• Dropping the Ball: Government Officials Choosing Chaos Instead of Law and Order

    Surge Summary: As lawlessness continues to expand in many American cities, too many local politicians are refusing the requisite meaningful action to restore order. The people on the street – including many minority communities – are paying the grim price for this governmental malfeasance. Will it be safe to send our kids to school in the fall?

    by Gary Bauer

    It is hard to be a great nation when lawlessness prevails in your city streets.  So I was pleased to see Georgia Governor Brian Kemp get serious yesterday about restoring order.  In a bold and significant development, Kemp deployed the National Guard to get control of the violence in Atlanta.

    There’s been an uptick of violence there, but it has not been nearly as bad as what is taking place in ChicagoNew York and Philadelphia, where the left dominates everything.  But it doesn’t have to be this way.

    Yesterday, Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said that the federal government is ready to help states and cities restore law and order, but the progressive politicians must ask for help first because law enforcement is primarily a state and local issue.

    “I think that any city that is having increases in violence, burning, rioting, looting is [doing so] by choice at this point,” Wolf said. “Those local elected officials are making a choice to keep their cities very unsafe and dangerous. The president has been very clear we’re here to support and provide resources. We’ll do that at their request.”

    But they are choosing not to ask for help.  Instead, some progressive politicians are blaming the violence on the coronavirus.  (Here and here.)

    Sadly, it’s minority communities who are most victimized by such violence, and I believe they would welcome the deployment of more law enforcement and even the National Guard to provide safe streets.

    Many Americans want schools to reopen in the fall since the virus presents little risk to children.  But I would be worried about the danger to our kids from growing lawlessness, violence and drugs.  If mayors and governors were serious about keeping our children safe, they would ask for additional support from the federal government to restore law and order.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

    Image: Adapted from: New-York tribune – New-York tribune., July 27, 1919, Page 11, Image 65, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=80839007

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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