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Lessons from Ferguson Verdict — From Middle Class White Guy


There are several common sense lessons we can all learn from the Ferguson grand jury verdict from Monday night.

What do I know? I’m just a middle class white guy. I was raised to respect property…respect police… never say “F—the police”…never desecrate the American flag…never burn down stores in my own neighborhood… love my country…believe in the “American Dream”…study hard, get straight A’s, work hard and good things will happen.

Funny enough, my life has worked out pretty well. Maybe there’s a lesson there for the Ferguson protesters.

I’ve watched the proceedings in Ferguson from August until the verdict was read on Monday night. I watched on Monday night as the Ferguson crowd rioted…set police cars on fire…set buildings on fire…fired shots at police…threw bottles and stones at police…and looted small businesses in their own community.

And to me- the lessons of Ferguson are crystal clear.

First, if the verdict had gone the other way (against the police officer) and angered law-and-order conservatives like me, conservatives wouldn’t have rioted, or thrown bottles, or burned our neighborhoods down. We don’t do things like that. We have too much respect for law and order and property rights. We also own homes and businesses, so we have too much to lose.

Maybe the people protesting and rioting should learn a lesson here. Liberals and media elites will say “people riot and loot because they have nothing.” I believe the opposite is true- people have nothing, because they riot and loot. It’s their attitude that causes them to have nothing in life. That attitude is on display as they scream "F- the police" and commit crimes against people, police and property.

Secondly, it’s really stupid to burn down your own community. The rest of the world stops feeling sorry for you and just wants to avoid you. The stores you’re burning or looting are often owned by blacks, or other minority small business owners. They will be forced to leave and never come back. The rest of the world won’t dare replace them- who’d want to invest in a neighborhood where people burn, destroy or rob their own community businesses. So next time you have nowhere to shop and wonder why...look in the mirror.

Third, I was taught by my father that when a cop stops you or asks you a question, hand over your ID and say “Yes sir” or “No sir.” Respond politely, with respect. That could be why no policeman has ever hurt me, shot me, or killed me…or anyone I’ve ever known. If you choose to curse, or shove, or punch, or struggle with a man with a badge and gun, there is a strong likelihood you’re going to wind up injured or dead. So instead of complaining about racism…or protesting…or rioting…how about saying “Yes sir” or “No sir.” Then you won’t have anything to protest or riot about.

Fourth, open your eyes and mind to the truth, not liberal media propaganda. Millions of people are surprised, saddened and shocked by the Ferguson grand jury’s verdict. Really? Why? My educated guess about the case…within days of the incident…published here at Blaze…from simply taking the time to look at the facts in multiple media…left me convinced the officer had probable cause to stop Michael Brown…probably knew (or quickly figured out) that Brown was the suspect in the strong-armed robbery of a convenience store nearby… struggled in the car with Brown, where a gun went off…ran from the officer…then Brown decided to turn around and charge the officer…who clearly felt his life was in danger and responded in self defense. Those were my educated guesses from the first days after the shooting.

The prosecutor (and jury verdict) just declared all of my original gut instincts to be fact. How did I know all of that, back in August? I educated myself. I read. I listened. I watched. I wasn’t biased. It was all right there for anyone to see…back then. I predicted the police officer would never be indicted…back then. This is not brain surgery. You only have to have common sense…think for yourself…and ignore rabble-rousers trying to stir up trouble and profit from crisis and racial strife…like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the Black Panthers.

The truth isn't black or white. It isn't conservative or liberal. It's based on evidence and fact. It was clear from the first day...based on facts available in the media...that the shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson was justified.

The last lesson is the most important. The Ferguson verdict is nothing but a WMD- Weapon of Mass Distraction. It pales in comparison to really important developments like Obama violating the Constitution and breaking the rule of law by ignoring Congress, checks and balances, and the will of the people to issue amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants (ie criminals); the words of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber indicating deception, misrepresentation and fraud were used to sell Obamacare; and plans for 3,415 new federal regulations about to be publicly announced on Thanksgiving eve when no one is paying attention.

Michael Brown’s death is a tragedy for the Brown family. But it has very little effect on the daily life of the rest of us. But 3000 new federal regulations will damage business, kill jobs and dramatically raise consumers’ costs and energy bills…thereby driving the economy off a cliff. That’s the real tragedy.

The big lesson of Ferguson is...use common sense and keep your eyes on the things that really matter in your life- like your job, or your health insurance. Oh and don't charge at an armed policeman. But hey, I guess I'm just a middle class white guy. What do I know?

Wayne’s latest book is: “The Murder of the Middle Class.” Wayne Allyn Root is a former Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee, successful entrepreneur, small business defender, business speaker, Capital Evangelist, and conservative media personality – appearing on over 5,000 interviews in the past five years. Wayne’s web site:

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