A Stones Throw 7-23-15

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By Mike Cooney

I was hoping this week’s column would be light-hearted and probably heavy with sports. Unfortunately, that thought will have to wait.

I realize many of my readers have suffered through high winds, strong lightning, severe storms and long power outages during the past couple of weeks. We were without power for over seven hours – then again for several more hours. We have had more than four inches of rain. We live on top of a hill so high water hasn’t been a problem.

But it has for others.

I hope by the time you read this all the storms have passed and everyone is drying out – and most importantly that everyone has electric power.

While I know the past couple of weeks have been frustrating, the state of America is even more frustrating. In the past I have agreed with protesters who marched through the streets holding signs and chanting “Black Lives Matter.”

I agree that Black Lives Matter.

But so do White Lives

Last week, Democratic Presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley made the statement that “White Lives Matter.”

There was no up swell of support. Groups of Whites and Blacks didn’t take to the street with signs and chants claiming “White Lives Matter.”

Instead, O’Malley, the former governor of Maryland, apologized for saying “White Lives Matter.”

He apologized!

As CNN explained: “Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley apologized on Saturday for saying “All lives matter” while discussing police violence against African-Americans with liberal demonstrators.

“Several dozen demonstrators interrupted the former Maryland governor while he was speaking here at the Netroots Nation conference, a gathering of liberal activists, demanding that he address criminal justice and police brutality. When they shouted, “Black lives matter!” a rallying cry of protests that broke out after several black Americans were killed at the hands of police in recent months, O’Malley responded: “Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter.

“The demonstrators, who were mostly black, responded by booing him and shouting him down. Later that day, O’Malley apologized for using the phrase in that context if it was perceived that he was minimizing the importance of blacks killed by police.”

How in the world can a statement that says “Black Lives matter, White Lives matter, All Lives matter” be anything but common sense? How can anyone except a strong racist think any differently?

Apparently the liberals attending the Netroots Nation conference in Phoenix, Arizona either lacked common sense or were extremely racist.

Probably both.

I know that statistics continue to show more Black on White killings than White on Black. And, there are more Black on Black killings than the number of Black on White or White on Black combined.

And yet, Black Lives matter while White Lives do not?

To think otherwise is to be a racist.

I have an answer to that, but this is a family newspaper so I cannot print it here. Suffice it to say that racial prejudice is beginning to control America – but it is not the racial prejudice that liberals proclaim.

I have one other thought on this subject – I would never vote for Martin O’Malley. Why would a man apologize for saying “White Lives matter?” Especially when the statement he apologized for making was in the middle of a sentence that said Black lives – White lives – All lives – matter.

How would he react when Iran or ISIS demanded he meet their terms?

I think I know the answer.

O’Malley should have stood in front of the protesters and shouted them down by repeating his complete statement time and again.

Because, Black Lives matter – White Lives matter – All Lives matter.

And – the lives of those in the Military matter.

While I may agree or disagree with some of the conflicts abroad that we have become involved with, I feel the loss of each life lost, of each injury suffered. I know the members of our Military are willing to give their lives in order to protect ours.

To ensure their success, we send them overseas with the best equipment and the best weapons money can buy – and then we bring them home and take their weapons away from them.

We disarm our Military while on US soil.

The enemy in those foreign lands know this. As a result 12 of our Military were shot and killed while 31 more were wounded at our Fort Hood, Texas Military Base when one man decided US Military lives do not matter.

Unfortunately, we did not learn from the shooting at Fort Hood. Since the 2009 murders and wounding of unarmed Military members – on a Military base – the rules that do not allow weapons on a Military base were not changed. (Indiana governor Pence has just issued an executive order that allows military to carry weapons – I am not sure what that means from a Federal Military Base standpoint.)

The opportunity to kill our unarmed service men and women has not changed.

Our enemy knows this.

The latest of several such incidents resulted in the death of five unarmed Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Five more deaths from the hands of our enemy.

Five more deaths from the hand of a Muslim extremist. In fact, the Fort Hood massacre as well as numerous other attacks on our military bases have been carried out by Muslim extremists.

So was 9 -11.

President Obama says we can’t label an entire people by the actions of a few extremists.

I agree.

He also says we should remove the Confederate flag and anything that honors the Confederate army – all because one White extremist murdered nine people at a predominantly black church.

I disagree.

I think it is time to step back and look at reality – the reality that racial prejudice exists. The reality that racial prejudice is being used as a weapon, not with the intent to resolve but with the intent to control. The reality that the flames of racial prejudice are being fanned by those claiming to be the victims.

The reality that our enemy is here in America. The reality that we must allow those who have vowed to protect the American way of life must be allowed the weapons to do so – including while on American soil.

Most importantly, it is time everyone realize and accept that regardless of race, religion, or politics, it is the few – not the many – that cause the problems we face. It is time that we aggressively address the few and just as aggressively support the many.

It is also time that we have strength in what we believe – and compassion for those who don’t agree.

Right now, I am seeing a lot of strength – a lot of weakness – and almost no tolerance, compassion, or understanding. . . Mike Cooney

An afterthought – Donald Trump’s attach on John McCain shows that the Conservative Right can be just as stupid as the Liberal Left. . . . Mike