An Antidote of Civilized Existence Is Sorely Needed

Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, Wales

From SmithsonianMag:

Hidden behind a grove of trees in Hawarden, Flintshire, a small village in north Wales located about 25 miles south of Liverpool, sits Gladstone’s Library, the only prime ministerial library in Great Britain. Named after four-term Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone (1868-74, 1880-85, 1886, and 1892-94), the 117-year-old stone building is home to the late statesman’s personal collection of 32,000 books—part of the library’s extensive collection of 150,000 written works focused on everything from history and politics to theology and literature.

This symbol of a civilized people stands in sharp contrast to what is going on in America right now. A recent poll finds that 80% of Americans are more disturbed by the behavior of police than they are of the rioters destroying  private business establishments.

It’s the killing of George Floyd that most disturbs us but that horror was done by just 4 rogue cops. It’s nuts to condemn the entire cadre of police for something just 4 of them did. Some of the respondents might be grouping the murder of George Floyd with the overall cowardice of the police in their failure to stop the rioters. But then we must remember that it was the politicians and bureacrats that hampered the cops with ineffective and downright stupid orders. There really is a playbook for quelling riots. Rewarding bad behavior guarantees more of the same. It’s inexcusable that idiots such as NYC mayor Bill de Bolshevik and Michigan Governor Gretchen Witless failed to step up and do their jobs.

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