|Times Square, Saturday, May 8, 2021, in New York City (FDNY via AP)|
Within hours of Saturday’s shooting in Times Square where three bystanders, including a 4-year-old girl, were wounded, the two leading candidates to replace Mayor Bill de Blasio were on-site.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a retired captain of the NYPD, and Andrew Yang, who declared:
“My fellow New Yorkers … Nothing works in our city without public safety, and for public safety, we need the police. … My message to the NYPD is this: New York needs you. Your city needs you.
“New York cannot afford to defund the police.”
The rush of Adams and Yang to the scene of the shooting, and the messages they delivered, tells us something about the state of play in politics — and not only in the city of New York.
Liberal mayors and urban politicians who enlisted in the Black Lives Matter “defund the police” movement after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May, appear to have caught a wave that is now receding. - Pat Buchanan
It's about time. BLM is nothing more than a scam to separate stupid people from their money. Evidently there are a lot of stupid people in this country.
The problem is some people have an affinity to working with things and some do not. Working with things is fine but a single person working alone can only do so much. If you want to accomplish great, or even just large, things, you need to work with people. Some people find they can work with other people just by being agreeable. Other people realize it doesn't take too much effort to lead other people around by the nose. It does take some effort. It also takes determination and a thick skin. But the rewards can be tremendous. I was never interested. This blog is about the most I can muster in that line.
People who work with things have a pretty good understanding of reality. Understanding reality is not necessary, and can sometimes even be an impediment for people who operate in the political realm. There, reality is whatever you can convince other people it is. However, push against reality hard enough and eventually reality will come back and bite you.
The problem is that most people have lives outside of the political realm. Politics is not that interesting. It's mostly like watching a bunch of toddlers running around and screaming. But those toddlers are 'in charge' and if left unattended long enough we get things like BLM, defund the police, and panic stricken lock-downs. Evidently they've been left unattended long enough and some grownups are starting to step in.