FoxNews.com reports that
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki accused Republicans of being the party of defunding the police on Monday — after “Defund the Police” became a rallying cry of progressive activists in 2020 and damaged Democrats’ appeal with moderate voters.
Republicans voted against President Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which was signed in March, even though it included $350 billion for state and local governments that could be used for local police.
“Something one of the advisers said this weekend, Cedric Richmond, he said Republicans defunded the police by not supporting the American Rescue Plan,” Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Psaki on Monday. “But how is it that that is an argument to be made when the president never mentioned needing money for police to stop a crime wave when he was selling the American Rescue Plan?”
“Well, the president did mention that the American Rescue Plan, the state and local funding, something that was supported by the president, a lot of Democrats who supported and voted for the bill, could help ensure local cops were kept on the beat in communities across the country. As you know, [it] didn’t receive a single Republican vote. That funding has been used to keep cops on the beat,” Psaki said.
“At the time, it was sold that local police departments might have pandemic-related budget shortfalls, not we need to keep cops on the beat because there’s a crime wave,” Doocy said.
“I think that any local department would argue that keeping cops on the beat to keep communities safe when they had to, because of budget shortfalls, fire police is something that helped them address crime in their local communities,” Psaki said, later adding that “it was a pretty good bill and piece of legislation.”
Biden advisor Cedric Richmond railed against Republicans on “Fox News Sunday.”
“Let’s talk about who defunded the police. When we were in Congress last year trying to pass a rescue plan — I’m sorry, not the rescue plan but an emergency relief plan for cities that were cash-strapped and laying off police and firefighters — it was the Republicans who objected to it. And in fact, they didn’t get funding until the American Rescue Plan, which our plan allowed state and local governments to replenish their police departments and do the other things that are needed,” Richmond said.
“So look, Republicans are very good at staying on talking points of who says defund the police, but the truth is, they defunded the police, we funded crime intervention, and a whole bunch of other things,” he added.
More than seven in 10 voters think crime is on the rise nationally amid a backdrop of escalating crime rates in major American cities and FBI warnings for local law enforcement to prepare for increases over the summer.
That’s according to a Fox News poll released on May 26 and conducted May 22-25. The poll found that compared to last year, majorities think crime is increasing both nationally (73 percent say there is “more” crime), as well as in their local communities (54 percent).
Republicans (83 percent) are more likely than independents (73 percent) and Democrats (62 percent) to say crime is up. Equal proportions of Hispanics (75 percent), Blacks (74 percent) and Whites (72 percent) think crime has risen nationally compared to last year.
One year following the death of George Floyd and the intense nationwide protests and calls to defund police departments that followed, the poll shows most people have trust in law enforcement.
Seventy-two percent of registered voters have “a great deal” (36 percent) or “fair amount” (36 percent) of trust and confidence in police and law enforcement. Twenty-seven percent have “not very much” or “none at all” when it comes to confidence in those wearing the blue.
If the Far Left Democrats in the Biden Administration and Far Left Political Pundits think that average Americans will buy their BS that Republicans are the ones who want to defund the police, they have another thing coming.
The Far Left Democrats who wand to “Defund The Police” have lost their minds.
What are they going to do? Post “This is a Gun-Free Zone” signs all over their cities to discourage the criminals?
Tell all of the Gang Bangers to hand over their guns?
Anyway, where did this idea of “community policing” come from?
On July 2, 2008, Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama proclaimed in a speech:
“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set,” he said. “We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”
That part of Barack Hussein Obama’s political platform was quickly hidden away, never to be spoken of again.
At least, not openly.
As is my wont to do, I have been thinking back over Obama’s Imperial Presidency, and his statements concerning America’s Municipal Law Enforcement Organizations.
When issues involving law enforcement arose during his presidency, time and again, Obama came on the opposite side from every single local law enforcement organization.
Now, isn’t the President of the United States supposed to be on the side of Law and Order?
I know for a fact that the current one is not
Why did Obama not support local law enforcement?
It was because he wanted to build a National Municipal Law Enforcement Organization, under his command and the command of the Department of Justice.
Fast forward to today…
All of the cities and states which have experienced “trouble” with police departments happen to be Blue States with Democrats in charge of State and Municipal Governments.
Instead of relying on traditional police departments and the American System of Law and Order, Democrats want to have the power to circumvent the American System of Justice because of their issues in the past with it.
They believe that the death of ex-convict George Floyd, the ensuing riots and staged protests across the nation, and the conviction of Derek Chauvin have given them the excuse to attempt to defund police departments.
While it does appear that the accused officers acted improperly, just like Mr. Floyd did when he was still alive, they, like Chauvin, deserve their day in court.
And, just like a criminal such as George Floyd does not represent an entire race, neither do bad policemen represent an entire nation’s Law Enforcement Officers.
So, please allow me to end today’s post with the text of a classic narration by the late, great Paul Harvey titled “What is a Policeman?”
“A policeman is a composite of what all men are, I guess, a mingling of saint and sinner, dust and deity. What that really means is that they are exceptional, they are unusual. They are not commonplace. Buried under the froth is the fact, the fact is that less than one half of one percent of policeman misfit that uniform, and that is a better average than you’d find among clergymen.“What is a policeman?
“He of all men is at once the most needed, and the most wanted, a strangely nameless creature who is sir to his face and pig or worse behind his back. He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think he won, but, if a policeman is neat, he’s conceited, if he’s careless he’s a bum, if he’s pleasant, he’s a flirt, if he’s not, he’s a grouch.
“He must make instant decisions that would require months for a lawyer but if he hurries he’s careless, if he’s deliberate, he’s lazy. He must be first to an accident, infallible with diagnoses. He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints and above all, be sure the victim goes home without a limp.
“The police officer must know every gun, draw on the run and hit where it doesn’t hurt.
“He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without damaging his uniform, and without being brutal. If you hit him he’s a coward, if he hits you, he’s a bully. The policeman from a single human hair must be able to describe the crime, the weapon the criminal, and tell you where the criminal is hiding but, if he catches the criminal he’s lucky, if he doesn’t he’s a dunce.
“He runs files and writes reports until his eyes ache to build a case against some felon who will get dealt out by some shameless shamus. The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy, and a gentle man. And of course, he’ll have to be a genius, because he’ll have to feed a family on a policeman’s salary.”
To pretend like they have not been the ones attempting to defund our nation’s police departments while attempting to use the Republicans as scapegoats, proves just how desperate the Democrats have become.
Until He Comes,
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