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Pinkerton: Will Joe Biden Sign a Pledge to Protect American Monuments?

US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden answers questions after speaking about the coronavirus pandemic and the economy on June 30, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

JAMES P. PINKERTON

5 Jul 2020

t shouldn’t have to get to this point, but here it goes: We need a written pledge to protect our statues and monuments. That is, a written document for politicians to sign, if they wish, pledging to protect public order and the dignity of our society.

Yes, of course, desecration and destruction are already illegal, but as we know, many elected officials have chosen to turn a blind eye — or, in some cases, have actively supported — vandalism of statues and monuments.

For the most part, these officials have been local officials, such as sitting mayors. And yet lately, higher officials in the Democratic Party have started to express at least some sympathy for the devils — these destroyers of public peace.  

For instance, just on Sunday, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) failed to make any sort of defense of public order when she was asked about the possible removal or desecration of the presidential carvings on Mt. Rushmore. Duckworth answered to CNN, “We should start off by having a national dialogue … I think we should listen to everybody. I think we should listen to the argument there, but remember that the president at Mount Rushmore was standing on ground that was stolen from Native Americans.”  

Let’s cut to the chase here: For Duckworth to say, “We should have a national dialogue,” and, “We should listen to everybody,” while echoing the protesters’ grievances, is code-language for dialoguing with Antifa and listening to Black Lives Matter — and we know what they want to do.  

Indeed, the last few months have shown us that when a politician won’t condemn vandalism, that means that he or she is signaling a green light to the vandals. After all, the hoodlums aren’t stupid: They know when the coast is clear and when they can have some cost-free fun.  

Lest anybody misunderstand where her sympathies lie, Duckworth added, “I’m more worried about the 130,000 who have lost their lives recently and the thousands and thousands of more Americans who are sick than I am our historical past.” We might note that Duckworth is reportedly on Joe Biden’s short-list for the vice presidential nomination.  

Indeed, speaking of Joe Biden, after months of taking only softball questions in his Delaware basement, Biden was asked, finally, what he thinks about statue destruction. He answered, “I think the idea of bringing down all those Confederate monuments to Confederate soldiers and generals who strongly supported secession and the maintenance of slavery, and going to war to do it, I think those statues belong in museums.”  

The former vice president did insist that the government should protect some structures, such as the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial, and yet it’s obvious that many statues and memorials fall into a neither category: They’re not Confederates, but they’re not PC, either. For instance, there’s Christopher Columbus, who is being demolished all over the country. So what’s Biden’s position on the demolition of Columbus, Junipero Serra, U.S. Grant — and all the others who are far from Confederates? Biden has yet to answer such detailed questions. 

For his part, Donald Trump has an answer. He wants to defend the statues, even if, of course, he has not always been able to (it’s a big country).  

Still, the president has argued, with great vehemence, that Biden would not adequately defend the nation’s heritage. As Trump said of Biden on June 20, “Does anybody honestly think he controls these radical maniacs? He will surrender your country to these mobsters.” He added, “If the Democrats gain power, then the rioters will be in charge and no one will be safe.” 

Is that a fair charge against a hypothetical President Biden? We don’t know, of course, because Biden is not in the White House — although polls indicate that he could be. And in the meantime, we certainly do know that other Democrats aren’t trying very hard to protect public order.

In such a situation, we need clarity. We need to find out: Who’s on the side of public order, and who’s on the side of disorder? 

So to help bring about that clarity, let’s make it a clear test: Let’s boil down the idea of public order into a binary choice, a simple “yes” or “no.” Indeed, let’s turn it into a pledge to put before politicians, incumbents and challengers alike.  

That pledge that could read like this: 

I will not support, and will actively condemn, any and all illegal defacement and destruction of public and private property, including statues and monuments. Such violence is never an appropriate form of protest. And I will support law enforcement in its honorable effort to protect such properties, as well as society as a whole. And I will further support the proper prosecution of those who seek to vandalize or destroy.

Some will insist that such a pledge is redundant because it’s already illegal to commit vandalism. And that’s true, it is — it’s just that the laws aren’t being enforced, and some pols, and their parties, seem to be okay with that.   

So that’s the value of a pledge: It will help remind office-holders of the laws that they are sworn to uphold, and it will help reveal to the voters whether or not those office-holders are doing their duty.  

To be sure, not every politician will sign the pledge; in fact, it’s likely that many won’t. Yet of course, during this current spree of vandalizing violence, to not sign a pledge to uphold order is, in fact, to be making a plain-as-day statement — that one is soft on, or perhaps even supportive of, vandalistic violence. 

