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Biden is a triple-threat to American security (Part One of Three)

Biden is a triple-threat to American security (Part One of Three)

The most fundamental obligation of government is to keep we the people safe and secure in our ability to enjoy “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”  President Biden is failing to meet that obligation.

If we wanted to be kind to Biden, we might excuse his behavior to age-related loss of mental acuity.  At least in that way, we could be sympathetic – or at least understanding – of his incompetent and dangerous policies.  If we assume that he is mentally sound, then we have no choice but to blame his policies on incompetence, intentional malfeasance or worse.

Biden’s threat to the national security AND personal safety come in three major policy areas – reduced law enforcement, open borders and foreign policy.  In the first of the three-part series, we will deal with reduced law enforcement.

Reduced law enforcement

The purpose of the American police forces – according to the motto – is “To Serve and Protect.”  That pretty much sums it up.  It is the “protect” portion of the motto that is critical.  They “serve” just by enlisting and being.  But their primary job is to “protect” innocent people from the criminals.

Biden is the leader of a political party that has been – except for a few short years during the Clinton administration – “soft on crime.”  Democrat policies toward police, prosecutors and the courts have consistently been in the favor of the criminals.

Looking at police, we have seen both an evolutionary reduction in police authority and activity – and a national leftwing demonization that has seriously undermined police morale.  That, in turn, has created unprecedented resignations from police forces across the nation – and a reduction in recruitment.  Many of our cities now do not have enough police to keep the street safe even if they were empowered to do so – and they are not always so empowered.

We have seen police and other law enforcement agencies – such as the National Guard – be ordered to stand down or stand by as rioters wreaked havoc on residents with violence, arson, looting, vandalism, destruction of property, personal injury and even death.  This also includes life-threatening attacks on police and government buildings (insurrection?).

The fact that the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, would assist in raising bail for the few rioters who do get arrested is a slap in the face to every police officer in America – and underscores the Democrats’ allegiance to the criminal class.

Despite the best efforts to suppress law enforcement at the police level, a lot of potential criminals do get arrested and put up for prosecution.  This is where you see the Democrats again making life easier for the criminals.  First of all, they use prosecutorial discretion to simply NOT prosecute many of those arrested.

This seems to have arisen out of a plan by radical leftwing billionaire George Soros to fund soft-on-crime prosecutors throughout the nation.  And … he has had success, unfortunately.  Unfortunately for the innocent people currently being victimized by an unprecedented crime wave stretching across the nation.

Among Soros’ toadies are Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon, Chicago District Attorney Kim Fox and New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg – and others.  In virtually every case where a leftwing (Soros) Democrat has become the local prosecutor, enforcement has been reduced … and crime has soared.

In addition to prosecutorial discretion, Democrat politicians are decriminalizing serious crimes.  As another move against police, some have made resisting arrest a civil misdemeanor – arguably making it impossible to use lethal force when criminal attacks police or even draws a gun.  After all, one does not use lethal force when confronted with a mere civil violation.  You issue a ticket.

Among the kind of crimes to be unprosecuted or reduced to civil penalties are battery, when there is no permanent injury, shoplifting, stealing merchandise under $5000 in value, property damage, etc.  

Democrats have espoused the belief that if you are poor, stealing may be justified.  One Democratic activist said that blacks looting stores was a form of reparations.  

Democrats want to enhance the political power of criminals by extending the voting franchise to convicted felons – even those still serving time in prison.

As President of the United States, Biden has not pushed back on his own Democratic Party’s dangerous disregard for the rule-of-law.  Nothing in his Stimulus Bill, his Infrastructure Bill and his failed Build Back Better bill and the so-called Voting Rights bills has addressed the soaring crime problem in America.  He has not yet told his Vice President to stop siding with the criminals.

Thanks to Biden and the Democrats, more Americans are being robbed, raped and murdered for lack of law enforcement.  It is not only on his watch, but also the direct result of his failure to address the issue.  He and the Democratic Party are complicit in the current crime wave.  They are not allowing our police to “serve and protect.”  In fact, they are inhibiting them.

In Part Two, I will deal with open borders.

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry HoristLarry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

34 Comments

  1. frank stetson

    Crime is up, punishment is down, police forces are downsizing, it’s the end of the world as we know it.

    Not a freakin statistic in the whole piece.

    Feelings, nothing more than feelings……

    What laws has Biden changed here and what are the actual statistical results?

    Or are we just Biden bloviating on a winter’s day.

    Can’t wait for the next one, don;t know how many times I have asked what the definition of open borders even is. I mean are the oceans not there? have we taken immigration out of the airports? are the border stations all gone? How open are the open borders?

