Most House Democrats voted to pass ‘Blue Lives Matter’ bill
By Erin White
May 21, 2018
House Democrats let us down again last week, this time with their support of a wholly unnecessary bill that creates a new penalty for assaulting law enforcement officials. At first glance, it’s completely unacceptable to assault anyone at their job. But as we have all witnessed throughout decades of policing, law enforcement abuse their personal protections by framing civilians and forcing them into submission.
If the Protect and Serve Act of 2018 is signed into law, “knowingly caus[ing] serious bodily injury to a law enforcement officer, or attempts to do so” is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. In prison. Similar bills have been on the rise over the last few years in response to civilian protestations against police brutality and the Black Lives Matters movement.
What’s truly scary is that 162 of the House Democrats backed the bill, with just 24 voting abasing it. Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota voted for the bill along with Jan Schakowsky of Illinois and Representative Raul Grijalva of Arizona.
Not only that, but a lot of this sure seems to be a response to the right-leaning opposition that labels Dems as supporters of cop killings or being more interested in “identity politics” than the greater good. Very reminiscent of last year’s pro-Israel bill sponsored by Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) and co-sponsored by Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer which would criminalize criticism of Isreal as hate speech.
Once again, Democrats continue to appeal to the right-of-center voters by throwing non-white voters right under the KKK party bus.
But come November, Democrats will look towards the same groups they’ve hurt, ignored, and took for granted throughout the year to save their asses. I say, lets vote them out, too.