Two New York City police officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were brutally murdered Saturday by someone claiming to exact revenge for what happened to Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and what happened to Eric Garner in New York.
Leftists led by the Reverend Al Sharpton have fomented racial divisiveness and animosity towards the police in the weeks following these two incidents. Bill de Blasio, the New York City mayor, only made it worse by telling the world that he told his son to fear the cops. Their rhetoric has borne this particularly bitter and evil fruit. I agree with former Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik on this, there is blood on Sharpton’s and de Blasio’s hands.
And now it’s time to use the tactics of the left against these two and the rest of the left that’s used the incidences to accuse conservatives of racism and the police of waging war on young black men.
New Yorkers outraged by de Blasio and Sharpton should peacefully protest in front of Gracie Mansion, the home of the mayor, and in front of NBC studios. They should be using those opportunities to ask that de Blasio resign as the mayor (I know he won’t but the symbolism will be powerful) and that Sharpton be fired from his job at MSNBC.
And it’s time for a boycott of whatever advertisers MSNBC has left. It’s simply time for the rest of America to stick it to these nasty race-baiting scumbags. And whenever we can, let’s remind the left of their role in the death of these two cops anytime they try to make a point about anything. Keep pounding this terrible incident into the heads of regular America so that they can get the point. And even if it might go nowhere, I would like to see a conservative legal foundation help the officers sue Sharpton to keep this case and narrative alive.
Like many conservatives, I was pretty outraged at the lack of an indictment for the police officer in the Garner case. I know there is some disagreement among conservatives on that issue, but put that aside for a moment. After what happened to those police officers, people should do all they can to support the Garner family more. While de Blasio and Sharpton have acted disgracefully throughout all of this, the Garner family has acted with dignity and grace in the face of an awful tragedy for them.
A Rare Thank You To The President
Here’s an uncommon moment where I am going to applaud President Barack Obama. Because since I was in high school debating this issue in student congress, I’ve believed the embargo against Cuba needed to be ended.
My foremost reason for this is that the policy is a relic of a different era (the original Cold War) and it’s only stayed in place because of the very powerful Cuban community in the South Florida. If you wanted any chance at those votes at election time you had to support the embargo.
While Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is right that Cuba’s incompetent leaders are to blame for their dour economic situation, the embargo has played its role as well. I think it’s time for Americans companies to be able to invest in the island the way Europe and Canada has.
One of the rationales for opening trade to China was that American trade could liberalize the country. While that’s not worked with China it can work with Cuba who has an ossified, decaying regime that’s on its last legs.
And while European and Canadian businesses don’t care about encouraging freedom and liberty in Cuba, there are some American businessman who do (looking furtively at the Koch brothers). Trade with Cuba really is the camel’s nose under the tent for freedom and democracy. Lifting the embargo is an opportunity to hasten the decline of the Castro regime and create another market for American goods.
This is the right move, and while I imagine the new Republican Congress will be unwilling to lift the embargo they should. Less sanctions on Cuba, not a threat to us, more sanctions on Iran, an existential threat not just to us, but to world peace!