All over social media, on sites like 4chan, Reddit, Digg and Buzzfeed, many commentators, some of whom are well-educated and don’t meet the profile of the ‘racist republican redneck’, agree that Michael Brown deserved his fate for instigating the situation, endangering the lives of attending police officers, and for having no redeeming value as an individual.
The police were doing their job they best they could, and sometimes people die in the line of duty. In such situations, the most comforting words you can give to the family is, ‘too bad’.
America is a nation of free market capitalism, technology, intellectualism, and law & order. With freedom comes responsibility through a ‘social contract’ between the individual and state. If an individual breaks this contract by committing a crime, is a punishment, as administered by the state, not to be expected?
In an August 14 op-ed in Time Magazine, U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky said that police forces need to be demilitarized and that “[t]he shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown is an awful tragedy” and that “Anyone who thinks race does not skew the application of criminal justice in this country is just not paying close enough attention.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Representative Justin Amash of Michigan tweeted similar descriptions of Ferguson as a “war zone” in the aftermath of the police actions of August 12, with Amash calling the situation “frightening” on August 13 and Warren demanding answers on August 14.
All this whining, from both the left and some of the right, is more evidence we’re becoming a nation of crybabies. Justin Amash is a liberal with an identity crisis, anyway, and is essentially Elizabeth Warren but with smaller balls.