Thank you to our friends at The Right Scoop for this. Yes, “shocking” sounds sensationalist. Sadly, to the left it’s now shocking for a celebrity to provide well-reasoned responses to cultural issues, especially if it goes against the leftist cool-kids-club grain. Charles Barkley is consistently one of those people, and spoke recently about the Baltimore riots.
This is why it’s a bad idea to go Defcon 5 anytime someone on TV says something you don’t agree with. For example, we’re sure some of you will point out Charles Barkley’s comments on the Indian Religious freedom bill. If we’re serious about fixing problems in this country, we need to be okay with agreeing only some of the time, find a way to work together, and be okay with disagreeing on other issues all the while.
Barkley reaches a lot more people than most Republican candidates do. Starting off with “let’s wait for facts to come and not condemn all cops” instead of “they’re guilty because I saw something on TV” can serve to open up an actual honest dialogue about police brutality.
Automatically absolving police of any wrong doing while retweeting pictures of rioters rioters all day to tell people “see, my opinion is right” might make that dialogue a little more difficult. The fact is… we don’t know the facts. The Conservative thing to do, is to wait for them, and to support due process. That’s what Barkley is saying here. Take notes.