Between 1970 and 2012, the number of black elected officials rose from fewer than 1,500 to more than 10,000. How has this affected the black community? Jason Riley of The Manhattan Institute answers the question in this video.
Most Americans view business monopolies as a threat to free enterprise, to the very notion of liberty. But when there is a political monopoly the citizens who belong to that monopoly are content to let it stand.
That’s because power becomes an end in itself.
Democrats have maintained political monopolies in Baltimore, Chicago and Detroit for several generations. And the results of this Democrat monopoly is predictably gruesome.
I thought the first duty of government is to protect its citizens and their property.
But on Sunday Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told reporters that city officials gave the Baltimore rioters “space” to destroy property:
“While we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on. We also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well. And we work very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to deescalate, and that’s what you saw.”
In the wake of the atrocity last week at Sandy Hook elementary school, we are, once again, beng lectured by statist utopians that the problem is guns, that America is steeped in a culture of violence, that free citizens need to hand over more control to government agencies.
The truths are simple and stark:
1. Evil is real. Cain killed Abel, and murder has been with us ever since. Only the tools change: from sticks and stones to spears and swords, bows and arrows, cannons, guns, machine guns, and now annihilating atomic weapons.