RUSH: This is the Huffing and Puffington Post. The police commissioner in New York is William Bratton, and they love Bill Bratton in New York because he used to go to Elaine’s when Elaine’s was open. See, if you went to Elaine’s they loved you on Page Six and they loved your wife if you took your wife with you to Elaine’s. They loved you on Page Six. They loved you in the New York Post. They loved you in the New York Daily News. It didn’t matter if the mayor was a guy like Giuliani who they hated, he never went to Elaine’s. And if he did, everybody there would walk out and wish he wasn’t there.
“New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton acknowledged on Tuesday that police were to blame for ‘many of the worst parts of black history’ in the United States.”
You heard me right. “New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton acknowledged on Tuesday that police were to blame for ‘many of the worst parts of black history’ in the United States.”
Now, what do the police do? The police enforce the law. In the case of laws that hurt blacks, most, if not all, of those laws were enacted by Democrats. So why not say Democrats are to blame for the worst parts of black history? Why does it fall to the police all of a sudden? What is the point here? Why does the police commissioner feel it necessary to stand up and say — because, look, the Justice Department, do you realize what a bill of goods we were sold about the Gentle Giant and “hands up, don’t shoot”? Do you realize what a bill of goods we were sold about Trayvon Martin, a bill of goods we were sold about Eric Garner? All of that was — well, I’ve got a little routine built up on that. I’ll save it for then.
RUSH: Right here my formerly nicotine-stained fingers I have this story from the Huffing and Puffington Post: Bill Bratton, the New York police commissioner, says the police are to blame for the worst parts of black history. This is the third time I’ve said it, and still people don’t believe they’re hearing it. Bill Bratton, the New York City police commissioner, they love him there ’cause he went to Elaine’s when it was open. That made him hip. He says the police are to blame for the worst parts of black history. He acknowledged this yesterday.
Police are to blame for “many of the worst parts of black history” in the US. “Bratton gave a speech Tuesday morning to a predominantly African-American crowd during a Black History Month breakfast at the Greater Allen AME Church in Queens. ‘Slavery, our countryÂ’s original sin, sat on a foundation codified by laws enforced by police, by slave-catchers,’ Bratton said.”
Aren’t the police supposed to enforce the laws? Isn’t the problem here the laws? Who gave us the laws? I would venture to say, folks, that the law is what gave us the worst part of black history, and who’s responsible for those? I would say it is the Democrat Party. Now, I know that goes against the grain of what every bit of conventional wisdom is because the conventional wisdom is that the Republican Party was the party of slaves. The Republican Party was the party of emancipation!
Abraham Lincoln was a Republican. The Republican Party was needed and necessary to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It was Democrat senators who opposed it. The police, they just enforced the laws that are already there. They don’t write the laws. They don’t make the law. So how in the world do you blame the cops for the worst parts of black history?
“The commissioner pointed out that the first thing Dutch colonist Peter Stuyvesant did upon arriving in what was then New Amsterdam was set up a police force to prop up a system of slavery. ‘Since then, the stories of police and black citizens have intertwined again and again,’ Bratton said. ‘The unequal nature of that relationship cannot and must not be denied.'”
What an utter bag of nonsense. Did this commissioner learn his American history from the same schools where Obama and Reverend Wright attended? And you know the other part of the story, I forgot to give you the other half of the headline. Here’s the headline: “Bratton Says Police To Blame For ‘Worst Parts’ Of Black History,” but there’s more in the headline. You know what it says? “Reform Advocates Are Unimpressed.” Meaning, civil rights leaders unimpressed. Of course they’re unimpressed because they don’t want this solution. They don’t want this solved and no amount of taking the blame, and no amount of raising your hand saying, “I’m guilty, I did it,” is gonna change anything.
It’s not gonna buy you any good vibes. It’s not gonna buy you love and respect. You’d have to reopen Elaine’s for that. Yeah, I know. It’s just like Harry Reid. It’s never enough. They got a total cave in the Senate on the Homeland Security funding bill, Dingy Harry said, oh, you haven’t even gotten close yet. You need to get Boehner to cave now. I mean, this is just — (interruption) No. No. I read you the quotes from a speech he gave on Tuesday, part of Black History Month at the Greater Allen AME Church in Queens.
