If you live in New York city, you have a mayor (Bill De Blasio) who traveled to Nicaragua as a leftist activist in 1988, around the time the CIA was helping rebels trying to overthrow the socialist Sandinista government. You have a left-wing hierarchy of government from top to bottom that your fellow New Yorkers have elected, and of course at the very top is President Obama who, in his autobiography, talks of his efforts to associate with radicals in college.
I believe that the left makes the average person less safe. For instance, de Blasio disbanded a special unit tasked with conducting surveillance of mosques and Muslim groups suspected of radical ties. He was ending “some of the most effective programs in the country in the NYPD counter-terrorism unit,” according to John Lehman, a former member of the 9/11 Commission (a commission formed to make recommendations in the aftermath of Jihadists flying airlines into our skyscrapers).
None of us like being spied on of course, but Michael Mukasey, who served as U.S. attorney general from 2007 to 2009, said: “They (the NYPD) weren’t simply conducting surveillance of mosques and Muslims. They were mapping communities, figuring out where someone from Lebanon or Yemen or any of the other hot spots would go if they wanted to come to this country and find refuge.”
“At mosques that had particularly militant imams, they did have people who would tip them off to what other people were doing or saying. To the extent they’ve curtailed that, I think we’re all less safe,” he added.
De Blasio also curtailed the police department’s stop-and-frisk program, which authorizes officers to stop, question and pat down people they suspect of criminal conduct. As these stops have declined, shootings in some communities, such as Brownsville in Brooklyn, have increased, according to the New York Daily News.
Lehman said the changed policy will dissuade officers from stopping a person who might appear to be wearing an explosive vest or carrying a suspicious package.
“If you see someone with a package or a bulky vest, you are taking a great risk if you stop and frisk them.”
Lets assume that De Blasio is not pandering for votes, but rather simply has compassion – compassion for people being spied on for being Muslim, or and a sense of the unfairness of being stopped and searched for being black.
What else is he doing:
The 9/11 Commission also had recommended strict IDs (a computerized system called Real ID) to identify foreigners. Instead the mayor approved a program to issue municipal IDs of lower standards. They were intended to serve undocumented immigrants and other residents who have difficulty obtaining regular state IDs.
Mukasey said weak ID standards combined with the “porous” Southern border put the nation at greater risk for attack.
“You need a reliable way of identifying people. You don’t simply issue ID cards willy nilly to anybody who wants them and shows up and has his picture taken and tells you what his name is,” he said.
Lets give the mayor the benefit of the doubt. He feels for the plight of undocumented migrants, who do need services, and perhaps those cards can get them services.
In NY a progressive judge named Shira Scheindlin wishes to bar cops from enforcing laws against loitering in lobbies, corridors and elevators in housing projects.
The theory, stripped to bare metal, is that cops don’t have a big presence in doorman buildings and the like, where relatively few poor blacks and Hispanics live, and so it’s discriminatory for them to target the projects.
It’s down-the-rabbit-hole reasoning, to be sure: The projects are where the crime is. That is, where the victims are.
Lets give Shira the benefit of the doubt. She really cares. She cares about the young unemployed men and women who might want to socialize in a lobby or a corridor. She cares about injustice so you can be comforted that, if you live in these projects and get robbed in a stairway, that it happened in the name of compassion.
Now let’s go to Obama, a man whose compassion even outdoes De Blasio’s. In fact he got a Nobel peace prize just for being elected.
Lets start with deadly diseases.
Ebola, an incurable and usually deadly disease, has create a hot zone through parts of Africa, and Obama is offering to convert any tourist visa from a hot zone country into a permanent residence visa. I need not mention the downside.
Likewise, when 70,000 children from Central American countries illegally entered the U.S. they were not sent back, but were sent to live in cities across the U.S. Enteroviruses were found in a significant number of children in those countries, and subsequently there was an outbreak here. It resulted in 11 deaths, and 70 cases of polio-like paralysis, with lesions in the spinal cord. The paralysis is sometimes permanent, as are breathing difficulties.
