I have a bit of snarky in my fingertips tonight, it seems. But, I shall start with what I consider the positive news …
The President is doing okay …
Overall, President Biden’s approval rating is quite good, all things considered. Especially when compared to the last guy … Today, Biden’s approval rating stands at 53.8% per an aggregate of polls … a number never once reached by the former guy in four years, and in fact his highest at any point was 45.5%. Check out two recent polls … NBC and CBS respectively …
And even Fox ‘News’ has Biden with a 54% approval rating!
What is it, exactly, that people approve of? He gets the highest marks for things related to his handling of the pandemic, such as vaccine rollout and the pandemic relief package. His lowest rankings are on immigration, as was to be expected, given the huge mess the former president left him with. In light of the messes … plural … that were left to him to clean up, it appears that President Biden is doing a damn fine job so far.
For my own view … I am thankful to have the voice of reason in the White House again. I approve of a president who can speak in whole sentences, who doesn’t engage in wild facial contortions, who doesn’t tweet nasty accusations and denigrations 24/7, and who doesn’t make that weird, inverted fist thing to get his point across. I am thankful to have a man who I believe with all my heart will work FOR the people of this nation and of the world, rather than only for the few who have lots of money and zero conscience. I am thankful for a president who is honest, who has integrity, and whom I trust with my life.
Again, it bears repeating that President Joe Biden has a higher approval rating after just 100 days than the former president ever achieved in 4 years. Speaks volumes, doesn’t it?
But will they be convicted?
Amidst the detritus, the hate, the violence, there comes one positive bit of news. You remember Ahmaud Arbery, the Black man who was out for a jog near Brunswick, Georgia, back in February 2020 when he was chased down by a truck manned with three white men, and fatally shot. His crime? JWB … Jogging While Black. Two of the three men — Gregory and Travis McMichael — claimed to be conducting a “citizen’s arrest” and claimed they had acted in self-defense, even though Mr. Arbery was unarmed and did not threaten them. A citizen’s arrest? Seriously???
For a while it looked like nothing was going to be done about it, but on Wednesday, the Department of Justice announced that federal prosecutors indicted the three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery on hate crime and attempted kidnapping charges.
(L-R) Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan, Jr.
All three men were charged with one count of interference with rights and with one count of attempted kidnapping, and the McMichaels were charged with one count each of using, carrying, and brandishing (in Travis’s case discharging) a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, said …
“It’s one step closer to justice. They did the investigation properly and they came out with those indictments. So, my family and I were pleased.”
Next step is to hold these men accountable for their crimes. Will a jury in Georgia find them guilty? I don’t see how they could rule otherwise, but … it is Georgia. No trial date has been set as yet, but you know I’ll be following this one closely.
And speaking of …
The video was everything in prosecuting the murder of George Floyd. NOBODY could watch that video and not see pure evil on the part of ex-officer Derek Chauvin who kept a knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for nearly 10 minutes until finally he died. That video was shown far and wide, and sparked protests not only across the U.S., but around the globe. It was a powerful statement and a powerful tool in the trial, no doubt. One juror said he had to use his face mask to try to hide his tears.
The latest case involves the murder of yet another Black man, Andrew Brown, by deputies in North Carolina. It is reported, by those who have seen the body cam footage of the incident, that Mr. Brown’s hands were on the steering wheel, as he had been ordered, and that deputies shot him in the back of the head.
The judge in the case, Judge Jeffery Foster, is refusing to release the five body cam videos to the public. Why? He claims he thinks that releasing the videos could somehow harm the ongoing investigation or threaten the safety of people seen in the footage. BULLSHIT. He is afraid that the same thing will happen as happened when the video of Mr. Floyd’s brutal murder was made public. Okay, yes, it will likely spark protests, and maybe if those deputies valued their own lives, they should have valued Mr. Brown’s life a bit more. I have a great idea … put all the deputies involved in jail cells … for their own safety, of course. Sorry, I’ve got no sympathy for an officer of the law who shoots a man in the back or the back of the head.
The people of this nation have a right to see how Mr. Brown was killed, and we should be protesting now against a judge trying to hide the evidence. In fairness, the judge did say that the video must remain out of public view for at least 30 days, but he would consider releasing it after that point if investigations are complete. Meanwhile, the family members of Mr. Brown have been allowed to view only a 20-second clip from a single body camera. What’s being hidden? And why?
Attorneys for Mr. Brown’s family issued a statement saying …
“In this modern civil rights crisis where we see Black people killed by the police everywhere we look, video evidence is the key to discerning the truth and getting well-deserved justice for victims of senseless murders.”
There can be no justice, for Mr. Brown is certain to remain dead, his family devastated, but there can and MUST be accountability. THIS MUST STOP!!! Perhaps it’s time we treat every law enforcement officer like Barney Fife, give them only one bullet and they must keep that in their pocket, not in their gun! If they’re going to act like Barney, let’s treat them that way!