The Ferguson Fix Is In
By Matthew Vadum
As mass hysteria over the fatal shooting of Ferguson, Missouri resident Michael Brown grips the progressive movement, President Obama is sending the most divisive, corrupt race-baiter in his cabinet to the riot-torn St. Louis suburb where the suspect died.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who has single-mindedly focused on converting the Department of Justice into a racial grievance incubator, is scheduled to visit Ferguson, Mo., today in an appearance billed as an attempt to restore calm to a community that has erupted in almost daily violence since Brown, a young black man, was shot Aug. 9 by a police officer. Left-wingers who believe as an article of faith that America is racist insist, despite the growing body of exculpatory evidence, that Brown was murdered by a white policeman. They will not be dissuaded no matter how much proof accumulates that the officer fired on Brown because he believed his life was in danger.
The visit comes as the Left’s narrative that the nearly 300-lbs. Brown, who had just robbed a convenience store minutes before encountering decorated policeman Darren Wilson, was an innocent gentle giant trying to surrender, unravels more and more each day. More witnesses are coming forward to identify Brown as the aggressor in a vicious attack on Wilson in which he tried to grab the gun of the six-year veteran of the Ferguson police force and inflicted head injuries so severe that the officer may lose an eye.
Yet the belief that Brown is the real victim remains strong in many circles.
Inane commentary is being churned out by hopelessly affective left-wingers at an impressive clip. For example, leftist lawyer Michelle D. Bernard told the under-medicated Chris Matthews of MSNBC that in 2014 — when the U.S. has a black president, black attorney general, black billionaires, and black professionals in probably every field of human endeavor — legions of Americans still hate black males.
“I don’t have an answer that is palatable to be able to look my children in the face and say there are people in this country who– not only do not like African-Americans, but they despise black men,” Bernard said.
“There is a war on black boys in this country. In my opinion, there is a war on African-American men … it’s going to turn into a genocide if it doesn’t stop,” she said, echoing recent comments from perpetually offended movie director Spike Lee.
Holder, by the way, reportedly received the findings of the third autopsy yesterday, that is, the superfluous one ordered by the feds after the county autopsy and the family’s private autopsy.
Although the results from the federal autopsy were not publicly available at press time, if memory serves, other high-profile individuals who died of gunshots such as Trayvon Martin, Martin Luther King Jr., and President John F. Kennedy, were autopsied only once.
So it is hard not to be suspicious of Holder’s motives in requiring that extra postmortem dissection. Keep examining the body over and over again until you find what you want. Just like in close elections. Keep counting the votes over and over again until you win. (See, Al Franken, who succeeded, and Al Gore, who failed.)
But as is always the case with Obama, the lawless attorney general’s visit is a ruse. Holder, who faces possible impeachment over contempt of Congress charges, will bring a planeload of rhetorical dynamite with him to make sure that the civil unrest continues. It is his job, as he sees it, to rile up people.
A far-left self-described “activist,” Holder, like Obama, has an uncanny ability to know exactly what to do to make a situation worse, or as Rules for Radical author Saul Alinsky put it so vividly, to rub raw the sores of discontent. In exacerbating racial tensions and ramping up civil unrest, Holder is truly a virtuoso.
“Any attorney general who is not an activist is not doing his or her job,” Holder pontificates, ignoring the long-recognized fact that an attorney general is supposed to enforce the law, not fundamentally transform the nation.
“The responsibility of the attorney general is to change things [and] bring us closer to the ideals expressed in our founding documents,” he says, again deliberately misrepresenting the purpose of his high office.
When critics decry his Department of Justice for containing an “activist civil rights division and this is an activist attorney general — I’d say I agree with you 1,000 percent and [I am] proud of it,” Holder said.
As I wrote recently, Holder is the consigliere for today’s Democrats and their culture of corruption. As a journalist friend of mine likes to remind me, Obama keeps the scandal-prone Holder on because the man “knows where all the bodies are buried.”
How do we know that with the Ferguson whistle stop Holder is, as usual, up to no good?
First, because Eric Holder is constitutionally incapable of calming things down, and second, because the signs of a well-crafted con job are there.
