How a Misguided Slogan Changes American Politics

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I have never met a human being who likes to be beaten. I don’t care if you’re a radical Marxist or a sworn anarchist – everyone wants to feel physically safe. Since prehistoric times, our brains have been wired to avoid anything that could harm us. “Safety First” isn’t just a nice slogan for kids in summer camps; it is the ultimate talking point of mankind.

So when a genius decided two years ago to start a “Defund the Police” movement that would mean less security and more danger, should we be shocked if a backlash developed? What if violence increased alarmingly across the country? If “crime concerns” drove yesterday’s election?

“California voters turned out Tuesday to support tough-on-crime policies,” The Hill reported. No kidding. For the past two years, the number one topic on Shabbat tables in Los Angeles has been fear. The rise of crime. The need to protect yourself. Beyond that, everything looks like a comment.

Fear is blindly bipartisan. Criminals don’t care who you voted for. When you fear for your safety, partisanship becomes an unaffordable luxury.

Take a look at the famously liberal city of San Francisco, where progressive locals have had enough of rising crime. Yesterday they ejected District Attorney Chesa Boudin (D) by a 20-point margin. Boudin, arguably the poster child for “defund the police,” has used his position to push a more lenient approach to crime, with policies such as the elimination of cash bail.

Take a look at the famously liberal city of San Francisco, where progressive locals have had enough of rising crime.

Somewhere along the way, he forgot to marry his big heart to the idea of ​​results and wondered, “What if my new policies lead to increased crime and voters don’t can’t take it?”

A similar story unfolds in Los Angeles, where billionaire Rick Caruso finished first in the city’s mayoral race. Tuesday’s vote, The Hill reported, was seen as “a big show of support for a candidate who built a reputation in politics as a member of the Los Angeles Police Board and has sworn lifelong of his campaign to get tough on crime”.

A similar story unfolds in Los Angeles, where billionaire Rick Caruso finished first in the city’s mayoral race.

“Tough on crime”, if you haven’t noticed, is the complete opposite of “defund the police”.

Two years ago, when a Minneapolis cop put his cruel knee on George Floyd’s neck long enough to kill him, the national outcry was so loud that subsequent calls to ‘defund the police’ were condoned as a show of compassion. It was all part of a national reckoning on race, with the Black Lives Matter protests leading the way.

Some activists were quick to characterize calls to “defund” the police as “reform” the police. The problem is that in many cities, defunding has been taken and implemented at face value. While law and order budgets have been slashed, the subsequent rise in crime, including in many black communities, has been severe enough to overpower other voter concerns.

In an article titled “Crime Concerns Haunt Democrats Ahead of Midterm Elections,” The Washington Post reported today that “Democrat lawmakers are scrambling to assure voters they are not soft on the This is a stark change from two years ago, when at the height of racial justice protests, some left-wing leaders began to rethink their approach to criminal justice.

“Tough on crime”, if you haven’t noticed, is the complete opposite of “defund the police”.

This bipartisan reality check is a healthy development. This suggests that some issues are so paramount to voters that politicians on all sides need to come together to resolve them.

The first duty of a government is to ensure the security of its people. Police reforms and prison reforms are noble and good, as long as they do not compromise people’s safety.

At a time when we have never been so divided, fear for our safety reminds us that our humanity comes before politics.

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