Curfews don’t work. Curfews are largely an American law enforcement oddity that have come under scrutiny since the rash of “flash mob” crimes racing across the nation. More on the flash mobs in a minute, but the curfews to thwart them brings back some of those good old-fashioned, Philadelphia childhood memories – which curfews were a part of.
The curfews never bothered us; there was nothing worth getting into at that time of night anyway. There comes a time of day, that as a youth, you are best off at home. You know how it goes, the curfew meant the younger of us had to be in, and the older would do what the older do. This of course did not mean the curfew itself could not be used as an outlet for youthful vigor.
Our little hang out was two miles from the neighborhood. As curfew time approached, a police officer would park his car, sit, and watch us. We would head home early wanting to play it safe. Day after day, this cop would come, sit, and watch – as if he was waiting for time to expire and round us up on a curfew violation.
It was not hard to figure out what to do about this cop. So, we tested it during heat of the summer day. Nine minutes later, the slowest of us arrived huffing, puffing and dripping in sweat after suffering through an essential two mile sprint through the humid summer Philadelphia city streets. (Pretty darn impressive when you think about it; kids, two miles, less than 9 minutes, through city streets, in the summer heat – not bad at all).
That evening was like any other. The cop pulled up, turned off his lights, and sat watching us, hoping that would be the night we would lose track of time so he could nab us. No such luck.
We sat and waited longer than usual.
“You guys are not going to make it home before curfew!” He yelled out.
“Shut up!” We yelled back.
Duke counted down to the 9-minute mark and in a flash, the mob of us was gone. The cop tired to follow, but there is no keeping up with a bunch of kids rifling through thin alleys, parked cars and across railroad tracks. Not to mention crossing the railroad tracks meant you better live there. No cop wanted a trumped up curfew violation that bad.
Ah, the good old days!
The fact of the matter is that a certain “mob” mentality is developed as a survival tool. Someone is slower, clumsier, or unluckier than you; if nothing else – not as smart as you, allowing for your increased safety. To us, it was the law of large numbers meets the uncertainty of inner city life. If something were to go wrong, it would go wrong for someone other than you; comforting.
Art of the mob
Just as it provides safety, the mob contains power through its spontaneous and overwhelming rapidity. All of a sudden, “they” are all places at once making the individual insignificant.
For the better, flash mobs have taken the form of art. Have you ever seen one? “Have you ever felt one?” is a better question. All eyes and attention is given to the spontaneous performers that seem to keep coming out of nowhere. You wonder if the person next to you is one of “them.” The performance is not that great, but you are taken back by its random suddenness. Their sudden appearance calls directly to your individuality in ways too infrequently felt. Through your subconscious runs a fairly harrowing thought; that even though you as an individual are in the majority of on lookers, both the spontaneity and organization of the flash have given them complete control. Oddly, you like it. The feeling of a group of people stealing control becomes enticing because they have done it solely to put a random smile on your face. Then they disperse, leaving you with a sense of pleasant victimization. A flash mob in art form is a cool thing to witness, but the feelings they leave with you are very telling. What happens when that flash mob changes their intent from one of an expression of art to an expression of deviance or even violence?
Political Black flash mob enabling
As far as signs of the times go, flash mobs have evolved to become perverse tools of social destruction inflicting group will upon the individual. Their mobbing is as much an act of defiance as it is unlawfulness. The inner city youth flash mob that was once a tool of protection and self-defense, is now notorious for cowardly acts of violence and criminal activity; textbook offshoots of inner city frustration - sense of frustration accented by the irony of the economic victimization of the very demographic that voted for their own socio-economic imperilment through unconditional racial-political support.
It is not uncommon to see Black unemployment at 50% and higher in inner cities with skyrocketing and disproportionate increases in social support programs like “food stamps.” Hope and the belief in self is what gets many of us out of the inner city – not affirmative action and government dependency. Today, the youth see the loss of hope and question the very potential of their own future. The flash mob has allowed them to lash out with a sense of safety and misguided anonymity against those whom they feel has wronged them; Whites. How do we explain to them that the modern Black, Democrat, liberal, political machine of today is just as oppressive as the Whites of yesterday were? To create, and now even force dependency upon the state on inner city Blacks is the problem – a problem no one wishes to address.
Interestingly, race is being largely down played in today’s newfound flash mob. The fact of the matter is that they are Black, inner city youth striking out against those whom they feel are responsible for their current plight of hopelessness. What we are missing in trying to grasp this new wave of social disorder is (and I have said this before); the Black community often identifies itself with whom it annihilates! On a very small and relatively insignificant level, this has started anew. It is described as attaining “epidemic proportion,” but it is not. At the same time the severity is exaggerated, race is at best passively addressed. While article titles now contain “Black Flash Mobs,” the articles fail to detail demographics and allow the “Blackness” of the flash mobs to only be identified through videos embedded in the article content – if you do not watch the video, you do not see the flash mobs are entirely comprised of Black youths. (It is a shame how uncomfortable we are with race realities compared to how aggressively we pursue the truly unsubstantiated claims of racism). The flash mobs are Black, frustrated youth – get over it!)
