Skip to comments.Liberals Won't Admit Rodney King is a Loser (David Horowitz)
Posted on 09/06/2003 11:27:59 PM PDT by Mark
Los Angeles Daily News
Liberals won't admit Rodney King is a loser
By David Horowitz
Thursday, September 04, 2003 - If you're not a news junkie, you probably didn't notice that Rodney King was arrested again. He was speeding at 100 miles an hour, high on PCP, when he ran a red light in Rialto, Calif., on Aug. 27.
It is just a matter of luck that King hasn't killed someone yet. This was his fifth arrest since a kangaroo court awarded him $3.8 million some years ago because the Los Angeles Police Department had "violated his civil rights." Or perhaps it was because the court was afraid that rejecting King's claim would spark another riot that would kill 58 people and cost the city $16 billion in destroyed homes and stores.
One of King's post-riot arrests was for beating his wife, just in case you thought he was a nice guy harassed by police simply because he was black.
Apparently, in addition to going to jail again, Rodney King is now broke. Which is one of the reasons you haven't heard much about his latest bust. Because the post-riot life of Rodney King gives the lie to virtually every liberal nostrum for improving society, eradicating poverty and making us all equal.
How can you go broke on $3.8 million?
Let's say, for the sake of this example, King had to pay his lawyers a million dollars in legal fees. If he had put the remaining money in the bank in a long-term savings account, it would have netted him a six-figure income for the rest of his life -- without requiring a stitch of work to get it. But if you give money to a self-destructive lout like King, all you are going to get for your money is trouble.
Poverty, as a friend of mine has said, is different from being broke. Being broke is when you're out of pocket. Being poor is a dispiriting and disabling state of mind. Giving money to dysfunctional people is not a way to make them rich or even comfortable. It's a way of enabling them to pursue their self-destructive behaviors at an even higher velocity.
If Rodney King had obeyed the orders clearly given and had laid down in a "prone position" on the night of his famous encounter with Los Angeles police, 58 people would be alive today, $16 billion would be circulating in the economy and four dedicated Los Angeles Police Department officers who were working to the book that night would not have been forced to endure two trials (the first had acquitted them) and had their careers destroyed to appease the liberal conscience.
But liberals had to make their point. They had to roll out the racial melodrama, insisting that every time a black man is arrested -- even one fleeing and refusing to be cuffed -- a hate crime is committed by the police themselves. Liberals had to wring millions of dollars out of Los Angeles taxpayers to pay reparations to a man whom everyone knew then and knows now is just a pathetic bum.
Will Rodney King's fifth arrest teach anyone anything? Hardly.
First, because no one wants to even talk about it. But second, nothing will be learned for the same reason that liberals reading this column will consider it mean-spirited and lacking compassion.
Of course, the same liberals have already forgotten the 58 people who are dead because of Rodney King and the criminals he and his supporters inspired. Nobody cares about the innocent victims of the protesters for social justice -- the 2,000 Koreans who lost their businesses to "black rage"; the four cops who lost their careers because they beat a reckless criminal who was resisting arrest and refused to go prone.
And so is the inspirer of it all, Rodney King, forgotten, too. But he is forgotten because remembering him would tell a liberal culture more than it wants to hear.
David Horowitz is the president of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture in Los Angeles and editor of www.frontpagemag.com.
Even if you are a news junky, a R. King arrest can be overlooked due to the sheer regularity of the event.
Perhaps he's now trying to make money (again) in the only way he knows how -- get high on PCP, break every traffic law imaginable, and hope for the best.
Oh, they haven't forgotten. But they shamelessly blame it all on the "white bread Simi Valley types."
However, I do remember seeing Reginald Denny get dragged out of his semi and beaten within an inch of his life.
And I also remember NRA's American Rifleman magazine showing photos of black business owners on the roof of their businesses with rifles and shotguns, exercising their RIGHT to defend themselves. Their businesses didn't burn to the ground, but scum-sucking liberals would probably like to jail them for defending themselves.
Sorry Rodney, I'd like to just call you a worthless human being, but that would indicate you did neither harm nor good. Therefore, you are a LESS than worthless human being. It's very appropriate that you are a liberal icon, because you are evil and stupid. The shoe fits.
What I found comical about the riots was that the majority of the looters were Hispanic. What was rather ironic was that large numbers of them were turned into the police when their neighbors (also Hispanic) saw them storing their loot in their apartments
It is just a matter of luck that King hasn't killed someone yet. This was his fifth arrest since a kangaroo court awarded him $3.8 million some years ago
Well, Good God...why on earth should he alter his behavioral patterns one single iota at this point, really?
We've already taught him that committing crimes and/or resisting lawful arrest can -- if only you make a mopey enough face afterwards, and slap the race card down onto the table skillfully enough -- lead to staggering personal wealth the likes of which most of us here will never live to see.
You keep rewarding a dog with red meat, after biting... and, sooner or later: it'll come to see everyone else around it as just so many hamburgers on the hoof.
A lot of the rioters were just using Rodney King as an excuse to loot. I remember a rather infamous Ann Landers column from back then. A white girl wrote in that she and her boyfriend were caught up in the middle of the riot, saw people looting an appliance store, got caught up in the excitement, so they joined in and grabbed themselves a TV. She asked Ann, "Do you think we did anything wrong?" Yes, Martha, there are some really, really stupid people out there. Get used to it.
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