GEORGE FLOYD'S MEMORIAL
Thursday, hundreds of mourners turned out in Minneapolis, and people across the nation paused and watched on TV, as a memorial was held for George Floyd, the black man killed when a police officer held his knee on his neck for almost nine minutes.
It was a moving ceremony, marred only by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s predictable decision to turn the eulogy, which could have been an opportunity to start healing divisions and calming the violence – something that Floyd’s family says he would have wanted – into a divisive partisan speech. But then, Al Sharpton is hardly the person I would choose as a symbol of how people who foment hatred and violence against others should have to face justice.
Here are some wiser words to memorialize Mr. Floyd, from Dr. Alveda King…
And the memorial in photos…
And here’s something we can all do that’s more important and effective than riots or political speeches or threats: how about people of all races coming together to pray?
THE DEMOCRATS KAMIKAZE MISSION
Napoleon famously advised that you should never interrupt the enemy when he’s making a mistake. So maybe I shouldn’t even talk about the latest kamikaze mission that Democrats have embarked upon. Then again, because I care about this country and its people, I feel I should at least try to talk them out of their dive-bombers before they do irreparable harm to many innocent people. Besides, if history is any teacher, they will pay no attention to the warnings I try to give them anyway.
Across America, officials in deep-blue cities are actually, seriously – I kid you not – talking about doing away with their police departments. In Minneapolis, the city that set off the nationwide protests, rioting, looting, burning, assaults and killings, the police chief requested 400 more officers to deal with the mayhem and was turned down flat. Instead, the city council (12 Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party members and a Greenie, zero Republicans) wants to replace the police with a “transformative new model of public safety,” such as sending in a social worker where they used to send cops. This would be like sending in a lamb to deal with a lion because you don’t like that lion tamers carry a whip and a chair.
This is all in response to a nationwide call to “defund the police.” This call has been going on for decades, mostly from criminals, but this is the first time any public officials have actually been dumb enough to consider it. And Minneapolis isn’t alone: San Francisco plans to redirect its police funds to black community causes. Los Angeles isn’t talking about replacing cops with Good Humor men or clerks from Build-a-Bear, but they are considering cutting up to $150 million from the police budget. Yes, that’s exactly what San Francisco and L.A. need: even less law enforcement. This shows just how far to the left and away from mainstream Americans that the Democratic Party has lurched.
Just think: two weeks ago, they were arresting people for opening their businesses; now they don’t even want to arrest you for burning and looting someone’s business.
As a former Governor, let me explain something: the #1 job of every public official is to protect public safety, whether you’re protecting them from disease, crime, or natural disasters. Sure, there are many other important issues, but everything else takes a back seat when public safety is endangered. And these leftist loons are choosing to slash or do away with policing at a time when it’s never been needed more.
This has nothing to do with denying justice for George Floyd (his killers have been fired and charged with murder), or fighting racism, which doesn't require turning our cities over to lawless mobs who are victimizing people of all races. Do they really think that doing away with the police will make rioters, looters, and radical anarchists say, “Well, okay, then,” dust off their hands and go home? I’d ask what they’ve been smoking, but since they legalized it in their cities, we all know.
Absolutely nobody that I know has suggested that Floyd’s death wasn’t horrifying and unjust, and that it didn’t call for serious action. But turning over our cities to mobs that will just prey on the same neighborhoods the people demanding this action claim to be championing is crazy. I seriously doubt Beverly Hills will cut its police force. All those rich liberal celebrities need someone to protect them from the criminals whose bail they’re paying. (Think that’s unfair? Here’s a reminder: )
Yes, just as they badmouth cops and demand guns be banned, then show up at the Oscars under heavy police guard with armed private security, the celebrities will not go unprotected from the consequences of their terrible decisions. All the rest of you will, though.
Want to see what a town that can’t enforce the law looks like? Like Minneapolis, Chicago’s leaders blame Trump and Republicans for their high crime rate, despite decades of one-party Democratic rule. These cities allow rioters to destroy black neighborhoods while claiming it’s for the benefit of black people, all because a white cop murdered a black man. But in Chicago, while the murder and shooting rates are down, there were still 2,139 shootings in 2019 and 490 murders. Many of the victims were black residents shot or killed by black gang members. How would it help black residents to further reduce policing in their neighborhoods? There would still be people with guns for the public to fear, only they’d be murderous gang members. Is that an improvement?
But before you start slamming me on Twitter, here’s a young black man from Oakland who sees the same problem with the left’s position:
Residents and businesses were already fleeing blue cities, and uncontrolled riots, releasing of rioters and talk of cutting police protection is opening the floodgates, just as it’s causing a huge spike in gun sales.
Here’s my advice to Democratic officials that I am certain they will ignore. There are two ways this insane abdication of your basic civic responsibility will end, both very bad: Either the public will turn on you immediately and vote you out of office in November…or else you might hang on to power in ever-shrinking areas, dominated by high crime and anarchy that you can’t control because the only people left there will be criminals and victims unable to leave for one reason or another. As your appeal becomes “more selective,” your base will shrink and your cities will exist largely as sad cautionary tales for the rest of the country, which is already sitting up and taking notice of your dangerously irresponsible policy decisions.
One more piece of advice: You’d better at least budget for a lot of rent-a-cops to deal with the rioting that’s going to happen in your cities when Trump is re-elected in a landslide.
LEAST SURPRISING NEWS OF THE DAY:
Police unions have long been supporters of the Democrats, but they’re not going to stand for Biden since he’s not standing up for them. On the bright side, I’m sure the Democrats will get the endorsement of the ARLU: the American Rioters and Looters Union.
Say, remember that study in the British medical journal The Lancet, claiming that hydroxychloroquine not only didn’t help with COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus, but was linked to heart arrhythmia and a 34% higher risk of death? It got big play in the anti-Trump media, which apparently would rather see a promising treatment fail than admit Trump might have been right about something. Because of that study, patients were taken off the drug, and clinical trials, including one by the World Health Organization, were halted.
LANCET RETRACTS HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE STUDY
Well, I suspected there was something hinky about that study, but since I’m not a doctor (or a pundit who plays a doctor in liberal media outlets), I was waiting for some experts to weigh in
Now they have, The Lancet has RETRACTED that study because they can’t vouch for the veracity of the data or the methodology. Several aspects of the dataset were impossible, and the study didn’t separate out people who were already extremely ill before they got the drug (one of the obvious problems with the previous VA study.)
Again, I’m not a doctor. I don’t know if this drug works or not. But I do know that it’s shameful to root against a drug working just because President Trump said it might be worth a try. To all those reporters who blame him for every coronavirus death, will you now take responsibility for any deaths caused by people stopping treatment because of your biased flogging of a bad piece of research?
Also worth mentioning: President Trump ended his daily dose of hydroxychloroquine two weeks ago, and he’s perfectly fine. Never mind!