On Tuesday, President Barack Obama ostensibly excused the actions of Baltimore’s race rioters by arguing that impoverished communities throughout America (particularly Baltimore) “have been stripped away of opportunity.”
Thus kids are “more likely” to “end up in jail or dead” than attend college “in communities where there are no fathers who can provide guidance to young men, communities where there’s no investment, and manufacturing has been stripped away, and drugs have flooded the community.”
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro vehemently disagrees with this line of thinking, which he argues places the blame for these communities’ failures on everything but the real culprit — a “lack of values”:
Children are not merely “born into abject poverty” — they have parents who get pregnant while in poverty and outside wedlock.
Those fathers are not merely absent because of “substance-abuse problems or incarceration or lack of education” — they are absent because they make terrible decisions to do drugs, commit crimes, drop out of school and abandon their children.
Kids do not just “end up in jail or dead” rather than in college — they grow up in an environment where crime is a way of life, and they choose to engage in crime.
Baltimore does not simply lack investment because of cruel white businessmen; it lacks investment because no sane business owner would drop millions to place a CVS where the last CVS burned.
Instead Barack Hussein Obama and his cohorts in the grievance industry keep blaming “a mythical white power structure” for people’s clear-cut “abdication of personal responsibility.”
And not surprisingly, he wants to fix all these problems via more big-government spending.
But would big-government spending have stopped a mob of 60+ black teens from rampaging through the streets of Charleston on Sunday?
Would big-government spending have stopped race rioters from burning down a CVS in Baltimore?
Would big-government spending have stopped race rioters from destroying huge chunks of Ferguson?
Would big-government spending put an end to black criminality?
No, no, no and no … because the only thing that will solve these problems is people manning up and TAKING RESPONSIBILITY!
And sorry, but responsibility cannot be bought. It can only be taught …