The story is replete with reaction from civil rights reform activists who say, “Nah, no big deal, unimpressed. We don’t think he really means it, or there won’t be any follow-up action on it, so Bratton’s just saying this stuff trying to get in our good graces, but it’s not gonna work.” That’s essentially what the civil rights reform activists are saying in reaction to it.
Let me read this graph to you again. “The commissioner pointed out that the first thing Dutch colonist Peter Stuyvesant did upon arriving in what was then New Amsterdam was set up a police force to prop up a system of slavery. ‘Since then, the stories of police and black citizens have intertwined again and again,’ Bratton said. ‘The unequal nature of that relationship cannot and must not be denied.'”
I’m gonna tell you, the laws in New York have been written by liberal Democrats almost exclusively for its entire history. The police are just there to enforce them. “It was an unexpected speech from a commissioner normally in the business of defending the police.” That’s what the Huffing and Puffington Post said. “It was an unexpected speech from a commissioner normally in the business of defending the police.”
And then a piggyback story, Washington Examiner by Paul Bedard. (interruption) Yeah, I thought the first thing the Dutch did was rip off the Native Americans. I thought the Dutch really shafted the Indians. Yeah, but, you know, we found out that that’s all a bogus story. Oh, yeah, the Indians took the Dutch for a song on that. They didn’t sell ’em Manhattan, they sold ’em — we just did this last year sometime, part of the research I did on the Rush Revere series. That’s a totally bogus old wives’ tale. The Indians did not get the short end of that stick. The Dutch did. I’ll find it. I’ll get to it. It’s not relevant right now. That’s just a little aside.
The piggyback story is about Vice President Bite Me. “Vice President Joe Biden used a Black History Month event at his official residence Monday night to decry the rich, both white and black, for stunting economic growth and suggested that ’emancipation’ is in order. ‘A lot of wealthy white and black people aren’t bad but they control 1 percent of the economy and this cannot stand,’ Biden told about 100 guests, including past civil rights activists and NBC weatherman Al Roker. ‘It’s not fair because the business experts are saying that concentration of wealth is stunting growth. So let’s do something that’s worthy of emancipation,’ said Biden.”
He wants reparations. Biden thinks we need to emancipate people’s wealth in order to redress all of these grievances. Everything that we have done to start, to continue, to try to make amends for the original sin of slavery is never enough. And we are guilted into doing it more and more and more, and now we’ve gotten to the point where the vice president says that we must all be emancipated from the money we have earned because we are stunting the growth of the country. Emancipating people from their wealth. Biden is suggesting that the government steal people’s money and then redistribute it somehow.
By the way, the 1%, it’s interesting how the 1% of people who work are always targeted and tagged as the bad guys. What percentage of the US economy is owned by the government? Look at what Biden said here. “A lot of wealthy white and black people aren’t bad, but they control 1% of the economy.” Last I looked the federal government controls about 25% of it. Why don’t we emancipate some of the money from the government?
Okay, so the rich own 1% of the country, per se, as the vice president says. That’s nothing compared to the take. And government isn’t producing anything. But this leads me to a collection of thoughts that I’ve had recently, based on recent news. The Trayvon Martin case was never, never a civil rights case. The Gentle Giant case, Ferguson, Missouri, was never a civil rights case. Eric Garner in New York was never a civil rights case.
We had three local crime stories that magically were transformed and amplified, blown up, and projected into gigantic civil rights cases, and in each instance, the occasion was taken to blame this country for its imperfection, for its institutional racism, its institutional bigotry, its institutional homophobia and sexism and all of that. But if these cases, if Trayvon Martin, if the Gentle Giant, Eric Garner were not civil rights cases, then what were they? They were nothing more than local crime stories. But what fun would that be?
