Ed Morrissey’s post about Pelosi’s Democrats getting nervous about the #DefundThePolice movement highlights something that’s fairly uncommon — an essential program that Democrats won’t invest in. Along with investing in the military, it’s painfully obvious that Democrats don’t put a high priority on keeping people safe. The reason I mention this is because we’re about to get into a debate about whether Democrats intend to defund police department or whether they want to abolish them altogether. It’s a phony argument that Republicans shouldn’t engage in.

The best approach Republicans can take is to propose reforms aimed at strengthening police forces, increasing officer accountability and improving the police forces’ image within minority communities. That can’t happen without buy-in from white officers. That can’t happen until all officers are trained to report officer wrongdoing. Honestly, it’ll take a culture change in some police forces, starting in Minneapolis.

While the conversation is happening in DC, the changes must happen in the communities. While that sounds like a contradictory statement, it isn’t. Opening a debate in DC simply means putting ideas on the table. It doesn’t mean legislation getting written, bills getting passed or presidential signing ceremonies. It’s indisputable that “states are the laboratories for democracy.” In this instance, swap out states, then plug in cities. Why shouldn’t we have a nationwide debate? Think of it as a brainstorming session that everyone’s invited to. What’s more unifying than saying that everyone’s invited?

Lisa Bender likely won’t attend the brainstorming session. She thinks that having the ability to call the police in the middle of the night when a burglar is breaking in is a form of privilege:

Let’s see how willing Democrats are to engage in reforming the police and the unions that protect bad cops. Let’s see if they’re willing to push back against the AOC wing of their party. (I’m betting that they’re too cowardly for that.) Let’s see if Democrats will say that police officers make communities better, knowing that the AOC wing is ready for a revolution over this.

Don’t be surprised if Jacob Frey is defeated, then replaced by Jeremiah Ellison. But I digress. Democrats are fighting a civil war that’s going to get nasty. The establishment isn’t moderate but they play nasty. The question is whether the main battle will happen before the election. That’s what happened in 1968. Will it happen after Trump leaves office in 2025? Clinton didn’t rise until Republicans kept the White House for 3 terms.

Democrats know that they’re in trouble on this. Part of the Democrats want nothing to do with talking about law enforcement whatsoever. The activist wing of the Democratic Party runs the party. That’s why Biden hired AOC to be the co-chair of his advisory committee on climate change. He’s trying to unify a badly divided party.

It isn’t a matter of whether the Democrats will ‘come home’ in November. It’s that Republicans are already united and working on winning over persuadable voters. One of the things that’ll help Republicans win over those voters is the Democrats’ proposal to defund or abolish police departments.

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