By Jon Dougherty
(TNS) Under the guise and direction of former President Barack Obama, the Democrat Left began a campaign of propaganda and demonization against American police, claiming they are all racist bigots who would rather shoot (minorities) first and ask questions later.
The Obama Justice Department, when it wasn’t undermining the rule of law, letting Hillary Clinton off the hook for gross and serial violations of the Espionage Act, and plotting the “Russian collusion” hoax against the 2016 Trump campaign, waged a political, psychological, and cultural war against local police officers.
“I think [the Obama administration] continued appeasements at the federal level with the Department of Justice, their appeasement of violent criminals, their refusal to condemn movements like Black Lives Matter, actively calling for the death of police officers, that type of thing, all the while blaming police for the problems in this country has led directly to the climate that has made Dallas possible,â€ William Johnson, the executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations told Fox News in July 2016.
He was commenting on the ambush of Dallas PD officers by Micah Xavier Johnson, killing five and injuring nine others.
It was the culmination of years’ worth of cop demonization by Obama (beginning just a few months after his first inauguration), his first AG, Eric Holder, and his Justice Department, which essentially took over local departments accused of harboring racist cops.
But the movement to demonize U.S. police officers didn’t end when Obama left the White House. In fact, it has only picked up steam since.
Leftists are now not only continuing to propagandize against police officers, but they are openly, actively calling for “reforms” that include getting rid of the thin blue line altogether.
As Christopher Rufo of City Journal reported last week:
The latest call to action from some criminal-justice activists: â€œAbolish the police.â€ From theÂ streetsÂ of Chicago to the city council of Seattle, and in the pages of academic journals ranging from theÂ Cardozo Law ReviewÂ to theÂ Harvard Law ReviewÂ and of mainstream publications from theÂ Boston ReviewÂ toÂ Rolling Stone, advocates and activists are building a case not just to reform policingâ€”viewed as an oppressive, violent, and racist institutionâ€”but to do away with it altogether.
When I first heard this slogan, I assumed that it was a figure of speech, used to legitimize more expansive criminal-justice reform. But after reading the academic and activist literature, I realized that â€œabolish the policeâ€ is a concrete policy goal. The abolitionists want to dismantle municipal police departments and see â€œpolice officers disappearing from the streets.â€
One might dismiss such proclamations as part of a fringe movement, but advocates of these radical views are gaining political momentum in numerous cities. …
So, as a mental exercise, let’s assume for a minute that a major city — Seattle would probably be first since it is a growing hotbed of socialism — actually implements this incredibly stupid idea; what would happen? Would it ‘work?’
That depends on what your actual policy objective is.
Police abolitionists believe that they stand at the vanguard of a new idea, but this strain of thought dates to the eighteenth-century philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who believed that stripping away the corruptions of civilization would liberate the goodness of man.
What police abolitionists fail to acknowledge is the problem of evil.
No matter how many â€œrestorativeâ€ programs it administers, even a benevolent centralized state cannot extinguish the risks of illness, violence, and disorder. Contrary to the utopian vision of Rousseau and his intellectual descendants, chaos is not freedom; order is not slavery. In the modern world, civilization cannot be rolled back without dire consequences.
If anything like police abolition ever occurred, itâ€™s easy to predict what would happen next. In the subsequent vacuum of physical power, wealthy neighborhoods would deploy private police forces, and poor neighborhoods would organize around criminal gangsâ€”deepening structural inequalities and harming the very people that the police abolitionists say they want to help.
Utopian visions of ‘goodness’ and ‘fairness’ aside, it’s difficult to believe that advocates for abolishing police are not thinking things through. Sure, some of them are ideologues, but not all of them.
It doesn’t take a genius to understand how damaging police abolition would be to the social fabric of our nation. It would collapse — literally overnight — in many parts of the country.
Deaths would skyrocket. Looting and plundering would break out everywhere. No one would be safe.
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Chaos would ensue.
So again, what’s theÂ real goal of getting rid of police? RememberÂ Obama’s objective of “fundamentally transforming” our country?
From whatÂ to what?
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