Christopher Ingraham of the Washington Post captures the sorrows of Baltimore with this striking datum:
Fifteen Baltimore neighborhoods have lower life expectancies than North Korea. Eight are doing worse than Syria.
It is bad and we’ve known that for a long time. But if The Wire didn’t make the point emphatically enough, the recent riots certainly should have. But agreement on just how dire conditions are is about all we are likely to get, especially in this political year. One where, incidentally, one of the candidates was actually mayor of that city not very long ago. That will be a tough record to run on but never doubt the creativity of a major American politician.
Baltimore has been a project of the Democratic party political class for years now. It schools (and teachers unions) are lavishly funded. But it has failed to the point where a child born in one of the city’s neighborhoods:
...could expect to die 20 years earlier than another kid who simply had the good fortune of being born just a few miles up the road from you. For Baltimore's poorest, that's the reality they're living in.
When guests at a North Korea Freedom Week dinner in Northern Virginia learned the Korean-American pastor at our table led a Maryland church, they immediately asked about the situation in Baltimore. It was May 1, and National Guard troops had been deployed to the city three days earlier to help quell the unrest sparked by the death of a man in police custody. The pastor let out a deep sigh before responding. A few members of his congregation had lost everything.
A Maryland prosecutor announced charges will be filed against police officers in the death Baltimore man Freddie Gray:
"The findings of our comprehensive, thorough and independent investigation coupled with the medical examiner's determination that Mr. Gray's death was a homicide, which we received today, has led us to believe that we have probable cause to file criminal charges," said the state's attorney.
There’s a small group of potential Republican presidential candidates you don’t hear much about, though they speak at events along with better-known candidates. They don’t have exploratory committees or campaign staffs. They’re one-man bands. But what they do have are impressive records. This group includes John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, ex-Virginia governor Jim Gilmore—and Robert Ehrlich, the former governor
Two decades ago, Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam lamented that we “bowl alone.” This week, two teams played baseball alone.
Baltimore’s empty stadium as a metaphor for our national travails is almost too obvious: It suggests a city huddling in fear. Civic institutions without civic participation. Families hollowed out. A society emptied of conviction. A political order separated from its citizens. A civilization lacking defenders.
At a Manhattan fundraiser yesterday (as noted by The Hill), potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke of the rioting in Baltimore by invoking a theme of the Obama administration: the need for reform of the criminal justice system.