American Elephants

Accountability Is Good. Passing the Buck is Bad. The Best Governance is Closest to the People. by The Elephant's Child
May 3, 2015, 9:17 pm
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The myth that arises our of Baltimore and Ferguson is that young black men are being randomly killed by white police officers. That lie prompted Michael Moore to call for disarming police officers across the country. Al Sharpton, in the wake of Baltimore riots, has called for the federal takeover of local police, a particularly loathsome idea. The idea of “federalizing” local police comes direct from the Obama administration, and to encourage it Obama is “pretending” that the United States has an epidemic of black men dying at the hands of white police

This false narrative derives directly from the ideology of the hard left. They believe that the source of all goodness and wisdom arises in the hallowed corridors of the nation’s capitol, where the smartest people who went to the right schools reside. One of the characteristics of involvement with the political class in Washington is a certain elevation of ego. You have to think you have something special to offer just to run for office, and the news people who cover the egos and events come to feel that they are something special as well. It is not all that surprising that they come to think their ideas are better, their advice more worthy, and their plans superior.

Obama’s instinctive response to any tragedy or crisis of any kind is for government to take over the problem, in the assumption that problems can only be solved by more government. This covers more laws, more regulation, more supervision, and often new agencies or new task forces. But the more regulation, the more control, the slower the reaction and less effective, less efficient government becomes. Big Bureaucracy does not solve problems, but only makes them worse.

In the past five years 682 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty. That averages out to over 136 dead officers each year. Here are the numbers from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.:
2010 – 161………………………… 2012 – 126…………………….. 2014 − 117             2011 – 171 ……………………….. 2013 – 107

On average there were 96 black males who are killed by white police officers each year — and another 300 white males who are killed by police officers according to the FBI. There were 431 black killers of “whites” in 2014, compared to 193 “white” killers of blacks. There were approximately 6,000 black men who were killed by other black men last year. That is the real tragedy.

As far as a federal takeover of local police officers —federal law enforcement has not been a beacon of cool professionalism. No police force is very good at policing itself, meaning than a national police force would be less accountable, not more. There has been a lot of misbehavior by our federal law enforcement.

There’s the scandal with the Secret Service and hookers just before Obama’s trip to Colombia. There’s the entirely separate scandal with the Drug Enforcement Agency and hookers (hookers paid for by Colombia drug lords, no less). There’s the fact that the Secret Service’s hooker-scandal investigator had to resign amid a scandal of his own. There’s the Secret Service’s alleged attempt to use a fraudulent warrant in an effort to search a house illegally. There are the federal agents charged with stealing Bitcoins during a criminal investigation, and, of course, the laughable inability of the entire Homeland Security apparatus to keep a postal worker’s gyrocopter away from the Capitol despite advance notice.

The FBI, meanwhile, used bogus forensic evidence to convict thousands based on the questionable, if not outright dishonest, say-so of its forensic lab, and, most significantly, didn’t admit the problem for years, letting many potentially innocent people rot in jail. In one case, a man, Santae Tribble, spent 28 years in prison after FBI analysts said that a single hair found at a crime scene was one of his, when in fact it came from a dog.

$22 Trillion Dollars has been spent on poverty programs by Democrats since Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society.” It has not worked. Empathy doesn’t work when the incentives are all wrong. If you penalize young black women for having a husband in the home, you get fewer good fathers. If you offer more money to single mothers if they have more babies, you get more single mothers with more babies. If you penalize someone for accepting a starter job by losing all benefits, it’s harder to get off welfare. And so it goes.

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