    • Henry

      We are at risk of war with Russia and/or China with a so-called commander in chief that’s got serious mental issues. God help us.

      • Ben

        Henry,
        Trump isn’t president any more

    • John sTark

      Biden called a reporter a stupid son of a bitch. Looks like a pot and kettle situation here. Words from the world’s stupid buffoon. Lol

      • frank stetson

        It was a hot mic mistake for which Biden called Peter Doocy and apologized immediately after, the boy who landed a job immediately post college at FOX where his Dad stars on FOX and Friends. Wish I had that resume……

        So yes, unlike that last “world’s stupid buffoon,” whatever that awkward yet redundant piece of English means, the pot apologizes when he makes a mistake. You just can’t normalize Trump no matter how hard you try.

        • Harold blankenship

          If I were the reporter I would have accepted Joe’s apology and told him that people realize that he’s mentally challenged and not responsible for his stupidity

          • frank stetson

            If we were judging people’s mental state based on what they said: Biden is a freaking genius compared to Donald J grab em by the pussy Trump.

            “This is a big fucking deal.” Not.

    • Larry Hall

      IT LOOKS LIKE AS WE NEW IT TO BE, READY TO BE FLUSHED DOWN THE TOLET. Many have served our great Nation, and a few are trying TO flush it down the toilet.

  2. larry Horist

    I was commenting on the rise in crime — of which every person who watches any news is aware of. Not sure how you missed it. The statistics you call for a bleed from the news platforms every day. I did not think I needed to do the stats when expressing an opinion about them. Should I do a statistical summary of the Covid states every time in opine on the subject? You think I should be writing 20,000 word commentaries…lol. Really Frank, you are getting carried away with your self-appointed role as a constant critic. I think you write more than I do. You must have alot of time on your hands.

    • frank stetson

      I had divested most of my investments before this recent correction, the weather is cold, so yeah, Larry, I have a open spot until finance takes it’s toll again. Even then, it’s a nice break from the numbers although I can see where you might shy away from that. For your reply:

      Larry says it’s obvious that he doesn’t need to repeat any facts. I would like to keep an open mind (don’t gag) and attempt to discover what is going on here, and why. Seems Larry only writes about the painfully obvious, facts not needed for these pieces, we already know the truth. Makes one wonder why Larry has to tell us what we already know? But it does free him to vent his grievances without actually having to support their reality. Sure seems simpler if you believe his baseless hyperbole.

      Actually Larry, contrary to the subject of your reply, this article was about reductions in force that Biden is the culprit for due to his awful policies. Your reply seems to be about a rise in crime. Aren’t these two different things? NTW — you provide factual support for neither. Even with all those words you can’t come up with a number to save your life. Well, I found some:

      From PEW: “Using the FBI data, the violent crime rate fell 49% between 1993 and 2019, with large decreases in the rates of robbery (-68%), murder/non-negligent manslaughter (-47%) and aggravated assault (-43%). (It’s not possible to calculate the change in the rape rate during this period because the FBI revised its definition of the offense in 2013.) Meanwhile, the property crime rate fell 55%, with big declines in the rates of burglary (-69%), motor vehicle theft (-64%) and larceny/theft (-49%).

      Using the BJS statistics, the declines in the violent and property crime rates are even steeper than those reported by the FBI. Per BJS, the overall violent crime rate fell 74% between 1993 and 2019, while the property crime rate fell 71%.”

      https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/11/20/facts-about-crime-in-the-u-s/

      That covers Presidents from both sides of the aisle out to 2019 and you can see, crime falls throughout the period, except for violent crimes which begin to rise, under Trump, in 2019. Undoubtedly rise because police and criminals knew Biden would win :>) Facts are our friends.

      The rising trend in violent crime, under Trump, continued in 2020 with a 3% rise overall, 30% rise in murder, under Trump in 2020, the largest rise in homicide in the history of reporting. Under Trump. The largest rise ever today. It hit 20% after 9/11 because of 9/11.

      The trend continues under Biden but somehow, without facts, Larry sees this as totally Biden’s fault; Trump’s trend apparently does not exist for Larry; the value of not having any facts.

      https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/06/health/us-homicide-rate-increase-nchs-study/index.html

      Larry does not have the nationwide data for 2021, no one does. But we do know that close to a dozen major metros will break all time homicide records so the feeling is 2021 will be a violent crime increase.

      Perhaps because Larry thinks all required facts are known, we all have his perfect information, that he totally misses the fact that the uptick in violent crime starts in 2019 running rampant in 2020, with the Trump murderous trend probably growing even larger under Biden.

