Sunday, September 16, 2007

Eugene Kane: Slut a wheezeball!

Eugene Kane, Milwaukee's leading "victim mentality" proponent, is at it again, this time coming up with an oddball comparison of Iraq and Milwaukee's central city:

http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=662290

Of particular note is this Kane comment:

Most people seem more willing to accept the complexity involved in solving the conflict in a place like Iraq than to accept the difficult nature of solving problems of crime and violence in Milwaukee. As a consequence, the good people on the front lines of violence in Milwaukee's central city never get as much credit - or as much support - in their struggle as ordinary citizens in Iraq have received from the U.S. government.

The good people in Iraq don't get blamed for not being able to eliminate the violence all by themselves; instead, for four years now we've tried to give them all the help they needed to get a handle on the problem.

Perhaps that's something we should start trying to do for our own freedom fighters over here.

In case he's missed it, almost every time there's a murder or some other act of nonsense in the central city, the TV stations have interviews with neighbors lamenting the rise of crime in their community. These folks are good people trying to do the right thing.

In case he's missed it, people have been trying to help but the real help must come from within.

Where Eugene is wrong is that he fails to recognize that just as the United States can't solve Iraq's internal problems nobody can do as good of a job of cleaning up the central city of Milwaukee as the people who live there

I've repeatedly said it here: this is an initiative that starts person-by-person, house-by-house, block-by-block. Maybe things will change when thousands of central city residents band together and send the visible message that crime is no longer welcome in the neighborhood. Maybe things will change when they march on city hall and demand action. Maybe things will change when they stop making excuses for such slimeballs as the Michael McGees and others who seek to play the race card for their own profit and demand accountability from these politicians.

People could send me dozens of free health club memberships but I won't lose any weight unless I diet and exercise. The rest of the community can't do that for me.

Pouring money and resources on a problem doesn't necessarily solve it -- that's the lesson we should have learned from Iraq. The change has to start from within.

But that reality -- among others -- escapes Eugene Kane and other purveyors of the "victim mentality."

Slut a bunch of wheezeballs!

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