September 24, 2020

Time for Normal People to Take Back Our Country

Our country is hurting. Culturally, as a society and how we relate to each other, we are in the midst of a steep drop, almost a free fall. Race is just one aspect; we are talking past one another, and we are less of a community than I ever recall. If you love this country, the question is how did this happen, and how can we turn it around.

First, we are unmistakably dividing into two or more very distinct subcultures. We eat different foods; we travel and live differently; we consume different media; we live in distinct neighborhoods. Of course, some of this has always been true, but it’s become much more acute, to the point where you would need a translator to communicate between these different Americas. That’s a problem.

The biggest change is the highest-income echelon of our society — where many political and other leaders reside — does not have any clue what America is like. They don’t understand Middle America, and they certainly don’t understand lower-income America. This group flies private and lives in isolated cocoon communities; their social circles are defined, and their private clubs shelter them from the rest. They don’t go to Disney World, and if they did, they would have private guides to escort them through, without lines and without dealing with the other visitors.

This separation has policy implications. It took nearly 20 years of suffering before people in this upper echelon even knew our country had an opioid epidemic. The Sackler family that had a huge — but not exclusive — role in fueling that epidemic was still feted for their good deeds and charitable acts only a few years ago. The one time our government dealt with the opioid issue during those 20 years was a law passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama that made it harder for regulators to go after companies for distributing these deadly drugs. They weren’t horrible people. They just had no clue what was going on.

Second, there is no longer a moral or ethical limit on behavior. The Jeffrey Epstein child rape story is emblematic of where we are. Epstein was allowed to abuse young girls from poor families for two decades while protected by some of America’s top institutions and leaders. The FBI reportedly received information on Epstein as early as the mid-1990s but did nothing. Vanity Fair, one of our most established media outlets, was told the same but did nothing. Local police who tried their hardest to put Epstein in jail say they were harassed and overruled by political superiors.

When Epstein was finally caught, he put together a dream team of elite lawyers. He hired the very best criminal defense lawyers, but he also hired other lawyers with distinguished careers in and out of government, apparently just for their influence and connections. Epstein’s prosecutor was Alex Acosta, an up-and-coming Republican U.S. attorney, so Epstein hired even bigger-name Republican luminaries to intimidate him. Guys such as Jay Lefkowitz, a partner at Kirkland and Ellis, one of America’s most reputable corporate law firms where Acosta used to work, and Ken Starr, a Republican superstar, were brought on to help cut a deal for Epstein. It worked. Acosta, who went on to become secretary of Labor for Trump and had identified 36 underage Epstein victims, cut a deal to give the child rapist only 18 months in county jail with privileges to come and go. Even more shocking, the deal included a secrecy clause prohibiting the victims and their families from finding out what happened.

Nobody knows why these notable luminaries signed on to help a child rapist in an area of law far afield from their standard practice. What’s sadder is nobody has really even asked. As with Vanity Fair, which knew about this behavior from the start, our corporate media is not interested in these sorts of stories, so the protagonists get to keep going as if nothing happened. Epstein, we now know, was able to keep an office at Harvard University even after his conviction for abusing young girls.

The Epstein case is so relevant today because it’s the extreme example of our dual system. Those at the very top can literally get away with child rape. Those at the bottom find themselves at the whim of any bad cop they may encounter. This sense that there are two Americas, with two sets of rules, is driving so much of the rancor we are seeing in the streets.

When George Floyd was killed by police officer Derek Chauvin, all Americans could see what happened on video. Everyone agreed it was sick. Protesting in response is completely understandable. Chauvin had 18 infractions in his 18-year career. We can pretend it was one bad cop, but anyone who’s looked into the issue at all knows there is still a culture of covering for your own in many police departments. If you are from America’s elite population, police brutality doesn’t really affect you. If you are a poor black American in our cities, it can affect you very seriously. You can believe, as I do, that the vast majority of police are good people trying to do a really tough job and also believe police departments need reform. The police must work for all of us. Any time a police officer views himself as above the law is a problem in our system.

None of this means that it’s acceptable for the protests we saw to turn into riots. Too many truly innocent parties have been devastated, physically assaulted or lost their life savings. The problem we have in our country is there is no moral authority of any standing on the left or the right who can effectively stand up and say stop.

Our country today is dominated by the extremes. You may believe the government went too far in shutting down our economy in response to the coronavirus, but you probably don’t think the guys open-carrying assault rifles around our state capitals are there to protect your interests. The antifa terrorists are not speaking for those outraged over George Floyd either. At some point, normal Americans are going to have to take back the conversation. People genuinely interested in coming together to solve problems are needed today more than ever. The fabric of our country is nearly torn, and if people of good faith don’t start coming together now, the people on the extreme edges will succeed in finishing us off.

