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Paying Protection Money Has a Long History

Paying Protection Money Has a Long History
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By with Michael R. Shannon
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 11:25 AM Current | Bio | Archive

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we've proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.
It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
For fear they should succumb and go astray;
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
You will find it better policy to say: —
"We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,

And the nation that pays it is lost!”

Dane-Geld” by Rudyard Kipling

The city of Sacramento has decided it has a four-letter problem, although in this modern instance the word isn’t "Dane." Sacramento’s word is "gang." And along with the gangs comes violence, although in this instance Fox 40 follows the left’s semantic conventions, blaming deaths and injuries caused by humans on inanimate objects.

So the upheaval is blamed on “gun violence.” When the Danes were being paid off by English cities and towns it was “sword violence” but for bystanders it doesn’t matter which tool is being blamed for the havoc.

Gang violence is such a problem in the California capital that, “City leaders now plan to pay gang members $1.5 million for a cease-fire.” This is exactly how Middle Ages middle management handled the problem of Viking raiders pillaging the English coast. The Danes would be paid a negotiated sum and the town would be safe until the next year’s raiding season. For as Kipling points out above, “That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld, You never get rid of the Dane.”

Of course the wise solons in Sacramento aren’t calling the payment “Dane-geld,” although with current educational standards in California it’s doubtful anyone would know the origin of the word. The city council is calling the program “Advance Peace” a name as nonsensical as its goal.

Advance Peace is described thusly: “The program offers gang members cash stipends for graduating from school and generally staying out of trouble.” In other words the council is paying thugs to behave in a manner that law-abiding students do for free.

The plan was passed unanimously in the wake of a park shooting the weekend before. As a hopelessly naive Mayor Darrell Steinberg hyperventilated, “Let's get going on doing everything we can to save innocent lives.”

Like the Danes before them, it’s not going to take the gang-bangers long to figure out if all the violence stops then pretty soon the money will, too.

We think Allen Brown, a friend of the man murdered in the park, has the situation diagnosed correctly, “How's the vote going to change anything? It's up to the community to change. You know what I mean? It's just senseless.”

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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