Recently I have been actively posting political articles and pictures on Facebook. The fact I would even bother to do such a thing, would just mean I’m asking for it. The reason I do it is similar to reasons why I write this blog. I want to educate people about these politicians who become demigods. It happens with both sides. Trump has his flaws plaster all over every news outlet known to mankind. Meanwhile Hillary is constantly avoiding her baggage and corruption. I tend to get the most flack for posting articles or commenting about Bernie Sanders and his baggage. All politicians are liars, its what they do. I feel like many people feel that Bernie is somehow different from every other politician. I got news for you. He not special by any stretch of the imagination. Politics are a dirty game. Despite my personal feelings on Sanders, I can say with confidence that if he was as truthful as people think he is, then he would not be in this presidential race. He would have dropped out in December.
My point as my title indicates is that points of view is an important facet of politics. Politics is similar to sports because sometimes the passion of the supporters overshadows the bigger picture. Personally, I don’t hate any candidate. I don’t hate Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders or Ted Cruz. They are all humans and have made mistakes. I get that their not perfect nor ever will be. However, I do like to criticize their platforms and policy positions. I think the beauty of American politics is that you openly criticize and question any candidate. Just because a person criticizes and constantly asks questions about a candidate or many candidates it doesn’t mean they hate them or are against them. To be perfectly honest, I wouldn’t vote for any of them, yet they all have SOME positives if they were to win the presidency.
Let’s get right to the article that actually spurred this post and my last post. The article was very well written. I encourage you to read it right now. The name of the article is “Bernie Sanders is Lying about Race and Here’s Proof.” The author does an amazing job and putting together all the necessary numbers to prove his statement and position wrong. Initially when I read it, I was just so amazed on how much I didn’t realize. It was a very educational article.
Here is an excerpt about the statistics straight from the Department of Justice:
Bernie has made it clear time and time again that police brutality is a race issue, but is that true?
Police killed more white people than any other race in 2015. A total 385 white people have been killed by police this year, and 66 of them were unarmed at the time of their death.
To be fair, a look at per capita shows that blacks may be more likely to be killed by police. Police killed almost five black people per every million black residents of the U.S., compared with about 2 per million for both white and Hispanic victims.
Is that all because of racism? Not necessarily.
Despite making up just 13% of the population, blacks commit over half of homicides in the United States. DOJ statistics show that between 1980 and 2008, blacks committed 52% of homicides, compared to 45% of homicides committed by whites.
Though the amount of blacks being persecuted by cops appears over-represented due to blacks representing 13% of the population, it’s the opposite when you factor in violent crime offenders. Given that whites and blacks commit a similar amount of violent crime by percentage – though blacks commit much more per capita – you would expect that the amount of police brutality to be the same. This is not the case; in fact whites are nearly twice as likely to be victims of police brutality based on the numbers.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control, between 1999 and 2011, 2,151 whites died as a result of being shot by police compared to 1,130 blacks.
Its actually pretty crazy to realize that even though blacks commit more crime its actually white people who have been affected by police brutality more often. Even with percentages its about same in committed crimes. I think the author also gives some good criticism of Sanders too. However, does not offer a solution and that is something I might be able to do.
Bernie’s continual pandering to Black Lives Matter racist campaign does absolutely nothing to help blacks or whites. It’s simply removing the locus of control from black individuals, so that they can blame everything on whites.
The government has been the greatest force to prevent blacks from getting out of poverty and doing well:
“The economic milieu in which the War on Poverty arose is noteworthy. As of 1965, the number of Americans living below the official poverty line had been declining continuously since the beginning of the decade and was only about half of what it had been fifteen years earlier. Between 1950 and 1965, the proportion of people whose earnings put them below the poverty level, had decreased by more than 30%. The black poverty rate had been cut nearly in half between 1940 and 1960. In various skilled trades during the period of 1936-59, the incomes of blacks relative to whites had more than doubled. Further, the representation of blacks in professional and other high-level occupations grew more quickly during the five years preceding the launch of the War on Poverty than during the five years thereafter.
The author is exactly right. I suggest you read the whole article. Now I want to offer a short solution. Also I want to point out how criticizing Sanders doesn’t equal hating on him. This article is a respectable and scholarly piece on his policy. The author suggests that there is a few policy areas where the solution can be found. Obviously, the problem has been government and that is the first step. However, just saying “oh let’s get rid of government just so we can replace it with more government” is not a very good solution.
The solution I believe from Economic point of view is one where you slowly eliminate the minimum wage giving companies the freedom and the workers the ability to negotiate the combination of wages and benefits that would be required for both parties. Second, you would want to lower business taxes especially for small business owners. With more money to hire workers and less taxes aka overhead, the prices of goods would stabilize. Let the free market decide what the price is using simple supply and demand. It could benefit both the consumer and the worker. Let’s remember that a reduction in taxes like I am suggesting here would require some major cuts to the federal budget, most of which could come from wasteful spending and extra military spending.
The solution I believe from an social/ criminal justice point of view is a little more complicated. I think the first step is De-militarize and get the politics out of police departments. One way to do this would be to privatize certain aspects of the police force. The bureaucracy (government officials) should control the statistics and filing. However, the actual policing could be hired out. The regulations would have to disallow in my opinion, things like quotas, discrimination, bribes, bets…etc.etc. The police would have to be held accountable for their actions. Which I believe if the actual patrols are privately paid officers this would open them up to government investigation and scrutiny if there is wrongdoing. Less back door deals and more transparency. Point is more transparency and communication between government and police. A set of checks and balances regulation would be best.
I think that socially, we need to even the playing field by getting rid of policies that favor either race or origin. Maybe even strength anti-discrimination laws with the exception of affirmative action. I believe that merit and actions should decide who gets jobs and who gets put in jail. A merit based system would benefit those who are careful to avoid wrongdoing.
This solution is not something that could implemented right away. It could take years for it to come to fruition. If society can just accept that all people are equals then we can eliminate all the need for things like Black Lives Matter. I think one of the consequences of 9/11 is a more intense police force especially in cities. The tensions between races and religious have polarized the world. I sort of elude to this in another recent post.
One of the unfortunate things about Bernie and Hillary is that their policies tend to hurt minorities. They even undermine the efforts of those minorities to gain an equal footing. The fact is that minorities will vote for these policies thinking they are helpful. Its pretty sad to think about. The worst kind of discrimination is the kind you can’t see. Many call it White Privilege. I think that one way to prevent unseen discrimination is just to be fair to everyone. Treat everyone the same way you would want to be treated. If you are hiring people for a job, just remember how you got hired. There is no reason to judge someone on sexual orientation, origin, religion or race. Judge them on their work effort, their resume, their experience. Its all about the criticism of merit NOT the hate of race or origin!
Thanks for reading, I know its longer than usual!