We’re back to the hypocrisy sweepstakes, where gestures of virtue are as formalized as kabuki. Humor has been assassinated. An off word at work or school will get you booted to the gallows. This is the graveyard of liberalism, whose once noble ideals have turned spectral and vampiric.
While Wreckers – people who lured ships unto maritime hazards in order to loot the resulting wrecks – seem to be simply a maritime myth, Wreckers do exist; they’re real; they go by the name of Democrats. And it’s the great ship, America that they seek to run aground and plunder.
This is what happens when one political party realizes that large swaths of their constituencies either are- or support and identify with criminals, and even more enable and/or pander to those sorts. It becomes a job necessity to destroy law and order and to resort to Vote By Riot political means.
I’m not going to sugarcoat anything. I’m glad Justice Ginsburg is gone. While I don’t rejoice in her death – She was never that bad of a person – I’m very glad she’s no longer poisoning the SCOTUS with her well-written but piss-poor, agenda-driven opinions.
Frankly, Justice Ginsburg was, proper jurisprudence-wise, the worst judge in the current SCOTUS. Only her counterpart, the late Justice Scalia came close to matching her failings to place the law above personal opinion. Hence, her passing is a boon to America in my opinion.
And no, none of this detracts from Ginsburg’s historical significance. She was the 2nd woman appointed to the Court and the first Jewish woman – and only the 2nd Jew – to be so appointed. Yet, that significance is solely identity-based and, thus suspect.
So no; I don’t in any way lament Ginsburg passing since it was the only way she’d leave the Court.
NOTE:To those sorts who would attack me over this post: I have a solid background the law, some of which was in a professional capacity, and actually regularly read SCOTUS and Appellate Court opinions. If you can’t argue in that arena, best you just shut up and move along.
If you can do so, however, bring it on! A robust, even vitriolic, debate upon the specifics, nature, purpose, and fundamental basis of law in America is part and parcel to this “Grand Experiment” which is our nation.
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has declared New York City, along with Portland and Seattle, as “Anarchist Jurisdictions” due to their local governments having permitted violence and destruction of property to persist and having refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activities within their borders.
[sic] … in New York City, city officials have allowed violence to spike. In late May and early June, State and local officials allowed looting to take place for over a week, resulting in damage to an estimated 450 businesses. As of August 16, there have been 896 shootings in New York this year, compared to 492 shootings during the same period last year. The shooting victims include children as young as 1 year old. Shootings have been rising in recent weeks, and police reported 244 shootings last month compared to 88 in July 2019 — a 177 percent increase. While violence has surged, arrests have plummeted. In a 28-day period during the months of June and July, arrests were down 62 percent from the same period in 2019. Amidst the rising violence, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council agreed to cut one billion dollars from the New York Police Department (NYPD) budget, including by canceling the hiring of 1,163 officers. In June, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea disbanded the NYPD’s plainclothes anti-crime units, which target illegal guns and violent crime. Police officials have cited this decision as a factor contributing to the rise in violence. In light of this unconscionable rise in violence, I have offered to provide Federal law enforcement assistance, but both Mayor de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo have rejected my offer.
This isn’t just idle words either. De Blasio’s outright refusal to maintain law and order and his and his family’s outright, over support for the race rioters of #BlackLivesMatter may well cost NYC more than $7 billion federal grant monies in fiscal 2021 alone. That would be approximately 7.5% of the NYC government’s total expected revenues. And that will be coming on top however much damage the Blacks and their enablers end up costing the city and the $9 billion loss in tax revenue the city faces due to de Blasio’s and Cuomo’s response to COVID-19.
Those of us living in NYC will soon see just how much de Blasio, Cuomo, and their constituencies in #BlackLivesMatter, #Antifa, and other Democrat cells have cost us. The director of the Office of Management and Budget has 30 days to issue guidance to federal agencies on restricting eligibility for federal grants for the cities on the DOJ’s list.
Yes, the wolves are in the fold. They came in wearing sheep’s’ clothing while we manned the gates, ready for an enemy not of our own blood.
And wolves in sheep’s clothing is exactly what those “moderate” Liberals who engage in logical-seeming, safe-sounding apologetics for #BlackLivesMatter and #DefundThePolice are. They are simply trying to convince people that “nobody wants to remove law enforcement. They just want to make things better for everyone.”
OK, to be fair, I might be giving some of them too much credit. Some number of these sorts are probably Useful Idiots rather than wolves in sheep’s clothing.
One need only look to the rest of the rhetoric and manifestos of those who want to reduce police presence to see that all these apologetics are lying or deluded. The goal, never particularly hidden, is to curtail, reduce, or largely eliminate law enforcement in America.
And none of the above even takes into account that their supposed premise is already long-proven to be unsustainable.
An Unsustainable Premise For The Big Lie
One of, possibly the key, pillars of #DefundThePolice’s agenda is that Law Enforcement should not “be tasked” with dealing with situations that are better handled by- and more clearly under the purview of social services. And, honestly, this is very logical-sounding; it’s completely intuitive. It’s also so completely unsustainable as to be false.
I hail from a state where this was already put in place decades ago. It failed. It didn’t take that long before, due to the dangers encountered, social services – Health & Rehabilitative Services (HRS) in that state – refused to send operatives out on most calls without a police escort.
Simply put, after a few were injured and at least one killed, HRS decided rightly that responding to such calls was not really their job since they didn’t have the training to deal with what they might encounter.
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