America Stands on the Cusp of a Second Chance at Reconstruction

Today’s Campaign Update (Because the Campaign Never Ends)

A new Reuters poll finds that 51% of Republican voters favor “sweeping police reforms,” a finding that no doubt shocks 98% of the national news media, but won’t surprise many Republicans. After all, you just need to review the policing wasteland we have seen all across the nation over the past three weeks – and the heinous police crime that set it all off – to understand the reasons why.

One aspect of the George Floyd murder that received very little coverage from our corrupt news media was the statement made by the local County Attorney early on that it normally takes him over 6 months to bring charges in a criminal case against a police officer. Ordinary citizens enjoy no such luxury: In a case like the one against Derek Chauvin, in which the killer wasn’t even arrested until 4 days had passed, any ordinary citizen would have been charged with at least 2nd degree murder within 24 hours after the act while they were sitting in a jail cell with a 300-lb sex offender alternately named Bubba or Doris, depending on what time of day it was.

In this particular case, due to all the public outrage, the County Attorney got his slow butt in gear and expedited the process. But normally, without all the demonstrations and rioting that took place, Chauvin would have been walking around a free man for 6 months before charges were even brought against him. Why does it take so long to charge a cop? Because of all the special protections police unions negotiate into police contracts during negotiations. In many cities, firing a cop is harder than firing a treasonous Obama operative embedded in the National Security Council. It’s ridiculous.

We’ve lost sight of this now, but Chauvin had had 18 formal complaints filed against him during the course of his police career. EIGHTEEN. Literally everyone in the department knew he was a loose cannon and a bad actor, yet he was still out on the street, free to abuse the people of the community. That’s insanity. Stuff like that has to stop. Unions have their legitimate place, but their place needs to stop being to negotiate nonsense into police contracts that enable this kind of tragedy, which certainly led directly to the killing of George Floyd.

GOP Senator Rand Paul filed a bill yesterday that would outlaw the issuing and execution of “no-knock warrants,” one of which led to the killing of Breonna Taylor, an African-American resident of Louisville, Kentucky who was murdered by 3 Louisville officers while she slept in her bed on March 13. No-knock warrants are a brutish tactic straight out of the Soviet Union or Nazi Germany and have no place in a free society in which the presumption of innocence supposedly underpins our justice system.

This, too, must stop.

Two weeks ago, the Minneapolis City Council passed a resolution outlawing the use of choke holds by police officers and mandating that bystanding officers who observe another officer, like Chauvin, engaging in abusive behavior, intervene to stop it. What idiot doesn’t support a reform like that?

Well, ok, don’t answer that question – we all know there are plenty of idiots on all sides of this issue.

The point here is that, yes, most real conservative thinkers know we need significant police reforms in our country and have needed them for a very long time. There is plenty of common ground to be plowed here by people of good intent. The question, of course, is whether enough people of good intent occupy seats in both houses of congress and in state legislatures around the country to get them done. There is no doubt that President Trump would gladly sign a good bill into law, just as he did with the major prison reform bill last year.

As for the rest of us, we all need to stop just knee-jerking to sloganeering like “I back the blue!,” or “the cops are all racists and murderers!” whenever this subject comes up. It hasn’t been many years ago when we almost universally revered what we were in the habit of calling “first responders” because the truth is that 98% of them are good and brave men and women who do the best they can every day to protect the public.

The problem is that the 2% of them who aren’t present a very clear and present danger to our society, as we have conclusively witnessed over the past three weeks. Leaders of police unions need to understand this, and stop agitating for provisions in police contracts that provide bad actors with  cover to keep abusing the public.

As I wrote on Wednesday, our country has spent the last 150 years paying for the abject failure by our society’s leaders to properly execute Reconstruction following the Civil War. We did not have enough people of good intent serving in leadership positions at that time to get the job done.

