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I watched some news coverage of the situation in Baltimore last night. While I am curious as to what is going on there and sympathetic [in some ways] to both the citizens and their police force, I can only watch bits of it. I find the media feeding-frenzy and "pot-stirring" somewhat disturbing. That having been said, I caught a bit where a reporter was talking to a state senator who was blaming some of it on the presence of television cameras and the rest on the poor standard of living many contend with there. It was pointed out to her that she and politicians like her were a large part of the problem: many having failed to do anything to change it for decades. Watching it on T.V., you felt like people such as Congressman Cummings were inserting themselves into it for the photo-op and public relations opportunity that simply could not be passed-up. Sorry, but that's what it seemed like to me. I've lived long enough to see plenty of political "photo ops" taken advantage of. I'm not saying he didn't have a genuine concern-- if for no other reason than the fact that he lived "five blocks away."

So when these politicians complain of economic disparity and have the gall to use it as some sort of excuse for the behavior of those who burned and looted, do they ever really identify the source of this problem? Do they offer credible solutions that don't simply spend more of the tax payer's money-- that is non-existent to begin with? The answer to both questions is almost always 'no.'

When are people going to stop pulling out the race card to explain bad behavior on the part of a few of the citizens and start holding people accountable? I'm not saying that there are not legitimate concerns of racism still existing in America, because I think we can all think of people and situations where it is undeniable-- and we should step in to protect people being oppressed. But rather than having "national conversations" about it, which are often reduced to a bunch of "mumbo-jumbo" and more public relations opportunities for the concerned but out-of-touch "elite grass root-types," let's take some positive job-creating steps by getting government out of the way as much as possible (back to doing the job it was designed to do in the constitution). People that make $250,000 or more for giving a speech can hardly convince me that they feel the average working person's pain. Nice try. 

Getting people back to work and off government dependency is bound to install in them a sense of self-worth and put money in their pockets-- that they can pump into the economy, helping elevate others. They will feel better about themselves and instill those values into their children as my parents did for me. Most of us have heard the old saying "give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime."

Putting people in jail who burn buildings, loot stores, cause physical harm to people-- that used to be called JUSTICE.

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