Moreover, in many cities, mayors and other local pols will be able to safely ignore any such pledge — and even loudly reject it. That is, their Woken voters wouldn’t want them to sign it, and they might well vote them out if they did (although perhaps there’s a silent majority, even in the cities, that disapproves of such defilement). 

In any case, not every American lives in Woketown. Indeed, national polls show strong support for keeping most statues intact. And even if voters are sympathetic to removing, say, Confederate statues, it’s likely that they would prefer to see the removal done peacefully and legally, such that the statues can be safely moved in a museum or other repository. 

So presumably many politicians, especially at the state and federal level, would be happy to sign such a pledge — and if they don’t, well, the voters might be happy to learn the name of his or her opponent in the next election.  

We might add, too, that there’s ample precedent for pledge-taking. For instance, since 1985, Grover Norquist’s group, Americans for Tax Reform, has issued its Taxpayer Protection Pledge, in which the signatory commits to not increasing net taxes. The “ATR Pledge” is completely voluntary, of course, and yet it has been an important tool in keeping Republicans — and even some Democrats — away from the tax-increase temptation. 

So now today: We need a pledge for law and order. Yes, it’s sad that we need such a pledge, but still, it’s better to fix a problem than to leave it to fester.   

Therefore, before election day, every American should have the chance to know which side each politician is on: The side of order? Or the side of disorder?  

And that includes you, Joe Biden.

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POSTED ON JULY 5, 2020 BY STEVEN HAYWARD IN 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, JOE BIDEN

THE RADICAL JOE BIDEN

The conventional wisdom right now is that Joe Biden is semi-senile, and that his choice of a vice president is all-important as it is likely this person (almost certainly a black female) will become president at some early point in the next few years if Biden wins in November. This conventional wisdom may be narrowly accurate, but ultimately wrong. Why?

First, there is an imperceptible difference between a senile Biden and a feeble-minded Joe Biden. Let’s face it, Biden has been feeble-minded since he entered national politics almost 50 years ago. What is decisive is that even if he isn’t trending toward senility, he has already sold out to the far left of the Democratic Party, and has signaled his intent to implement a far-left agenda if he wins.

Don’t take my acerbic word for it. Read Michael Tomasky’s article “Biden’s Journey Left” in a recent New York Review of Books. Tomasky is one of the smarter lefty writers who I make a point of following. And his article makes clear that a Biden administration would be the most left-wing administration in history—far to the left of Obama.

Among other things, Tomasky reports that Biden’s campaign was having close and cordial contact with Bernie Sanders’s campaign well before Bernie dropped out, and that Biden quickly incorporated a lot of key Sanders people in his campaign when Bernie finally departed the race:

Biden and Sanders get along fairly well personally, and Biden understands that he needs to take the left seriously. . .  After Sanders withdrew, the discussions between the two turned more toward substance—and the extent to which Biden would be willing to adopt pieces of the Sanders agenda. Thus were formed the six task forces that the Biden campaign unveiled on May 13. These eight-member groups cover the economy, health care, immigration, criminal justice, climate, and education, and each is co-chaired by one Biden supporter and one Sanders supporter.

The left-wing presence on many of them is remarkable. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez co-chairs the climate panel with John Kerry. Representative Pramila Jayapal of Seattle, a major Sanders backer, co-chairs the health care task force with Obama surgeon general Vivek Murthy. The economist Stephanie Kelton, a top Sanders adviser and proponent of Modern Monetary Theory, which holds that the government should pay for major new investments like the Green New Deal by printing more money, is on the economic task force. The task forces, I’m told, have a threefold mission: to publicly recommend the policy positions that Biden should run on, to guide the writing of the party platform, and to inform the transition, should Biden win the election (assuming there is an election, or an uncorrupted one). It stands to reason that some of the members of these task forces might also fill important slots in a Biden administration.

If you don’t have an NYRB subscription, here are some more key samples of Tomasky’s analysis:

One of the oldest truisms of presidential politics is that candidates run to the left or right (respectively) during the primary and to the center in the general election. But since he became the presumptive nominee, Joe Biden has moved left. . .

