By Duncan Smith
Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time to Democrats or, at least, a great bandwagon to jump onto, this ‘defund the police’ insanity.
Turns out, however, that reality bites: People just don’t behave very well when they aren’t made to respect and follow the rules of civil society.
Now, Democrats who beat hasty feet to the ‘defund’ party are looking for the exits amid spikes in violent crime and murder in Democrat-run cities.
Democrats might have been elected by those seeking to defund the police last year, but now those elected officials are doing the opposite: funding the police to combat rising violent crime they expect to continue to rise into the summer.
“After months of ignoring ongoing crime in American cities, the president finally addressed the violence this week,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Friday, adding Republicans “will not defund the police. We will add more.”
President Joe Biden’s March coronavirus stimulus permitted federal funds to be used to fund police departments and the administration this week promoted that, according to the Director of White House Office of Public Engagement Cedric L. Richmond.
That comes as the White House is expecting the rising rates of violent crime to continue into the summer, an official told The Washington Post.
“Prominent voices on the left — including some of our colleagues — fanned the flames of a dangerously misguided experiment, and law-abiding Americans are paying the price,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor Thursday.
“‘Defund police’ is a phrase that I wish had never been uttered,” Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., the wife of a sheriff, told the Post. “We’ve got to do a better job of talking about what we do want to do.”
Moderate Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., now one of the more critical voices for the party amid a 50-50 Senate, tweeted: “Defund the police? Defund, my butt.”
A civil society won’t remain civil without men and women whose job it is to enforce the rules. That’s just the way it is, and Democrats are relearning why it’s vital not to let Marxist lunatics like AOC decide the party’s agenda.
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