Michael Shannon, 7/15/2015 [Archive]

Why White Lives Don't Matter to Obama

By Michael Shannon

It's been very quiet at the Steinle house over the past two weeks. After Kathryn's funeral on July 9th, foot traffic tapered off, although condolences continue to arrive. There were calls from the media and assorted politicians eager to cover their behinds, but the one call that never came was from the 202 area code.

And that's strange, because Kathryn Steinle was another victim of an encounter with law enforcement that went very, very bad. Yet Barack Obama, the nation's most visible chief of police, has yet to call the family or make any statement regarding her death.

Maybe if Kathryn had tried to wrestle the .40 caliber handgun away from the Bureau of Land Management "agent" who owned it, instead of being shot with the gun by an illegal alien, the incident might have attracted attention at the White House.

It sure worked for Michael Brown.

If she had been arrested and died struggling with officers, or had been arrested and managed to fatally injure herself during the transport to jail, the name Kathryn Steinle might have popped up on the administration's Media Exploitation Selection System (MESS).

But somehow this white woman has been overlooked.

Barack Obama — AKA Dr. Concern — made his initial Michael Brown statement two days after Brown was killed trying to take a police officer's gun. The president mentioned him in a State of the Union address. Brown came up in a Chicago speech on immigration reform. The College Opportunity Summit was another opening to mention Brown and express concern. And Obama took time to made another national statement after the grand jury no—billed the officer involved in Brown's death.

Eric Garner died resisting arrest in New York City and he made a State of the Union address and the College Summit, too. Obama also included Garner in a speech to the Tribal Nations Conference possibly because Garner died selling illegal cigarettes and the tribes also do a booming business in no—tax tobacco. When another grand jury no—billed police in the Garner case, Obama made another national announcement.

Finally, when Freddie Gray died while being transported in a police van, Obama interrupted a news conference with a surprised Japanese prime minister to give his incomparable opinion on that local law enforcement controversy.

There was also a visible and high—level administration presence at some funerals. Strong—arm robber Michael Brown rated Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson, along with Marlon Marshall and Heather Foster at his funeral. Johnson and Foster were later joined at the Freddie Gray funeral —a frequent violator with over 20 criminal cases filed against him — by Elian Alcantara. Kathryn Steinle — an innocent woman out for a stroll with her father — didn't get so much as a Mylar balloon or a gently—used teddy bear from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

And as for follow—up by swarms of Department of Justice officials and FBI agents, as happened in Ferguson and Baltimore, don't hold your breath.

Obama may have told the Brown family "Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time," but the Steinle family is getting good government.

Why the difference? Brown, Garner and Gray died as a result of local cops enforcing laws or policies that Obama thinks are used to keep blacks, other than his own wonderful self, down. Steinle died as a result of federal and local cops enforcing policies Obama initiated.

Catch—and—release illegal alien edicts and "sanctuary cities" are building blocks of the Obama open borders mentality. The Obama administration sued the state of Arizona for trying to enforce immigration laws on its own. It can hardly go after San Francisco or its Keystone Sheriff for ignoring immigration law. That would send the wrong message to the ethnic tribalists and the lawncare industrial complex.

With a presidential election on the horizon, Obama doesn't want to do anything that might reduce the "Viva Obama" mentality among the 25 percent of Mexico's population that currently resides here or the rest of the South and Central American illegals living the "dream" by creating a nightmare for taxpayers. Even if doing so does help Hillary.

Three of the four dead would be alive today if they had just obeyed police until they arrived at the station. That solution wouldn't work for Steinle because it was lack of law enforcement that contributed to her death.

To Obama and the rest of his administration, Kathryn Steinle is just an unfortunate instance of collateral damage on the road to a permanent Democrat majority.

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©Copyright 2015 Michael Shannon, distributed by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.

Michael Shannon is a commentator and public relations consultant, and is the author of "A Conservative Christian's Guidebook for Living in Secular Times." He can be reached at mandate.mmpr@gmail.com.

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