Inept law enforcement ideology
Law enforcement is now struggling with the spontaneity of the flash mobs. As in England, the contemplation is an assault on Social Networking – even though Social Networks have had very little to do with the flash mob incidents here in the US. Curfews have been and are being implemented – even though not a single flash mob incident has occurred during the hours of implemented or even proposed curfews. Long story short – American law enforcement agencies are products of political agenda and unable to adapt to that which is larger and more flexible than they are. Because of this, the “tools” who are implementing the tools law enforcement will not be able to combat this “threat” effectively without encroaching upon very well established constitutional rights of the American people.
The reason law enforcement will not be able to preemptively mitigate flash mobs is that these flash mobs are reflections of the current plight of Black, inner city youth and their lack of a promising future directly caused by the collapse of the American economy. If a law enforcement agency can correct this, they can stop the flash mobs. To quell the surge in flash mobs, all Americans must be delivered from the failing economic conditions this administration has delivered them to. More Black Democrats must begin speaking against the direction of modern liberal machine as Maxine Waters has finally started to do. More Black leaders must call this for what is as Philadelphia’s Mayor Nutter has done. The Black inner city community must understand that their definition lies not in whom it attacks and annihilates, but by whom it embraces, loves and cherishes. None of which can be provided through law enforcement agencies that have been left holding the burden of the Black flash mobs. Fix the economy, solve the flash mob dilemma; unfortunately, this is not the direction the Obama administration is heading.
Talks of new stimulus, unsustainable spending levels, unmanageable national debt, downgraded credit ratings, persistent and increasing unemployment have become trademarks of the Obama administration – a course from which they refuse to yield. While the Obama led administration is devoutly supported by the Black inner city and now serves as its own antithesis against the very community that supports it the most. This unconditional racial support to the Obama administration because Obama is Black has delivered the Black inner city communities to a new level of desperation and despair. The flash mobs are simply a symptom of the larger and largely self inflicted Black social disorder.
Granted, our mob antics were more out of deviance than anything else. Times were hard, and often during the summer months we were simply bored an unchallenged. Before long, the large group of Black youth mobilized as we sought out opportunities outside to the constricting boundaries of our own neighborhood. Most of us were uncommonly smart, highly fit, and athletic. We set forth not to harm, but felt the power of numbers as we swiftly moved against the Philadelphia backdrop. Pedestrians would yield the right of way to allow our trouble free passage. Police would stop, radio, and watch. Store owners would come to the front entrances of their businesses. Rapidly we would stroll through seeking only to get where we were going safely. The larger and far more aggressive kids from other neighborhoods would allow our passage in numbers as they were caught off guard by our sudden appearance. Challenges to change our course never ended well for them because we were organized and they were not. An older youth would brandish a weapon and become instantly swarmed, never getting a swing of a knife, or bat, or even having time enough to bring a gun level to fire a shot towards us. The only rule we were breaking; never leave our own neighborhood. Our vicious defense of self was the only tool we armed ourselves with; a tool we utilized without remorse on those who attempted to bring harm to us. Not a single trip was ever stopped, or diverted by any opposition – ever. The power of a mob is nothing less than incredible; the force of a mob is almost unstoppable.
We roamed free because we could. We determined that our borders were to be defined by us and only us. If a few of us wanted to go to Burger King (which was two neighborhoods away) would gather up and go. Going alone or in small numbers usually meant someone was not making it back, or stopping at the hospital before coming back if he was lucky. For us, the days of harm were over when we mobbed. We liked it and we used the mob to access opportunity denied through political zoning , wards, and biased law enforcement strategies. The only harm brought to another was in defense of those seeking to harm us because our deviance delivered us past their doorstep.
Today, that which motivates the mob is different. To them, we have thrown their future of opportunity away while accusing the other of doing so. One blames the other through defending their own guilt in plight of the Black inner city community. Lost is the future of these kids. This is our fault, but the hammer will come down on them, not us. These “delinquents” will be rounded up one by one and their current acts of deviance will only further hinder an already bleak future. Many will see this as mere justice, but in the end, they will have been victimized by those of us whom have decided their future with our faulty voting premises and deliberate racial alliance to that which hinders our own people. This is not to say that Whites want better for Blacks than Blacks want for themselves, but that the Black political leadership selected by the Black community is particularly hurtful to the Black community.