      Larry skips the Trump trend and lays blame for all this on Biden for:
      – Being soft on crime with “Democrat policies toward police, prosecutors and the courts have consistently been in the favor of the criminals.”
      – With force totals, Larry says: “ we have seen both an evolutionary reduction in police authority and activity” forcing resignations while hiring has slackened off.

      The results of Biden’s actions are: “Many of our cities now do not have enough police to keep the street safe even if they were empowered to do so – and they are not always so empowered.” Empowerment speaks to police standing down for certain crimes and in certain areas, or both therefore letting criminals off the hook which is somehow counter to counting more crimes, but hey….facts.

      And if we are lucky to have enough police, and lucky enough that the police actually arrest someone: “First of all, they use prosecutorial discretion to simply NOT prosecute many of those arrested.” This one Larry lays at the feet of George (“the radical right’s” boogeyman de jour) Soros. Makes you wonder why the crime stats are going up?

      Since Larry offers no sources, no facts, no statistics, it’s pretty hard to refute any of this. Then again, Larry hasn’t proven squat either. He just spews the party line as a good partisan throwing those same old tropes and stereotypes as red meat to his base.

      BUSTED for lack of support.

      FYI: I agree the violent crime rate is going up, is too high. I do not know what policies resulted in this, if any at all. I do know it’s on both Trump’s and Biden’s watch. I am pretty sure it’s not just Democratically controlled cities and states. It’s mostly the economically disadvantaged, that means blacks and Hispanics, but I am pretty sure there’s a lot of poor whites killing, raping, and stealing too. May even be a covid effect, especially on the domestic front, which again, Larry provides no facts as to whether anything else might be in play beyond Biden. Bottom line: I know it’s going up, don’t know how much nationally, neither does Larry. And I don’t know why, and neither does Larry, but I am pretty much certain it’s not just the Biden policies that Larry feels should go unmentioned because, you know, we all know, and there tis it all we need to know…..
      Nope, not good enough Larry unless you’re just a partisan talking head in the echo chamber of your base.

      • Harold blankenship

        Frank show us some proof of your statistics. Not just more bullshit. And it’s interesting that you suffer from Trump syndrome. Shut down your computer and get help. Sometimes I wonder if you have a man crush on trump Go find a life

        • frank stetson

          Harold, if I show you proof, facts, sourced to the CDC and to PEW Research, determined Least Biased and Highly Factual by Media Bias/Fact Check, and you call it bullshit, I think we are done. As to your feelings about my mental health and sexual proclivities, that’s yours to own; I just don’t think your fantasies are any more worthwhile to the discussion than your fantasies about me.

          When you want to talk issues, I’m all yours. If you want to talk smack, you’re just talking to yourself so talk to the hand, no doubt your best friend.

    • frank stetson

      Larry hates facts. They get in the way of his colorful narrative messing up all those cute sound bites he has mastered over his decades of partisan picking at anything Democrat. He has adopted children of color, but has Larry ever adopted a Democrat? He’s old enough to be my father, so there’s still time….. :>) All joking aside, some facts:

      The US police force shrunk from 2008 to 2013 by close to 100,000. From 2103 to 2019, it grew back again, and in 2020, basically was flat: https://www.statista.com/statistics/191694/number-of-law-enforcement-officers-in-the-us/

      Police budget expanded on average from 2020 to 2021. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/cities-vowed-2020-cut-police-funding-budgets-expanded-2021-rcna9864

      So where are the reductions Larry, where is the defunding, where are the Biden policies proving your narrative.

      Crickets?

      FYI: low hanging fruit takes little time to pick….

  3. Ben

    Please explain why crime was up under trump.

    I mean, I know Conservatives believe the world is only 6,000 yrs old, but I didn’t know that the United States of America started last Jan 20th 2021 and that everything that happened prior to that… didn’t really happen.

    When seconds matter, Police are minutes away. I’ve heard that soooo many times from gun owners. Essentially admitting that police rarely stop crimes, but react to crimes.

    Addressing the core of the problems is a much better tactic. Sending armed gang members to petty neighbor disputes, or mental health crisis is obviously not working out, let’s try sending mental health professionals, or professional mediators.

    My favorite was the story from the last couple of weeks was about the young man having a mental health crisis, threatening suicide. Parents called the police, the police showed up and shot him dead.

    Mission Failed successfully.

    • Miles collins

      Great marksmanship They trained for it

      • frank stetson

        Actually the posts are so…..that criticism is just low hanging fruit.

