In light of the George Floyd killing in Minneapolis, a disturbing number of prominent Democrats have issued calls to defund our nation’s police departments, which would lead to lawlessness, higher crime, incivility, and turmoil—obviously.
A veto-proof majority of the Minneapolis city council has already voted to dismantle the city’s police department as soon as possible. According to the Washington Times, U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called for the New York Police Department to be defunded. Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) “strongly supported Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s announcement that he is cutting $150 million from his city’s police budget.” Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, in an undoubted effort to “sound” more moderate, stated vaguely:
No, I don’t support defunding the police. I support conditioning federal aid to police based on whether or not they meet certain basic standards of decency and honorableness and, in fact, are able to demonstrate that they can protect the community and everybody in the community.
Those Democrats who do not support a complete dismantling of our nation’s police departments still seek major reforms. To that end, congressional Democrats recently proposed an overly broad police reform bill that would ban various law enforcement practices nationwide.
The ‘dismantle’ argument is short-sighted, naïve, and shows a shocking lack of understanding. To dismantle agencies filled with methodical training, operational strategies, and tried-and-true testing—in exchange for community-driven programs that have no experience in these areas—is a ridiculous sentiment at best.
Along with defunding, eliminating, or significantly restructuring our nation’s police departments, many on the Left also have their sights set on restricting or eliminating, Americans’ Second Amendment rights. This includes Joe Biden. As David Harsanyi pointed out recently in National Review:
Biden supports every single serious national effort to restrict gun rights, all of them part of a concerted effort to incrementally terminate civilian gun ownership in the United States. It’s all right there on his campaign issues page. When CNN asked Biden what he had to say to gun owners who claimed that “a Biden Administration means they’re going to come for my guns,” he answered, “Bingo, you’re right if you have an assault weapon.”
The AR-15—the semi-automatic rifle Biden wants to confiscate—has never been illegal. The rifle was owned by civilians even before the military iteration, M-16, was ever adopted. Today it is the most popular rifle in America, rarely used in any criminal behavior, and clearly meeting every criterion of legality laid out in Heller.
Biden is not alone in his sentiment. Other Democrats have called for major restrictions on Americans’ Second Amendment rights.
On top of all that, some Democrats also sat quietly during the recent riots that left American cities in flames and led to the deaths of many innocent Americans, including police officers and bystanders. Arguably worse, members of Biden’s campaign contributed to a fund to bail out rioters. Fancy that! In effect, the Democratic Party advocates eliminating police forces and Americans’ right to self-defense, while turning criminals loose—so long as they promise to serve the Democrats’ agenda. Good luck with that.
Along similar lines, Democrats also promote open borders. Peter Kirsanow offers this description of Biden’s immigration platform:
He would cease construction of the border wall, cease deportations entirely during his first one hundred days, and thereafter for all but those convicted of a felony while in the U.S. Biden further insists that illegal immigrants arrested for crimes shouldn’t be turned over to ICE and asserts that there should be a path to citizenship for all 11 million (a dubious figure) illegal immigrants currently in the country.
The fact that Biden and his fellow Democrats promote a nation of open borders should come as no surprise given the excuses they raised in opposing funding for Trump’s border wall and the president’s other tough immigration policies. As the Heritage Foundation reported in 2019, crimes by illegal immigrants were widespread across the United States. Don’t be surprised to see Trump’s immigration policies reversed if Biden wins.
What do the Democrats’ policy proposals really mean? They mean no (or very few) officers to protect us, limited Second Amendment rights, “get-out-of-jail-free” passes for wrongdoers and a nation of open borders. These policies are dangerous and should leave Americans asking the following question: Who will protect us?
A far left-wing government? Don’t bet on it.