Growing up, I watched a lot of Westerns. In addition to the cowboy hero, the town sheriff was almost always a model of integrity. He stood for law and order against bank robbers, cattle rustlers and horse thieves all trying to disrupt the peace.
A contemporary and real-life version of those fictional characters is Sheriff
Clarke has been trying to restore law and order after several nights of rioting following the shooting death of 23-year-old Sylville Smith by a
Sheriff Clarke has appeared numerous times on the Fox News Channel, but not so much in other media. On Monday, The
In an appearance Monday on Fox, Sheriff Clarke, who is African-American, offered his explanation for the major cause of riots in
Sheriff Clarke called progressive policies "a total disaster," not only in
His answer? "Until the black community does a self-evaluation and until they begin to self-criticize about some of the lifestyle choices they are making, this stuff is going to continue to fester."
A young African-American man found by a TV camera during the weekend riot said: "The rich people, they got all this money, and they not ... trying to give us none." Really? All of that tax money spent on anti-poverty programs for the last 50 years never trickled-down to him? This poisonous attitude has been promoted by progressives and has not helped the poor rise above their circumstances.
This young man should talk to Sheriff Clarke about changing his attitude. Some self-evaluation and an internal re-adjustment would do more for him than any anti-poverty program the Democrats could dream up.
Why do African-Americans continue to vote for liberal Democrats who have done little to help them and, in fact, often cause more harm than good?
Again, Sheriff Clarke gets it right: "Until we push back against this progressive ideology, this dangerous ideology that has been very destructive to the black community ... and that's what I'm trying to do ... it's job one right now in terms of messaging -- this thing is only going to get worse."