        Takes some sort of balls to crack on a guy who avoided self-suicide only to be suicided-by-cop. Karma is a bitch.

    • larry Horist

      You are correct Ben. The crime wave we see today is just the rising tragectory that have been going on for years IN DEMOCRAT CONTROLLED COMMUNITIES — espectially in those segregated and impoverished communities Democrats have maintained for generations..

      • frank stetson

        Like your story, this is just not true Larry. While most urban and suburban areas are indeed Democratic, and more educated, and more income, with bigger houses, better cars, you get my drift…..many urban areas are impoverished. Segregated? Is that something that Trump did, cuz Biden just got here? Oh well, fact is crime rates have increased in these areas, a number of which are REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED COMMUNITIES. As much are you try, you just can’t pin all crime on Democratic criminals and Democratic controlled communities. Basically, as a wise man said: “it’s the economy, stupid.” Only fools would attribute it to politics.

        But again, got any facts or just the same old “if it’s poor, it’s black it’s democratic” trope .

        This is for 2019, homicide by State. It’s color coded for you Larry and seems to indicate there is mucho homicides in Republican Controlled States. Almost looks like YOU own it…. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/sosmap/homicide_mortality/homicide.htm

        Facts are our friends. Larry likes feelings…..nothing more than feelings…..

        • larry Horist

          Frank …. What the hell are you thinking? Trump segregated the cities??? That is just preposterous. And your state-by-state crime analysis proves the old adage that figure do not lie, but liars figure — and if you are not purposeful misrepresenting the facts, you are woefully ill informed. Sorry chap, but you are getting totally bonkers. Now … if you want to analyze crime, look at the cities were most of it takes place. You can say Georgia has a Republican governor, but the major crime center is in Democrat controlled Atlanta. The highest crime rate is in New York City. Los Angeles. Baltimore. etc. etc. etc. All segregated cities run for generations by Democrats. Look at the facts instead of trying to spin them. Also, you can stop your personal insults and ad hominin attacks … and obsessively talking ABOUT me as if you have an audience…lol. I should not encourage you with responses. Have to think about that.

          • frank stetson

            Larry, you’re not alone in your argument, many feel as you do. I’ve BUSTED your police-force defunding based on the facts, now you’ve morphed to more crime, Biden-policy caused, if not, then Democratic Mayor acting on Biden’s party leadership, whatever….

            Most conservatives have probably based your ire from one story about violent crime up in 12 US cities. And then, for the most part, you are off to the partisan hyperbole race track running amuck in the same old tired narratives. Feelings, nothing more than feelings, actually misplaced feelings in light of the facts…..

            Larry infused the inflammatory word “segregation” into the conversation. I just asked a simple question given that, which was, if they are segregated communities, that said segregation happened on Trump’s watch also. Didn’t it? IOW, impossible to just be Biden policies, or even Democratic policies alone but during Trump, it’s the mayors, Trump is off the hook? I realize now that you feel the concept is “preposterous”, thanks for the answer although the logic does not seem to stand the light of day.

            You then call me a bonkers liar but you don’t say why except that I’m either misrepresenting the facts or woefully ill informed. I guess you do not deny the data I presented, right?

            I have to guess that you have these feelings because you feel the majority of crimes are in the cities, the cities are controlled by Democrats, Joe Biden is the leader of the Democrats and, by extension, this is therefore all Joe Biden’s fault whether Trump or Biden is in office. I hope you’re talking crimes per 100K, and not just the fact there are more people in cities therefore larger numbers of, well, almost everything. And you feel everyone alreayd knows all the facts, sources not needed. Let’s try real world facts:

            1. Dems run most, but not all, cities in the top 100 American cities
            2. Repub’s run some states but having responsibility for cities in their states Larry feels is a preposterous idea that only a lying, woefully ill informed, or a misrepresent-er of the facts, would ascribe any blame to them, the leaders of the party for their state.
            3. Larry pulls a jump-shift concluding it’s all Joe Biden’s fault, the leader of the party for the nation, not a governor who has zero responsibility cities that only the mayors and the President own. Weird jump=shift logic.

            Preposterous you say. Some more facts:

            Of the top 100 major cities in the US, 26% are controlled by Republican mayors. Many of these are in States with Republican Governors too. Believe it or not, they have violent crime increases just like the Democratic cities that Larry used, but didn’t show you, because you already know.