The goal is to polarize and enrage and foment even more racial tension and violence to distract from Obama’s seemingly endless political problems, as well as to energize the Democratic Party’s base so they vote in droves in November. Democrats who aren’t in denial are now deathly afraid of the electoral tsunami approaching that seems increasingly likely to leave Republicans in control of both houses of Congress. A GOP recapture of the Senate no longer looks dicey; the only question is how big a majority Republicans will have in that dusty old chamber where good conservative ideas go to die.
This week Holder and Obama’s Chicagoland enforcer Valerie Jarrett reportedly talked to representatives of what one news article termed “civic groups.” They bragged about the hundreds of interviews they have forced scores of FBI agents to conduct in Ferguson in a desperate attempt to bolster the bad-white-cop-murdered-good-black-kid theory.
Among the left-wing activist organizations included on the conference call were the odious National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). This fact tells you more or less all you need to know about Holder’s intentions.
Undoubtedly the usual crew of bad people who hate America, the very worst of the radical left-wing community organizing outfits, also participated in the call. This is the clandestine way the Obama White House has operated since the very beginning. It is more an exercise in conspiracy coordination than in allied group relations.
Apart from the FBI whose agents have been forced to scour Ferguson in search of evidence of imagined civil rights law violations, these groups are connected, if not already actively collaborating, with the criminals doing their best to burn Ferguson to the ground for its supposed sins.
The people on the ground in Ferguson right now, the “outside agitators” as a police chief called them, are out there waving protest signs, attacking cops, throwing Molotov cocktails, and looting stores.
Some of them were part of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Others are from the New Black Panther Party that Holder holds in such great esteem that he dropped a case against party members who intimidated voters in Philadelphia in 2008. These insurrectionists have been streaming in from Marxist and other extremist groups in Chicago and beyond. Racial arsonists Jesse Jackson Sr. and Al Sharpton are there too, making sure they get their cut of the action.
Make no mistake: they are Obama’s kith and kin. If Obama still had a job at the Gamaliel Foundation or the now-defunct ACORN or any of a number of in-your-face activist groups, he would likely be there right now, knee deep in the blood-covered streets of Ferguson, keeping his radical comrades-in-arms in line, and helping them figure out how to make local residents howl for change.
His goal now, as it was then, is to fundamentally transform the United States of America. As Michelle Obama has said, “Barack is not a politician first and foremost. He’s a community activist exploring the viability of politics to make change.”
For now Obama won’t be visiting Ferguson, according to the White House, but that doesn’t mean he’s not pulling the strings. Holder will be his trusted emissary.
In fact Holder’s minions are already on the ground in Ferguson right now causing trouble. News reports indicate that government-employed community organizers are on-site. These outside agitators work for the Community Relations Service (CRS), an office within the Justice Department.
We know what they do. Judicial Watch previously released DoJ documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showing that the community disorganizers of the CRS were dispatched two years ago to Sanford, Fla., after Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black man, was killed during a physical confrontation with community crime watch volunteer George Zimmerman. For a month and a half after Martin’s death, local police declined to press charges against Zimmerman, who was ultimately acquitted of murder, because they believed quite correctly that the criminal case against him was weak.
In the weeks before Zimmerman was charged, CRS expended thousands of dollars to help organize marches in which participants exacerbated racial tensions and loudly demanded that he be prosecuted.
As Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said previously, “These documents detail the extraordinary intervention by the Justice Department in the pressure campaign leading to the prosecution of George Zimmerman. My guess is that most Americans would rightly object to taxpayers paying government employees to help organize racially-charged demonstrations.”
CRS employees, according to that document dump, were involved in “marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain”; providing “support for protest deployment in Florida”; rendering “technical assistance to the City of Sanford, event organizers, and law enforcement agencies for the march and rally on March 31”; and providing “technical assistance, conciliation, and onsite mediation during demonstrations planned in Sanford.”
In April 2012, CRS “set up a meeting between the local NAACP and elected officials that led to the temporary resignation of police chief Bill Lee according to Turner Clayton, Seminole County chapter president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People,” one of the documents revealed.
We may have to wait a while to find out exactly what the CRS stormtroopers are doing in Ferguson.
