We've seen this movie before: A black man dies after an encounter with police; scores of activists and journalists jump to conclusions before the facts have been sorted out; and a raging underclass, spurred on and augmented by outside agitators, riots and loots with abandon while police are ineffective in quelling the lawlessness.
Baltimore went up in flames Monday night, eight days after 25-year-old Freddie Gray died from a spinal cord injury one week after Baltimore Police arrested him on April 12. Sadly for Mr. Gray's family, the unrest occurred on the day of his funeral.
Not surprisingly, the same rabble-rousers and agitators who stirred up Ferguson's underclass were hard at work riling up the downtrodden of Baltimore, in part by using social media. Indeed, many of the rioters and looters came from outside the Baltimore metro area.
As with the Ferguson, Mo., riots in August and November, President Obama's response was lame and feckless. It's as if he secretly enjoys the protests, and is going through the motions with the obligatory denunciation and disapproval (really just a tiny slap on the wrist, peppered with the usual bromides about how we need to "invest" in early education and reform our justice system, as well as lament about the loss of manufacturing jobs).
Baltimore's mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, is a poster girl for the Peter Principle. She comes across well on camera, but is obviously in over her head and has mismanaged this crisis almost as badly as former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin botched Hurricane Katrina.
The behavior of so many young people is indicative of a breakdown in the black family structure, an abysmal educational system, and the cancerous effects of the welfare state. Blacks keep voting for Democrats (and have been doing so for decades), and for many of them, their quality of life never improves. Yet they fail to put 2 and 2 together.
Baltimore has been led by Democrats for decades. Its mayor and police chief are black Democrats. Over 40 percent of its officers are black. Maryland has had mostly Democrat governors and a solidly Democrat legislature. So it will be tough for the left to pin this on Republicans, whites and conservatives.
Call it an absence of critical thinking and reasoning ability. Call it the manifestation of the liberal-left welfare state. Call it an utter, complete failure of leadership. But by any name, Baltimore's meltdown is simply another stark reminder of how liberal/progressive policies and leadership lead to catastrophe. How many thousands of times does this lesson need to be replayed until it sinks in?
I would be remiss if I didn't scold the flock of Republican presidential candidates for their cowardice (or perhaps absentmindedness) in not coming out with a statement about these shameful developments. Show some courage, folks. Tell us your views and how your policies and philosophies would help improve the situation.
What, are you afraid blacks won't vote for you if you criticize liberal black leadership? That's like someone who just climbed out of the swimming pool complaining because it's raining and he doesn't have an umbrella.
We could all use a drastic reality check.