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The Times: Far Left Threatens The Very Idea of America

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This is a good point.

I regret that I didn’t take note of the symbolism of this event myself.

The Times:

“John F Kennedy opened a speech to Nobel prizewinners in 1962 with these words: “I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

On Monday a statue of Jefferson, which had stood in the city council chamber in New York for more than a century, was removed. According to one of those who had it taken down, “Jefferson embodied some of the most shameful parts of our country’s long and nuanced history”. In other words, he kept slaves.

The principal drafter of the Declaration of Independence, who was so celebrated by all Americans down the ages, is now persona non grata on the modern American left. That was the start of America’s political week. It ended in a manner that would have surprised Kennedy even more. A tweet from the left-wing group Women’s March ricocheted around a bemused nation: “We apologize deeply for the email that was sent today. $14.92 was our average donation amount this week. It was an oversight on our part to not make the connection to a year of colonization, conquest, and genocide for Indigenous people, especially before Thanksgiving”. …”

Thomas Jefferson’s memory was officially cancelled in New York City.

What does that say about the state of liberal norms in the largest city in the country? Are these liberal norms rock solid? Are they reliable? Can you have any confidence in liberal norms?

New York Post:

“They’re New York’s Grimmest.

More than half of NYPD cops wish they never joined the force in the first place, according to a damning internal department survey of 6,000 uniformed officers obtained by The Post.

The survey is a sobering snapshot of how the Finest feel in an era of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter riots, the Defund the Police movement, bail-reform laws that keep violent offenders out of jail, and legislative measures that put the burden of liability on officers while emboldening criminals.

“My retirement date is next month,” said one 20-year veteran who took the survey. “I can’t wait to run out of here.” …

Most who took the survey think things will only get worse, with 79% of the 5,935 respondents polled in March saying they don’t think the city will be safer in two years.

“The city is absolutely not safe at all. Bail reform. Criminals being released. Everyone knows what’s going on,” the veteran cop added.

Not only did 56 percent of cops say they wouldn’t put on the badge if they had to do it all over again, but a majority feel the public disrespects (46 percent agree, 42 percent disagree) and distrusts (44 to 41 percent) them. …

A staggering 80 percent of the officers, detectives, sergeants, lieutenants and captains surveyed now fear aggressively fighting crime because of the threat of criminal liability,  being sued, or being unfairly disciplined. …”

In New York City, over half of police officers wish that they had never joined the NYPD due to the political climate inside the city, as a large swath of the public who are Democratic voters – the same is true of Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis, Charlottesville and so on – no longer believe in the concept of law enforcement. The police are afraid to enforce the law and dream of getting out of New York City and transferring to Florida.

Note: It is worth noting that no one believes it will get any better under Eric Adams who wants illegal aliens to be able to vote. He was horrified by the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial.


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