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Democrats to the Rescue?

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Posted: Jun 16, 2020 12:01 AM
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Democrats to the Rescue?

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Democrats are super-woke and care deeply about the issue of racial justice, just ask them. It’s their top priority. Even Joe Biden, live from his basement, delivers powerful statements on the issue of police reform and racial reconciliation, albeit drained of energy and read, unconvincingly, from a teleprompter. As the saying goes, it’s the thought that counts, right? When it comes to action on the issues Democrats happily preen about, thought is about all they offer.

Last week, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called for the removal of 11 statues from Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol because the people they depict were racists. Not that it matters, but nine of the 11 were Democrats, as they are the party of slavery; creating and defending Jim Crow laws until they no longer could.

That’s neither here nor there, Democrats are the party of woke and will move quickly to address anything anyone finds objectionable.

Pelosi said, “The halls of Congress are the very heart of our democracy. The statues in the Capitol should embody our highest ideals as Americans, expressing who we are and who we aspire to be as a nation. The Confederate statues in the halls of Congress have always been reprehensible.”

“If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy,” Pelosi continued, calling on Republicans “to join Democrats to remove the Confederate statues from the Capitol immediately.”

Powerful message, right? Democrats are ready to move, it’s important that they do, and it’s something very near and dear to Pelosi’s heart.

The only problem is that quote is from August of 2017. True, Pelosi wasn’t Speaker of the House then, Paul Ryan was. But she has been Speaker of the House since January of 2019. If she cared so deeply about the “reprehensible” statues near her office in 2017 after Charlottesville, why didn’t she do or say anything about it in the last year and a half?

Joe Biden has an “agenda for the black community” he’s now pushing regularly. The vague overview on his website includes all the standard boilerplate liberal talking points they’ve been pushing for decades – money for this, protections for that – but it’s short on details. You don’t have to provide details, however, when you have no real intention of doing anything.

Biden’s campaign website promises he “will make sure that people historically left out of the middle class—whether due to race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or religion—have the chance to succeed. He will be unflinching in confronting the systemic racism in our country that is built into our laws, our policies, and our institutions and will take aggressive action to correct them—ripping out the inequities in housing, health care, education, the economy, our criminal justice system, and so many other areas. Rooting out systemic racism and ensuring that everyone is treated with dignity and has equal opportunity is built into all of Joe’s domestic policies.”

Sounds great…until you remember the fact that Joe Biden has been in elected office his whole adult life, never having worked in the private sector. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972, serving there until 2009 when he became Vice President, holding that office until 2017. If he had all these wonderful ideas, why didn’t he mention them before?

Biden is singing with the left-wing chorus about “systemic racism,” but he’s been in the system, in very high positions, his whole life and he’s done nothing. Was he unaware of these systemic problems he’s now promising to “unflinchingly” confront?

If he knew how to fix them, why didn’t he introduce any bills to do so while he was a Senator? Why didn’t he walk into the Oval Office and sell President Barack Obama on them?

The answer to those questions and to why Pelosi hasn’t done anything are the same: they don’t care. Democrats have no intention of “solving” anything, because when you solve something you can’t run on it. Democrats promised immigration reform and amnesty in 2008, then did absolutely nothing about it when they had complete control of government, including a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate for a good period. They could have passed anything they wanted and they didn’t even try.

Democrats have run on it ever since, hoping to attract Hispanic voters with those promises, but they had the chance to actually do something about it and refused. They’d rather have the issue to motivate voters, which tells you a lot about what they think of their proposals. If it’s better to run on empty promises than take action when they’ve said they would fix a problem, maybe their “solutions” wouldn’t actually fix the problem? Or, even more cynically, maybe they don’t really believe it’s a problem at all, just an opportunity for them.