            I then compared this list against the latest 2019 city murder rates/100K from the FBI. Sure, not the same as 2020 or 2021, but it gives you an idea where this probably will end up. Republicans own two of the top ten cities for homicide, Republican mayors own 25% of the top 20 homicide cities which is about the same percentage for Republican ownership of all top 100 American cities. Larry offers no proof Biden is responsible for the uptick in violent crime. There is much trouble in Republican states, Republican cities, as controlled by Republican mayors and many times Republican Governors as well. You have not proven that Democratic mayoral policies in those cites caused it, much less were caused by Biden actions which is your title for this article. You haven’t even mentioned a specific policy, you just blame Biden. You got FUD, I have facts, and neither of us have answers which is why I hope you are writing this. I mean it couldn’t just be another partisan hack job based on muscle-memory Republican narratives for Democratic policy shortcomings. I know it’s been tough since you had to retire tax and spend, but come on —- get some facts for support at least. .

            What we do know:

            Violent crime is up in the cities and probably the nation. That’s about it at this time Larry, that’s about all you got: factually. BUSTED due to lack of support.

            Oh yeah, on your reply: out of 100 top American cities, in 2019,
            NYC was 20th from the the lowest murder rate, 80 cities ranked lower including a number of Republican-controlle cities.

            LA was 38th and Larry, you’re not alone in your argument, many feel as you do. You have all probably based your ire from one story about violent crime up in 12 US cities. And then, for the most part, you are off to the partisan hyperbole race track. Feelings, nothing more than feelings, actually misplaced feelings in light of the facts…..

            Larry infused the inflammatory word “segregation” into the conversation; I just asked a simple question given that, which was, if they are segregated communities, that said segregation happened on Trump’s watch also. IOW, impossible to just be Biden policies, or even Democratic policies alone. I realize now that you feel the concept is “preposterous”, thanks for the answer although the logic does not seem to stand the light of day.

            You then call me a bonkers liar but you don’t say why except that I’m either misrepresenting the facts or woefully ill informed. I guess you do not deny the data, right?

            I have to guess that you have these feelings because you feel the majority of crimes are in the cities, the cities are controlled by Democrats, Joe Biden is the leader of the Democrats and, by extension, this is therefore all Joe Biden’s fault. I hope you’re talking crimes per 100K, and not just because there are more people in cities….. Wow….all that because you say everyone knows so facts and sources not needed. Let’s try real world facts:

            1. Dems run most, but not all, cities in the top 100 American cities
            2. Repub’s run some states but having responsibility for cities in their states Larry feels is a preposterous idea that only a lying, woefully ill informed, or a misrepresent-er of the facts, would ascribe any blame to them, the leaders of the party for their state.
            3. Larry pulls a jump-shift concluding it’s all Joe Biden’s fault, the leader of the party for the nation, not a governor who has zero responsibility for the cities that the mayors and the President own…..

            Preposterous you say. Some more facts:

            Of the top 100 major cities in the US, 26% are controlled by Republican mayors. Many are in States with Republican Governors too. Believe it or not, they have violent crime increases just like the cities that Larry used, but didn’t show you, because you already know.

            I then compared this list against the latest 2019 city murder rates/100K from the FBI. Sure, not the same as 2020 or 2021, but it gives you an idea where this probably will end up. Republicans own two of the top ten cities for homicide, Republican mayors own 25% of the top 20 which is about the same percentage for Republican ownership of all top 100 American cities. Larry offers no proof Biden is responsible, there is much trouble in Republican states, Republican cities as controlled by Republican mayors and many times Republican Governors as well. You have not proven that Democratic mayoral policies in those cites caused it, much less were caused by Biden actions which is your title for this article. You haven’t even mentioned a specific policy, you just blame Biden. You got FUD, I have facts, and neither of us have answers.

            What we do know:

            Violent crime is up in the cities and probably the nation. That’s about it at this time Larry, that’s about all you got: factually. BUSTED due to lack of support.

            Oh yeah, on your reply: out of 100 top American cities, in 2019, NYC was 20th from the the best, 80 cities ranked lower. LA was 38th and Baltimore was second to the worst.

            In 2021, NYC added 17 murders to it’s 468 2020 Trump-reign-homicide-rate which added a whopping 4% more for a 485 total. Of course, during Trump, NYC added close to 30% more murders.

            In 2021, in LA, 397 murders, up 12% from the 355 in 2020 LA, but a whopping 55% from 2019. IOW, the increase started with Trump in 2020 as President with the whopping increase. It’s also post covid, and most certainly NOT starting BIDEN. However, it is the highest in a long time, under Trump, and under Biden, and that’s a big problem, IMO.

