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The Democrat Mayor of Chicago blames businesses for the increase in retail theft, telling store owners they should be hiring private security, not depending on the police or the courts to enforce the law. An hour or so north in Milwaukee, Democrats on the city council are blaming automakers for the rash of carjackings and car thefts, saying cars are too easy to steal. In Los Angeles, the local district attorney (a Democrat) is blaming the railroad company for the robbing and looting of trains passing through the city, saying the railroad isn’t employing enough private security.
This is the same Democrat Party that has been, for over a century now, the party of Big Government; the party that insists that all progress must be collective and directed by experts. The Democrat Party that insists “Taxes are what we pay for living in a civilized society.” The Democrat Party that has always mocked rugged individualism and attacked their occasional opposition party as the “You’re on your own” party. They have always insisted that it is large, empowered Government that will solve all of society’s problem.
Over the last decade, Democrats have elected prosecutors in large cities who are averse to putting criminals in jail. The current Democrat Party philosophy toward law and order was perhaps best expressed by Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner. “We do need some cops, and we do need some jails and we do need prisons. We just need a whole hell of a lot less of each of those things.” Krasner has presided over an 80% increase in murders in his city, which he blames on Republicans while simultaneously denying there’s any spike in violent crime.
Rather than put criminals in jail, Democrat prosecutors much prefer to virtue signal about “ending mass incarcerations,” “restorative justice,” and “addressing poverty as a root cause” out of a prejudiced belief that poor people are innately criminal. The new Manhattan District Attorney (a Democrat, of course) is typical. He made his intentions clear in a memorandum; no more felony prosecutions for armed robbery, and no jail time except for the most violent and heinous crimes, and no more than 20 years in prison for *any* crime. After some criticism, he claimed his memo was only meant for lawyers, and the public was too stupid to understand his nuanced legal position.
Democrats are belatedly discovering that criminals are not as impressed by virtue signaling as the editorial board of the New York Times. Democrats really cannot conceive of a criminal as a person who has chosen to be a criminal; a person who would logically respond to official leniency as an opportunity to get away with more crime. Democrats perhaps expected criminals to respond to their hug-a-thug policies with a tearful “at last, someone in politics who cares, I will forego my life of crime and from now on will volunteer in my community.” Instead, criminals are pushing the limits of what they can get away with; which turns out to be quite a lot in deep blue jurisdictions run by enlightened progressives.
Democrats cannot admit their policies have failed. Politicians *never* admit when their policies have failed. If a policy fails, it must be the fault of the people. So Democrats have embraced the precise rhetoric they used to denounce. “If you are the victim of a crime, it’s your fault. You had it coming to you. Don’t look to society to help you out, you’re on your own.” They have finally found the one thing that they don’t trust Government to do: Enforce the law.Published in