Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and author of “Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective,” Thomas Sowell said that he likes Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal the most out of all the candidates in the GOP field on Tuesday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel.
When asked if there were any Republican presidential candidates that “grabs your attention the most, that you like the most?” Sowell answered, “I guess there are two. Governor Scott Walker, and Governor Bobby Jindal. And my main reason is that they have — they are people who have done things, and have had to take the responsibility for the consequences.”
Earlier, Sowell stated, “What’s painfully tragic already, and it’s going to get worse if it continues, is this notion that only black lives matter, because black lives are the ones that are being lost, more so than any other lives, in this great crusade against the police. Just the number of blacks killed, additionally, compared to last year, in Baltimore alone, is up by some amount far greater than the number of policemen killed.” And “about a decade ago, Heather MacDonald did a book called ‘Are Cops Racist?’ And she points out that after the demagogues come out, and they start trashing the police, and so on, the police pull back, and the net result is the criminal element then has a freer hand, and more blacks will be killed, than there were before. So I don’t know why you would keep going down that same road, when it produces these same results, again and again.”
Sowell also said the Black Lives Matter movement is “a movement which has its desire to have power and prominence, and logic doesn’t mean much to them. And I’m afraid that no lives really matter very much to them, if they can do this” after seeing a clip of Democratic presidential candidate former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley being booed for saying “All lives matter.”
Sowell added that President Obama has driven races further apart, because “It’s part of the whole political polarization. You’ve got to turn women again men, blacks against whites, workers against employers, the whole bit. Because that’s how you get more votes, and you try to convince as many people as possible that they’re victims. And that only by turning to them, can they be safe, because they’re — other people are their enemies. And this — to the extent that this works, there will be more votes.”
He also commented on the economic state of the United States, stating, “when you consider the factors involved, geographic, cultural, political, etc., demographic, there was never any rational basis for expecting even approximate equality of incomes. So, when we find that that’s the case, there’s no point going and looking for some special villain, because that’s the way it is. But that doesn’t mean that’s the way it has to be, because many things have along, many very poor people have risen to prosperity, and sometimes great prosperity.”
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