So there you have it; flash mobs is a nut shell and how to solve the problem. While this will not be heeded, it is important to understand what is happening nonetheless. For the inner city Black, liberalism is the problem because White liberals (who “hate” racism) are getting ahead and Black inner city liberals are falling further behind because the liberal agenda is to deliver Blacks to full dependency on state as other pursue freedom and liberty. Stop one, you stop the other. The White liberal overlooks this because it does not fit their class provided definition of racism.
How shallow, sad, and ignorant.
One thing is brutally clear, people are not happy with debt ceiling increase. Everyone seems to be upset about it. Obama’s approval has dropped, the GOP has garnered considerable blame for the debacle, all while the fewest number of Americans ever recorded are stating America is on the right track. The rhetorical game playing conducted by the political elite has come with appropriate consequence. The people have grown tired of the natal political approach to very serious issues, the sophomoric name calling by those selected by the people to lead by example, and are now weary of the gross fiscal incompetence demonstrated by government. Good for Americans, it is about time the masses have awakened to their new reality. Oddly, many are upset for the wrong reasons! This entire week has been spent assessing the discontent and at times correcting even correcting it.
Imagine if you will, a young single mother attending college while working full time, struggling to make ends meet today in order to get ahead tomorrow who decides she is going to purchase a new car next year. She selects a top of the line Porsche that will cost her $175K knowing she cannot afford it. To rationalize this irrational spending, she opts to target her own young children and puts them to work walking dogs, babysitting and doing chores for the elderly within the neighborhood so she can take those earnings to “offset” the economic damage she is about to inflict upon her family and household. Her sisters then intervene and demand she not increase her household spending knowing it will eventually lead to complete fiscal collapse in that the spending is unsustainable. To placate her family, she opts instead to purchase a $100K BMW. To exculpate this phenomenal and still unsustainable INCREASE in spending, she explains her decision to buy the BMW saves her $75K! AND HER SISTERS FALL FOR THIS HIGHLY FLAWED ECONOMIC LOGIC!!
Clearly, nothing is being “cut (or saved),” and spending is increasing astronomically. Yet, part of the discontentment is the “cuts.” It is not a cut! It is the slowed growth of government’s role in “supporting” the people. In short, this means the rate of governmental dependency has eased from its prior established schedule, but they continue to grow nonetheless. As with the single mother, this money does not have to be spent (keeping in mind, not spending money you do not have does not equal "saving," nor does it meet the common definition of fiscal "cut"). Just as she insisted upon spending it, government has done the same. People concerned about “cuts” need not be. Your government has just supported your desire of runaway and reckless spending. To placate the people not economically savvy enough to understand this perverse form of fiscal fascism, they just call it a “cut” in a blatant disregard of American cognitive ability. Sad.
Democrats, especially older Democrats, are highly upset about Medicare “cuts.” (See above). However, there exists, as usual with many Democrats and their unyielding allegiance to Obama, an anti-GOP resentment that spawns its own double standard. The Ryan Medicare plan to establish “cuts” to the program has drawn an incredible amount criticism. Okay, blinded Obama supporting mindless Modern Liberals, ask yourselves this; why is the Ryan plan even on the table today?
It is on the table because Obama has egregiously failed in all matters fiscal. Look at it this way. The last fiscal task Obama fully completed was the stimulus! Not so much as a completed FY budget followed! Now, understanding this aptitude of personal agenda prioritization over needed fiscal responsibility, ask your marginally minded self; why he could accomplish passing the stimulus on a package that not one single elected official was granted the chance to read in full, but could not oversee the passing of a single budget? (Answer in a moment). These budget lapses evolved into a debt ceiling debate. Here, we have no budgets passed in more than 800 days followed by a demanding of the people more money be spent. It gets worse.
The debt ceiling debate never really ended. All they have done was pass the buck by creating a “Super Congress” that will convene on the debt ceiling issue NEXT FISCAL YEAR! In doing so, they raised the debt ceiling. Not even 48 hours later, the federal government set a new spending record. (Tough to blame Bush for that, but you will figure out a way to do it). As Savage said on the debt debate, the nation has been “hoodwinked.” Because Obama FAILED yet again on budget issues, the door was reopened for the Ryan plan that Leftists seem to hate so much. Obama allowed this because he wanted to SPEND TODAY, before Congress could implement any changes in the spending structure. Silly, silly, foolish, gullible people. It is timely to mention at this juncture, the passing of FY budgets contain changes in spending structure; something Obama has side stepped since he has been in office. (The answer to the above non-rhetorical question). But no, many are pissed at Ryan because he wants to “cut” Medicare. Tsk, tsk, tsk. First, the door was opened for Ryan before America's very eyes, and yes, America has been played by the Progressive Idol. However, I digress, if a person is pissed at Ryan (and the words against him were HEATED and laden with HATE); why are they not pissed at Obama? Not for passively and deceptively allowing the Ryan plan come to the fruition of opportunity, but for the Medicare and Medicaid cuts that OBAMA SOUGHT?! That’s right, Obama sought cuts to your beloved program, but you hate Ryan for doing what your leader has attempted to do because he from another Party! You are a shameful and prejudicial American blinded to reality through your own ignorance. (Someone has to tell you the truth). Perhaps now, more will seek complete sources of news information that tell you what you need to hear and not just what Obama wants you to hear. Follower, pull up your skirt, grab your balls and demonstrate some independent thought already!
