Crime is up dramatically in many large cities. People are scared. They’re scared to leave their homes, they’re scared of driving up on a riot, and they’re scared that if they call 9-1-1, there will be no one there to answer and offer help.
The last thing the country needs is fewer cops on the street.
Law enforcement is designed to serve and protect. They’ll serve by offering services that we need to deal with traffic accidents, mobs, and domestic violence. They’ll protect by ensuring that there are no threats to us.
That’s not how everyone views the police, however. The progressive “Squad” has struck again, and they have a new member to show how the idiocrasy in Capitol Hill is growing.
Representative Jamaal Bowman, a Democrat from New York wants to see a “dramatic reduction” in police instead of mass incarceration – and specifically, in poor communities.
Only 5% of policing is focused on violent crime. The other 95% can be handled by other agencies. In some cities, 40% of the entire budget goes toward policing.
We have to do something different and not allow Republicans to flip a talking point on its head. pic.twitter.com/Mr9sSOp0wF
— Jamaal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) December 3, 2020
So, as crime is surging, he’d rather reduce the number of police in the areas. So, if crimes do happen, it can do so rampantly without sending anyone to jail.
Well, that’s a bad idea. How does he expect criminals to pay for what they have done? How does he expect citizens to feel safe if there is no deterrent to stop criminal behavior?
Bowman is one of the many on the far-left that have decided not to listen to Obama’s advice of dropping the “defund the police” phrasing. Obama believes that the slogan alienates too many voters.
So, Bowman and others have drawn a line in the sand. There is the Democratic Party, but really, there are two parties within the party. There are the moderates like Obama and then there are the far-left progressives like Bowman, Ilham Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and many others.
There’s a problem with the divide, too. The Squad members are young, social media warriors that have a significant amount of energy behind them. They don’t like what the country has become and they’ll keep going until there’s a full revolution.
Bowman tries to explain the “defund the police” slogan saying that it’s not about abolishing the police but about drastically reducing their funding. He believes that there’s too much money going into law enforcement and not enough money going into the communities in order to support the poor.
Just like much of what the Squad says, however, there are problems with his data and with his way of thinking. Bowman says that when the black and brown communities have needed jobs, America brought police and a system of mass incarceration instead.
The U.S. has always been the land of opportunity. In every single city and state, you can see people of color as mayor, governor, Representative, and Senator. There are people of color serving as doctors and lawyers. Schools offer scholarships. Schools offer vocational training.
Anyone who wants to apply themselves can leave their low-income lifestyle and change their life.
Those who deal with incarceration have broken laws. It has nothing to do with being poor and everything to do with choosing an “easier” way of overcoming problems. It’s easier to steal than it is to get a job.
Bowman says that black and brown people have a higher chance of being killed by the police – but even that data is skewed. Statista identifies the number of people shot to death by the police across the United States by race, year after year. Each year, there are nearly double the number of white people being shot than black.
Anyone who breaks the law and resists arrest can be shot by the police. It’s as simple as that.
The ‘Defund the Police’ movement is designed to create a divide in the country as well as within the Democratic Party. It’s all about trying to give the black and brown communities more for less. Those that are poor are poor due to the choices they make. Anyone below a certain income has access to Medicare, Welfare, Section 8 housing, and more.
There are choices, and the only thing the Squad wants to do is allow crimes to happen simply to avoid police brutality. Try this on for size: don’t break the law and you don’t have to worry about being shot by the police.