I’m not normally in the business of making predictions, but this one is far too easy. The “Defund the Police” movement will be a disastrous failure. In fact, those who are pushing for this initiative will be lucky if they manage to implement any meaningful reforms when it comes to law enforcement.
Put simply, the “Defund the Police” movement is about as likely to succeed as Trump is to stop tweeting. There are several reasons why this is the case.
For starters, progressives touting the Defund the Police movement can’t even decide on what the phrase means. If you were to ask ten different progressive activists what it means, they’d give you 23.53 different answers. I just wrote a piece on this issue. I pointed out how Democratic politicians, along with progressive activists can’t seem to agree on what they actually want to accomplish, which is why they typically give a word salad of a response when they are questioned on the matter.
It’s very rare that the left isn’t able to get its messaging on point. On issues like gun control, abortion, and immigration, the Democrats, along with their propagandists in the corporate media, have a cohesive argument with an almost uniform set of talking points. But when it comes to what to do about the police, they’re all over the place. This does not bode well for the movement, does it?
Next, we have the American public, which has given a resounding “no” to the idea of defunding the police — whatever that means. A recent ABC News/Ipsos poll found that almost two-thirds of Americans are against defunding police departments. Only 34% support the movement. Among Democrats, those who favor the movement are a slight majority (55%). So even a significant chunk of those who lean left are not in favor of defunding/abolishing/reducing/overhauling law enforcement.
While we already know that the progressive left doesn’t give a rodent’s nether regions about what the rest of the American public thinks, it’s highly unlikely that they will succeed without a significant level of support from the rest of us plebs. And this leads to the final point.
The fact that the progressive left hasn’t bothered to craft a cohesive messaging campaign for the Defund the Police movement, combined with their lack of support from the public shows that they might not actually be serious about this issue. While the Minneapolis City Council voted to defund their local law enforcement agency, taking such an action will require a vote from the citizenry. Given the polling, it seems that the Council’s stance might just be empty posturing.
Moreover, as of this writing, Democrats have not even offered a single sheet of legislation that would involve abolishing the police. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) recently expressed his opposition to the idea. In an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” he suggested that the U.S. “restructure” law enforcement. “Nobody is going to defund the police,” he offered. He continued, insisting that “we can restructure the police forces” to ensure that black men do not have to fear them.
There you have it, folks. Despite the protestations of the corporate press and far-left activists, the movement to defund the police is essentially dead on arrival. It has become nothing more than a slogan designed to warm the hearts of progressives nationwide. But the question is this: If this movement is done, who will be the party to put forth a serious plan to reform law enforcement?