Is Biden Ceding the Law-and-Order Issue?


Is Joe Biden forfeiting the law-and-order issue to Donald Trump?

So it would seem.

“Republicans Use Law and Order As Rallying Cry” was the top headline on The New York Times’ front-page story on Vice President Mike Pence’s acceptance speech at Fort McHenry Wednesday night.

The Wall Street Journal Page One headline echoed the Times: “Pence Accepts Nomination as GOP Puts Focus on Police.”

In his address, Pence charged Biden with sinning by silence in failing to denounce the rioters, looters and arsonists who have for months attacked police and pillaged Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis, Kenosha and other cities.

Said Pence: “Last week, Joe Biden did not say one word about the violence and chaos engulfing cities across this country.

“Joe Biden says that America is systemically racist, and that law enforcement in America has… ‘implicit bias against minorities.’ When asked whether he’d support cutting funding to law enforcement, Joe Biden replied, ‘Yes, absolutely.’
“Joe Biden would double down on the very policies that are leading to unsafe streets and violence in American cities. … You will not be safe in Joe Biden’s America.”

 

Now, it is inexact to say Biden would "defund" the police. When the big agenda item of Black Lives Matter was first raised, Biden rushed to say he would reform the police and increase spending.

And, late Wednesday afternoon, probably after seeing an advance of Pence's speech, Biden tweeted from Delaware about the chaos that has engulfed Kenosha since Sunday night's police shooting of Jacob Blake:

"Needless violence won't heal us. We need to end the violence."

Biden's belated and tepid condemnations of the riots and pillaging of America's cities by "peaceful protesters" gone rogue night after night testifies to the dilemma in which he finds himself.

It is three months since George Floyd ceased to breathe under the knee of that Minneapolis cop. But it is also three months to the election. And the political tide is turning, visibly and hard, against the arsonists and anarchists conducting the nightly rampages against cops across America.

The weariness of the public with the riots is palpable. The claim that these are but the understandable excesses of "peaceful protests" is getting stale. And the reaction against the riots and ruin in the Black communities, for whom they are allegedly being conducted, is growing.

Black leaders in urban areas are saying we want good cops, but we also want more cops to protect our people from gun-toting gangbangers who are running up rising weekly kill rates.

Tuesday, video surfaced of a mob of radicals surrounding, berating, cursing and threatening a woman at a D.C. diner. Her crime? She had refused to submit to demands she raise her fist in a Black Power salute and proclaim, "Black Lives Matter!"

"White silence is violence!" screamed the mob.

It looked like a training exercise for aspiring Nazi Brown Shirts.

We are beginning to see how this all unfolds. And from here, it looks like the Democratic left is going to be the loser on all counts.

First, the big mandate -- "Defund the police!" -- has backfired.

The Biden media daily testify to its unpopularity by insisting Biden never endorsed it. Where police department budgets have been cut, shooting and homicide rates have soared. And Biden's refusal to endorse the mandate tells you what Democrats' polls are telling them.

The police bill passed by Nancy Pelosi's House featuring restrictions on chokeholds has been ignored by the Senate, and Republicans do not appear to be suffering for having ignored it.

The smashing of statues, which has escalated from Columbus to Catholic missionaries and saints, to Confederate generals and statesmen like Lee, Jackson and Jefferson Davis, to the four presidents on Mount Rushmore -- Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, TR -- is now seen even by liberal elites as excessive.

Eventually, the country is going to go with law and order, for, no matter how the liberals' recoil from the phrase and its associations with Barry Goldwater and Richard Nixon, without law and order there is no justice and there is no peace. What Nixon said in '68 remains true: "The first civil right of every American is to be free from domestic violence."

The mega-demand of BLM and its collaborators -- reparations for slavery and segregation -- is not wildly popular. Yet, reparations, which ultimately involves trillions in wealth transfers, is an issue on which Biden will have to choose between the Bernie-BLM-AOC wing of his party and the Scranton Democrats among whom he was raised.

The decisive question:

Are the nation's police forces shot through with systemic racism and overpopulated by white cops who relish using violence on Black folks? Or are our police the first of the first responders, the thin blue line standing between America and anarchy?

The Republicans have chosen. They stand with the cops.

And if and when Biden comes out of the basement again, he is going to have to take a stand. Declaring evenhanded neutrality won't cut it.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of "Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever." 