            Just a couple examples why Larry’s “it’s all Biden’s fault” dog just don’t hunt. It don’t even sniff the ground when Larry backtracks and punts to “it’s the Democratic mayor’s fault and they report to Biden, the party leader.”

            No, Larry, as much as you would like to believe, homicide is most often very personal and not hardly ever, political. BUSTED.

          • larry Horist

            Frank … You arguments are so ill-informed, so illogical, so utterly wrong that you are BUSTED by your own assertions. I do get a kick out of when you seem to be telling others about me, as if you have an audience. How you can allege that Democrat cities that have been brutally segregated for generations as the fault of Trump is imponderable. You cannot be that stupid — unless you have absolutely no experience with inner city life. I did not “infuse” the word “segregation.” I have been writing about our segregated cities for a lifetime. If you think they are not segregated, you are delusional. You contentions make a mockery of your claim to be research-oriented. Rather you seem to argue from a world of convenience that rests in your own mind. That is why I do not respond at length to your increasingly irrational and personal replies.

        • Ben lucas

          Frank when you someday pull your head out of your ass be sure to clean the shit out of your ears so you can listen to facts.

    • Tom

      Ben, I enjoy your comments. You are my Moe buddy! Crime rates rose under Trump because police felt supported and actually arrested people in stead of avoiding the arrest like in 2021. Fact is, crime is up under Biden’s watch from where it was under Trump’s watch – but it all depends on the type of crime you are looking at. Violent crime is up. Go ask your fire department and emergency response buddies. Property crime is down due to most people being at home due to Covid, stores closed make less targets, etc. Bottom line for me, if I am being threatened by someone with a gun or knife, I want a cop with a gun showing up, not a social worker who fires nothing but words. And by the way, that man wanting to commit suicide but was shot by cops was mentally ill and off of his medications. Depending on how you look at it, it could be viewed as a failure for police because they shot him, or, it could be viewed as a success for police because they gave him what he wanted – death by cop.

      • frank stetson

        Tom’s arguments seem more cogent than Larry’s. IMO. Tom, while I agree we will probably find violent crime is up during Biden over Trump, we still don’t know I think, except where cities have reported out. And that looks bad for the nation’s average too.

        But you leave out that Trump’s violent crime stats rose in 2020 at 30%, a number not seen since the 20% from the year of 9/11. Seems there more be more at play here if the trend covers two administrative policies towards crime. Just saying.

        And yes, no one would like a social worker turning up in lieu of a cop given your scenario. I am sure the social worker does not ant to be there; that the procedures would call for them not to be there, and that your argument is really just an example of reductio ad absurdum for the concept of defunding police.

        As to the suicide-by-cop, I had the same thought, and probably best wait to see investigation before judging. This story indicates he had his arm in the air but was holding a “realistic” looking pellet gun when the cops, fearing for life, shot him. Justified was the result of the investigation. We can’t see the final seconds, or hear anything but it’s pretty close to SBC with even the final seconds missing.

      • Arthur

        Bring back the custom of sundown towns. In those days crime was much lower. We didn’t have bad people roaming the streets after sundown

      • Ben

        Tom on January 25, 2022 at 12:08 pm
        Ben, I enjoy your comments. You are my Moe buddy! Crime rates rose under Trump because police felt supported and actually arrested people in stead of avoiding the arrest “

        Tom, I’m glad you agree that murder rates rose dramatically under trump. And I don’t think the argument that property crimes were done because trump’s plague kept everyone at home is a great angle.

        As for the rest of your post, I won’t dignify with a response, it is crude, I’ll informed, and ignorant.

      • Burt hawkins

        We need to return to having sundown towns. The lowlifes weren’t allowed out after sundown. And it was strictly enforced To the good old days.

    • larry Horist

      Ben … You are correct to note that crime in America has been the rise for a long time — mostly in Democrat-run cities. And in those segregated and impoverished communities that they have maintained that way for generations. Just look at the stats.

  4. TOM

    Actually Biden does not have to change any laws although he has told federal prosecutors to back off – which is like changing laws. All of the BLM and Antifa perpetrators cases were dropped which actually pissed off prosecutors. They were ordered to drop them. Actually he is the head of his party and they influence state and local levels where laws are being changed. Violence is up 30% in Philly and in most democratic cities is up over 20%. Even they are starting to look for more police but they ran them all off, now they are screaming for protection. I can tell you that robbing cars and cutting out catalytic converters is way up in our area too! Here is a balanced article for you:
    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/09/america-having-violence-wave-not-crime-wave/620234/ Bu the way, 2021 figures are not in yet to the FBI

    At least nine major cities have broken their previous annual homicide records with about three weeks left to go in 2021. There have been 513 homicides this year in Philadelphia, higher than the previous total of 503 in 1990. There have been 230 homicides in Indianapolis, breaking the previous record of 215 set just last year.

