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“We have become an arrogant generation that virtue-signals that we can change the universe when in reality we cannot even run an awards ceremony, plow snow, fix potholes, build a road or dam, or stop inner-city youths from murdering one another.”

My favorite historian, Victor Hanson Davis, shows how Progressive leadership loves to lecture without actually solving any real problems.  In fact, Progressive programs often (usually?) end up hurting those they supposedly want to help.  You can read the full article here: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/445596/californias-ineffective-government-progressive-ideals-conflict-reality

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2015 Homicide Rate Increases

Violence has increased.  In Chicago.  In New York City.  In San Francisco.  The social justice focus of the Obama Justice Dept and local jurisdictions has resulted in more violence, not less.  Our government has encouraged citizens to ignore the law, whether it be the former Secretary of State or political protesters or our own children.  The results should not be surprising.

This is not an “American Problem.”  Violence is increasing in Canada , in Germany, in Sweden, and throughout Europe, wherever the Progressive approaches to law enforcement, immigration, and centralized control are practiced.

Hopefully the next generation of government leaders will recognize their responsibility to put the safety of citizens before their ideological and partisan politics.

The Obama administration began revising sentencing guidelines and commuting prison sentences for convicted criminals a year or so ago, releasing thousands of felons.  Obama’s Department of Justice also began systematic investigations into civil rights violations by urban police departments about that same time, mostly in response to Black Lives Matter protests and demands for action.  Of course, municipal leaders have reacted to various community protests by BLM and others with aggressive policy reform of police departments.  What are the results of these social justice driven programs?  According to the FBI, last year saw a 4% increase in violent crime in the US and an 11% spike in murder/manslaughter.  Incidents of rape are up over 6% and assault is up 4.5%.  Whether this is due to the large number of criminals released into communities or due to the Ferguson Effect*, President Obama and his administration have made Americans less safe from crime, especially in large urban areas.

Read more about the FBI 2015 Crime Statistics here.

 

*In Ferguson, MO, violent crimes jumped 65% last year.

 

“If you live in a society where (your children) have to learn to duck and dodge bullets, you have to teach them how to duck and dodge bullets. That’s all you can do.” – Stephanie Armas (from 500 Homicides, CNN)

Since the start of the year, 512 people have been shot and died in Chicago. (382 were wounded in the gunfire.)  Most of these murders have been gang related.  Most victims were black. Many victims were not in gangs but bystanders.

Chicago already has the strictest gun control laws in the country.  Mayor Emanuel and the city leaders have further responded to this surge in violence by admonishing the police department as a “cesspool of racism” and creating a “Reconciliation Process” to “publicly acknowledge CPD’s history of racial disparity and discrimination.”  Read more here.

Violence is surging in Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, St. Louis, Milwaukie and a host of other progressive cities who have embraced social justice at the expense of actual justice.  When cities (or nations) ignore the rule of law in favor of progressive programming, the results are unsurprisingly chaotic and dangerous, often to the very population the progressive programs were supposed to help.

 

There are few cities in the US more liberal than Washington D.C. so it wasn’t surprising when the mayor and city council raised the minimum wage from $8.25/hr to $11.50/hr.  What is surprising, to some, are the results of the wage hike.  A study by the Employment Studies Institute shows that about half of employers surveyed either reduced worker hours or laid off workers in response.  (How did the city respond?  They raised the minimum even higher.) This and other studies from the institute on the negative effects of a large minimum wage boost are available here.