I already wrote that I have little trouble caring about what really happens to Baltimore. But now is a good moment to explain exactly why that's the case.
But to understand some of where I'm coming from, I recommend you scroll down to Bob's 5/4/2015 1:38PM comment.
I'll summarize: "It's not their fault. I feel nothing but sympathy for those people who rioted, who robbed stores (destroying them in the process - by the way, these people merit no mention), who looted and set fires. Because it's everyone's fault BUT theirs. It's totally understandable why they terrorize people and cause crime, while it's utterly unthinkable you'd ever call them a bad word!"
Now, I could go to town on this comment. I could point out that in all of Bob's soul-searching, terrorized shop-owners, burning buildings (including places where people lived) and more didn't make any appearance. I could opine about what it means when - to quote Bob - 'the bluest of the blue states' has a situation like this on its hands, STILL.
But I'm not going to bother reasoning with Bob, because really - reasoning with him is not possible. That ended the moment I caught him in yet another contradiction, and his response was simply to produce the quote about he contains multitudes so contradicting himself is okay.
Reasoning is no use.
So this isn't for his edification, or really, anyone else's. I write here simply to explain my view about these things. And my view is as follows.
I don't really care about Baltimore.
See, Baltimore is relatively far away from where I live. I'm sure there are invisible connections between myself and that place - I know Syllabus, who I respect, lives there to study, I'm sure there are economic and other links. But at the end of the day, it's far away from me. So long as they do not try to pass laws where -I- live, they can decide however they please with how to run their cities. You can say that that's a bad way to think about things, since we're all part of these United States of America, but really, I have my own problems in my own neighborhood. Caring about distant cities is optional.
My concern about Baltimore is purely one of containment. It's like an Ebola outbreak - there hits a point where my primary concern is 'whatever they have, I don't want', so hey.
In fact, I'll go further. I think Baltimore should be extraordinarily lenient when it comes to rioters. I think it's unfortunate that the national guard was activated at any point whatsoever. Really, it's a tremendous disappointment that they had cops out there trying to control things.
See, that's a key thing about these riots. Oh sure, they ruin lives. People are assaulted, businesses are ruined, livelihoods are lost, buildings burn. But the fact is, this is all a bit of show. At any time you can just activate the national guard, send in the men with guns and weapons, and stop it in its tracks. It always stops before the wealthy liberals take too much of a hit. Oh, the rioters can - and will - burn down liquor stores, corner stores, all manner of businesses scraped together by inner city (usually minority) citizens. But those nice, upper class suburbs filled with people who had a collective tingle running up their legs when Obama was elected and re-elected? They're shielded.
I would like that to stop.
In fact, I would like there to be reverse racial profiling in Baltimore. So a poor black man rapes a woman from a nice, cozy suburb. Look at the disadvantages he faces in his life. Look at how The System has let him down. Poor thing, how can we hold him responsible for his bad choices in life?
Let him walk.
So a man breaks into a house with his friends - a nice one, out where the cops used to patrol - and they tear the place apart looking for money. A man - a good man, why he voted for Obama - tries to defend his family, and the end result is he'll be spending the rest of his life walking with a limp and a speech impediment.
Let him walk.
In fact, let them all walk. Three strikes law? I think you should get three crimes that you can be guilty of and walk free from, no questions asked, in Baltimore. But only for eligible minorities. Whites of all classes, and anyone of the upper class - YOU shall be punished to the full extent of the law. And don't say 'self-defense'. Stand Your Ground laws are racist, even within your own homes.
Let us have this for a decade. And on top of it all? Let's have those fine citizens of Baltimore pay their fair share. I think 'half of everything' - a one-time (so we'll say) wealth transfer from everyone owning more than 50k in assets will do the trick. Between that and an appropriately 50% tax level for everyone in the same bracket - along with, of course, waived taxes (including sales) for the eligible minorities - well, it would go a long way towards making things fair.
Of course, I don't believe any of this would be fair at all. Nor do I think it would help. In fact, I am describing as close to hell on earth as can be had right now - in this brief window of time - for the West.
But I am describing what many in Baltimore would apparently regard as radical progressivism, fairness and tolerance, and a number of other things.
And by God, I think that's exactly what they should get. All that I ask - my only request - is that we have a good number of cameras in the cities and suburbs, broadcasted online.
It will be a learning experience, don't you think?