One shocking thing about the situation in Ferguson is how quickly local authorities got yanked from positions of leadership. Another is the "credibility" that some commentators accord demagogues like Sharpton, Jackson, and Shabazz. Moreover, where has this Federal government excelled in discharging the powers it rightly has, let alone the new ones it claims it must exercise? One right mess, as summer nears a close. So perhaps we should draw breath, relax, and try to think clearly for a change. Elements in this tune are worth considering carefully.