Bill Clinton has two objectives at this point in his life: (1) rake in as much cash as possible, and, possibly more important, (2) defend his own legacy in the Oval Office.
Bill Clinton is dead right
So when he threw down on a Black Lives Matter protester on Thursday, not only was he defending his legacy, he was also dead right. Bill is prone to “airbrush history” when he speaks–and that’s his right at a living former president. I heard him say that in person in 2014.
“The best part of being an ex-president is I can say anything I want. Well, except when my wife might be running for that job.” I’m paraphrasing. Clinton then went on to tell us how it’s a good thing to “airbrush history” about his time in office, and proceeded to airbrush current events and facts.
I think Bill knows that his wife’s chances of actually sitting behind the Resolute Desk are low and fading fast. I think in 2008 he realized that the Democratic Party had passed her sometime in 1996 and never looked back. He’s no longer filtering based on Hillary’s campaign narrative.
“I don’t know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and sent them out onto the street to murder other African-American children,” Clinton said, addressing a protester who appeared to interrupt him repeatedly. “Maybe you thought they were good citizens …. You are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter. Tell the truth. You are defending the people who cause young people to go out and take guns.”
In truth, BLM has a racist worldview. They have some legitimate grievances, but can never penetrate their self-erected wall that holds how irresponsible choices can be forgiven as long as those who choose them are black, and responsible actions by others can never truly be redeeming. Jonah Goldberg:
Oh, at this point, I should also say Bill Clinton is right! The Black Lives Matter movement is not without its legitimate complaints and arguments — I’m in favor of some criminal-justice reforms. But they want to work from the assumption that there are no black bad actors in this story. It’s white supremacy all the way down. The problem with this is that even if white supremacy — whatever people mean by that — is the massive problem some lefties imagine, it still doesn’t excuse bad individual moral choices. Excuses don’t become explanations simply because you shout them. It’s a very weird corollary to social-justice logic. If you see everyone simply as representatives of groups — white oppressors and black victims — you withdraw the moral agency from individual actors on both sides of the equation (which, technically speaking, is racist). White people become agents of oppression and morally culpable even if they’ve done nothing wrong. Black criminals who prey on innocent black people become victims, about whom no one can say an unkind word.
Bill spoke without a campaign filter and it was refreshing.
Throughout the spirited defense of his policy, Clinton continued to be interrupted, and he repeatedly seemed to single out one protester.
“She doesn’t wanna hear any of that,” Clinton said to the protester. “You know what else she doesn’t want to hear? Because of that bill, we have a 25-year low in crime, a 33-year low in murder rate. And because of that and the background check law, we had a 46-year low in the deaths of people by gun violence, and who do you think those lives were? That mattered? Whose lives were saved that mattered?”
Too little, too late
From the New York Times:
In her current campaign, Mrs. Clinton has been a fierce advocate of overhauling the criminal justice system, often campaigning alongside the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland and others who have lost children to gun violence or clashes with the police.
Last April, as protests were consuming Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo., after the deaths of black men at the hands of police officers, Mrs. Clinton devoted her first major policy speech to overturning key parts of the bill. “It’s time to end the era of mass incarceration,” she said.
Faced with egg on her face, Hillary’s campaign managed to get her husband to issue a half-hearted walk-back.
By Friday, Mr. Clinton said, “I almost want to apologize.”
Hillary is caught between her own Scylla and Charybdis. She either has to appear genuinely disingenuous about her embrace of race identity politics (because she is disingenuous), or she has to appear genuinely hypocritical about supporting real criminals her own husband publicly lambastes (because she is a hypocrite).
Racists like BLM do no favors to blacks
Race identity politics is nothing but racist victim-worship that denies individual responsibility and destroys young lives.
“You can have the ultimate experience … you can be in this body bag,” Colvin said as she opened up a body bag in her courtroom. “And the only way somebody will know you are in here is by this tag that’ll have your name on it.
“Listen to me. The way you are going, you will go to jail.”
A sheriff’s lieutenant said the youths in the video session had been involved in “property damage, stealing cars and smoking marijuana.”
The strong words continued.
“I am so tired of seeing people who look like you and I (African-American) come into my courtroom, and I have to sentence them to prison,” Colvin said. “And then you hear the fussing on TV about African-Americans being in the prison system. Well guess what, if you don’t do what it takes to go there, you won’t be a part of it.”
Video of Judge Colvin addressing the teens was posted on Facebook by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office and has gone viral with over 236,000 views as of Saturday. She told the kids what prison had waiting for them.
The inmates at Jackson Diagnostic and Classification State Prison, where all new Georgia prisoners go for intake and assignment “have something for you,” she said. Colvin then told them how they’d have to “lie there and take it” when they’re raped at night.
Reality has a way of breaking through pie-eyed racist assumptions about who really cares about black lives. I am pretty sure Judge Colvin, who is black, would agree with Bill Clinton more than she does BLM protesters who would rather see those teens free to do mayhem and destroy their own lives.