by Matthew Vadum
Where racist pandering and cop-hatred meet.
CLEVELAND -- Hillary Clinton's appalling address to black activists yesterday suggests that she may be an even more fanatical supporter of the dangerous, violent Black Lives Matter movement than Barack Obama.
Clinton is clearly now the Black Lives Matter candidate. Spewing lies and half-truths, she has become increasingly radical on the issue of race relations in recent months. The former secretary of state, U.S. senator, first lady, and now presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, speaks warmly of those black criminals who kill police, claiming that there are root causes that somehow at least partly justify those murderers.
In her speech at the NAACP annual convention in Cincinnati yesterday, Clinton said "systemic racism," something that doesn't exist in America, needs to be eliminated. She perfunctorily denounced the recent spate of cop killings that her party has otherwise cheered on by endorsing Black Lives Matter. (A transcript is available here.)
“This madness has to stop,” she said, while demanding that the prisons be emptied through so-called criminal justice reform.
But Clinton is not a natural orator.
Obama, by contrast, is expert at bouncing between rhetorical reverence for nonviolent action and a refusal to condemn violent activism, which is tantamount to endorsing violent activism. Obama pronounces the activist's cause just and the rest follows. No matter how terrible the political violence perpetrated, if Obama agrees with those perpetrating it, he soothingly rationalizes the evil conduct away. For the most part Obama sounds good while lying to your face, at least when he is being guided by a teleprompter.
Clinton may be a practiced, pathological liar, but she is not the smooth talker that Obama is.
She is a screamer and an annoying one. When giving speeches she is wooden and shrill even when the coughing fits that signal her poor health shut her down in mid-speech. The fact that professional feminists shriek that calling Hillary shrill is sexist in no way changes the fact that she is shrill. She has trouble modulating her voice, unable to build up to an emotional crescendo. She just suddenly gets angry and strident reading her prepared text and starts shouting. Her voice and her delivery grate on the nerves of normal people.
In her address yesterday, Clinton wheeled out some of the most cherished myths of the Left, saying we need "to fix the crisis of mass incarceration, eliminate the disparity in sentencing between crack and powder cocaine, dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline that starts in school and diverts too many African-American kids out of school and into the criminal justice system, instead of giving them the education they deserve to have."
She promised to make it easier for criminals to secure U.S. government jobs by "banning the box," i.e. banning the question about a person's criminal history in federal job applications.
Clinton robotically pandered to blacks by attacking the police and reassuring blacks that all their fears about police are well founded. At the same time, she pretended to sympathize with the police officers that her friends in Black Lives Matter want dead.
"We need police officers to help us make progress. These murderers threaten all of that. Killing police officers is a terrible crime. That’s why our laws treat the murderers of police so seriously, because they represent the rule of law itself. If you take aim at that and at them, you take aim at all of us. Anyone who kills a police officer and anyone who helps must be held accountable. And as president, I will bring the full weight of the law to bear and making sure those who kill police officers are brought to justice. There can be no justification, no looking the other way."
America has come a long way, she said, but it has "so much further to go." She put the murders of police officers on the same plane as the recent police-involved killing of career criminal and convicted pedophile Alton Sterling when he resisted arrest and reached for a cop's gun.
"We were cruelly reminded of [how far we have to go] with the recent deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two more black man killed in police incidents, this time in Louisiana and Minnesota. And then in Dallas, five police officers killed while serving and protecting peaceful protesters targeted because they were police. And then, of course, yesterday, three police officers murdered in an apparent premeditated ambush in Baton Rouge."
But it's still cops' fault, she implied.
Racist cops have made black Americans distrustful of authorities, she said, and this official police racism must end. "And perhaps the best way to honor our police is to follow the lead of police departments across the country who are striving to do better."
"The deaths of Alton and Philando," Clinton claimed, "drove home how urgently we need to make reforms to policing and criminal justice… how we cannot rest until we root out implicit bias and stop the killings of African-Americans."
