I was sitting at work, reading a book, waiting for the next training session to start when one of my younger co-workers asked me what the riots were all about. He said he heard something about a black guy being killed.
I said that was an excuse. People protest alleged police malpractice all the time without rioting. Al Sharpton has made a career out of it.
This is the real reason right here:
John Stuart Mill wrote in his great 1859 essay On Liberty: ‘The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited; he must not make himself a nuisance to other people.’
Yet every day up and down the land, this vital principle of civilised societies is breached with impunity.
Anyone who reproaches a child, far less an adult, for discarding rubbish, making a racket, committing vandalism or driving unsociably will receive in return a torrent of obscenities, if not violence.
So who is to blame? The breakdown of families, the pernicious promotion of single motherhood as a desirable state, the decline of domestic life so that even shared meals are a rarity, have all contributed importantly to the condition of the young underclass.
The social engineering industry unites to claim that the conventional template of family life is no longer valid.
But is isn’t this alone. While the breakdown of the family has a big impact on the life of a child, not every child of a single parent is out setting fires and robbing kids.
There are many other factors, including a lack of discipline and the rescuing of of children from well deserved consequences of their actions:
And what of the schools? I do not think they can be blamed for the creation of a grotesquely self-indulgent, non-judgmental culture.
A teacher, Francis Gilbert, wrote five years ago in his book Yob Nation: ‘The public feels it no longer has the right to interfere.’
Discussing the difficulties of imposing sanctions for misbehaviour or idleness at school, he described the case of a girl pupil he scolded for missing all her homework deadlines.
The youngster’s mother, a social worker, telephoned him and said: ‘Threatening to throw my daughter off the A-level course because she hasn’t done some work is tantamount to psychological abuse, and there is legislation which prevents these sorts of threats.
‘I believe you are trying to harm my child’s mental well-being, and may well take steps . . . if you are not careful.’
I don’t know any conservatives that would not want their child held accountable for their behavior. Granted, there might be a conservative here or there who throws a fit at a random ballgame or goes to the school to get a grade fixed so his kid can make the game Friday, but by and large, the conservative wants his kid to behave and holds them accountable for their actions.
Liberals want grades eliminated. They want scores to be a thing of the past.
Conservatives don’t. They don’t want everyone to get a trophy, only the deserving.
Liberals excuse negative behaviors and a “phase” or a child “expressing themselves.”
Conservatives reach for a switch.
The factors that lead to the riots in London can be found in the violent flash mobs you are seeing all across America.
The flash mobs that are popping up are primarily black youth. The current rate of single parent families in the black community is 72 percent.
Our problem, and Great Britain’s, is the result of a liberal agenda of little or no accountability, “A massively expanded welfare state, which — as study after study after study has shown — encourages single-parent families and breeds criminals [a]nd onerous gun control laws, which only impact the law-abiding citizens who follow cities’ unconstitutional dictates.”
That’s the one thing not mentioned in Max Hastings’ article in the Daily Mail. He spoke on the fact that victims of crime in the once Great Britain are often treated worse than the criminal, but he didn’t mention that guns have been outlawed there since 1997.
But this fact didn’t escape Nile Gardner at The Telegraph:
Britain’s gun laws are among the most draconian in the world, yet the nation has some of the highest levels of violent crime and burglary in the West, and there is no shortage of gun crime in major cities such as London and Manchester. While criminal gangs are often able to acquire firearms on the black market, ordinary law-abiding British citizens are barred from owning guns for self-defence.
The riots in London, the West Midlands and the North West should prompt a renewed debate in Britain over the right to bear arms by private citizens. The shocking scenes of looting across the country are a reminder that the police cannot always be relied upon to protect homes and businesses during a period of widespread social disorder. The defence of life and property can never be entrusted solely to the state, not least when there is a complete breakdown in law and order. As we have seen this week in Britain, when individuals are barred from defending their own property from mobs of vicious thugs, sheer anarchy and terror reins.
Give London shop owners the ability to defend their property with lethal force and there would be fewer fires. That’s the simple truth.
Decades of liberal policies has created a culture where this happens. It wasn’t a shooting. This is bigger than that and won’t be solved with the prosecution of any number of police officers.
It is most likely to get much worse before it gets better.