At its most basic level, government is pretty simple. It’s about society coming together to protect the individual from violence. Few duties are more important, and fewer still are easier to get right… in theory, anyway.
In practice, however, Democrats are not only failing at the most basic function of government; they’re abandoning it by design.
Consider a new proposal for “law enforcement reform” legislation backed this week by a pair of prominent House Democrats. The Washington Free Beacon has the scoop:
Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D., Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.), both known as members of the House’s uber-progressive “squad,” backed the BREATHE Act, legislation that would strip federal law enforcement to the bone, disband the DEA and ICE, end federal funding for police, and “develop a time-bound plan to close all federal prisons.”
The bill would also, an official summary states, funnel unspecified amounts of federal money into massive new grant programs, which would be spent on priorities like school curricula on “colonialism,” pilot programs for a universal basic income, and reparations for prostitutes […]
The envisioned overhaul would also entail a number of legal changes. Those include banning facial recognition and predictive policing tools; ending mandatory minimums, life sentences, and “three strikes” laws; and repealing “federal laws that criminalize human movement and border entry”—effectively legalizing crossing the border. Some of the plans involve federal regulation of state law, like “repealing all existing State juvenile offenses”—a move that would likely face a substantial constitutional challenge.
Essentially, the proposal is a systematic dismantling of every major and necessary aspect of law enforcement in this country, practically designed not only to unleash domestic crime but guarantee its importation across the borders — and to teach children to despise their country at the same time we abolish consequences for the offenses they’re most likely to commit.
What could go wrong?
The Free Beacon notes that that the BREATHE Act currently isn’t an actual bill, just a proposed outline for a laundry list of far-left wishes with some connection to policing. In that sense, it’s similar to the infamous Green New Deal, an environmental/economic plan cooked up by leftist activists, which Democrat officeholders quickly endorsed only to back away from once people started reading what it actually said.
As with the Green New Deal, the BREATHE Act won’t become law in its current form anytime soon, and odds are a number of Democrat early adopters will back away from it as soon as they realize just how poisonous its proposals would be among their constituents.
There is one difference this time, however: in just the two short years since the Green New Deal crashed and burned, the Left has somehow grown even more brazen — less concerned with how moderates will perceive them, less patient with the optical considerations of Democrat officeholders. And they have reason to be — while the GND was always a bit of a joke outside of far-left circles, Black Lives Matter has rapidly ensnared not just the Democrat Party and mainstream media outlets, but entertainment media and Corporate America, as well. BLM has more power to make demands than environmental extremists ever did.
And if they use it successfully, the very black Americans they claim to be fighting for will be among the first to pay the price — a point black conservatives have been making for years. As former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke explained in 2015:
“The only reason we went on that lock-’em-up drive [against drugs] in the first place,” he suggests, “was black mayors who went to Congress and pleaded for help. Because of the violence, they pleaded with Congress for tougher laws on crack cocaine. Black mayors did that. Yet we’re made to believe it was white congressmen who wanted to throw these black guys in jail.”
How far we’ve fallen since then. Things are quickly changing for the worse, and it’s not at all clear that Republicans will be strong enough to stop it. If the Left succeeds in dismantling the most basic duty of government, all of us will suffer dearly.