Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t like living in cities where life is mocked and made into a perilous contact sport by cadres of riotous thugs who glorify violence and death as societal goods. The only lesson such people have learned in school is “kill.” The problem is simple. Progressive leaders have tacitly permitted criminals to run life off the tracks and ruin it by relativizing the rule of law and behaving as if it applies to everyone else but them. Conceptually, enforcing the law is the solution, but progressives don’t see it that way.
America’s cities are testaments to the abject failures of these policies because violent crime has escalated, especially murder. Yet progressive district attorneys adamantly refuse to prosecute them. Moreover, the movement to eliminate cash bail steadily gained traction as it has in New York, which attenuates accountability. It is incumbent upon district attorneys to prosecute all those who commit violent crimes. But district attorneys Larry Krasner in Philadelphia and Cyrus Vance, Jr. in New York don’t see it that way. According to Niall McCarthy, a data journalist for Statista, the world’s leading statistical database, murder rates have risen 52% and 32%, respectively, in those jurisdictions during the first half of 2020 when compared to the same period in 2019.
Rather than vociferously prosecuting crime, Krasner and Vance have acceded to the defund the police movement, perhaps for the inexplicable pretext of imposing reparations. Clearly, they do not uphold the rule of law themselves, nor do they allow police officers in their charge to have the same so done. Such sentiments strongly suggest that they hate equal justice under law with such reckless abandon that they hold the moral stature of terrorists, illegal aliens, and other criminals in higher regard than their honest and law-abiding countrymen. A double-standard exists because progressive leaders lack moral clarity and relativize the rule of law. Criminals become emboldened, so crime ensues.
The economic foundations in both cities have been marred probably beyond redress. The cascading effects have been felt by manufacturers and consumers alike. As we have already seen in San Francisco, for example, honest, hardworking folks cannot produce goods if riotous mobs shoplift their work products with impunity. If left unchecked, petty crimes spawn more serious crimes, hence the rising murder rates, which make life purposeless as well as perilous. The folks have suffered unduly because of it and deserve far better. Defunding the police will not avail and has become the philosophical byword for error.
Philosophically, proponents of the police defunding movement are premised and err upon the ideology that criminals aren’t culpable because America is a systemically oppressive and racist country, more especially in the aftermath of George Floyd. Hence the imperative of “police reform.” The mainstream media obsequiously objectified Floyd’s murder along racial lines as pretext to control the narrative of the national consciousness. However pernicious their errand may be, it has succeeded brilliantly. Not only has it unduly skewed the 2020 election and wrecked American public policy, but it has promoted Critical Race Theory, their hidden objective. Leftists wear it as a suicide vest with alacrity to make even an ISIS terrorist blush!