She continued to push the Left's anti-cop, so-called criminal law reform agenda. "We must reform our criminal justice system because everyone is safer when there is respect for the law and when everyone is respected by the law." She demanded the nationalization of policing by urging that "clear national guidelines on the use of force, especially lethal force," be imposed on all police departments.
Clinton pushed government solutions for all problems, promising more taxpayer-funded handouts for African-Americans of both sexes. That blacks tend to be poorer than whites is prima facie evidence of racism, she implied. Redistributing wealth and dictating personal behavior is the answer, she said. "I want to unleash all of the energy and all of that talent," she said. "We need to view these issues also as part of the struggle for civil rights."
"Rosa Parks opened up every seat on the bus," Clinton said. "Our challenge now is to expand jobs so everyone can afford the fare. And let’s ensure that the bus route reaches every neighborhood and connects every family with safe, affordable housing, good jobs and quality schools."
Clinton tried to lay a gigantic guilt trip on Caucasian Americans. "We white Americans need to do a better job of listening when African-Americans talk about the seen and unseen barriers you face every day."
"Donald Trump led the movement to delegitimize our first black president, trumpeting the so-called birther movement," Clinton said, leaving out the fact that her previous presidential campaign took the lead in spreading the story that Obama wasn't born in the United States.
While Clinton was speaking, supporters of the violent Black Lives Matter movement and its dirty, body-pierced, communist, socialist, and anarchist allies marched around the Republican National Convention in Cleveland denouncing presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. At one point in the day, a battalion of Black Lives Matter activists attempted to muscle out other megaphone-wielding radicals in a public park.
There are reportedly fractures and turf battles going on within the racist left-wing movement that is funded by radical speculator George Soros. Jeff Mixon, president of Black Lives Matter in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, who is also a member of the county Democratic Party Executive Committee, accused a group called Organize Ohio of attempting to hijack the movement.
“They talk about uniting to end poverty but what they are really interested in is solidifying their political power to advance their agenda,” Mixon said, apparently blissfully unaware of the nature of Black Lives Matter. His local group boycotted an anti-Republican protest here Monday and has reportedly endorsed for reelection incumbent Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio).
Mixon blamed fellow Democrats for perpetuating injustices. “Black people have bad voting habits. We just vote for anybody who has a ‘D’ next to their name,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Black Lives Matter-led leftist lynch mob in Baltimore yesterday failed for the fourth consecutive time to convict a police officer in the unusual April 2015 death of black career criminal Freddie Gray, attorney Andrew Branca reports at Legal Insurrection.
Circuit Judge Barry Williams found Lt. Brian Rice not guilty of involuntary manslaughter, misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment. Two other related charges against Rice were previously dropped.
Six police officers in total were indicted in connection with the death of Gray who died in hospital of severe injuries a week after his arrest. Three of the cops are white; three are black. One of the six is a woman.
In addition to Rice, Officers Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson have already been acquitted. Officer William G. Porter will be retried following a hung jury and mistrial. Officer Garrett Miller and Sgt. Alicia White are awaiting trial.
The decision of State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby (D), essentially a female version of Al Sharpton, to prosecute the Charm City cops has been widely ridiculed within the legal community. There is even talk of Mosby -- who has publicly invoked the mantra of the mob, "no justice, no peace," to explain her actions -- being sued for malicious prosecution for moving forward with what amount to political show trials.
"The state's theory of the case has only grown weaker and more laughable with each successive trial, and there is no reason to believe that the prospects for conviction will be any greater in those trials still to come than they have been previously," Branca writes.
This fourth non-conviction is yet another stinging rebuke to Democrats whose party has officially endorsed the Black Lives Matter movement. The left-wing narrative that racist killer cops are on a rampage across the nation isn't getting any traction -- because it is a vicious lie and Americans know it.
And Hillary Clinton will repeat those lies over and over again at next week's Democratic convention in Philadelphia.
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