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Among the demands of the “protesters” in Ferguson is that the investigation and prosecution of police officer Darren Wilson be taken away from St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch.

McCulloch is biased, it is said. How so? In 1964, his father, a St. Louis police officer, was shot to death by an African-American.

Moreover, McCulloch comes from a family of cops. He wanted to be a police officer himself, but when cancer cost him a leg as a kid, he became a prosecutor.

Yet, in 23 years, McCulloch has convicted many cops of many crimes, and has said that if Gov. Jay Nixon orders him off this case, he will comply. Meanwhile, he is moving ahead with the grand jury.

As for Gov. Nixon, he revealed his closed mind by demanding the “vigorous prosecution” of a cop who has not even been charged and by calling repeatedly for “justice for [Brown's] family” but not Wilson’s.

What has been going on for two weeks now in Ferguson, with the ceaseless vilification of Darren Wilson and the clamor to arrest him, is anti-American. It is a mob howl for summary judgment, when this case cries out, not for a rush to judgment, but for a long tedious search for the whole truth of what happened that tragic day.

For conflicting stories have emerged.

The initial version was uncomplicated. On August 9, around noon, Brown and a companion were walking in the street and blocking traffic when ordered by Wilson to move onto the sidewalk.

Brown balked, a scuffle ensued. Wilson pulled out his gun and shot him six times, leaving Brown dead in the street. Open and shut. A white cop, sassed by a black kid, goes berserk and empties his gun.

Lately, however, another version has emerged.

Fifteen minutes before the shooting, Brown was caught on videotape manhandling and menacing a clerk at a convenience store he was robbing of a $44 box of cigars.

A woman, in contact with Wilson, called a radio station to say that Brown and Wilson fought in the patrol car and Brown had gone for the officer’s gun, which went off.

When Brown backed away, Wilson pointed his gun and told him to freeze. Brown held up his hands, then charged. Wilson then shot the 6’4,” 292-pound Brown six times, with the last bullet entering the skull.

St. Louis County police then leaked that Wilson had been beaten “severely” in the face and suffered the fracture of an eye socket.

Brown’s companion, Dorian Johnson, says Brown was running away when Wilson began to fire. But, according to the autopsies, all of the bullets hit Brown in the front. ABC now reports that Dorian Johnson has previously been charged with filing a false police report.

If the first version is true, Wilson is guilty. If the second is true, Brown committed two felonies before being shot, and Darren Wilson fired his weapon in defense of his life.

If there is any public official who should recuse himself from any role in this investigation, it is not Robert McCulloch but Eric Holder.

Holder has a lifelong, almost Sharpton-like, obsession with race.

Three weeks in office, he declared America a “nation of cowards” for refusing to discuss race more. Arriving in St. Louis, he declared, “I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man.”

Query. What is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States, who is heading up the federal investigation of the shooting of a black teenager by a white cop, doing declaring his racial solidarity?

Holder then related several incidents that have stuck in his craw:

“I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey turnpike on two occasions and accused of speeding. Pulled over. … ‘Let me search your car.’ … Go through the truck of my car, look under the seats and all this kind of stuff. I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me.”

Holder also spoke of being stopped by a cop in Georgetown when he was running to the movies.

Fine. The Great Man is outraged by such indignities. But the mindset exhibited here raises a grave question as to whether Eric Holder can objectively lead an investigation of a white cop who shot a black teenager. In Eric Holder’s mind, the verdict already seems in.

Any defense attorney would have Eric Holder tossed out of a jury pool, as soon as he started to vent like this.

If Holder has made up his mind about what happened in Ferguson that Saturday, fine. He is entitled to his opinion. But someone who has already decided officer Wilson’s actions are consistent with a racist police pattern he has observed personally should not be passing judgment on whether officer Wilson goes on trial for his life.

President Obama says he does not want to put “my thumb upon the scales” of justice. He should take Eric Holder’s thumb off.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.” Copyright 2014 Creators.com.

 
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  1. Pat Buchanan wrote:

    What has been going on for two weeks now in Ferguson, with the ceaseless vilification of Darren Wilson and the clamor to arrest him, is anti-American. It is a mob howl for summary judgment, when this case cries out, not for a rush to judgment, but for a long tedious search for the whole truth of what happened that tragic day.

    No doubt there’s substantial validity to this, but I want to raise a point I tried to make in another thread recently but which turned out to be at the moribund end of same. And I think that some really easy attempts to address that point may well not only forestall some wrongheaded “mob” reactions but also possibly save lives.

    That is, very possibily not only with this Brown individual himself but then certainly as regards what Buchanan calls “the mob” I think that there’s just a substantial contribution to their reaction made by a terrible lack of understanding of the law.

    You can see this every day in fact, such as by all the people who obviously believe that just because an armed man shoots an unarmed one, that, ipso facto, some crime certainly has been committed. And I have no doubt that this terrible misunderstanding may well be residing in the minds of manhy of those outraged by what happened in Missouri, and indeed it might well have resided in the mind of Brown himself after getting into a physical tussle with the Officer and then seeing his gun, and thinking that the cop just could not use same.