Biden might now be willing to depart from the economic principles that have governed policy-making in this country over the last forty years: the so-called neoliberal principles of free markets, little government intervention or investment, wariness about deficits, and more. He might be willing, that is, to cast off the values and policies that have given us our era’s raging inequality, this uber-class of billionaires, this ethos of the deserving versus the undeserving. Republican administrations have embraced those principles fully—except when it comes to deficits, on which the GOP is completely unprincipled and hypocritical—but our two recent Democratic administrations have also at times done so, as when Obama began talking about deficit reduction in early 2010. The Obama experience was a bitter one for a lot of people who hoped for more public investment in infrastructure, health care, and climate initiatives. “Obama and his team’s acquiescence in—indeed, public endorsement of—the turn to austerity in 2010 was absolutely **** disastrous,” the UC Berkeley economist J. Bradford DeLong, who served in the Clinton administration, told me.

Translation: Biden will spend like there’s no tomorrow. And there might not be, if the radical Democrats get their way. The point is: Biden’s mental acuity may not matter much, given that the decision has been made to move the country hard left if he wins.

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The Morning Briefing: Beware America—Crazy Joe Biden Wants to 'Transform' You
BY STEPHEN KRUISER JUL 07, 2020 6:31 AM EST

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Joe Biden Doesn’t Like America, Apparently 

For reasons that those of us on the right side of the political aisle will never understand, Democrats are always of the opinion that the United States of America is in need of overhauling. Barack Obama famously (infamously?) said that he wanted to “fundamentally transform” America. Thankfully, he was unable to completely do that. Now Obama’s senile Mini Me Joe Biden is parroting his former boss and going on about “rebuilding” and “transforming” our beloved country. Bryan wrote about Crazy Joe the Wonder Veep’s basement campaign here yesterday, and it’s a magnificent post.

We’ve just spent several days being told that President Trump’s Mt. Rushmore speech was dark and divisive. Patriotism is very much out of fashion on the Left these days. It the eyes of the Democratic half of this country America is racist, broken, and almost irreparably damaged. When I hear a leftist describe the United States, I can’t believe we’re living in the same place.

Sure, we have our flaws as a nation, but we’re not in need of a complete rebuilding. As Bryan pointed out, the places most in need of fixing have one thing in common:

If we must read more kinetic tea leaves, since no reporter will ask Joe those two words, let’s look at what’s happening in Democrat-run cities around the country. About 26 years of patient law enforcement work to bring violent crime down from its historic high in the early 1990s has been undone in a month. As Kevin McCollough put it over the weekend, Six Weeks, Six Cities, 600 Murders. Kevin’s piece is a must-read.

That old public service announcement about “This is your brain, this is your brain on drugs,” comes to mind here. The Democratic hell hole cities are the country on leftism. Most of the Democrat-run cities have been dominated by one party for decades, so it’s all on them. Imagine that writ large with the Democrats in control of the White House, the Senate, and the House.

Let’s get back to the whole notion of transformation. The Democrats’ constant refrain about America needing to be changed is wearisome. It’s also being taught in public schools. The woke youth of today go into adulthood truly believing that the United States is terribly broken and in desperate need of a socialist fix. That’s really the end game for modern Democrats. It wasn’t just a few years ago but the whole party has rushed off of the far-left fringe. They aren’t so much interested in “transformation” as they are “undoing.”

America is just fine, thank you. Warts and all, this 244-year-old experiment in freedom is — put mildly — freakin’ glorious. Every leftist who says America needs to be rebuilt or transformed is lying.

What’s really disturbing is that Joe Biden is the most moderate of the Dems to emerge from that large primary field. If he’s going on about transformation then the center of American politics has moved too far to ever get it back to anything resembling “normal.”

We’re fine here, Joe. We won’t be needing your help.

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Joe Biden Says Police Have 'Become the Enemy,' 'Absolutely' Should Defund Them

 

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Joe Biden Says Police Have 'Become the Enemy,' 'Absolutely' Should Defund Them

It's clear Joe Biden's far left advisers are starting to change his stance on policing in America. 

During an interview Wednesday with leftist publication This Now, Biden said the police are over militarized, have "become the enemy" and said funding should "absolutely" be reallocated elsewhere. In other words, he's advocating for the defunding of law enforcement as crime across the country continues to skyrocket. 

It was just three weeks ago when Biden claimed he did not support defunding the police. In fact, he proposed an increase in funding for policing programs. 

"Don't defund police, support reforms," Biden wrote in an op-ed for USA Today. "I’ve long been a firm believer in the power of community policing — getting cops out of their cruisers and building relationships with the people and the communities they are there to serve and protect. That’s why I’m proposing an additional $300 million to reinvigorate community policing in our country. Every single police department should have the money it needs to institute real reforms like adopting a national use of force standard, buying body cameras and recruiting more diverse police officers."

Top Biden advisor and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes has called for complete defunding of police departments across the country. Significant cuts aren't enough. 

So who's really in charge?

 

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