What America faces today is a very similar situation – we essentially stand on the cusp of a second chance at reconstruction. The first step in that reconstruction must be to enact reforms that ensure black Americans receive the same level of police protection and courtesy received by white citizens. We have a President who has already gotten very significant reforms accomplished in this area, and solid majorities of voters for both major political parties who support further reforms.

The question will now become whether there are enough GOP members of congress like Rand Paul and enough Democrat members willing to buck the constant overreaching and obstructionism of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to get major legislation sent to the President’s desk.

There’s no time like the present to find out.

That is all.

Today’s news moves at a faster pace than ever. Whatfinger.com is my go-to source for keeping up with all the latest events in real time.

22 thoughts on “America Stands on the Cusp of a Second Chance at Reconstruction

  1. marineo6 - June 12, 2020

    Sorry DB, no knock warrants are not a brutish tactic but a potentially lifesaving one.
    Do you want the armed killer inside the house to know you’re there so he can pump multiple rounds through the door at the incoming police? Or do you want to catch him off-guard so you can pump multiple rounds through him first?
    The destruction of evidence is the example most often used as a reason for a NKW, but that pales in comparison to the deadly results possible if the police alert an armed asshole that they are there.
    Like anything else NKW are misused from time to time, but abolishing them altogether just takes another tactic away from the already handcuffed-through-PC law enforcement community.

    1. Jimmy MacAfee - June 12, 2020

      https://bigjolly.com/no-knock-vs-knock-and-announce-search-warrants/

      I’ll give you another reason that no-knock warrants are a bad idea: wrong addresses. Happens much more frequently than you might know. Fine for Kandahar; not for us.

      I know that if someone comes into my home, and I’m sleeping, I have a 45 (and more) waiting for them. Someone coming up the steps will be met with nothing less. On the other hand, if they
      ring my doorbell, I’ll come downstairs, answer the door if it’s the police – (and not answer if it’s someone else until I retrieve my 45.)

      Police power is not unlimited. Nor should it be.

      1. David Blackmon - June 12, 2020

        Exactly, Jimmy. No-knock warrants are a un-American relic from the un-American, utterly failed War on Drugs. They have no place in our society and should be ended. Police departments have plenty of other ways to arrest armed offenders without knocking doors down.

        1. Jimmy MacAfee - June 12, 2020

          Exactly. Like the times they could have arrested Vernon Wayne Howell at the local store instead of sealing him in his compound and murdering 17 children. But the ATF. Duh.

        2. Jonesy - June 12, 2020

          I have lots of friends in LE, both local and at the federal level – we’ve discussed this at length over the years. No-Knock warrants should be reserved for very rare, special circumstances. The problem is that these tactics, along with using SWAT teams to apprehend people for non-violent crimes like wire fraud, have increased over the years without much explanation. It seems that there are efforts to use the tools they have to justify the funding for these tools. Same thing with PDs around the country utilizing the DOD’s DLA program. PDs getting surplus military gear and vehicles, like MRAPs for free. They get this stuff and then have to pay to maintain them at taxpayer expense. And to justify having it, they use this stuff to execute routine calls in the community.

          1. Silas - June 12, 2020

            I read an article a couple of days ago regarding the militarization of law enforcement. (will see if I can find it and post link) The gist of it was that LEOs are being trained and conditioned in military tactics and stop seeing both law abiding and non-law abiding citizens as enemy combatants instead of citizens, whom they are supposed to serving and protecting.

            The clarion call against the police getting and using military equipment and tactics is not new. And I for one think it’s long past time that this is reduced if not out right eliminated. Yes we do need SWAT teams for special situations, but serving routine arrest and search warrants are, imho, not that kind of special.

      2. marineo6 - June 12, 2020

        Jimmy,
        The absurdity of you rushing downstairs in your jammies waving your .45 to fight off a squad of SWAT officers in full gear is too much. You of course are missing the whole point.
        Thanks for the laugh.

        1. Jimmy MacAfee - June 12, 2020

          I wouldn’t be “rushing downstairs in my jammies” to confront police, but robbers. particularly when the alarm goes off.