    And the misunderstandings gomuch much further.

    For instance, I have no doubt that Brown himself had no idea whatsoever when he was stealing those cigars that, via his simple act of turning and physically brushing off that guy trying to stop him he was significantly elevating the seriousness of what he was doing.

    As I noted before, you can’t deny that the attitudes of a dominant culture find their way into its laws, so meaning that its only natural that if you are not from that dominant culture you are not going to understand same.

    For instance and again let’s take our clear dominant culture’s respect for authority and the law about resisting arrest. I personally have many times seen just a complete lack of understanding in the young minority community especially of the idea that when a cop tells you to stop or puts his hands on you and clearly is putting you under arrest, that, almost no matter what, if you don’t you have just gotten yourself a serious charge … even if it turns out that you were innocent of what you were stopped for . (Although that almost certainly will be taken into consideration.)

    Moreover, even people from our dominant culture can find themselves just flabbergasted by the law that very little differentiates what can be done to them based on what they are accused of. So that … yes, no matter if you are jaywalking illegally or strolling down the street firing a weapon in the air, if you are confronted by a cop for same you’ve got the exact same obligation to behave in a certain manner, or else. Just the same way our nice suburbanites often find, when getting stopped driving drunk, or when their kid gets tapped for having a bit of coke or even pot on him (or even getting tapped for a non-working taillight perhaps), that if the cops want—with your attitude towards them easily and without recourse affecting them—you can be very possible be thrown in jail, stripped searched, have your car torn apart from stem-to-stern, and on and on. (Depending on some specifics and jurisdictions, but you get the picture.)

    The my point again is how easy it would be for our public schools to actually do some education about the basics of the law, especially in the inner-cities and to kids of the non-dominant culture. Might even save some lives in addition to possibly stilling some of the outrage we see when some of these things happen.

    A basic lack of understanding, you know, can contribute to outrage just as much as some desire to demand special treatment.

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  2. Eric Holder is his thumb.

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  3. Please tell us what the dominant culture is?

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  4. Let me summarize your comment: you’re a white person who wishes black people would act white and you think delivering the message when black people are young and in school will accomplish this.

    In a black mono-culture, things like shoving a shopkeeper, swiping a pack of Swisher Sweets, and swaggering down the middle of the street are probably not going to prompt police intervention, and Michael Brown would arguably still be alive (until shot by one of his homeys in an argument). Such behavior is basically tolerated, rather than the employee of a resource-poor municipality going to the trouble of arrest, paperwork, jailing, etc.

    Ferguson is in that transitory phase where the private sector whites have mostly cleared out, and there’s a vestigial white public sector still enforcing white norms of public behavior. In a few years, Ferguson will be a black mono-culture and cops will enforce black norms, not white norms.

    There is absolutely no way to reconcile white and black norms of public behavior. If the municipality adopts “white” norms, we get misunderstandings, shootings and protests. If the municipality adopts “black” norms, whites leave.

    As mentioned in Derb’s article for today, you are battling human nature and human nature will win. At some point in the hopefully non-violent future, Americans will separate along ethno-cultural lines.

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    Please tell us what the dominant culture is?

    Are you really denying my obvious point that all during the long gestation and formulation of the laws I talked about—most clearly even arising in one close form or another from the common-law in England even—that the dominant culture wasn’t white European?

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  6. Apropos my earlier comment the Anti-Gnostic wrote:

    Let me summarize your comment: you’re a white person who wishes black people would act white and you think delivering the message when black people are young and in school will accomplish this.

    No, I’m just a person who observes that laws can sometimes require behavior that, for any number of reasons including the cultural, is not understood by everyone and I think that delivering the message of what those laws do require when all children are young and in school may help avoid misunderstandings.

    Beyond that, taking the gist of your point as being your concluding words about there being “no way to reconcile white and black norms of public behavior” and saying I’m fighting “human nature” all I can say is that I think you contradict yourself, and I disagree with where you seem to want to end up despite that contradiction.

    You contradict yourself, that is, by previously laying the cause of our differences at the door of culture, as when you spoke of a “black mono-culture,” but then by switching and saying no, there’s no way to reconcile how we behave somehow because of the operation of “nature.”

    I.e., the belief that there’s something in the blood or genes that determines things like (you cited) swiping smokes and “swaggering” down the street and etc.

    And while even one example would explode this thesis I’ll give you two:

    First, the vast majority of Amercan black people do not behave and live like that at all.

    And, second, there are countries and regions that are overwhelmingly black African in population, including in Africa but also, as Mr. Sailor noted apropos of Mr. Holder, in the West Indies, in which their “norms of public behavior” and indeed their norms of most other behavior is significantly identical to those of white Europeans.

