“the butt end of an ever-more militarized and aggressive surveillance state”

Speaking of baseball, a guy named Peter Angelos owns my favorite ball club — the Baltimore Orioles.  And as mentioned, I basically gave up on professional baseball because he was such a terrible owner who drove the team in to the ground for nearly two decades.

So color me impressed that his son, John Angelos, and COO of the team, wrote something fairly brilliant about the riots in Baltimore in the wake up the unexplained death of Freddie Gray:

“That said, my greater source of personal concern, outrage and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the acts, but is focused rather upon the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle class and working class jobs away from Baltimore and cities and towns around the U.S. to third-world dictatorships like China and others, plunged tens of millions of good, hard-working Americans into economic devastation, and then followed that action around the nation by diminishing every American’s civil rights protections in order to control an unfairly impoverished population living under an ever-declining standard of living and suffering at the butt end of an ever-more militarized and aggressive surveillance state.

The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance, and other abuses of the Bill of Rights by government pay the true price, and ultimate price, and one that far exceeds the importances of any kids’ game played tonight, or ever, at Camden Yards. We need to keep in mind people are suffering and dying around the U.S., and while we are thankful no one was injured at Camden Yards, there is a far bigger picture for poor Americans in Baltimore and everywhere who don’t have jobs and are losing economic civil and legal rights, and this makes inconvenience at a ballgame irrelevant in light of the needless suffering government is inflicting upon ordinary Americans.”

Rioting and violence is bad.  But it’s also a sign that far too many of our fellow citizens have nothing left to lose.

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