This is the easiest blog I will ever write. All I am doing is putting up the segments of Hillary Clinton\’s “detailed policy address” about Baltimore (that\’s what CBS News calls it in the article I pulled them from)….and asking you to count up the number of cliches she uses.
Here they are. Happy counting.
“Yet again, the family of a young black man is grieving a life cut short. Yet again, the streets of an American city are marred by violence, by shattered glass and shouts of anger and shows of force. Yet again, a community is reeling, its fault lines laid bare and its bonds of trust and respect frayed. Yet again, brave police officers have been attacked in the line of duty. What we have seen in Baltimore should, I think does, tear at our soul.”
“Those who are instigating further violence in Baltimore are disrespecting the Gray family and the community. The violence has to stop.”
“We have to come to terms with some hard truths about race and justice in America There is something profoundly wrong when African American men are still far more likely to be stopped and searched by police, charged with crimes, and sentenced to longer prison terms than are meted out to their white counterparts. There is something wrong when a third of all black men face the prospect of prison at some point during their lifetimes.”
“We have allowed our criminal justice system to get out of balance, and these recent tragedies should galvanize us to come together as a nation to find our balance again.
“…federal funds for state and local law enforcement (should be) used to bolster best practices rather than to buy weapons of war that have no place on our streets.
“(Police body cameras) will improve transparency and accountability. It will help protect good people on both sides of the lens.
“One in every 28 children in our country now has a parent in prison. They\’re not there to look after their children or bring home a paycheck, and the consequences are profound. Without the mass incarceration that we currently practice, millions fewer people would be living in poverty.
“We need a true national debate about how to reduce our prison population while keeping our communities safe.
“I don\’t want the discussion about criminal justice, smart policing to be siloed…the conversation needs to be much broader, because that is a symptom, not a cause for what ails us today. We can\’t separate the unrest we see on our streets from the cycles of poverty and despair that hollow out those neighborhoods.”
So? How many did you come up with?
If you\’re under 15, you\’re not trying.