Joe Biden is now the president.
Progressive activists are now ascendant in the White House. They have the ear of the president who has already caved to them on refugee resettlement.
The country is now seeing the fruits of progressive ideas like “Abolish ICE” and “Defund the Police.” Once again, it might have been worth letting them take the country for a spin because unleashing anarchy on the border and anarchy in our big cities will always create the conditions of its own demise. Does anyone except us remember what happened when the cities burned in the late 1960s?
“In stark contrast to last summer, more Americans now say violent crime is a “very big problem” in the U.S. than say the same about COVID-19, according to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll — a shift that suggests policing and public safety could come to dominate U.S. politics as the pandemic subsides, potentially putting the Biden administration and Democratic leaders on the defensive. …
A recent report by the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice found that the number of homicides across 32 U.S. cities went up 24 percent in the first quarter of 2021 compared with the first quarter of 2020, while aggravated assault rates were up 7 percent and gun assault rates were up 22 percent. Nearly two-thirds of Americans (65 percent) now believe violent crime is increasing, including 76 percent of Republicans, 68 percent of independents and 63 percent of Democrats, according to the Yahoo News/YouGov poll. It’s the rare issue that elicits bipartisan agreement.
What is striking, however, is that while anxiety about violent crime has held steady across the political spectrum since last summer, concerns about race relations and sympathy with racial justice reformers have fallen sharply in the wake of the protests that followed the murder of George Floyd one year ago. …
As a result, the political scales seem to be tilting away from racial justice reform, at least as it relates to law enforcement.
Last June, for instance, 60 percent of Americans told Yahoo News and YouGov that there was a problem with systemic racism in policing; 63 percent said there was a problem with systemic racism in America. Today, both numbers are significantly lower: 51 percent and 55 percent, respectively. And while 57 percent of Americans had a favorable view of Black Lives Matter last June (compared with 33 percent unfavorable), today more Americans view BLM unfavorably (45 percent) than favorably (43 percent) — a net shift of 26 points against the movement. …
In fact, when Americans who believe violent crime is increasing are asked why, far more now blame “the racial justice movement” itself (57 percent) than blame joblessness (44 percent), systemic racism (40 percent) or the pandemic (35 percent). Likewise, just 27 percent of Americans say law enforcement is “too tough on most offenders”; half say that current levels of law enforcement are either “not tough enough” (32 percent) or “about right” (18 percent). Support for reforms that would “gradually redirect [police] funding toward increasing the number of social workers, drug counselors and mental health experts responsible for responding to non-violent emergencies” has fallen by 7 points (to 42 percent) since last June.
The changing politics of crime and race could reverberate in the months ahead. Democrats who believe crime is increasing cite “systemic racism” (69 percent) as the top reason; Republicans (67 percent) and independents (63 percent) cite “the racial justice movement.” …”
There is a lot to unpack in this poll.
As we have said for the past five months, we have seen a lot of evidence that there is a big backlash developing against systematic racism which is hardening White racial attitudes (!!!)
Black Lives Matter now has a negative approval rating (!!!)
Most Americans now blame the “racial justice” movement for the spike in violent crime (!!!)
The overwhelming majority of Republican and Independent voters blame the “racial justice” movement for the rise of violent crime (!!!)