Antifa may not be the biggest problem in America or even the worst. But it is certainly not a thing to be sympathetic toward, not one single bit or in any way.
I see the order as a victory for the rule of law. When a prosecution drops its case, the presiding judge is obligated to dismiss it. Any other approach would invite miscarriages of justice.
The ever provocative, and studied, Kevin Williamson meditates on the topic of police reform. His report on a study of police crime is particularly interesting.
By coincidence the cite, published today, is apropos of one of yesterday’s discussion threads which explored the question, “What is driving the behavior of the protesters?”
The question is compelling because we have seen many perversities: in the name of racial grievance, black neighborhoods and businesses burned; statues commemorating abolitionists toppled, for example. I attribute these things to Marxism as an emerging political faction in America.
Yuri Bezmenov is one of the reasons I think so. The cite describes him as “a former KGB spy and state media propagandist who defected to Canada in 1970.”
Thomas Sowell bucks retirement with a new column (and, it would seem, a new book). A taste:Continue reading “Charter Schools’ Enemies Block Black Success”
I expect we’ll be hearing more about Excited Delirium Syndrome as time goes by. I wish to draw attention to it for the moment mainly to acknowledge that EXD is one of the violent realities police face in the normal course of their jobs.
I don’t know whether EXD can or will be implicated in George Floyd’s death, but it seems to me a more relevant factor than cultural Marxist theories of police brutality, systemic racism and social oppression.
As tactics for protest policing improve, so do the tactics for protest warfare. The anarchist movement in America is sophisticated, intelligent, evolving and dangerous. Be careful what you support.
There can be no logical or practical justification for widespread reliance on voting by mail. A predictable number of lost/missing ballots is enough to override all other considerations.
I have mixed feelings about this order. My constitutional instincts are to:
- Leave the quality of policing and the provision of mental health services to the states alone.
- Avoid federal surveillance of the people and their police.
- Rely on Congress to make funding decisions and set the rules for implementing them.
At the same time I note that the states and Congress are dysfunctional to the point that federal leadership in the form of an Executive branch program could be useful. By this measure the order seems modest and pragmatic to me. Therefore I support it.