Needless to say, the media has a lot to talk about. A White police officer shot an unarmed American who happens to be of African decent. Members of the press were detained by the police. The riots and protests are increasingly violent. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is traveling to the site of the altercation while Ferguson police pour tear gas into protesting crowds.
The flash points that cause riots like the one weâ€™re seeing in St. Louis County right now are singular events in time like the shooting of Michael Brown, the beating of Rodney King or the infrastructure decimation of post-Katrina New Orleans. However the festering of an environment conducive to producing individuals capable of such behavior takes years, decades, sometimes generations.
While most Americans favor the idea of a social safety net, it is a mistake to think that expanding that net to engulf most of the middle class will promote the kind of behavior that leads to greater prosperity. In fact, research demonstrates that greater dependence on government does not encourage the honest hard work necessarily for a thriving economy.
This is a game-changer. Talk aboutÂ Â â€śan old wivesâ€™ tale.â€ť Youâ€™ve heard it said that 1) 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce, 2) most marriages that do happen to make it are, nonetheless, unhappy, and 3) Christians are just as likely to divorce as non-believers.
We have become so accustomed to laying all our ills at the feet of our leaders that we have gotten to the point where not a single ounce of responsibility lies at the feet of those truly responsible for the current state of affairs. We completely absolve the true culprits of the real responsibility and then wonder, â€śHow on earth could we find ourselves in such a predicament?â€ť It seems we have forgotten who is really in charge and, subsequently, who is to blame. The real guilty parties? The American population â€“ â€śWe, the People.â€ť
The Black Conservative Summit will hold it's Leadership Initiative in Washington DC September 25, 2014 at the Allan P. Â Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies & Citizenship. Register today at www.theBCS.net