America’s Newest Hero, David Clarke
He’s in the news everywhere and conservatives are falling all over themselves in adulation.
The American Thinker is “a daily internet publication devoted to the thoughtful exploration of issues of importance to Americans.” And lately it’s been thinking — quite fondly — of Milwaukee’s own David Clarke.
“Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke tells it like it is. He’s a stellar reminder of what true leadership looks like and what it means to uphold the rule of law. It is a relief to hear someone speak with such honesty and candor,” the publication has trumpeted.
Then there is the East Valley Tribune, the “community-focused local newspaper” in Tempe, Arizona, which begins its story about Clarke with a veritable sense of awe. “Something happens when courage shows up with a microphone. Hope sets in and America stands taller,” the newspaper declares. Clarke, the paper suggests, would make a good candidate for the highest office in the land: “One can’t help but wonder if our next president should be an American sheriff. A leader who really is transparent. Something to think about as our black fellow citizens learn more every day why certain of their role models need to take a hike.”
But no one seems to love Clarke more than Fox News, where he gets interviewed all the time. Clarke has condemned former Attorney General Erik Holder for comments the latter made about the controversy in Ferguson, Missouri. He has lambasted activists like Al Sharpton and the Black Panther Party. He has accused New York Mayor Bill De Blasio of “irresponsible rhetoric” for his reaction to the death of a suspect by New York Police. He has charged that President Barack Obama’s call for calm in Ferguson was actually insincere and done with “a wink and a nod.” He has castigated Missouri’s Democratic governor Jay Nixon for not being aggressive enough handling violent protesters of a grand jury decision not to indict the police officer who killed Michael Brown.
The sheriff has blasted the Obama administration for the “divisive politics that the White House has been playing….You know… This fictitious war on women — pitting men against women; this fanning the flames of racial discord, pitting whites against blacks; this class warfare, the 1%, the rich, tax the rich, on and on and on is pitting American against American.”
He’s told America there is nothing holding back African Americans from succeeding. “We’ve come a long way in terms of improved race relations here in the United States. White society, I think, has done a credible job of trying to right those wrongs and realizing they can’t hold us back anymore. that we can only hold ourselves back.”
And of course, he’s declared that gun control doesn’t work and in fact, its supporters really don’t want to reduce gun violence: “For the anti-gun cabal, this is more about defeating a political adversary, the influential National Rifle Association, than it is about reducing gun violence.”
It’s remarkable how prescient Clarke is. He knows better than the governor of Missouri how to handle protestors, he knows better than the police in New York how to handle Eric Garner, who died in their custody, he knows better than Mayor De Blasio how to handle the controversy there.
Clarke also knows more than the countless big city police chiefs, who, following the example of New York City in the 1990s, which reduced crime dramatically, have used similar, data-driven methods to track and combat crime. That includes the Milwaukee Police Department, which he criticized for using that “data-driven crap” in a story in Politico magazine. That story’s photo was illustrated with a photo out of Clarke’s dreams: he was wearing a cowboy hat and sandwiched between an American Eagle and the American flag.
The story, written by Milwaukee free lancer and former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Tom Held, notes that it’s “No secret that Clarke, a former veteran of the Milwaukee Police Department, was not a fan of MPD Chief Ed Flynn—Clarke has been very publicly mulling a run for mayor, a job that would make him Flynn’s boss.”
Clarke worked as a Milwaukee police officer more than two decades ago, back in the dark ages of the department when it comes to data-driven enforcement. And of course, the sheriff’s department doesn’t really do any crime investigation. In a typical year, his department handles less than one-fifth of one percent of crime in Milwaukee County. The UWM campus police handle 12 times more criminals than the Sheriff’s Department. No wonder Clarke has so much time to do TV interviews.
Clarke’s solution for stopping crime? Simple, you just hire more police and get the money by cutting back services like libraries. The recommendation is in line with the long-time fiscally liberal way he has run the sheriff’s department. Fortunately for Clarke, no one at Fox or the American Thinker has asked him any questions about running a budget.
And we are indebted to Tom Held for revealing why Sheriff Clarke loves wearing that cowboy hat. “The cowboy look, he says, harkens back to his boyhood, when he sought to emulate his uncle, a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys.” Next we’ll hear he rides a horse because he loves the Indianapolis Colts.