Back to our beloved single mother.
The bank supports her deficit spending because they wish to control her household externally. For her, this is fine because she wants to spend at all costs. Slowly over time, the bank moves in taking control of one room at a time while allowing her to live in her house, but under their rules in the rooms they have seized. Her children then fall under control of the bank as she falls further and further into debt. Her household slowly falls into a sinking, economic failure. Her neighbors debate to help, but become afraid of the risk. They watch her lose her SOVEREIGNTY to debt. The home she lives in increasingly falls under the control of her creditor whom has assumed the debt in order to weaken her economic independence. To not assume her debt meant she would have been forced to curtail her spending. Her fiscal prudence would have strengthened her household over time allowing her unlimited access to future economic growth and opportunity. She was an ever-willing victim of economic sabotage. Had she kept on track, though a modest lifestyle at first, she could have progressed. In her spending binge, she not only lost control of everything, she lost her children to her debt as they will ultimately foot the bill because her spending made them wards of the bank while living under their own roof.
This was not a single Party effort. Both Parties have designed an America that is owned and controlled by the interests of those whom we are fiscally and specially indebted. American's individual economic freedom is being removed as citizens increasingly become wards of the special interest bank. The dollars spent today represent the land's fleeting economic future, not today’s government losses. Slowly, Americans are awakening to this nightmare, but they are caught blaming the other while ignoring the faults of their own.
Republicans blame Democrats and Democrats blame Republicans. Interestingly, they say the EXACT SAME THINGS ABOUT EACH OTHER! “How Republicans ruined the economy.” “How Democrats have put their interests before the economic needs of the people.” We can go on and on and in every phrase, accusation and claim, one could interchange the words Democrat and Republican. They all however, culminate into this fill in the blank assertion against the other. “_______ s hate America!” Have you stopped to think both sides may be Correct? Such a statement sounds extreme because of the rhetorical and largely inappropriate use of the word “hate.” It is not that a given Party “hate”(s) America, it is that they are now so far removed from American civil objectives, they have now FORSAKEN America. Try this on for size. “Democrats have forsaken America.” Nice fit huh? (Good thing this is not the OJ trail). If we say that for Democrats, we can effectively establish the same for Republicans. Their agenda items differ, but the fiscal tools to enable their agendas remain the same. Spend more! This is why both Parties have allowed the deficit spending to continue.
The fiscal problem is easily solvable. Trouble is, we simply lack the QUALITY of elected class needed to solve it. They solely wish to spend, just as our single mother has failed her children, the collective political class will fail their constituents. We see this in the other while denying its existence in those whom we support. If Ryan is wrong for seeking to cut Medicare, Obama is equally wrong. If Bush was wrong for increasing the deficit spending (which the WHOLE WORLD agrees upon) Obama is MORE wrong for criticizing it in order to perpetuate the spending while further failing to pass budgets in order to retain spending structures existing since Bush’s final year. You ain’t slick B.O., I know what you have been up to you naughty boy you! … wait, I said boy… was that racist of me?! Idiots.
As this brings us to today, BOTH sides have presented debt ceiling increases backed by a plan that HAS YET TO BE DEVELOPED! Foolish and yet some still back what is happening. What they actually support is the economic thievery of their own offspring. Those, whom have found voice to protest it, seem to be protesting based upon the inaccuracies presented by the side they support. In short, they are protesting the very thing their side is doing, has done, has tried to do, or is planning to do. The two sides are largely one in the same when it comes to spending.
The shopping list differs a bit, but they have committed themselves to spending. America's future has already been spent, they are now working on Jr.’s and the III’s future. I highly suggest that the blinders of party affiliation be removed until such a time that Liberal vs. Conservative values are truly at play. Today, on this issue, that is simply not the case. Cut the BS, wake up, self educate and start looking at this for what it actually is. You cannot pull the party line on this one because pulling it makes you the problem, not the solution.
Ahhh. I feel better now.