(UnitedVoice.com) – After a summer of protests, riots, and calls to defund the police by far-left Democrats across America, a new slogan is being added to the list. In New York City, Seattle, WA, and Portland, OR, city councils are slashing their police budgets and putting the money into social programs to provide health care, housing, education, and jobs. The theory suggests that funding policies on these issues will reduce crime and the need for police.
Many Democrats, including presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), support defunding the police to varying degrees.
However, as cities slashed police budgets over the summer, crime didn’t go down. In fact, it went up. Records for homicides were broken in Milwaukee. Homicides were also up significantly in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Kansas City. Crime was up in Seattle, and, as of October 24, destructive riots continue in Portland.
Calls to Defund the Pentagon
Now, a Congressional candidate says it’s not enough to defund the police. Missouri Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives, Cori Bush, said the federal government should follow the lead of progressive cities that are defunding their police departments and slash money for our military.
Bush received support on Twitter from several prominent far-left Democrats, including Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and People for Bernie, a socialist group that supports Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT).
Earlier this year in the Missouri Democratic primary, Bush defeated 20-year incumbent Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO).
The Idea Is Not New
The idea to defund the pentagon is not new in far-left circles. Over the summer, Bernie Sanders wrote an op-ed in Politico, making the liberal case for the idea. He said it was time for America to change national priorities.
What Sanders was really supporting was eroding America’s ability to defend itself from its enemies and trap more Americans in failed government programs. Isn’t that what it always comes down to for progressives? They believe in meeting people’s needs from the cradle to the grave, thereby removing drives for self-sufficiency and entrepreneurialism.
Their false premise: A heavy police presence is causing crime. That’s not the cause. It’s a symptom. Police only exist to provide accountability for those who break the law.
While the idea to defund police and the military may sound like it has a good intention behind it, good intentions are no guarantee of good results. In the 1990s, President Clinton understood that every individual’s dignity was found in education and hard work. The Democratic president signed into law sweeping changes to social welfare programs. The results were positive, with more American’s finding work that met their needs.
The answer to helping people and solving much of the social injustice in America isn’t found in government programs that trap people in dependency. It’s found in helping people acquire the skills or education they need to fulfill their dreams by utilizing their talents, skills, and God-given purpose. That translates into good jobs that offer meaning and purpose, as well as benefits like good health insurance. The marketplace has the ability to supply what the government cannot.
Government money isn’t bringing hope or opportunity. What Democrats are doing today is trying to make poverty more tolerable. Instead, shouldn’t the promise of America be fulfilled by equipping people to participate in furthering their lives, and, in turn, benefiting all of society?
By Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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