June 9, 2020

Monday, the US House was the site of one of Washington’s rare instances of the fabled “shameless pander/blatant blame shift/embarrassing cultural appropriation,” the political equivalent of pulling off Rodney Dangerfield’s Triple Lindy high dive from “Back To School.” Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues donned African-inspired kente cloths, kneeled for nine minutes in memory of George Floyd, then introduced a hastily-written bill called the “Justice in Policing Act,” which they claim will “hold law enforcement accountable in court, improve transparency through data collection, and reform police training and policies.”

That’s all well and good, and I’d certainly be willing to hear any suggestions for improving police practices and efficiency, and reducing racism, conflict, and distrust. But pardon me if I can't quite keep a straight face while sniffing so much election-year pandering and insincere opportunism in the air.

The subtext of all this is to signal to black voters that they must once again turn out and line up to put Democrats in charge because only they will take action to correct all this perceived police racism and corruption. But as the linked story points out, all the worst such problems are in blue-state cities – Minneapolis, Baltimore, New York City, etc. - that have been run entirely by Democrats for decades. If these places are hotbeds of systemic racism, then guess who built the systems.

Also worth mentioning: while they try to blame President Trump as if racism were invented during the three years he’s been in office, we had violent race riots stemming from the deaths of black people during police confrontations in Ferguson and Baltimore while Obama and Biden were in office. Biden now joins in with the critics of police in denouncing a 1994 tough-on-crime bill that until recently, he was bragging about having co-authored. So his campaign pitch is that we must elect Democrats to fix the terrible problems that arose and festered for years under Democratic rule, including his own.

And what if we did give them that much power? From 2009 to 2011, we had a black Democrat President, a Vice-President who’s now running for President on the urgent need for police reform, and solid Democratic majorities in both Houses of Congress. What did they do about any issues related to police reform or race relations? Nothing whatsoever. It took Donald Trump to finally press for and sign the prison sentencing reform bill, the First Step Act.

Monday’s spectacle was an entertaining piece of political theater at a time when real theaters were shut down, so we couldn’t see “The Lion King,” that other example of African culture being appropriated for a cartoonish spectacle. And it didn’t go unnoticed by some African-Americans…

But if black voters really think that these are the people they can trust to keep their neighborhoods safe and clean up corruption in the very places where they’ve already been in charge longer than the Millennial protesters have been alive, then another cartoon analogy is more appropriate:

Lucy making big promises that this time will be different, then yanking away the football and leaving Charlie Brown flat on his back for the umpteenth time.

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  • DArlene Wdbb

    06/17/2020 06:52 PM

    They are a joke. Didn’t even take the time to research what the stoles meant

  • Natalie Anne Comstock

    06/17/2020 10:43 AM

    Wow, Gov. Huckabee you should have the lovely African woman on your show who explained how offensive their actions were to African People, especially the tribe in Africa that their scarves represented...She said it was ridiculous what they did and as an African woman, unable to vote in the US, she really was upset by it all.

  • Patricia George

    06/15/2020 11:56 AM

    Why don’t those idiots stop pandering for votes? They look stupid!
    Oh, by the way, get rid of their security.

  • Charles Anderson

    06/14/2020 02:47 PM

    My question to the Democrats while preparing this bill, how many POLICE OFFICERS ????? did they talk with to get some good old fashion advice. I know that Nancy and Chuck have all the answers but like to hear from the front line. Thank you


    06/13/2020 11:59 PM

    they are a joke.

  • Bonnie Neuberger

    06/13/2020 10:46 PM

    You’ve hit the nail on the head now!!! Truly!!!!

  • Pat Lehman

    06/13/2020 09:23 AM

    This is an amazing article---I hope it will wake up the people!

  • Janet Darling

    06/13/2020 02:24 AM

    The Dems M.O.: create a problem so they can appear to save them from the problem .

  • Mary Biggs

    06/12/2020 06:07 PM

    You are right on!

  • Samuel B. Lewis

    06/12/2020 03:57 PM

    Are they so stupid and dumb that they think anyone believes that they are sincere? It was all for show.

  • Catherine Volk

    06/11/2020 03:36 PM

    I couldn’t agree more with your analysis. To add insult to injury for those of African slavery decent, the shawls wore by these buffoons are from the Ashanti tribe, well known for their part in history of slave trade with the British, Dutch, and French in the early 1800s.

  • Geoffrey Aitchison

    06/11/2020 03:08 PM

    Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. (Romans 13:2-5)

  • Kevin Dockham

    06/11/2020 11:57 AM

    Drain the Swamp!!

  • Helen Bean

    06/11/2020 10:01 AM

    I thought in America we only bowed to God!!! Didn’t we separate from England so we didn’t have to bow to a king?!?!

  • Karen Coggins

    06/10/2020 09:43 PM

    Isn’t it considered racist to wear the Ghana scarf? Isn’t it kind of like wearing a Klan outfit? Or wearing blackface? Or wearing an Indian Princess dress for Halloween??

  • Louise A. Myers

    06/10/2020 12:56 PM

    Agree with everything. We must vote for the re-election of President Trump.

  • Carmen E Catala

    06/10/2020 12:37 PM

    They are just a bunch of hypocrites,
    And pretenders.

  • sandyj

    06/10/2020 10:48 AM

    They aren't fooling anyone. They are only showing how foolish they really are.

  • Teresa Moran

    06/10/2020 03:03 AM

    What happened to George Floyd was wrong, and changes must be made, but it’s so obvious that Dems are trying to earn brownie points here. Nice photo op Nancy! What do you do for an encore.? Does no one NOT see through this.?

  • Dennis Clark

    06/09/2020 11:35 PM

    Slavery was historically a tradition in the Ashanti Empire, with slaves typically taken as captives from enemies in warfare. The welfare of their slaves varied from being able to acquire wealth and intermarry with the master's family to being sacrificed in funeral ceremonies.
    Kente comes from the word kenten, which means basket in the Asante dialect of Akan. Akans refer to kente as nwentoma, meaning woven cloth. It is an Akan royal and sacred cloth worn only in times of extreme importance and was the cloth of kings. The Democrat Party is the Party of Slavery.

  • Tammy Houtchens

    06/09/2020 11:24 PM

    Congress needs term limits period!!!!!

  • Jennette Smith

    06/09/2020 10:26 PM

    You are so right Gov Huckabee, Democratic cities are the worst places for blacks or any color American to live & this after the Congress & Senators of those states voted for millions of dollars to help their cities. What happened to all that Money dems???

  • Terry Gade

    06/09/2020 10:00 PM

    G D Moronic liberal democrats , don't deserve the people's money there stealing

  • Brenda Inglese

    06/09/2020 09:50 PM

    They’re embarrassing to our country. They’re fake & made asses out of their actions!! Who gave them permission to wear this apparel. They need to retire. They try so hard to be relevant while making silly saps of themselves in front of the entire world!!

  • Sharon Wyatt

    06/09/2020 08:16 PM

    Don't Judge maybe they are down on their knees repenting for all the harm they have done to our country. Now lets see if they have changed.