American Values Group Urges President Obama to Address Urban Beach Weekend Chaos

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The events of Urban Beach Weekend certainly have Miami Beach locals talking, but is it really an incident that the President of the United State needs to address? Gary Bauer, president of social conservative group American Values and a former Republican presidential candidate, sure thinks so, and is urging President Barack Obama to speak up.

Bauer is a former adviser to President Reagan and former president of the controversial Family Research Council. He also ran for president in 2000, and now heads his own social conservative group, American Values.

Taking Matt Drudge's racial flame stoking lead, Bauer has decided to group isolated incidents involving African American youth over the weekend and lump them together into some sort of manufactured crisis.

Here's an excerpt of a letter Bauer sent out yesterday to "Friends & Supporters":
I didn't comment on this yesterday because I wanted to gather more information, but I was stunned by many of the headlines I read in the past 24 to 48 hours. On the day of remembrance set aside to commemorate the sacrifice of so many U.S. veterans throughout our history, many American cities were the scenes of mob violence.

Riots broke out on the beaches of Long Island, New York, Carson Beach in South Boston, Massachusetts, Miami, Florida, and Charlotte, North Carolina, among other places. In each case, large urban crowds, drunken mobs and gangs engaged in random violence. ...

The president of hope and change has turned a blind eye to this urban chaos. I urge President Obama to speak up. He needs to remind urban youth that while other young Americans are risking their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is unacceptable for thugs here to spread terror in our cities.
Let's get a couple of things straight. Whatever happened in Miami Beach this weekend was not a "riot." It was also not a "warzone" or "siege" as some locals have described it. It was a poorly planned party weekend that got out of hands at time and led to some incidents of violence. Using loaded, over-dramatic language doesn't do anyone any favors.

Second of all, Bauer, many of these events have existed for year, and get out of hand every year. Violence and crime has been worse during Urban Beach Weekend before, like, for example, the years President Bush was in office. No one ever asked him to address it, though.

These are also all local issues that are completely unrelated and don't really need to be addressed together as some sort of indication of a disturbing national crises. It certainly doesn't help localities trying to deal with their own individual incidents during the weekend by lumping them all together and adding misinformed fuel to already high flames.

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randrand run
randrand run

PRESIDENT OBAMA IS N-O-T GOING TO LOOK FOR ISSUES IN SOUTH FLORIDA TO BECOME EMMESHED IN-HE HAS SHAKY GROUND ECONOMICALLY HERE-WHICH HE HAS TO GIVE THE "QUICK-STEP" AROUND, AND A POLITICAL HOT POTATO IS NOT TO HIS LIKING WHEN HE HAS TO CARRY SOUTH FLORIDA, AND THE CONSERVATIVE PART OF THE STATE (OFTEN DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSED IN POLITICS) TO GAIN ANY TRACTION FOR HIS REELECTION BID TO THE WHITE HOUSE. FLORIDA IS A CRITICAL SWING STATE-AND HIS LITTLE CURLY-HAIRED PET PIT-BULL, WASSERMAN-SHULTZ, DOES NOT NEED TO BE PUT IN THE POSITION OF DOING DAMAGE-CONTROL SPIN-DOCTORING OVER "THUGGA-BUGGA" TYPE ISSUES! PLATES ARE FULL FOR AGENDAS-LOOK ELSEWHERE FOR SUPPORT!

100 shots?
100 shots?

100 shots?I am disappointed more black gangsters weren't killed.

Only 1 dead? At least it's a start.

magic
magic

Its on us, to make a difference first wuthin ourselves and then outside ourselves

magic
magic

Are y'all for real. The president didn't do anything when bp spilled oil in our water. Do you really think he cares at all about urban beach weekend.

Guest
Guest

Either the New Times needs a new copy editor, or this writer needs to actually read the article after writing it. It is hard to take this writers argument seriously with so many errors.