          Anyone who comes UP the steps will be in my direct line of fire, should ANYONE break in and come up the steps, if they don’t ann0ounce themselves. I can do that while I’m still prone, and I have a pretty good idea of where to shoot through the door before it’s even open.

          You have a problem with reading comprehension. Get help or a tutor.

          You probably aren’t capable of reading the news (not fake news) where people are sometimes SWATTED. (Know the term? I bet you don’t.)

          Keep laughing. Huhhuhhuh.

    2. Jimmy MacAfee - June 12, 2020

      I have an example of governmental stupidity: the Orange Brigade (prisoners doing lawn care on properties where the property owner allowed the weeds to become wildly overgrown) was taken to the wrong property by the Sheriff. Oops. Wrong address. They would have billed the property owner, if I hadn’t intervened. A neighbor’s property. Lawn needed mowing, but not badly.

      I emailed the City Manager about these guys with weed eaters doing lawn care where it was not needed, and he looked into it. Wrong address.

      I also got a bill for leaving trash out in the street without it having a tag. Not us; we take stuff to the landfill ourselves. Again, wrong address.

      Now those are insignificant cases, but they show that people make mistakes.

      A knockless warrant may be justified, but using fake evidence – as they did in the Russia collusion hoax – should result in someone’s head rolling. Using the wrong address to batter down someone’s door should result in firing or prosecution, particularly if it ends in bloodshed.

      Unreasonable search and seizure. It’s in the Constitution. Look it up. It’s called the 4th Amendment.

  2. Jimmy MacAfee - June 12, 2020

    What do Derek Chauvin and Judge Sullivan have in common? They both have had their knees on the neck of someone they wish to harm.

    What else? Both are profoundly stupid, vindictive and narcissistic.

    The difference: Sullivan has a lot of stupid, Leftist law clerks who had to look up the term “amicus curae” in order to try to overrule the DOJ, and they were stupid enough to think that Sullivan is a French judge (who gets to be prosecutor and judge all at the same time.)

    Chauvin committed physical violence; Sullivan committed legal violence.

    1. phineas gage - June 12, 2020

      Well stated. The difference is that the first is a renegade thug who will now spend the rest of his life in prison, while the other is a thug with the power of the Deep State behind him who is widely celebrated for crushing an individual for arbitrary political reasons. And will pay no price for doing so, beyond the personal humiliation from the public display of his rank stupidity.

  3. Silas - June 12, 2020

    “Democrat members willing to buck the constant overreaching and obstructionism of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer”

    And therein lies the rub, These despicable pieces of whale excrement do nothing that doesn’t benefit them or their agenda. Any bill they would pass will be crammed full of unrelated pork and provisions that have nothing to do with the subject the bill is supposed to address.

    You can’t even shame them into passing a straight bill as they have no shame, no real decency or a desire to just do what’s right just once without tieing all sorts of socialist strings to it. I believe there are some good people in the opposition party. But the not so dynamic duo hold the reins of power tight and the whip ready to lash any who would dare to cross the line and vote their conscience rather than the party line.

    I, like all good and caring citizens, want this shite fixed. Yes it is the festering blue cities and states that have brought us here. But federal laws that do some real reforms and ramifications for bad actors are what we need. The dims would be hard pressed to deny them. And swift action for those who do.

    It would also help if the President would highlight the actions he has already undertaken on behalf of the black community during his next series of rallys. If the msm cuts away from it, he has more cannon fodder to use against them via his tweets. He has a lot of black followers, they in turn have a lot of followers. it can only help the cause.

  4. Albert Barnett - June 12, 2020

    Can we have a image of the USA crime map and the USA voter map overlay each other, I’m betting most of the violent crime happens in blue areas. Where do most progressives live, Cities, where is all the crime? cities. After it has become obvious that unless you work in service economy, infrastructure, or manufacturing you can do your work from a home office. You don’t need a cubical in a big city any more even Wall Street figured this out some years ago, now the bankers, managers, mortgage brokers and everyone who shuffles paper for a living because of covid-19 has figured it out, time will tell but it looks to me like the cities are obsolete with the advent of mass communication. It just took an eye opening moment to show the boss he doesn’t need that floor in the downtown office building that cost thousands a month, his workers provide their own office space and are glad to do it!