    Thus, unlike you, I don’t believe there’s a gene for virtue, or responsibility, or law-abidingness, or modesty, or self-sacrifice, or respect for one’s fellow-man, or etc., etc., etc.

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    And, moreover, if there were such things as genes for such things as virtue or responsibility or integrity or etc., then given the recent behavior of the European white elites in our own country such as our politicians and bankers and big media people and academics—whose elitism by definition gives them the most freedom to act out their nature—it seems to me that the state of European white genetics is as fully mournful as any other.

    (Not to mention what might be observed as a white European behavioral propensity for engaging in titanic, prolonged, unlimited warfare, including the use of mass violence against civilian populations, and the erection of formal institutions of slavery and etc., etc.)

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  8. Impulse control, intelligence and T-levels all have a genetic component. Dogs are bred for behavioral traits. Foxes have been bred for docility, and their phenotype changes.

    But by all means, let’s continue this multi-trillion dollar experiment to prove humans aren’t biological entities and mind has nothing to do with body.

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  9. I can agree to all that, and it doesn’t change the fact that the vast majority of blacks and the vast majority of whites do not agree on social norms across a broad spectrum. The two peoples generate very different cultures, like Israelis and Arabs.

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  10. Sorry, yes, the dominant culture is not that of the majority European descended community.

    Like a dog with rabies, it’s the dog biting you but the virus causing the behaviour.

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  11. The liberal media loves to report on incidents that are statistically rare. You are statistically more likely to die in a car accident than you are in a plane crash, yet airplane related deaths get a million times more national media coverage than car related deaths.

    A Black person is statistically way more likely to be murdered by another Black person than by a White person. Yet White on Black homicides get a million times more national media coverage than Black on Black homicides.

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    One of the reasons libertarianism is spreading among young Whites is that we are tired of being taxed to support law enforcement in predominantly Black communities and then held collectively responsible every time a young Black male is killed resisting arrest for illegally selling drugs, alcohol, or untaxed tobacco; for shoplifting from South Asian-run liquor stores; or for Black-on-Black crime. Unless the crime involves an identifiable White victim, crimes committed in non-White neighborhoods need to be resolved between and within communities of color, free of the “racist” influence of White taxpayers, lawmakers, judges, or police officers.

    FWIW, I have little sympathy for White police officers such as Darren Wilson, who brought his problems with the Black community on himself by choosing to work in a predominantly Black community. Perhaps his upcoming encounters with the state and federal ”justice”systems – as well as recent calls by Black leaders for him to face “people’s justice” at the hands of the rioters– will help him to rethink his willingness to take government money to police a people not his own.

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  13. I particularly liked an observation a commenter made in another thread, on this subject:

    Holder’s experience as a black man being harassed by white cops makes him especially qualified to judge the Wilson Affair. We should all listen to Holder.

    McCulloch’s experience as a white man whose white cop father was murdered by a black man disqualifies him from judging the Wilson Affair. We should remove McCulloch from the case.

    Remember, liberals have no principles, only a Narrative.

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  14. Let me summarize your comment: you’re a white person who wishes black people would act white and you think delivering the message when black people are young and in school will accomplish this.

    I think it’s fair to say that TomB, or someone making similar arguments, might respond that at least if we did due diligence vis-a-vis informing the knuckleheads, we could point to that when they get out of line and say, “well, we told them.” I tend to agree.

    (Not to mention what might be observed as a white European behavioral propensity for engaging in titanic, prolonged, unlimited warfare, including the use of mass violence against civilian populations, and the erection of formal institutions of slavery and etc., etc.)

    Jews got us whipped pretty good on that score these days.

    The liberal media loves to report on incidents that are statistically rare. You are statistically more likely to die in a car accident than you are in a plane crash, yet airplane related deaths get a million times more national media coverage than car related deaths.

    A Black person is statistically way more likely to be murdered by another Black person than by a White person. Yet White on Black homicides get a million times more national media coverage than Black on Black homicides.

    But when you state the facts about air travel safety vs. road travel safety, everyone nods; when you state the facts about black crime, 90% of the respectable folk shout you down.

    FWIW, I have little sympathy for White police officers such as Darren Wilson, who brought his problems with the Black community on himself by choosing to work in a predominantly Black community. Perhaps his upcoming encounters with the state and federal ”justice”systems – as well as recent calls by Black leaders for him to face “people’s justice” at the hands of the rioters– will help him to rethink his willingness to take government money to police a people not his own.

    If you oppose forced integration and support allowing segregation, then your position is a valid one. If not, it isn’t. Actually, it still isn’t, since forced integration is the law of the land.

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  15. Holder is AG of the USA. If he can’t put his racial solidarity with 13% of the population aside and represent the entire nation, he should resign. In any case, he’s a AA appointment, although a white liberal wouldn’t be any better.

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  16. Seems to me that “Anglo-American” justice is being considered an A-A injustice defacto. I’m beginning to count the days to the next presidential election, if things haven’t gone too far by then.

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