JS Mateo
JS Mateo

While I'm not usually the type to agree with any organization that claims to support conservative values. Urban Weekend was a disaster and needs to be either reigned in or stopped. If you cannot visit a place without trashing it or terrorizing its citizens then you should not be welcomed in that place. The issue isn't that the majority of the crowd was black, the issues that the majority of the crowd are THUGS, plain and simple. i can assure you if it were a Black Family Gospel Weekend there would be NO issue. Get real and get off your high horse.

Reginald Tookes
Reginald Tookes

Everyday i turn on the news its the same old headline " UNARMED BLACK MAN KILLED BY HISPANIC POLICE OFFICER IN MIAMI " but i bet you wont ask Obama to look into that !!! This city is so  corrupt and racist against blacks or anything related to  blacks that its starting to make my stomach hurt.

Marquez
Marquez

Mr. Munzenrieder,

While you make excuses for the violence and lack of respect displayed by the tourists this weekend to our beautiful city, let me remind you that a seige is when I do not feel comfortable taking my kids on a walk or bike ride because I do not want to expose them to lap dances occurring on the street and on top of cars or be called a cracker or a faggot. What occurred on the Youtube video of the shooting looked just like a scene from baghdad. So please stop making excuses for Urban Beach Week and saying Obama does not need to address it because it was worse under Bush. Lets get this straight sir, do not inject racism and accuse drudge of it. Stop making excuses for the these people that visit during this weekend and hopefully the President does speak on it and inject some hope and a sense of self respect for  his race that has taken a hit during this past weekend. Your politically correct attitude will be the downfall of this nation.

randrand run
randrand run

I HEARD MY MAMMA CRY-I HEARD HER PRAY THE NIGHT THAT SOBE DIED---!

Konnyrox
Konnyrox

So you're telling me that you'd only like to see black gangsters killed? Because all others of different races are fine? Mobsters/mafia; they're all alright with you? Get yourself together; you sound like an ignorant child.

There is no denying that this is at least in part a racial issue; anyone who says otherwise is afraid of being called out on how racially aware they are. But comments like yours, '100 shots?' are more ignorant, blindly fed, and insipid than the actions of those black gangsters you wish death upon.

Way to preserve the ideals of humanity. Idiot.

randrand run
randrand run

MAGIC-OBAMA IS IN WARDROBE MAKE-UP RIGHT NOW-HAVING A TOUGH TIME DECIDING JUST WHAT COLOR TO PAINT HIS FACE FOR EACH AUDIENCE!

Marquez
Marquez

He was armed and tried to run over cops with a vehicle which also makes that a deadly weapon. Stop making it a racial issue.

Shaford80
Shaford80

"His Race" are u serious? I hope you are referring to the human race!! Because their were just as many whites,Hispanics on sobe memorial weekend. With their foolery. Mr. President has more important things to worry about..like our economy!!!

Sblocal
Sblocal

while I agree with your statements regarding UBW, I feel like you are unaware of what a siege is and how to spell it. that being said, UBW does suck for SB locals and creates an intimidating atmosphere. while the president has absolutely no place discussing petty crime and violence, local officials should take this opportunity to reevaluate the wants and needs of their now vocal constituency. let's do our best to keep partisan politics out of this situation.

randrand run
randrand run

but-but-but-to many bullets were fired by to many cops-and innocent bystanders got hurt! Maybe the cops needs reeducating in crowd tactics with deadly force-and don't get me even started with the city's outsourced security guards, or my chest will pop open bloody and an ugly space alien will pop out flailing tentacles and scream shrill noises!

Marquez
Marquez

You must be color blind

Marquez
Marquez

If you want to talk about a "Siege" in the Military form then no of course it isnt, but maybe we need to bring in the national guard next time to control the chaos. Thank you for pointing out my misspelling and letting the journalist get off scott free with his numerous errors.

Sblocal
Sblocal

It's the New Times, I expect errors. 

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