Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Not Getting It

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) offered up his view on what is causing the problems in Ferguson.  He tried to sound reasonable and pragmatic, but just couldn’t help stepping on the rake.

“What I don’t want to do, as a political leader, is try to graft my policy initiatives or my preferences onto this tragedy,” he added. “I think that would just be disrespectful.”

Okay, that’s fine.  He gets it that he should not inject himself into the situation.  His next line should be “Thank you very much, have a nice day.”  But no.

Ryan cautioned that people should allow the investigation into 18-year-old Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a white police officer to run its course before drawing conclusions. The Justice Department is conducting its own inquiry in addition to a state investigation, but the Wisconsin Republican cautioned against allowing the federal government to take on a large oversight role in Ferguson.

“There is no problem with the federal government having a role,” he said. “But in all of these things, local control, local government, local authorities who have the jurisdiction, who have the expertise, who are actually there are the people who should be in the lead.”

Sigh.  The problem is that “local control, local government” is what caused the problem in the first place.  Not the shooting of Michael Brown, but the response of the local authorities with tanks and heavy artillery.  Local control is what led us to nights of rioting and having to have the state government step in, and it was only after they did that some semblance of calm leadership prevail.

To be fair, at least he didn’t suggest using water cannons to calm the crowd.