Violent crime is surging in Washington DC, says Andrew Sullivan in The Weekly Dish. The murder rate is at its highest since 2003; carjacking and robbery are up sharply; “tent cities” are everywhere. Yet the city’s Democratic council has decided “now is the time” to eliminate most mandatory minimum sentences for crimes and reduce the maximum penalties for many serious offences – all in the name of supposed racial “equity”. That’s why I’m going to vote for the Republicans in the midterm elections tomorrow. And I’m sure many other Biden and Clinton and Obama voters are doing the same.
There was “no choice” but to vote Democrat in 2020, given that the alternative was Donald Trump. If he runs again in 2024, we’ll be in the same predicament. But that’s precisely why moderates like myself must “send the Dems a message this week” – to bring at least one of our parties back to sanity. Joe Biden won office thanks to centrists, yet he has “championed” a hard-left agenda: the biggest expansion in government since LBJ; massive state spending that’s fuelled inflation; record rates of mass migration; and “the imposition of critical race theory in high schools”. If Democrats keep veering towards the “extreme left”, I have little doubt that Americans will pick the far right instead. Biden and his party have two years to rescue themselves – and the country – from that “nightmare” scenario.