After countless controversial statements composing what seemed like an eternity, most of the country , the media, and even the Republican leadership has moved to denounce Donald Trump’s most recent “ban all Muslims” remark. Thus brings to full circle Trump’s long journey from being an irrelevant, hilarious “carnival barker” who says crazy things to a very real, very relevant, very frightening, and very dangerous GOP-frontrunner who says even crazier things. As Hillary Clinton puts it, he isn’t funny anymore. He’s dangerous.
But, it is perhaps equally ridiculous to suggest, then, that “good cops” somehow make a difference in how our police forces function. Sure, a “good cop” might not have shot Laquan McDonald 16 times, but so what? In a few months, there will certainly be another case of police brutality, and another, and another, as there had been before this case. In fact, 885 have already died in the hands of police this year alone (as of this writing).
As the protests rage on at Mizzou, Yale, Ithaca, and Claremont McKenna, so many commentators and publications have jumped in, guns blazing, to denounce the protests at the top of their lungs, arguing that the “safe spaces” that the students call for are nothing but a means of stifling free speech.
Boehner’s resignation is extremely abnormal. For starters, this is the first time since 1910 that a House Speaker is being forced out by members of his own party. And speaking of his own party – Boehner is being forced out by the conservative wing of the GOP, which is strange because before Boehner assumed the Speakership (and the first cohort of Tea Partiers were sworn in) in 2010, he was the eighth most conservative member in the House among a total of around 200 Republican congressmen.
We called for Assad to leave when the protests began and when they began to escalate; we roared in outrage for him to leave when he used chemical weapons. We praise the protesters, bomb Assad’s forces, pour in money and weapons, even talk from time to time about sending boots on the ground… At every development and every escalation we called for Assad to leave – and certainly, using chemical weapons on one’s own people, for example, is unacceptable behavior and valid grounds for wanting him out. But, what never gets talked about is this: What do we do after Assad actually does leave?