Paul Ryan Whitesplains How Political Leaders Should Let Ferguson Fix Ferguson

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Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Rep Paul Ryan (R-WI) shares his own Mature Young  Gun take on how best to react to events taking place in Ferguson, MO. 

Ryan, looking quite presidential on the set of Fox & Friends, schooled us all on how a “political leader,” like himself, approaches such gnarly issues as racism in “post-racism” America:

The first thing I do is don’t try to capitalize on this tragedy with your own policy initiatives.  Don’t try to link some prejudged conclusion on what’s happening on the ground right now.

What I don’t want to do, as a political leader, is try to graft my policy initiatives or my preferences onto this tragedy.  I think that would just be disrespectful.

Whereupon, grafting his own policy initiatives onto this tragedy is exactly what our fearless “political leader” proceeded to do:

There is no problem with the federal government having a role but in all of these things, local control, local government, local authorities who have the jurisdiction, who have the expertise, who are actually there are the people who should be in the lead.

I have to assume that either Paul Ryan thinks that most of us are pretty damned dumb or he is, to fail to detect that particular “policy initiative” graft taking place.  Ryan is a firm and vocal believer in shrinking the federal government which he and his party demonize daily as the root of all evil in America.

So.  Rep. Ryan’s advice, in this situation, is to allow the white local government and white police force to lead black Ferguson out of its racist morass because they have the jurisdiction, expertise and authority to lead.

Well! color me gobsmacked.  I could have sworn that they were part of the problem . . .

Posted by Bette Noir on 08/19/14 at 01:40 PM • Permalink

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