In recent time, some Democrats have attempted to gaslight the nation as to who was supporting efforts to defund the police. Even though throughout the summer and as recently as just a few months ago they were the ones loudly calling for the defunding of the police, some have attempted to gaslight people into believing it was Republicans, not Democrats, who want to defund the police.
An effort which will very obviously not work out in their favor, but hey, they’re trying. They are attempting to return to the side of sanity, to an extent, but instead of accepting responsibility for their dangerous and deadly rhetoric which has resulted in huge crime spikes across Democrat-run cities, they are trying to gaslight people into thinking that Republicans were actually the ones who were defunding the police.
Biden advisor Cedric Richmond started off this ridiculous attempt when he went on “Fox News Sunday” and claimed that Republicans voted against an emergency relief plan which would allow for state and local governments “to replenish their police departments and do the other things that are needed,” claimed Richmond. Jen Psaki parroted his talking point as well.
A simple fact-check found that the American Rescue Plan which they are talking about did not specifically include funding to hire more police officers.
Oh, look, Democrats lying their asses off. What are the odds?
One doesn’t even need to look at what Richmond was arguing to find his accusation utterly baseless. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, back in June of 2020, cut $1 billion from the NYPD budget. The Philadelphia City Council approved a $33 million cut to their police department and the city is “on pace to have one of its deadliest years on record,” according to NBC10 Philadelphia. Washington, D.C. lawmakers promised to cut $15 million from the police budget in June of 2020, and as of May of this year, the WaPo has reported that homicides increased 38% compared to the same time last year.
In Baltimore, their city council voted to cut $22 million in police budget. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti cut $150 million from the police budget last year, which Quemala Harris (my new name for her, thank you protesters at the border) said “I applaud Eric Garcetti” because of his actions and said “we have to reimagine public safety”.
In Minneapolis, back on June 12, 2020, the city council unanimously pledged to disband their police department, leading to gunshot victims more than doubling this past year, with an increase of 81% in homicide rate. The Seattle City Council approved proposals last August to reduce their police department by as many as 100 officers.
And in Portland, Oregon, likely the one place which trumps even California as a total hellhole, the city commissioners cut almost $16 million from their police department back in June of 2020.
And that’s just in the actual actions of Democrats in their own individual cities. There are also examples of Democrat after Democrat repeating the rhetoric of defunding the police, everyone from Occupier Biden to his associate and assistant AG’s, his Secretary of Labor, and a number of Democrat legislators, council members and Minnesota AG Keith Ellison expressing their desire to defund the police and reduce their responsibilities and effectiveness.
Even to this day, some particularly Leftist Democrats like AOC and Ayanna Pressley continue to support their “defund the police” movement, with AOC dismissing the crime waves as simple “hysteria”. And hypocritically, Rep. Jamaal Brown continues to support defunding the police while simultaneously requesting additional police protection at his New York home.
All of this leads to anyone with even a single IQ point, not even necessarily a single-digit IQ, to recognize that it’s the Democrats, not the Republicans, who are pushing and working to defund the police.
But this does lead to the question of why some Democrats like Richmond and Psaki would contradict all these other Democrats and baselessly claim that Republicans are defunding the police. It’s very simple: the “defund the police” movement is rotten filth that the VAST majority of Americans disapprove of.
According to a recent Rasmussen poll, 52% of American voters believe that we should spend MORE on police, with 23% saying the current amount is fine and 18% saying we should spend less. That’s a 75-18 split on maintaining or adding to the police budget versus defunding them. The Left is in the clear minority here.
Furthermore, 66% of voters agree with the following statement: “The radical and reckless decisions by some jurisdictions to defund their police forces have had a real and devastating effect on American communities.”
According to the poll, “That’s a quote from a letter that Republican Reps. Kevin McCarthy and Jim Jordan sent to Attorney General Merrick Garland this month.” Just 24% of voters disagreed while 11% were not sure.
Along racial demographics, 65% of whites, 62% of blacks and 70% of other minorities also agreed with that quote.
This is far from the only poll which indicates a huge lack of support for the Left’s “defund the police” movement, and it seems some on the Left have realized their mistake. Only, instead of admitting their mistake like mature, responsible adults do, they lie through their teeth and accuse other people of doing what they have been doing, much like a child shifting the blame for breaking a vase on to his infant sibling.
And so, they attempt to gaslight the country into believing that, because Republicans didn’t vote on a trillion-dollar “rescue” plan which would only further destroy this country economically, they claim that Republicans didn’t vote to fund police, even though that wasn’t a specific item on that bill.
Not an unsurprising act, of course, as deceivers will deceive. However, it is reaching for the bottom of the barrel in terms of blaming Republicans for crap. They made massive showings of wanting to defund the police all summer of last year, and often supported the deadly riots that followed Floyd’s death. That is, they supported those riots until polls came out that, surprise, surprise, people weren’t fond of their cities burning.
Similarly, they support the “defund the police” movement until, once again, surprise, surprise, people aren’t fond of violent crime turning their cities into real-life Grand Theft Auto.
Ironically, a largely police-free society could be possible and positive, but the Left would have to give up practically everything they believe in. A society which values the sanctity of life is far less likely to see it be taken. A society which values personal freedom is far less likely to oppress it. And a society which values self-defense and gun ownership is far less likely to see others malignantly using them against others.
Put these things together and you hardly even need a police force other than for helping out with accidents or medical emergencies which might take firefighters and medics longer to respond. However, the Left doesn’t want that because 1) like I said, this would require them to give up everything they believe in and 2) that’s not a society they actually want to see exist. They don’t actually want a police-free world. They want to CONTROL the police so that they have more control over people. So why would they want to do away with them?
All this “defund the police” crap isn’t even what they actually want, even though some have attempted to go forth with it. Even then, a lot of the places which defunded or somewhat cut police funding backtracked on that and gave their police departments MORE funding, such as New York, L.A. and Minneapolis, to name a few.
Virtue signaling is the name of the game that the Left is playing. Some of them might actually mean what they say, such as AOC, but that is a relative insane few, even among the Left. This isn’t to absolve them of their crimes against Americans, of course. Because of their rhetoric and actions, whether or not they mean them or later went on to backtrack, they still led to huge surges in crime in the cities which they run. More people are dead because of them. More families separated. More lives ruined. And this is JUST when talking about their soft approach to crime.
The Left has killed many, many people, virtue signal or not. And now, some of them want to return to the side of sanity by gaslighting everyone into believing that the Republicans are responsible for the suffering that THEY have brought onto millions of people.
They are a garbage people. Unsurprising, then, that they spew what they are.
“For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naïve.”
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