The security guard will no doubt defend his actions as simply doing his job. What we saw was something else: racial stereotyping, pure and simple. The Castellini family has done an outstanding job of making Great American Ball Park a family-friendly place, and I’m sure they’d be the first to be appalled at this behavior. Maybe they need to help at least one member of the security staff understand that the park is an open and friendly place for everyone, not just the folks he thinks should be in the best seats.
Credit has long been thought of as a democratizing force. It enabled ordinary Americans to buy houses, cars and other amenities that had previously only been available to those with substantial capital. But over the last few decades, that process has been reversed. Financial irresponsibility is, of course, one of the things that drives a bad credit score. But so does unstable, low-skilled employment and a thin margin of financial error between you and the basics of American middle-class life. So what we’re seeing is a redistribution of benefits not just from the financially irresponsible to the financially responsible, but also from the labor market’s “have nots” to its “haves.”
Instead, in a breathtaking display of chutzpah compounded by ignorance, two Commissioners, Chris Monzel and Greg Hartmann, at the last minute concocted a back-of-napkin alternate scheme that even they can’t explain. And Monzel is not even sure he will vote for his own plan! How could this happen? We have ourselves to blame. By county voters too often voting by party label, we let the Republicans run knaves and fools, and discourage the Democrats from running anyone. (It’s not party-specific — other counties have the opposite problem.) So now we have a county government run by people with the intelligence of a soap dish and the fortitude of a mouse. Who, in turn, are influenced — some might say bullied — by the unelected Chris Finney (who just moved his office to Clermont County to take advantage of tax breaks he scorns for others), COAST and other assorted Mad Hatters opposed to the 21st century.
William Howard Taft didn’t want Americans to have to go on vacation alone. In 1910, he proposed giving American workers two to three months of paid vacation every year. The naturalist John Muir said better than compulsory schooling, the U.S. should consider compulsory vacationing. In 1938, Congress proposed the 40-hour work week, a minimum wage and two weeks of paid vacation. In both instances, the vacation proposals died.
Thus it seems likely that more than 200 blacks were killed after they had ceased fighting. Most eyewitness accounts of the massacre were written by Confederates, who saw the killings as something to boast of, consonant with the values of Southern society. Yet at every rank and in every Confederate unit there were also men who were appalled by the murders. Ultimately, moral responsibility for the massacre rests on Confederate leaders, whose racial polemics and military instructions gave official sanction to the motives for massacre, and not those of mercy.