I mean, if you’re the Drive-By Media and you have three local crime stories here, big whoop, you can’t make any news out of that, politicians can’t store any points out of that. Obama would just keep playing golf, the narrative readers would just keep ignoring the country getting the shaft. But you had these three local crime stories that provided a great opportunity to the left to blow them up into something they weren’t. Why did Barack Obama want to adopt Trayvon Martin? ‘Cause he wanted an issue. He wanted a racial divide. He wanted anger. Everybody knew it. A little tweak to the narrative and we’re off to the races. It sure was fun.
It was like making a real-time movie with a fictional narrative. All the actors got together, it was filmed for free, everybody played along, and it was number one at the box office for weeks. Then came Ferguson, star of the show, the Gentle Giant, but he wasn’t so gentle, really. “Hands up, don’t shoot” became a sit song without the music. “Hands up, don’t shoot,” number one on the Billboard charts, no music, no lyrics, but it was cool, it was fun. It was also a lie. But what the hell, it made for great entertainment. It helped the left advance their agenda. The president was thrilled he got to play the role of a concerned leader.
Ferguson, another smash box office hit in the news. Great production values. No cost to the networks, got to have burning buildings, riots were staged, guns with live ammo were fired, narrative reports were on the air. It was fantastic, and it was all phony. Of course it wasn’t all phony. A policeman was smeared. His life was ruined. He was then run out of town, unfortunately. And, of course, at the end of all of it, there aren’t any civil rights violations because it wasn’t a civil rights case. The Justice Department has said, “Sorry, after all we’ve done and looked at, there’s nothing to see.”
But the president got his issue. He played the role of a hero. White policemen were the villains, and the networks got weeks of great pictures. And this show sparked arguments all over the country about phony narratives, phony images, phony racism, phony sexism, and phony bigotry. It was all a series of lies that claimed to have grand civil rights meaning. But it had none.
And who can forget the Eric Garner show? It was caught on tape and “I can’t breath” became a hot selling t-shirt and another song without the music. That one got celebrity endorsements, got Al Sharpton to hijack a funeral, good times and unforgettable performances. Riveting TV. Just a local crime story. Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, the Gentle Giant, all used by the left and their narrative readers, took the country for a big long ride. I know all three died, but they died for the great cause of liberalism, folks. It was worth it to the left.
RUSH: What happened was that the people that sold Manhattan to the Dutch didn’t own it. They ran a scam on the Dutch. Everybody thinks this is the other way around. The Canarsie tribe, that’s Curtis Sliwa’s tribe, the Canarsie tribe, they were from what is now Brooklyn. And the tribe that actually owned and controlled Manhattan was the Wappinger confederacy, but it was the Canarsie that sold Manhattan to the Dutch, but they didn’t own it. The Dutch claim to Manhattan was later contested. The Dutch had to compensate the real owners, which meant they had to pay a second time. Therefore the Dutch settlers paid for Manhattan twice, and the Canarsie tribe ran a scam.
Welcome to America.
Now we’re told, Bill Bratton goes out there and says what the Dutch did was actually send the police out there to enforce slavery laws. They should have sent the cops after the Canarsie tribe, is what should have happened, but they couldn’t have gotten them because the Guardian Angels were already there. Curtis Sliwa is guarding the Canarsies. He’s from Canarsie. Well, he’s not from there, but he’s identified with it. So it would have been a tough sell.
Look, my point here, folks, is that Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, the Gentle Giant were all used by the left and their news readers, their narrative readers, to take the country for another ride. It was the quintessential definition of what Drive-By Media is. Now, all three — Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Gentle Giant — they’re all dead. But not because of civil rights violations. They’re not dead because of the country’s racism. They’re not dead for any reason given to us by the media. But in their deaths, it allowed the president and Al Sharpton and news readers to appear to care and to look big, and they relish their roles, and they’re always looking for more.
None these incidents, Trayvon Martin, Gentle Giant, Eric Garner, none of them actually happened as reported. The president lied, the narrative readers lied, and if you look back, if they can get away with that crap, why fire Brian Williams for embellishing a few stories? Why single him out? Three of the biggest scams on earth have been run against us just in the last year and a half here, all under the guise of America is defective.
