The progressive death wish
UPDATE 05-03-21: MPD Captain Jennifer Krueger Favour tells the Werkes that the 34 (not 35) authorized police academy positions were down to 20 due to the coronavirus pandemic, that 18 were hired, and that next year’s training academy is “on pace to meet or exceed” past years’ typical applications, which typically number about 500. In other words, the captain professes not to sense any fallout from the anti-police rhetoric.
(The Werkes is hunting down a rumor that the Madison WI Police Department was only able to hire 18 new officers for the June 1 academy, down from the 35 authorized. Not enough qualified applicants. We are also vetting the theory that eliminating parking enforcement, which the council did last week, is first step to take police off traffic stops entirely. We shall see.)
As the Republican party leaves Donald Trump and the shouters and pouters behind, America is discovering that progressivism is bad for the nation’s health. Literally, because people are dying from it.
Even the New York Times is stirring these days with recognition that today’s Democrat(ic) party is not your father’s Oldsmobile and that Uncle Joe Biden is being held captive by the Hard Left.
“The core question facing Democrats isn’t how faculty-lounge rhetoric plays with today’s swing voters,” writes Ross Douthat in “When wokeness becomes weakness.” “It’s how left-wing policymaking might create tomorrow’s swing voters, if the liberal city becomes ungovernable again.” Did you catch the word “again”? Douthat:
[Last year] saw a major spike in the homicide rate, back to late-1990s levels, which so far is carrying over into 2021. Biden’s speech to Congress last Wednesday (04-28-21) made a vague connection between ongoing “bloodshed” and the liberal-friendly debate over an assault weapons ban, but it isn’t AR-15s doing most of the damage in the current murder wave. Instead, police demoralization and withdrawal in the aftermath of protests and riots seem like a crucial factor. … the Democrats’ problem won’t be the off-putting rhetoric of police abolition; it will be the reality of a rising body count as liberal politicians struggle to negotiate between activists, protesters, progressive prosecutors and cops.
Stir in public schools canceling gifted programs due to “equity,” Douthat continues, “and you get a political backlash, with more recent-immigrant parents in liberal cities and suburbs following their Italian-American antecedents rightward.”
The ever-entertaining Jonah Goldberg agrees.
There is only one topic that obsesses the liberals celebrating the “Biden era” of big government as the solution to all that ails us is — policing. To be sure, left-wingers don’t all support efforts to “defund the police,” but it is very rare to hear any of them push back against those who do.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Is Goldberg wrong? Name the Democrat standing up FOR policing these days.