obama killed the Democratic Party. Now the Obama Dimocrat Party is on deathwatch too. The “creative class” “coalition of the ascendant” is going down:
America’s changing demographics have been touted by Democrats as a nearly unbeatable long-term coalition, particularly in presidential elections. [snip] But the 2014 results have raised new doubts about this strategy. Many Democrats had seen the Obama tally as a sort of floor for the party going forward; without Obama on the ballot, they assumed they could continue to turn out minority voters while doing better with whites. But now it looks as though it may instead be a ceiling, as minorities stay home or even vote Republican while white voters turn on Democrats in increasing numbers. [snip]
“I think what has changed it is that this is a hardworking state. People work hard, and they really don’t take to people who are on the dole,” he continued. “You’d better not be supporting people who are sitting on their front porch while I’m trying to work! You drive around these small communities, you see a lot of able-bodied people sitting around, when you know there’s work to be had …. That’s the only thing I can figure. This part of the country, people have been raised by families who worked very, very hard. But now we’ve got a president who loves to sit down every day and see how much he can give away of what they make.” [snip]
To bring the party back, he believes Democrats need a new Bill Clinton who can reposition the party toward the center. The day after the election, Breaux tells me, he called Clinton to suggest restarting the centrist Democratic Leadership Council. “The perception now is that the Democratic Party is too far to the left and the Republican Party is too far for the right,” he tells me. “The majority of Americans are somewhere in the middle.”
Many Democratic partisans believe otherwise, and have been insisting since the election that the party needs to become more progressive, not less. Breaux disagrees. “That’s a serious mistake,” he says. “We didn’t lose these elections because we weren’t liberal enough. We lost these elections because we were perceived as being a party that was not a centrist party.”
Occupy Wall Street, blocked traffic, turn behemoth criminals into civil rights icons, trash the white working class, are not ways to win elections or convince voters you are not a Kook. Mary Landrieu, Barack Obama, Michael Brown, Eric Garner are all the same trash.
It’s time once again to take out the trash. In Louisiana today is take out the trash day. We’ll breath better tonight after Landrieu is in the trash heap.
Can we breath better now that Eric Garner is no longer amongst the living? Yes, we can.