In Minneapolis, four former police officers are charged in the alleged murder of George Floyd. Meanwhile, the head of their union stands firmly behind them. Another killing of a Black man in Atlanta has resulted in criminal charges. Across the nation, Americans of a wide range of viewpoints have protested. Meanwhile, lurking in the background and taking advantage of the situation are some Marxists tearing down statues, and not just from the Confederacy. They want to erase the United States as it is and start over.
President Trump reacted quickly with an executive order designed to help weed out the small minority of bad law enforcement officers. The House and Senate also drafted bills. A good one, led by Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, certainly would be beneficial. Despite the fact that Republicans control the Senate, Democrats have been able to block even debate on Scott’s bill, which addresses chokeholds and other important matters, because of the filibuster rule. They are trying to force a Democrat-only solution, a punitive bill that will go nowhere this year. Leading the filibuster is Sen. Kamala Harris, who is campaigning to be Joe Biden’s running mate.
The Democratic strategy obviously is to wait until they control both houses and the White House. That certainly could happen next year. If it does, their version of police reform will not be the only change — not by a long shot.
It will be sad if this issue goes the way of immigration reform, in other words, becoming only a campaign issue instead of actual government action. Scott’s bill is waiting for the latter.
In the meantime, crime and destruction in many cities is mushrooming as local leaders fail to handle the protests well and fail to support proper actions of the police. Americans should demand better.