    1. Jimmy MacAfee - June 12, 2020

      Good point!

      Some of the now obsolete cities are diseased urban ruins. BLM, ANTIFA and COVID have made them obsolete, but mostly the DNC is responsible. One radical used the term “warehousing the poor,” and he wasn’t far off. (We usually call it “the plantation” these days.)

      By the way, take away ANTIFA’s N, I and last A, and you have ATF. Coincidence? It’s not like they haven’t staged events and made stooges before, especially under Clinton and Obeelzebub. Just sayin’.

  5. 45Bravo - June 12, 2020

    Some very interesting comments have been posted here. My two cents on this subject. I have long held the belief that there is no reason or moral justification at all for ANY Government Employee at ANY level to be allowed or permitted to be a member of a “Labor Union”. What with Civil Service laws and protections that are in place already, there is no need for any sort of “collective bargaining agreement” at all.

    Simply put, remove all Labor Unions from our Police Departments, Fire Departments and Schools as well as every other facet of our government.

    Carry on.

    1. Silas - June 12, 2020

      Can’t remember the name of the Union boss, but he said that government employees should not be allowed to unionize. He understood what would happen.

      1. Carlos Dangler - June 12, 2020

        Silas – FDR (of all people) warned against unions for government employees.
        “It is impossible to bargain collectively with the government.”
        Maybe that’s who you are thinking of??

        1. Gregg - June 12, 2020

          And the “great” to many JFK allowed for public employee unions via an EO.

          And Jimmy the Carter, created the Dept. of Ed as a sop to the teacher’s union to get the votes he needed to defeat Ford.

          About officer Chauvin and his Eighteen complaints:

          I heard a report that one or two of the officers with him were rookies who were essentially being shown the ropes of real police work so that is their excuse in them not intervening to stop the killing of George Floyd.

          Who in their right mind at the Minnesota PD would assign rookies for training to a cop who was a known mediocre, if not borderline rogue officer? That is the chain of command that should be castigated.

          When I was in the navy on my ship, we would occasionally get newbies and/reservists coming on board for their two weeks of annual active duty training and I was often assigned to train them up. My command certainly didn’t assign the 10%er dirtbags to bring the newbies up to speed. Why did the Minnesota PD? And from what I can tell Chauvin was just an officer. How many police are still only a patrolman or officer with 19 years of service? By that time he/she should be at least a corporal or sergeant.

          There also needs to prosecutor reform starting at the top with the DOJ hacks all the way down to, apparently, many of the lowest government levels. Harris, Klobachar are examples of two spectacular failures, and they along with Inslee, Bloomberg, and de Blasio felt they were competent enough to be president?

        2. Silas - June 12, 2020

          Might be

  6. Margot - June 12, 2020

    Having a second chance at Reconstruction, and to get it done right, is an excellent idea. However, this: “The first step in that reconstruction must be to enact reforms that ensure black Americans receive the same level of police protection and courtesy received by white citizens.” No, that is far from the first step. That step cannot be taken unless the obstructionists are either eliminated, or rendered impotent.

    After the Civil War, poor whites and blacks began to make common cause with one another, for mutual survival. The powers that be couldn’t have that. Hence, they sent in the Scalawags to foster distrust, disruption and discontent. (I learned this in grammar school American History). Scalawags still exist. In fact, it would appear that their numbers and influence have increased.

    Reconstruction could be done right, if the Scalawags were eliminated. I just don’t see the political will to do so.

    1. Gregg - June 12, 2020

      And the carpetbaggers Margot

    2. Jimmy MacAfee - June 12, 2020

      Excellent comment!

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