When I wrote about defunding police last week, I jumped on it fast because I thought an idea that insane would collapse under its own stupidity.
I underestimated the Looney Left. I forgot they pitch their tents in Wonderland, and now the Minneapolis City Council has voted to dismantle the police department and replace it with something called community-based strategies. The insanity didn’t just squeak through — it had 9 of 13 votes. (Note to Minneapolis Controller: Place order for 9 straitjackets.)
I have called it Russian Roulette and it was a bridge too far for even uber progressive Mayor Jacob Frey, who was driven from a rally under a torrent of boos when he refused to go along with the insanity. One protestor said the mayor was up for election next year, implying he would be beaten.
That may be true, if the City Council kills the police department quickly.
The population of Minneapolis is 429,606 now. How many sane voters will be left next year?
Imagine real estate listings:
3BR/2Bath rancher, with bulletproof portico in excellent neighborhood near riot sites. Mediocre schools. Sky-high taxes. No water and sewer, but near mental health facilities and safe injection sites. NO POLICE SERVICES. Best offer over $65.
There will be offers. Mostly from MS-13, but I can see a growth opportunity for gangs of all types. Why sell drugs when you can sell protection?
Lisa Bender, the president of the Minneapolis City Clowncil, was asked on CNN who you gonna call when someone is breaking into your home?
“I know that comes from a place of privilege,” she replied.
She messed up. Looney Lisa should has said it comes from a place of white privilege. She makes bumbling Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke seem like Nobel Prize winner Ralph Bunche.
Our City Council is not in full zany mode, but 14 of the 17 have called on Mayor Jim Kenney to rescind his planned modest increase to the Philadelphia Police Department. I haven’t found a “defund” statement yet, but I haven’t checked Helen Gym’s Facebook page. (I think I am blocked.) 😀
Trying to seduce Council — an image that nauseates — the mayor’s spokesman said the increase is a tiny 1.6% and Jim Kenney had signed an agreement with the cops for a one-year contract extension in May. (Kenney neglected to gain any concessions from the police union, because he trembles when facing live people, as opposed to statues.)
In any event, to further mollify Council, the police budget includes anti-racist training, body cameras, adding to the intelligence bureau and public safety officers in addition to small salary increases. Additional savings can be had by not buying any more bullets, the contract did not say.
Going national, guess which members of Congress are attracted to the idea of abolishing police departments?
No, not the Freedom Caucus, not even the Black Caucus. There is no White Caucus. That is called the Republican Party. 😀 (Apologies to S.C. Sen. Tim Scott.)
N.Y. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (who never fails to find new ways to express hate for her adopted country) both want to defund police. They don’t want police to enforce the laws they write.
Attention Citizens! The Looney Left plays games with language, omitting some words — like “illegal” before “immigrant” — and saying “defunded” doesn’t mean taking away funds. And hot means cold. High means low. Etc.
We will be led down the rabbit holes by libs parsing and explaining the meaning of “defund.” Bumper sticker phrases seldom make for intelligent policy and if your catch phrase has to be explained — you need a new catch phrase.
On Facebook I am already seeing nervous, sane Dems — who see the political danger in attacking police — claiming, nah, they don’t mean “defund.” It’s harder to deny “abolish the police,” you know, like they have been yelling about ICE. Reforming police is one thing. Replacing is quite another.
Reducing police resources, or redirecting some police resources are debates sensible people can have, but “defunding” or “abolishing” or “disarming” are positions so extreme even Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden put out a statement disavowing it.
Can we trust him to remain steady as Dems go into a convention which is heavily salted with its most screwy?
I’m not sure if we can, and I’m also not sure the rest of the Democrats can convince the rest of America that when it says “defund the police” it doesn’t mean “defund the police.”
That is their problem as they steam toward a November election that they should win, but won’t if they go full bore stupid.