    These increases are not isolated to any particular region of the country. Other cities with record homicide totals include Louisville, Kentucky; Columbus, Ohio; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Tucson, Arizona; Rochester, New York; and Portland, Oregon. Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Nashville are also on pace to reach record homicide numbers by the end of the year.
    Los Angeles recorded 352 homicides so far this year, and Chicago has seen 756, with year-to-date increases of 12% and 4% respectively. In Houston, homicides are up 18% from 2020.
    While one-year increases don’t always portend a significant spike in crime, almost all the largest cities in the United States have seen an increase in homicides from 2019, sustaining a sharp rise that began last year. Read the rest at https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/12/us/homicides-major-cities-increase-end-of-year-2021/index.html

  5. A c

    Larry,
    Just more target practice?
    Biden and Democrats are sitting ducks in a barrel thick headed Republican bullies relish taking potshots at. You, Biden, Trump, and Ol’ Mitch are of the same age. When number of years makes one incompetent and a liable target for ridicule loaded with self righteous judgement.
    The thing is. Any criticism of others opens the critic up for like criticism in return. Those dishing out a pile of bill better be strong enough for return fire. If not, then everyone will see a bully.
    Truthfully, seeing things objectively; opinions being traded back and forth none claims the last word in convincing either side.
    No opinion comment has yet to convince doubters of several points of view. The resulting debated arguments Initiated by Larry and intended as the only authoritative word settling the issue raised end as yet another exercise in futility.
    All the kings men and all the kings horses could not convince Republicans of error
    “I was wrong”” not withstanding. Political prophets are born to foretell it’s not a learned ability one may self -anoint as one. So gifted one’s are by others recognized and raised up to notice.

    • larry Horist

      AC …. for a man who proclaim objectivity and critical thinking, I think you doth protest to much. You first paragraph indicates a lack of understanding of reality — and the last is an incomplete sentence that does not complete the thought — although I suppose I can assume what you meant. Contrary to your ridiculous contention, the fact that me, Trump, Biden and Ol’ Mitch are all the same ages is irrelevant. Age is NOT what 44 percent of the people believe Biden has some aging mental problem. It is their condition ,, not age. I know folks my age who are in serious mental decline and other not. I know folks my age who are shuffling around in walkers — and others even older play golf and tennis. The issue is not age, but the condition of one man at that age. We are talking about some rather obvious signs on the surface that Biden is beginning to struggle with mental acuity. He is having senior moments in ways that he never had in the past. They seem to brag about his physical condition after routine examinations, but why has he not had the cognitive testing that is common as folks get older — and especially if there are those senior moments. And I think you talk of political prophets are “born to foretell” is weird … but maybe you are correct. May explain why it came to me naturally. I did not have to learn it… lol