Meanwhile, the identity politics and cop-hatred that infect the legal system in the St. Louis area have set in motion some race-related intra-party warfare that could turn nasty.
White Democrats want the county’s elected Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch, a Caucasian Democrat who has held the position since 1991, to oversee the case. McCulloch easily secured the Democratic nomination for his office in a primary election four days before Brown was killed. In that contest, he handily beat former state public defender Leslie T. Broadnax, a black woman, by a margin of 71.4 percent to 28.6 percent.
Gov. Jay Nixon, a white Democrat, supports McCulloch whom he called “an experienced prosecutor.” The governor said “this is his opportunity to step up.”
Black Democrats who have taken a public stand on whether McCulloch should have carriage of the case don’t seem to care that the voters of the county have repeatedly put the man in charge of local criminal prosecutions. These political operatives want him off the case, perhaps because they feel he can’t be expected to toe the radical line because he’s not black. Justice, according to Critical Race Theory, is never color-blind.
They say McCulloch, who comes from a family of police officers, should not be handling the prosecution because in their view he is too close to the police. His father, a police officer, was fatally shot in the line of duty by a black man when McCulloch was 12 years old.
St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, a black Democrat, has asked Missouri Attorney General Jay Koster, a white Democrat, to appoint a special prosecutor to replace McCulloch. Koster says state law does not allow him to do so. Dooley has an obvious axe to grind. Just last week he lost the Democratic nod for his post to Steve Senger, a white county council member who was heavily backed by McCulloch.
Other local elected Democrats say they don’t trust McCulloch. U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr. (D-Mo.) and state senators Jamilah Nasheed and Maria Chappelle-Nadal all wanted McCulloch ousted from the case. All three are black.
Chappelle-Nadal is the state lawmaker who tweeted “fuck you” to Gov. Nixon last week week saying it was justified because she was injured while protesting the death of Brown in Ferguson. She blames the governor who has ordered the state highway patrol to police Ferguson.
“The reason why I used profane language is because he has allowed us to get tear-gassed for three days,” she told Fox News. “I am one of his senators in his party, and he was at the state fair enjoying a country concert while we were getting teargassed and shot at. And yes, anyone who’s going to get tear-gassed deserves to say a few f-bombs here and there.”
State Senator Jamilah Nasheed, a black Democrat, created an online petition at MoveOn’s website calling on McCulloch to “fully recuse himself and his office from the investigation related to the murder [sic] of Michael Brown.” It urges McCulloch to appoint a special prosecutor to carry out the investigation.
According to the petition, which had 58,000 signatures at press time, the fact that McCulloch opted not to pursue police officers who killed –the petition says “murdered”– “two unarmed African-American men in 2000″ after an independent probe found the officers lied about what they did, ought to disqualify him from overseeing the case.
“That failure, coupled, with McCulloch’s recent participation in one of the most racially polarizing elections in the history of St. Louis County, means that his office’s continued oversight of this tragedy will only sow further distrust and discord in our community.”
The men who were shot a decade and a half ago were suspected drug dealers. A federal investigation found the officers were justified in shooting because they felt endangered.
Nasheed trashed McCulloch on CNN. In her view, McCulloch “doesn’t have the fortitude to do the right thing when it comes to prosecuting police officers.”
The rest of the Democrats’ local lynch mob also refuses to wait any longer.
Wilson “should be charged and arrested,” said Patricia Bynes, the Democratic Party committeewoman who represents Ferguson Township. “It’s been over a week now,”
Evidence about the shooting of Michael Brown is scheduled to go to a St. Louis County Circuit Court grand jury starting today, according to Ed Magee, spokesman for McCulloch. Magee said his boss will not present the case in the grand jury proceeding.
“It will be handled by the attorney regularly assigned to the grand jury. It will not be by Mr. McCulloch.”
Brown’s funeral has been scheduled for Monday.
“It’s going to be public and it’s going to be supported by national leaders,” Brown family lawyer Anthony Gray told the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
In other words, the memorial service appears destined to become a grotesque political rally.
How could this not be the case in a town where ghoulish political operatives have already set up a voter registration tent at the site where Brown died?