Neil Patel co-founded The Daily Caller, one of America’s fastest-growing online news outlets, which regularly breaks news and distributes it to over 15 million monthly readers. Patel also co-founded The Daily Caller News Foundation, a nonprofit news company that trains journalists, produces fact-checks and conducts longer-term investigative reporting. The Daily Caller News Foundation licenses its content free of charge to over 300 news outlets, reaching potentially hundreds of millions of people per month. To find out more about Neil Patel and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com

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17 Responses

  1. I like the valuable information you provide in your articles.

  2. The reason is cause illegals and the new immigrants come here and instead of learning English and our culture like they signed pledges too now they want their culture here their language ect. When you go to what you agreed to when you came here and defend America only then we will go back to America and little crime cause if it wasn’t yours our belonged to it you leave it the fuck alone. You don’t enter a house without people answering the door. If a neighbor has trouble you give them a hand. Other wise leave America and you don’t resist talking to law enforcement in a calm manner.

  3. I just saw where America’s #1 TV Show “Live PD” has been taken off A&E because of the hate generate by these marchers for George Floyd! This is insanity! Live PD is how many people actually get to see Police Officers in action while on the job from the mundane and boring to simply aggravating people to false complaints and your typical BS calls to the truely dangerous work that Officers are required to undergo to protect their cities.

  4. You didn’t mention that many of these sheltered billionaires collectively own most or all of the main stream media from which we get nothing good, ever!

    1. BBC, DW or Sky News. not this anti American propaganda horse shit of the left dominating our air ways and pretending to be the conscience of U.S. and, all the while, fabricating facts and, at best, half truths. Boycott any and everything that sponsors their lies and deception’s. Let our boycott kill them off!

  5. If you are upset by shows you like being taken off there is a solution. Stop watching the network that shut down your shows. If you have cable cancel your subscription. If enough people do this you will see a change.

  6. Super-regretfully, on what basis do you say: “The problem we have in our country is there is no moral authority of any standing on the left or the right who can effectively stand up and say stop.” You imply “the left” and “the right” have to be considered as perfectly equal. It’s true that neither of them are ‘perfect,’ but, they cannot be considered the same! E.g.: by using what “moral authority” have the W.J. Clinton – H.R. Clinton family become multi-millionaires while being politicians? What about the multi-fold-enriching of Al Gore? People like that have behaved as the ex-leaders of the collapsed European communist countries; the only difference is that those had large accounts in Swiss banks while ‘the US leftists’ have their acquired money from the government in their own country. __The present corruption of the US government via the ‘deep state’ and including the FBI and CIA is populated mostly by people with leftist orientations! You are beyond myopic if you don’t see and mention that! People with suck a mentality as yours appear to be part of the cause of United States’ present problems! If you want the US to change, please point to the most important issues and processes! __Furthermore, the present lawlessness has started with the acquittal of Pres. Clinton by the Senate after lying under the oath! That has set a ‘popular’ precedent of ignoring and disrespecting the laws and implicitly the authorities, and that trend is being continued and manifested in todays riots! All actions have consequences!

    1. I agree with your comment Dorus…I believe when the general public begins to see Justice being served from the top echelon down through the lower courts, the people will regain trust in the system of Law and Order in our Republic. This has to start by prosecution of ALL corruption and crime. There should be NO ONE above the law!!! How can we, as regular citizens have faith in the system when we see all that is going on in our government? Drain the Swamp!!!!! Prosecute, prosecute, prosecute!! Then maybe, order will be preserved. God bless America!

  7. I love living in my area. We have a lot of great Mexican people who work. They are for Trump.
    We were not hit by the riots but we have on going crime because Governor Nuisance released felons and the riot people. Cut funds for Law Enforcement.
    It’s a state that doesn’t believe in protection of public schools. Law Enforcement lost funds for security on campus. They want to take away parents rights to home schools and Christian schools.

  8. I agree with your comment Dorus…I believe when the general public begins to see Justice being served from the top echelon down through the lower courts, the people will regain trust in the system of Law and Order in our Republic. This has to start by prosecution of ALL corruption and crime. There should be NO ONE above the law!!! How can we, as regular citizens have faith in the system when we see all that is going on in our government? Drain the Swamp!!!!! Prosecute, prosecute, prosecute!! Then maybe, order will be preserved. God bless America!

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