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7 thoughts on “Is Biden Ceding the Law-and-Order Issue?”

  1. Dirty underhanded lying mud slinging Joe will say anything and slander anyone to get a vote. He has proved it over and over. He will advance the Marxist cause of the Sanderites and Bolshevik leftists and we will see the show trials of all the Conservatives and Constitutionalists . It will look like the trials in Russia on steroids when they eliminate anyone who disagrees with their “Progressive New Steal policies”. The suburban bleeding hearts who are grossly misinformed by our news media “All the muse that’s print to fit”, will elect his ilk eventually and our Police (the subject of this article) will be replaced by the Cheka, the KGB, and the ruling communist oligarchy. They will push Joe to the sidelines and watch him rot away to his dotage. The underhanded tactics of liberal court appointees are already extant and they are bolstered by our very own FBI and probably CIA as well. Our POTUS is sticking his foot in the tar all the time , no diplomacy , but an effective business dealer for our country . He will likely lose to the lying misinformation and “smoke and Mirrors” of the left. Never did I think I would see this here in the USA.

  2. If this blm communist democrat vial treason upon America were not so vial and anti America their efforts would likely be seen, As the most comical Satire in the history of America committed by communist morons !

    Law and order why is Biden avoiding the topic?
    Again you can’t push law and order where the democrat states are killing police, innocent children and burning their own cities while wearing masks due to a virus Obama and fauchi sent to China for China to release upon America so democrats can commit crimes while masked!
    They had to do it in their vial pee brains for you couldn’t unseat a President whom set records for improved economy and jobs for all races!
    Even democrat morons new their lying and treason were completely opposite of law and order!
    Democrats are the n word as well which is now a comment on vial actions blacks were solidly described for their tendencies to commit crimes which is still a viable description of their current actions , one word proves it!
    Blm
    However it has never been a descriptive term concerning black skin but only a description of the black races actions,
    As a whole by the shear quantity of murders and crime waves of the black races less human parts of their population!
    Now however the n word more clearly defines its description as to apply to democrats!
    For democrats have once again set up the black race, blm to take the fall for the democrats crimes of treason and corruption while throwing the black race under the bus to once again using masking to cover up the democrats treason upon America by using their military, Antifa to solidify their treasonous narrative!
    The black race now has a once in a lifetime opportunity!
    To escape the prejudice Implied by the n word!
    All blacks have to do is reject the democrats, Hollywood, the media and their elite athletes in this upcoming election!
    That move alone will remove the stigma of the n word on blacks and project the n word the most vial word in the English language directly unto all democrats!
    After all the democrats have created a new race of the most vial and hate driven humans in the worlds history!
    I can’t think of a more appropriate and vial word to describe democrats can you?
    Law and order is coming and America and the black race can solidify that description to both , here in America with one easy move on November 3, 2020 a very rare moment in history!
    Simply by taking away the vial democrats from our society with the strongest power here in America!
    Your Vote!
    Trump was sent to America by God !
    Give him the senate and the house with your vote!
    Communist democrats will wilt on the vine
    And the word prejudice will disappear very quickly for the black race, for taking the route to fight communism is the most credible way to prove your not a crime wave !
    It proves your human worthy of equality!

  3. These treasonous hypocrite libs(lying sack of Schiff) don’t know the meaning of the truth! They are at it again and just as mentally deranged as the rest of the Globalists NAZI Muslim Commie Liberal Demoncrats! Deep State, BLM, Pelosi, Waters, Schumer, Fauci, Hollywood, Academia, MSM Fox and the rest of Fake News, Swamp News and you know the rest!! ‪Expose, Boycott, Sue, prosecute and bring to justice all these lying Fake News deep state treasonous Godless NAZI commie liberal demoncrats and RINOs! Mutt Romney, Sessions, Lindsey Graham, AG Barr, Richard Burr, Ron Johnson,Susan Collins, Murkowski, Kasich, Gowdy, Justice Roberts, Bolton and you know the rest of the traitors. All the useless republicans that talk a lot of BS and do nothing! Drain the rat infested swamp President Trump! Yours truly, the patriots of America! Watch your back, President Trump! I for one, support you 1000%!

  4. Joe Biden pandering to Blacks and all other forms of degenerates . Could not even watch the Kentucky Dirby without having to listen to a lesson on re-written Social Justice . Had to turn it off . Blacks destroy everything they touch and Biden wants to hand over America to them .