RUSH: Here’s Bernard in upstate New York. Bernard, I’m glad you called. Great to have you with us. How you doing?
CALLER: How you doing, Rush? This is Reverend Bernard. Nice to speak to you. First-time caller.
RUSH: Well, it’s great to have you here, Bernard. Thank you.
CALLER: Merci beaucoup. Anyway, you said something on your program, okay, that dealt with police supposedly being responsible for the bad things that happened to the African-Americans after the Civil War? It kind of hit a bad note with me, because that’s not the truth, and I agree with you. What you said is so true.
RUSH: Is that right? (chuckles) I expected the exact opposite, Bernard.
CALLER: Yeah, right. Okay. Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is, people need to read. They need to do their own research, okay? Don’t take people’s word for stuff, because see, that’s the problem with society now. People say nits and bits and pieces and stuff, and I listened to that young man on the radio just a minute ago and I was really impressed. Because the youth are going to be the future, okay? Every time they use the word “government,” take the word out of it, because government is just an idea, okay? It’s people who are the government, and when we see what we see right now, you got a minority of people telling this country — which I served over 21 years — dictating to the majority.
RUSH: Amen to that. You know what? That is so right. You are so right. The government is not an entity. It’s just our fellow citizens who are trying to amass all this power over us.
CALLER: Yes, sir. I concur with you 100%. Anyway, what I did call about is that I kind of wanted people to go back and reflect during Reconstruction period. I don’t have all the facts in front of me, but I’m thinking somewhere around 1865, 1877, keep in mind, the Democrats were in charge in that time frame okay?
CALLER: They’re the ones who created the laws after the war was over to try to hold onto slavery as much as they possibly could. And that’s where those black coats came from and that’s where the Jim Crow law came from and that’s where the Ku Klux Klan came from, it came from the Democrats that were in charge at all levels of government. At the state level, at the federal level, and the local level. People need to read and stop taking other people’s word for what they’re hearing. Now, I’m gonna tell you, I just did a dissertation on this particular topic just last week, and people sit there with their mouths open.
RUSH: What do you mean, you did a dissertation? Where?
CALLER: Well, for Black History Month, we had dissertation here with a couple of people and a couple of academia people here in Watertown.
RUSH: What, are you a student? Are you a student somewhere?
CALLER: Negative. I’m a minister.
RUSH: Oh, okay.
CALLER: I invited students and teachers and professors to come sit down and let’s talk about this African-American holiday, which, you know, I really believe African-American history is no more American history, and people need to exemplify it as that. It’s not a separate type thing. This divide thing is terrible.
RUSH: It’s something. Bernard, it’s a challenge. I’ve been doing this radio program since 1988, so it’s 26 or 27 years, whatever it is. For longer that, then — for twice as long as that — it has just become “settled science” so-called that the Republicans have always been biased and racist toward blacks. The biggest group of people to believe that are African-Americans, 93% of whom vote Democrat every presidential election. The fact of the matter is, it’s the exact opposite.
When I made that comment after reporting on Bill Bratton’s speech… Bill Bratton, if you just missed this — Bratton, the police commissioner of New York — went to a Black History Month event in Queens and said that the cops, the police are responsible for many of the problems that have occurred to black people over the years. I read that and I was just stunned when I read that. The police just enforce the law.
They didn’t write the law. I thought the first call I was gonna get would be from somebody who wanted to take issue with me on that. They’d say, “Why don’t you get it? You continue to get this wrong.” But here you come, Bernard, validating the point. The Democrats wrote the laws that the police were enforcing in those days. The Democrats wrote the civil rights laws that were problematic all through the forties and fifties. The segregationists of the South in this country were the Democrats.
It’s undeniably true. Yet there has been a giant reversal of fact, and it started with LBJ and the civil rights battles, Civil Rights Act in the early 1960s, the mid-sixties. That’s where the revision of history began, and it has just stuck, and it’s now part of our official folklore, if you want to call it that, and it just is one of the many things that isn’t true. Anyway, Bernard, I appreciate the call, I really do. I’m glad you are in the audience.