On Crime, Democrats Become the Party of Limited Government

 

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.

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  1. DonG (CAGW is a hoax) Coolidge
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    anarchy is not the same as “limited government”.

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  2. Bob Thompson Member
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    Wouldn’t it be more accurate to say that Democrats in government have usurped the function of committing major crime while facilitating the increase in crime in major cities as a distraction?

    The major crimes I see are massive illegal immigration conducted or contracted by federal officials, federal law enforcement facilitating riots, federal public health officials facilitating corruption in medical care, and various federal officials facilitating crime in public schools.

    Am I imagining these things in my old age?

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  3. Misthiocracy got drunk and Member
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    @Misthiocracy

    It depends. I prefer to think that Democrats are weathervanes when it comes to crime. They go which way the wind blows at any given moment.

    e.g. Kamala Harris’ reputation for throwing the book at people for low-level crimes when she was a prosecutor. Joe Biden’s anti-crime crusades when he was in the Senate. Etc.

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  4. Bob Thompson Member
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    Misthiocracy got drunk and (View Comment):

    It depends. I prefer to think that Democrats are weathervanes when it comes to crime. They go which way the wind blows at any given moment.

     

    Wouldn’t the weathervane approach be more appropriate for lawmakers (subjective) than for law enforcers (objective), in other words, legislative versus executive?  Isn’t this the purpose behind dividing these functions?

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  5. Bob Thompson Member
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    DonG (CAGW is a hoax) (View Comment):

    anarchy is not the same as “limited government”.

    Is this anarchy or dictatorship? If it were anarchy property owners could defend their property.

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  6. Bob Thompson Member
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    I saw in the news where some Chief fans left Arrowhead Stadium when they decided the game was lost so they missed seeing the comeback live.

    We don’t want to miss the end of the Democrat-Socialists trying to destroy America.

    This is an organized effort so it is not anarchy.

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  7. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
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    It is a type of anarchy used as a weapon. The elites don’t suffer the anarchy while the res of us do. 

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  8. Jim McConnell Member
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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.

    That might work if the private security guards could be equipped with clubs, tasers and liability immunity.

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  9. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    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.

    That might work if the private security guards could be equipped with clubs, tasers and liability immunity.

    Everybody knows if private security actually did anything they would be doxed and jailed.   

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  10. Paul Stinchfield Member
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    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    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.

    That might work if the private security guards could be equipped with clubs, tasers and liability immunity.

    Yes. And security costs money. So if the stores hired security guards they would have to raise prices. Mayor Groot would then accuse them of racism or profiteering or something. And where would all those stores find enough qualified security guards?

    And as for locking up merchandise, we already know that the left condemns that as racist.

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  11. Paul Stinchfield Member
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    Victor Tango Kilo: 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”

    Marxist theory asserts that crime is due to the injustices of capitalism, and that crime will disappear with the arrival of true socialism. Squishy liberal fools parrot such ideas without having ever read a word of Marx.

    In the Soviet Union (and every other communist state) political dissent was punished far more severely than actual crime. The American left is intent on doing that here, too.

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  12. Victor Tango Kilo Member
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    Paul Stinchfield (View Comment):
    In the Soviet Union (and every other communist state) political dissent was punished far more severely than actual crime.

    You mean stuff like locking up non-violent anti-Government protesters for months and chasing down their friends and associates and labeling parents who oppose school board policies as “domestic terrorists”; while letting off actual violent rioters without so much as a warning.

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  13. TBA Coolidge
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    Mass incarcerations, restorative justice, and addressing poverty as a root cause are three heads of a chimera, an academic fever dream that escaped its ivory tower and marauds through the country with unaccused criminals, non-thug thugs, and mostly peaceful protesters. 

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  14. KCVolunteer Lincoln
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    It won’t be long now before, “Tail gunner on a Budweiser truck,” will be a job opening and not the punch line of a joke.

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  15. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    Sneaker City moving out of downtown Seattle due to break-ins and massive rent hike.

    There’s also a story on the Fox News web site about the downtown Target store, and its efforts to fight massive theft, by one homeless man who has never been sent to jail after many thefts.

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  16. TBA Coolidge
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    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Sneaker City moving out of downtown Seattle due to break-ins and massive rent hike.

    There’s also a story on the Fox News web site about the downtown Target store, and its efforts to fight massive theft, by one homeless man who has never been sent to jail after many thefts.

    Here’s hoping we read a feel-good story about that guy getting a regular place to sleep for years to come. 

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  17. Misthiocracy got drunk and Member
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    Bob Thompson (View Comment):

    Misthiocracy got drunk and (View Comment):

    It depends. I prefer to think that Democrats are weathervanes when it comes to crime. They go which way the wind blows at any given moment.

     

    Wouldn’t the weathervane approach be more appropriate for lawmakers (subjective) than for law enforcers (objective), in other words, legislative versus executive? Isn’t this the purpose behind dividing these functions?

    Ah, the age-old debate on prosecutorial discretion.

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  18. Bob Thompson Member
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    Misthiocracy got drunk and (View Comment):

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):

    Misthiocracy got drunk and (View Comment):

    It depends. I prefer to think that Democrats are weathervanes when it comes to crime. They go which way the wind blows at any given moment.

     

    Wouldn’t the weathervane approach be more appropriate for lawmakers (subjective) than for law enforcers (objective), in other words, legislative versus executive? Isn’t this the purpose behind dividing these functions?

    Ah, the age-old debate on prosecutorial discretion.

    I thought this concept was more related to selectivity of specific cases under a given law rather than just deciding not to enforce certain laws. Does prosecutorial discretion work well when large numbers of the people represented object to the failure to enforce? I’m pretty sure I’ve heard vastly more Democrats say “No one is above the law” than Republicans, most of whom are already “law and order” types.

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  19. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    Victor Tango Kilo: 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.”

    Going back decades there have been Democrats who have put the blame for crime on taxpayers.  If we weren’t so greedy and cheap, we would happily elect politicians who promised to raise our taxes to help the unfortunate, so that they wouldn’t have to steal just to survive.  The “they” in the previous sentence means the unfortunate, not the politicians, but it works either way.

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  20. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Victor Tango Kilo: 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.”

    Going back decades there have been Democrats who have put the blame for crime on taxpayers. If we weren’t so greedy and cheap, we would happily elect politicians who promised to raise our taxes to help the unfortunate, so that they wouldn’t have to steal just to survive. The “they” in the previous sentence means the unfortunate, not the politicians, but it works either way.

    You have to understand that from the Democrat point of view high crime rates are good.  It allows them to justify more taxes and more spending to “fight crime” that they are not fighting but are managing so they can milk the system.  On onside you have “organized crime” kicking money to the Democrats so they can do business and on the other side you have the actions of those entities commiting crime justifying more money for the Democrats to steal from.  

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