on Lynching

Lynching: transitive verb: to put to death (as by hanging) by mob action without legal sanction ~ from the online Merriam-Webster dictionary

As I watched the events unfold in Ferguson this past week, I could not help but wonder if those rioting realized that they were behaving like the bloodthirsty lynch mobs of not too long ago. Refusing to accept evidence, witness testimony, and a bi-racial jury decision, this mob demanded their own kind of justice – or rather, punishment – for not getting to “hang” who they wanted. And unfortunately, like most mob justice, the innocents were the only ones that ended up getting hurt.

What happened to that young man is a tragedy, and I cannot imagine what his parents must be feeling, but sadly, he reaped the consequences of his life choices. Does that mean it is okay for folks to have the adult version of a temper tantrum, destroying their neighbor’s businesses, inconveniencing and terrorizing people around the country, just because the person they thought should be punished was not? This kind of behavior was not justice during the Jim Crow era, and it certainly is not justice now. The American legal system is not supposed to bend to the will of the mob, no matter how much our President, U.S. Attorney General, or the progressive left want it to do so.

Yet, despite the best efforts of those to hurt innocents with their ignorance, selfishness, and destructive behavior, ordinary Americans have again proven themselves better than our leaders claim them to be. People of all races and incomes are banding together to help those businesses in Ferguson who lost everything to this modern day lynch mob. Neighbors and strangers are helping each other to clean up and rebuild, putting up funding, and intentionally shopping at local businesses in order to help them get back on their feet. Despite what Democrat leaders and progressive pundits may claim, Americans aren’t racists, and we are tired of folks using this straw man as an excuse for divisive rhetoric and bad behavior. Those that resort to violence and theft are thugs, plain and simple. It matters not your color or religion.

I believe that the lowest form of humanity takes part in the kinds of things that happened in Ferguson. And those that continue to stoke the fires are even lower than that. We are a nation of laws, not of mob rule. We punish people based on facts, not feelings. To do otherwise makes us no different than a lynch mob. So, now that some jerks decided to throw a hissy fit in Missouri and elsewhere, everyone else is left to pick up the pieces, while some of our leaders even try to use it as an excuse to exercise even more control over us. How much longer are we going to tolerate this kind of behavior? Frankly, I am getting tired of these spoiled brats running the show, aren’t you? I’m done cleaning up their messes – I think it’s time for some adults to be in charge. Thank goodness we saw a little of that with the Ferguson grand jury.

Let’s pray that we will see more of that starting in 2015, as well as have more adults step up in 2016.

“This spirit of mob-law is becoming as great an evil as a servile war.” ~ Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), 7th U.S. president, in an August 9th, 1835 letter to Amos Kendall, discussing how the Charleston post office had been attacked by a mob protesting the delivery of abolitionist literature

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