Does seventy-seven-year-old former vice president Joe Biden have the stamina to contend with the dark, anarchic forces that have quietly seized control of the hearts and minds of portions of the Democratic Party’s youthful base?
He finally earned enough delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination for president after securing the 1,991 delegates he needed on Friday based on results from several state presidential primaries held earlier in the week, but is he leading the party or is he just their gaffe-prone septuagenarian figurehead?
The unjustified killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Memorial Day drove hundreds of thousands of protesters to the streets to demand justice. The nation has stood behind the Floyd family and there is unanimous consensus that justice must be served on the four police officers who had the handcuffed man in their custody at the time of his death.
While everyone was united in grief, looters who melded into the crowd vandalized property and stole an estimated $400 million worth of high-end luxury goods from retailers across the country. These criminal acts were all supposedly done in Floyd’s name.
Biden will have to answer for the actions of lawbreakers affiliating themselves with the protesters and, by extension, the modern Democratic Party which has attempted to justify bad acts as retribution against society by declaring its enemies sexist, racist and evil.
His campaign platform calls for increased funding to the Department of Justice COPS program and focuses on “community policing,” but these solutions won’t go far enough to resolve the racial disparities in policing and use-of-force laws or placate young, black Democrats.
They started out demanding equal justice for all racial groups under the law, but now they want to defund the police. Several party’s leader quickly got behind the idea, including Brian Fallon, senior adviser to 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who tweeted “Defund the police,” on Wednesday.
In Minneapolis, councilmembers have suggested disbanding the police department altogether. Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar tweeted Friday: “The Minneapolis Police Department has proven themselves beyond reform. It’s time to disband them and reimagine public safety in Minneapolis.”
Firebrand millennial Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York also tweeted: “If police budgets bought peace, the $6 billion NYPD budget would’ve bought the most sophisticated de-escalatory operation in the world. Clearly, it didn’t.”
Democratic Los Angeles Mayor Gil Garcetti heeded the call of Black Lives Matter (BLM) and a coalition of more than 100 other black rights organizations who wrote a letter urging citizens to sign a petition to demand local officials decrease funding for police departments and redirect funds to “spending on health care, education and community programs.”
He slashed $250 million from the Los Angeles Police Department’s budget which was previously slated to receive a big boost from $1.189 billion last year to $1.86 billion for 2020-2021, reportedly redirecting it to BLM.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom had already ‘freed up’ $75 million to appease its shadow constituency of illegal aliens with a cash stimulus for coronavirus aid by cutting 1.2 million in government benefits.
President Donald Trump has staked out his position as the ‘law-and-order president” while noting that, “Equal justice under the law must mean that every American receives equal treatment in every encounter with law enforcement, regardless of race, color, gender or creed, they have to receive fair treatment from law enforcement.”
The boiling cauldron full of demands from the determined protesters nationwide, bolstered by supporters worldwide, will shape the outcome of the November election.