President needs to lead in Ferguson

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The Sentinel’s editorial – “President needs to lead in Ferguson”—and Glenn Menard’s letter – “Government handouts to blame in Ferguson” – afford timely insight into the state of race relations in suburbanized formerly all-white communities.

Apparently, the Sentinel’s definition of “lead” necessarily entails President Obama traveling to Missouri.  However, such a visit is both unnecessary and unwise.

First, as evidenced by the swirling unpredictability of world events, President Obama has other pressing matters to tend to – even on vacation (where the nuclear “football” and his exclusive responsibilities as Commander-in-Chief follow him wherever he goes).

Second, the last thing Ferguson needs in the midst of street riots and random gunfire is a presidential motorcade and an augmented army of Secret Service agents on the ground.

Third, efficient governance requires a division of labor.  Thus, while President Obama is tending to international security issues, Attorney General Eric Holder and 40+ FBI agents are focused on restoring domestic tranquility and pursuing a credible investigation.

Fourth, President Obama would predictably be “damned if he does, and damned if he doesn’t”.  Thus, if the President were to travel to Ferguson, he would be criticized for “playing the race card”, seeking a gratuitous “photo op”, and potentially prejudicing the prosecution of the officer who shot the unarmed black teenager.  Holder’s visit is entirely defensible because he is our chief law enforcement officer and his Agents are there. 

Meanwhile, Ferguson sorely needs “community organizers”.  Reportedly, even though 70% black, less then half of Ferguson’s eligible black voters are registered, and only 5% of them voted in the last local election.  Consequently, five white council members ran unopposed – and the all-white school board fired the black superintendent of schools.

Nevertheless, the Missouri G.O.P. is now “outraged” by voter registration booths in Ferguson!  Hmmmm, Menard “blames it on the government”?

Not Freida Cook - Am a relative - Patrick Rodgers - Surely you jest about Obama sticking his nose into the local incident in Missouri.  Frankly, Obama couldn’t lead a piss ant around the toilet bowl and his Foreign Policy has been a dismal failure around the world.  Why on earth would the President get involved in Ferguson after he got burned so bad on the Travon Martin case?  In the end, the investigation will show that it was a justified shooting, the Officer was doing his job and that the knee jerk reaction by the race baiters, was solely because the suspect was black.  Obama and Holder need to stay in Washington D.C. and do the job we pay them to do.



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