Thursday, August 2, 2018
The New Normal on the Left: Imprison the Police, and Let the Criminals Go Free
Friends, I recommend to you two great articles today. The first is about the statements by Democratic candidate for New York Attorney General Zephyr Teachout (the name alone should warn voters to stay away) to the effect that she believes ICE should not only be abolished -- in addition, its officers should be prosecuted for unspecified crimes. Teachout says ICE has become "a tool of fear and illegality". Now, let's ponder this for a moment. What this leftist is saying is that enforcing the law can itself be a crime. In addition, causing those guilty of a crime to fear they will be arrested is, presumably, criminal behavior. In effect, she objects to our current immigration laws so much that she seeks to invalidate them by prosecuting those who execute them. Again, the contrast with President Trump's criticism of the FBI could not be more stark. Trump has attacked rogue FBI agents who abused their authority -- not the institution itself. He has not called for the abolition of the FBI. He has not suggested that FBI agents performing their normal duties are guilty of criminal acts. He has not called the FBI a "terrorist organization," as Cynthia Nixon has (she is challenging Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in New York this year). It all goes to show you -- radicalism is blossoming on the Left, and they are inching ever closer to declaring it illegal for President Trump, and perhaps Republicans and conservatives in general, to speak, or even to draw breath. To the Left, "the law" means whatever they want it to mean. That's a scary thought, and it's the number one reason why it was so critical that we avoided a Clinton presidency in 2016. If the Left had won that election, people who believe that it's illegal to enforce the law would have been...running the country! Incredible.
The second article is about the union movement's divisions over whether or not to support Trump, or, more realistically, over whether or not to treat Trump like a leper. Not surprisingly, there are many leftist union officials who see Trump as the devil incarnate. On the other hand, there are those who understand that some of Trump's actions, like his tariffs against China, help many American workers. As a union member myself (though perhaps not for much longer), it saddens me that unions have become so captive to the radical agenda of the Left. All too often, unions involve themselves in political issues and races that have nothing to do with advancing the interests of their members. Hopefully, the Janus decision will help change this, but in the meantime the debate in leftist circles, and union circles, seems to be largely one of: is Trump merely bad, or is he monstrous? Should we just campaign against him, as in days of yore, or should we ratchet up our "resistance" and seek to imprison, dismiss from employment, or pillory anyone who says a kind word about him? It tells you something about the Left that, these days, simply failing to excoriate Trump vehemently enough BY ITSELF can make you persona non grata. And yet these are the times we live in.