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The mayor of Portland, Ore., Ted Wheeler is calling for nearly $2 million in additional funding for his city’s police force due to the rise in homicides and other violent crime.
Simply funding a police department isn’t going to work anymore. They won’t get officers to return mainly due to the cities complete lack of support and respect for the rule of law and the defenders of law enforcement.
I know common sense isn’t being used by our leaders today but bad guys know there are no police to stop them, when they know there are no consequences and know that a social worker with a clipboard will show up instead of a cop with a gun, they become even more emboldened and commit more crimes. It’s just common sense.
Many mayors and council members seem oblivious to their most basic responsibly: the protection of lives and property through adequate funding of law enforcement and fire departments. Governments are not created to provide playgrounds, swimming pools, ballparks, and innumerable social services; they’re established primarily to provide mutual protection for all.
City councils used to be part-time positions held by business and civic leaders as a sense of duty to their community. When city council positions became full-time paid positions, the quality of city government went down. It became more about the members and their political futures than the cities they served.
This is no longer a fiscal problem and is now a culture problem. The elected officials in that city have to go. What is more important in stopping gun violence is demonstrating that people are held accountable for their crimes. That is how you impact gun crime.
My fear is, what will the Democrats learn from this? Probably something like this – Top Democrats are formulating a nationwide reduction in police funding specifically to increase gun violence so they can take away your 2nd Amendment rights, which is the only thing that prevents them from canceling everything and everyone that doesn’t conform to their evil and rigid ideology.
Minneapolis tried to defund the police last year and got a 20% reduction in force- the most senior officers retired. The next tier of very experienced veterans left for better jobs in places where police are appreciated and respected. That leaves Minneapolis with a smaller, much less experienced force.
Oh yes, that’s the force that will deal with the inevitable George Floyd / BLM riots the trial will cause. Minneapolis would like to hire more experienced police to fill that gap – but it won’t until the mayor and city council are all gone. Good luck keeping your leftist city cleaner than Portland.
Money won’t help now. Why? Because good officers will not take a job in areas, they know they will not have any support! Officers know that when things go bad and they have to use force, they will get thrown under the bus by these people. All you will end up with is unqualified people who probably won’t pass the psychological evaluation, but you’ll hire them anyway because now you’re desperate. Your good officers will be working in places they are respected and supported.
Socialism is the Big Lie of the Twentieth century. While it promised prosperity, equality, and security, it delivered poverty, misery, and tyranny. Equality was achieved only in the sense that everyone was equal in his or her misery. In the same way that a Ponzi scheme or chain letter initially succeeds but eventually collapses, socialism may show early signs of success. But any accomplishments quickly fade as the fundamental deficiencies of central planning emerge.
It’s got to be more than “refunding” the police. These criminals/terrorists need to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and given jail time. The streets are full of homeless people with drug addictions, mental health issues, and or alcoholism.
Portland has allowed their city to be decimated by individuals who are being supported in their “lifestyle” by the very city they are destroying and citizens that work and pay taxes.
The fact that this is a two-term mayor and the city council isn’t responsive tells you a lot about the woke culture in Portland. As long as voters continue to put individuals like these in leadership positions, they get what they deserve. That goes for the entire country. Biden and the democrats are no different than the leadership in Portland. Like Portland, San Francisco, no longer the “San Francisco treat, Chicago, New York, Los Angelos, and other places run by democrats goes so goes the country under the democrat rule. Get ready; these cities are a snapshot of things to come to a neighborhood near you! PS Nancy won’t be building a fence barrier around your house.
It is an initial illusion of success that gives government intervention its pernicious, seductive appeal. In the long run, socialism has always proven to be a formula for tyranny and misery.
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