David Horowitz - Columnist
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King: Once a Bum, Always a Bum
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, California
on August 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 LAPD
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.
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
society, eradicating poverty and making us all equal.
can you go broke on $3.8 million? Let’s say, for
the sake of this example, King had to pay his lawyers a
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
of work to get it. But if you give money to a self-destructive
lout like Rodney King, all you are going to get for your
money is trouble.
as a friend 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.
a way of enabling them to pursue their self-destructive
behaviors at an even higher velocity.
King had obeyed the orders clearly given and had laid down
a “prone position” on the night of his
famous encounter with Los Angeles police, 58 people
alive today, $16 billion would be circulating in the
economy and four dedicated
LAPD 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
had to make their point. They had to roll out the racial melodrama,
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.
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 – (I am thinking
of the late unlamented murderer Damian “Football” Williams).
Nobody cares about the innocent victims of the
protesters for social justice – the 2000
Koreans who lost their businesses to “black
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
forgotten because remembering
would tell a liberal
culture more than it wants to hear.
opinion piece first appeared at FrontPageMagazine.com