Many times the opinions expressed in our local periodicals evoke the thoughtful consideration of the ideas presented, as well as constructive debate of these ideas. However, the letter by Eugene F. Elander on Thursday presents some statements that must be challenged; not based on political affiliation, or on racial bias, or any reason other than the fact that the United States is a nation based on the rule of law.
Mr. Elander seems to suggest that the presidential election outcome in 2000 was altered by some racially motivated conspiracy to deprive minorities of their right to vote. Did all those voting machines get together and decide to leave “hanging chads” only on the ballots of minorities? No. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled based on their understanding of law.
Then Mr. Elander puts forth the notion that police now routinely kill innocent black people, even going so far as to use the term “assassinations.” I agree far too many blacks are being assassinated, but I would submit to Mr. Elander these “assassinations” are not by the hands of the police, but rather at the hands of criminals and abortion doctors.
Mr. Elander uses two highly publicized cases to make the argument that there has been a gross miscarriage of justice in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. He alleges that the prosecuting attorney in Ferguson, Mo., perjured himself before a grand jury. That is quite an accusation. However, in both cases, after hearing testimony from witnesses on both sides of the aisle, the grand jurors rendered verdicts, and that, whether or not you agree with those verdicts, is called law.
Lastly, Mr. Elander states that “there have been impressive and meaningful demonstrations” in the wake of these two cases. Yes, I saw the impressive and meaningful demonstrations on the news reports, through the smoky haze of the burning businesses and vehicles. I truly believe that the good Dr. King would have described these scenes as “lawless anarchy” rather than impressive and meaningful. I believe he would say, “May it come to pass, in the spirit of Christ, that one day in America the theme will become ‘All lives matter, black and white, born and unborn.’”
After all, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King believed in God’s law.
Steven David Smith