ANARCHY is all the rage in America. Not content with looting and rioting, the neo-Marxist, revolutionary Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement are now pushing for police forces to be dismantled. The Democratic Party are cheering this on, hoping that Americans will blame further social unrest and economic uncertainty on President Trump and vote for Joe Biden in November.
Last week the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, metaphorically took the knee and cut almost £5billion from his police force budget, earmarking it for community schemes. Given that New York has descended into crime-ridden chaos on his watch, this is a bad idea. Kowtowing to the demands of black supremacists and anarchists can lead only to further devastation.
Los Angeles is on trend too with its mayor, Eric Garcetti, vowing to cut up to £119million from the police budget and give it to BAME communities instead.
Not to be outdone, Representative Ilhan Omar, an Islamist entryist into Congress, has capitalised on the chaos and gone one step further. She has called for the dismantling of the entire Minneapolis police department, despite escalating crime being a problem in the city.
Unsurprisingly all three cities are in Democrat-run states. A recent poll shows that 55 per cent of Democrats support the movement to defund the police. But 64 per cent of Americans overall oppose this. Jumping aboard this new woke bandwagon is going to end badly for the Democratic Party.
Yet city officials in Minneapolis have blindly followed Omar’s lead. In lieu of having a police force they plan to invite ‘the whole community’ to decide on policing strategy, a concept susceptible to corruption. Already there are ominous signs that politicians will decide who is worthy of being kept safe and who is not.
Lisa Bender, president of the Minneapolis city council, recently said the act of calling the police after criminals have broken into your home ‘comes from a place of privilege’. Given the loaded meaning of the world ‘privilege’ Americans unlucky enough to be living in Minneapolis will soon risk being accused of ‘white privilege’ should they become victims of crime and seek justice.
Minneapolis is not exactly a bastion of peace and community harmony. It is home to more than 52,000 Somalis, many of them refugees, the largest concentration of Somalis in the US. In 2017 Amina Mohamud Esse, a Somali refugee living in Minneapolis, was sentenced to probation for sending money to Al-Shabab. The most telling part of this treacherous act is that Esse’s family and community shunned her for co-operating with the US government’s inquiry. Support for terrorists is seemingly more valued than loyalty to the country which gave them sanctuary.
Nature abhors a vacuum. In the absence of a viable police force in such an Islamist stronghold, I fear it won’t take long for Sharia patrols to inflict their own particular brand of law on the citizens of Minneapolis. Thanks to the actions of Antifa and BLM, the city is already starting to resemble the warzones that Somali refugees fled from.
Omar, aided by Leftie useful idiots, is managing to turn her state from a democracy into a tyranny. Ordinary people will be the ones to suffer, including those in the police who are far from a single homogeneous bloc. More than a quarter of US police are from BAME communities. More than one tenth are women. Defunding the police means that they, like the rest of their colleagues, are at risk of losing their jobs. BLM activists and their Democratic admirers are hurting the very people they claim to protect.
But ideology always trumps human rights when it comes to the Left and their fellow travellers, Islamists. Defunding and dismantling police forces will inevitably lead to an unfair and two-tier system of law and order. Democratic politicians will be free to put their Che Guevara fantasies into action at the expense of the poor. Standards of living will plummet and vigilante groups, unconcerned with civil rights, will be the norm.
Eradicating democratic law and order structures, however imperfect they can be, is another step in the destruction of Western democracy and society as we know it. It is George Soros’s dream too. He is not only a man with a messiah complex and a desire to tear down societal structures to create his distorted version of Karl Popper’s Open Society, but he has a huge amount of money to invest in it. BLM is the perfect vehicle for him to achieve this. Without his Open Society Foundations’ generosity – they gave it more than $33million in 2016 – would BLM have become so powerful? Soros is also a major donor to the Democratic Party.
The US police have made mistakes, but they have also saved lives by ensuring law and order. Few are brave enough to acknowledge this role.
Reform, where needed, is not to be found in dismantling part of the social contract. As Biden, who at least is standing apart from the crowd on this issue, noted last week, the police need more funding, not less, to be effective in the one area which needs reform, community policing.
Justice can’t be achieved by destroying structures of society which keep democracy healthy. Americans need only to look across the pond to see what happens when police are emasculated into politicised social workers, unable to enforce real law and order.
If British politicians succumb to this pressure, as some of their US counterparts are doing, make no mistake, they will be sacrificing the silent majority to satisfy and appease the demands of self-declared and race-baiting anarchists.