But what could any decent person do – send the children back to their original homes? And it’s not proven that those children brought the disease, though we do know that other diseases from south of the border are spreading (Chagas disease, dengue, etc.) Obama plans to allow 100,000 Haitians into the U.S. without visas, by executive order, though Haiti has been very hard hit with a very painful tropical viral disease, transmittable by a mosquito that ranges from New York to Texas. What could go wrong?
Obama had an expensive fundraiser at the luxurious Austin home of filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, a man who was indignant at the American vigilantes – the “minutemen” who non-violently help the border patrol. Robert directed a movie about them. This movie, named Machete was incredibly violent and ends with illegal aliens massacring the fictional version of the Minutemen.
“Machete” in the words of the character meant to be our evolving conscience, Jessica Alba’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Sartana, is about how those who believe in only LEGAL immigration “deserve to be cut down.” (and they do get cut down)
But I can empathize. Those xenophobes deserve what they get.
Obama also cares about refugees.
With Muslim immigrants streaming into the United States at a rate of 100,000 per year, some of the communities targeted for new arrivals are seeking information on their new neighbors, only to be frustrated by federal bureaucrats and their hired contractors.
When an agency like World Relief opens an office in a city, it means refugees will be arriving soon. There are no public hearings or announcements in local media. Typically a story will appear in the local newspaper just before or after the first arrivals appear in town.
In St. Cloud, Minnesota, residents have also inquired about how many more Somali refugees will be arriving …dozens of other Somalis have either left the country to fight for al-Shabab or ISIS while others have been charged and convicted with sending material support to overseas terrorist organizations.
Some cities complain “We are struggling with our own homeless, our own mentally ill and poorly educated. Why do we need to take in other countries’ problems?”
In Lewiston Maine, where many Somalis were settled, we read this warning to other cities from a man (Paul Spellman) who lived there:
You should plan to increase your police budgets as well as adding additional police in your schools. The Somali and Bantu tribes are a latter-day version of the Hatfields and McCoys. There have been numerous physical altercations between the two tribes as well as gang activity. Lewiston Deputy Police Chief James Minkowsky stated “we haven’t seen that it’s been fueled by drugs or alcohol but in some cases they seem to do it for the thrill of it. We’re not seeing the colors or the monikers but it’s still a gang mentality”. Prior to these attacks group robberies were almost unheard of according to police.
Those against refugee relocation should be prepared for broad accusations of being racist. In October of 2002 then Mayor Laurier Raymond wrote a letter to the Somali leaders asking them to hold off bringing more to Lewiston as the city could no longer afford the crippling financial burden. National media quickly picked up on the story labeling him a racist for simply doing what he was elected to do, govern the city.
So to sum up so far, if your child starts having trouble breathing due to a tropical disease, or you get mugged in your housing project, or a Jihadist bomb goes off in your mall, or if bullets whiz over your head between two conflicting tribes, you can at least thank your elites for being compassionate.
Recently the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission signaled that it would begin to crack down on employers who use the criminal histories of job applicants to discriminate against them illegally.
Myself I can see their point – if I were a criminal, I would want a second chance. On the other hand, if the plumber in your house has a prior history of kidnapping little girls, it might have to take you some time to appreciate the wisdom of the EEOC, after your little girl disappears.
But I’m sure you would come around to the idea that for the sake of justice, it was worth repairing the sink.
While walking with the French president at Monticello, President Obama was heard saying, “That’s the good thing about being president: I can do anything I want.” It was a joke, but let’s be glad he can do so much, because he is so compassionate.
In case you are one of those angry middle-aged men who lack a heart, you could vote for libertarian Rand Paul, but Rand Paul said this: “I see an America where criminal justice is applied equally and any law that disproportionately incarcerates people of color is repealed.” But…though only 13 per cent of Americans are black, according to the latest estimates from the US Census Bureau. the unpleasant reality according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics is that black offenders committed 52 per cent of homicides recorded in the data between 1980 and 2008. Mostly these black offenders are killing blacks, and most whites are killed by other whites. What we need is colorblind application of the law, and if we stick to that principle, we end up protecting black victims more than if we let black perpetrators go in the name of fairness.
Real compassion requires looking at the big picture.
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