• Left-Wing Lunacy in Minneapolis: Dump the Police? Need the Police?

    Surge Summary: The Minneapolis City Council recently voted to take steps toward eliminating their police department; then it was discovered the city’s taxpayers were shelling out a fortune to provide private security for Council members. Now, council members are complaining cops aren’t doing their job. Can you say “hypocrisy”?

    by Gary Bauer

    In the aftermath of the protests and riots triggered by George Floyd’s death, the Minneapolis City Council led the nation in the left’s latest fad – defunding the police.  According to ABC News, the so-called “progressives” on the city council voted to advance a plan “to eliminate the police department.”

    You might think that’s crazy.  But City Council President Lisa Bender went on CNN and said that calling the police if your house is broken into “comes from a place of privilege.”

    Given that government’s primary obligation is to defend public safety, I doubt most taxpayers consider police services a “privilege.”

    Not surprisingly, hundreds of Minneapolis police officers quit and submitted paperwork to retire early.  One estimate this summer suggested as much as 20% of the entire Minneapolis police force would quit in the weeks and months ahead.

    Then news broke that Minneapolis taxpayers were paying tens of thousands of dollars to provide private security to city council members who voted to abolish the police.  Talk about “progressive privilege!”

    So after the city council went on a jihad against the police and successfully cut the police budget, crime predictably surged.  Now these same city council members have the audacity to complain that police are not being tough enough on crime!

    It’s too bad that there isn’t a requirement that all city council members must work with police officers once a week.  Maybe if they stood in their shoes for once, they might have more appreciation for what law enforcement officers do for us every day.

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    Originally posted here.

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    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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