      • Fred ford

        Hang ‘em

      • Ac

        Larry,
        Apparently, in your view objectivity and critical comparative analysis between differing points of view (opinions) are valid only when your subjective rules are applied. Which is
        critical, true, but hardly true critical apolitical consideration. It’s understandable in your case. The real conservatives have no room in their world for other approaches and the people bringing an alternative perspectives. An open mind is a political hazard for the conservative sure of correctness and confident in your judgements. Others do have their own true belief and honest faith. Those others have every right equal to your own right to a perspective driven opinion contrary to others’.
        As Americans we are granted certain freedoms containing rights assuring even more freedoms. It seems the freedom of speech covers a lot of ground in the American landscape. Today’s politically cantankerous turmoil gives opportunities to voice personal non-objective opinion commentary. No matter the objective truth does not support your perceptions depth and capacity for disrespect. In print you have your own pulpit of influence, albeit, not near FOX Entertainment. None the less, public space in media occupied by commentators is a position with social privilege. All of media is responsible to we the people consumers of media. Corporate agendas to often decide what product offerings. General knowledge has it right wing FOX sets conspiracy theories on fire and floated the theories with authority, top rated viewership. Even if the station’s commentators’ personal philosophies were their own at the start. Popularity has its draw and the money is good.
        Whether the FOX crew went in eyes wide open is their story. And, it’s not through yet. The devil is in the details, FOX os addicted to the details and will pay the devil’s going price.
        Question being, is the money worth sacrificing one’s personal ethics for questionable professional moral standards. Vitriol against Biden and Democrats for creating every issue the country is facing from immigration and Ukraine/Russia to economics and COVID appears unseemly, particularly regarding the image you autobiography would like to project. But then, it’s been personal projection all along. Conservatives’ subterfuge attempted by DJT as an attention diversion from GOP inept dealings and Trump’s alternate reality.
        Larry, deride Biden and the Democrat’s for their policies or ideas to improve life for our fellow citizens and neighbors, but see your diatribes are in vain. The GOP has no policy planks, no vision for remedy fixes for even Republicans, Trump worshippers. The red squad in House and Senate have been receiving pay while sitting on their hands, shaking their heads saying “nay”, holding the country hostage by their inaction and contempt for democracy.
        Look around and possibly see it’s the intrenched muddled brained republicans who are and have been the root of all that the world nations see. The world outside your conservative myopic world view has determined America’s experiment in democracy is crumbling. See Trump screaming “stollen election” at every opportunity from rally stage to media interviews with no basis in reality. Look at the elected officials on the GOP side stomping their feet creating crazy conspiracy theories,. Look at 1/6 the attack on Democracy and the leadership on the right flipping like caught fish and Trump tje fish-wizard of Florida.
        The right’s aim at Biden and non support of basic democratic election processes enabled Putin’s ambitions militarily against Ukraine. Putin held off actualizing his long planned advance until Trump left office. The GOP should be careful about what the wish for. They (you) weaken the Presidency and cripple the legislature and politicize the Supreme Court, you throw the whole game and hand it to Putin. Shortly thereafter watch China jump on this opportune moment and take over world power primacy.
        You may say “it’s on Biden’s watch” but it’s on the Republicans’ head. Which party has the greatest percent of people pushing for Revolution and by armed force. That’s unprecedented and a huge crevice in the American populace landscape.
        Rapid Republicans of my extended family and call themselves conservatives have been radicalized by right wing media influences. They have no clue as to conservatism or what conservatives believe. Still, the look forward to a day when they will bear their arms, of which they have stock piled.
        Larry, I have admitted before that I am also in your age bracket. I know a few things about its pros and cons. But, judging another similarly aged as you as mentally incapable to any degree should not make you feel superior. Biden’s mental state is healthier than yours or mine. He is POTUS and you are not.
        When Trump at multiple occasions showed diminished mental/ emotional capacity did you, then, comment on his ability to carry on his duties as negligible?
        By 2024 who am tell what state of mental acuity you, I, or any of our age contemporaries.

        • AC

          Larry, to whom much is given much, too, will be expected. So, as you have by your own account, have been given, endowed, with much for the telling to the reading public. Much is expected beyond anecdotal association to your hypothesis. The particular issues you speak to with certain judgement and conviction requires plain reported facts to substantiate, at least partial proof, in your broad generalizations. It’s insufficient writing to illustrate a truth you claim and no references backing up your logic. We the readers have every right of expectation that your comments are based in reality.
          What worth is what you say if it originates from your personal thinking and feelings. Anecdotal story telling is fiction passed for truth. This is faux journalism and fake news reporting with out real backing. Is this not how conspiracy theories originate? They are someone’s opinion based on a self serving premise. Theories are one approach with a circumstance that gives alternate and false facts. These become a false narrative spread by those who find the falsehood fits their own views.
          Expectations are that you give authentic references for your suppositions. As you go on with the two more accusatory statement of some personal opinion. Know this, it merely your words and your intentions.
          You know the worth of supposed scholarly paper on micro economics with a hypothesis formed before research begins. The “research” takes months but it later found, it centers on finding evidence in support of the ginned up hypothesis.
          Your ever attempting vengeance on all Democratic Party gains no traction because of reliance the unfounded assumption that your chosen target subject is known collectively. References are thought un-necessary for off the cuff style narrative not serious methodically backed up content.
          It’s pure meanness toward your audience when you chide them on your perception of a informational deficiency. When it amounts to a writers deficit.
          That said, what is your real intent behind your posts? The consistency with which your pieces devolve from a stab at honest scholarship in the first lines but quickly deteriorates into a diatribe against the Democrat majority. If your intent is solid information, the good, bad, and ugly true facts. The facts will speak for themselves. Perceptive intelligent mature adults will get it. That’s a fact.
          But, if on the other hand your do not perceive your audience to be as listed above., then your intent is cynical and mean spirited. No reference are needed. Ladling out watered down stones soup opinions comes with these thought, “trust me”. Which is a translation of the sign off signature “so, there ‘tis”.
          Objectively, some would say, the reply is judgmental in the negative sense. Not so, says I. It’s just another’s honest perception. An exercise this is in popular freedom.