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Democrats are not ever going to stop sharpening their hate tool

To The Daily Sun,

One thing is for sure, Obama and the liberal media can't lay blame for the burning and looting of Baltimore on some all-white police force, or all white local government. That was the implicit explanation given by Obama's Justice Department for the race riots in Ferguson after the killing of a young black man there. Baltimore is not some city inhabited only by blacks but policed primarily by whites. Sixty-three percent of Baltimore is black and 40 percent of the police force is black. The police commissioner is black, the mayor is black, the previous mayor was black and so is the majority of the city council.

The same comparison can be made in countless, other large American cities where crime rates are in the stratosphere including Chicago, Cleveland. Detroit, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. These are all cities where black mayors are in charge, black police chiefs are in charge and black school superintendents are in charge. All cities where for decades black leaders have held sway over large black populations. Still crime, looting and murder are endemic to these cities.

No matter these basic facts Democrats will be doing their very best to lay the blame for this tragedy in Baltimore at the feet of white privilege and racism. Far left political writer Susan Estrich has already been in The Daily Sun trumpeting exactly that. Allegations, accusations and innuendo of racism (just as in Ferguson) never stop because playing the race card can win elections no matter the absence of honesty to them. How many people have been accused of racism in this paper simply because they strongly oppose the polices of Barack Obama? Allegations of racism are a conclusion of political convince for the far left having to defend Obama's dismal failure on economic issues and foreign policy. Recall, his own party would not even be seen with him in the last election.

Who causes me the most sorrow and deepest despair? The poor and the black. The Democratic party has been their supposed advocate, champion and protector since FDR's sure-fire recipe for equality he called The New Deal in the 1930s and '40s. Followed by LBJ's Great New Society of the '60s with even louder screams they would solve the problems of the poor and blacks.

Let Democrats admit the horrendous and total failure of those two great men and their policies if Hillary Clinton runs on another can't miss campaign with sure-fire remedies to cure inequality and turn the tide of pain and suffering for blacks. Are the poor and the blacks gullible enough to swallow the hook, line and sinker of another Trojan horse from the Democratic Party once again echoing the failed promises of FDR, LBJ and JFK? The truth is those men only worsened the lives of the poor and the blacks over the past 70 years. If their policies worked why are blacks burning down Baltimore, and why is "inequality" the only word in Hillary's election dictionary?

That the poor and blacks must hate, dislike and distrust those more well off, no matter what year in history is critical to a thriving and successful Democratic Party. Why would anyone think Democrats are ever going to stop sharpening their most effective political tool, hate, envy and division for political advantage? If I am wrong, how is it after 70 years of promising to deliver the poor and blacks they are now worse off than at any point in history? The poor are not going to decrease in numbers, and the challenges of the blacks is never going to vanish. If poverty, racism, envy and the seeds of division sown by Democrats stopped the Democratic Party would disappear with them.

Tony Boutin


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Froma Harrop - Let the states make drug law

WASHINGTON — Howard Wooldridge, a Washington lobbyist, is a former detective and forever Texan on an important mission — trying to persuade the 535 members of Congress to end the federal war on marijuana.

Liberals tend to be an easier sell than conservatives. With liberals, Wooldridge dwells on the grossly racist way the war on drugs has been prosecuted. "The war on drugs," he tells them, "has been the most immoral policy since slavery and Jim Crow."

Conservatives hear a different argument, but one that Wooldridge holds every bit as dear: "Give it back to the states."

This is a case for states' rights, a doctrine to which conservatives habitually declare their loyalty. It is based on the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which says that powers not delegated to the federal government are given to the states or to the people. In fact, states had jurisdiction over marijuana until 1937.

Co-founder of a group called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Wooldridge leaves no doubt where he stands on the war on drugs. End it all. That means no more U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. No more federal SWAT teams invading suburban backyards. No more DEA agents shooting from helicopters.

Today the war on drugs costs taxpayers $12 billion a year just for the enforcement part. Meanwhile, the loss of income for the millions of ordinary Americans made nearly unemployable after being caught with a joint can't be counted. "You could close half the prisons in the country if you ended prohibition," Wooldridge says. He now focuses only on marijuana, which he dismisses as "little green plants." And he doesn't use the L-word — that is, legalization.

If Washington state and Colorado legalize marijuana for recreational use (and they have), that's fine with him. If 21 other states, from Maine to Hawaii, choose to allow marijuana only for medicinal use, that's also okay. And if Alabama and South Dakota want all marijuana kept illegal, again, fine.
"For sure, Utah is smokeless," he added, "and I say God bless."

Liberals have traditionally shunned states'-rights arguments because of their association with the evils of slavery and segregation. So it is notable that the NAACP has endorsed a bill just submitted by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., requiring the federal government to respect state laws on marijuana.

African-Americans do not like the 10th Amendment, Wooldridge notes, "but the racism involved in the prohibition is a billion times worse for black people."

Republicans once presented a united front in supporting the war on drugs. That wall began to crumble with the rise of the Ron Paul libertarians. When the House voted 219 to 189 last year to stop the federal ban on medical marijuana in states making it legal, 10 Republicans joined the "yes" side.

Pushing the "no" votes were police employed by the war and private businesses running prisons. They have an economic interest in keeping prohibition in place. It's about "money and money", Wooldridge says.

But also about "emotion." Nearly every police officer had a colleague killed in the drug war. They don't want to think their friends died for nothing.

Example: In the fall of 2012, two deputies flying over southeast Colorado to locate the marijuana harvest died when their light plane crashed. Two months later, Colorado legalized recreational pot.

The war on drugs, especially marijuana, is clearly entering its twilight phase. The question now is, How many million more American lives are going to be ruined and how many billion more dollars will be poured down the drain before we recognize its futility and move on?

(A member of the Providence Journal editorial board, Froma Harrop writes a nationally syndicated column from that city. She has written for such diverse publications as The New York Times, Harper's Bazaar and Institutional Investor.)

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