On this past Tuesday evening, Police Chief Arradondo, new on the job after replacing the former chief who was summarily fired recently, was summoned to council chambers to answer concerns that the council President and other members had regarding the lack of strong action against violent thieves and even rapists and killers who have been seen during a recent major hike in crime. Remember, though, that this same city council previously voted to begin the process, also with a large cut in operating budget today, which will ultimately end the police as we know it and replace it with more of a social agency approach which will deal with the issues without force or weapons, relying on talk and reason in talking down violent criminals. That will never end well and, of course, it will be the citizens of Minneapolis, especially those of limited means who live in the neighborhoods so crime ridden, who will bear the brunt of the action. It is never the politicians who always pay themselves first and provide all the security they need for themselves first as well while the people they were elected to represent are scorned.
The President of the city council opened the grilling of the Chief, asking him why his officers weren't very visible in the areas where they were needed and what he was going to do about the serious crime spurt. He replied calmly, stating that the President already knew that his police force was understaffed to begin with and that with so many officers now resigning since they have lost faith in their leaders to support them, their expectations were impossible to be met. He was also politely incredulous that the elected leaders had no clue what their lack of support for his staff has done to their morale, which is critical for law enforcement personnel in such a dangerous occupation. It was amazing that from the looks on her face, it was obvious that she had not a clue and therein lies the crux of the problem: delusion on a grand scale.
There was, however, one great moment when a sole member of the council stood up for Chief Arradondo, asking the President why she was surprised at what happened? Did she expect the ridiculous action the council has taken not to have unexpected consequences? Very likely this black American leader represents some of the constituents who will be most impacted by what has taken place and that's why he believes as he does. Believing in a cause that is just is always a winner. Taking positions that don't protect your taxpaying citizens is never a good idea and I truly believe that somehow the leaders of Minneapolis need to come to grips with that basic position or their tenuous grasp of power will quickly pass on to someone else who represents the people, not ideological dogma which has destroyed their willingness to do what is right. Hopefully, so many of America's left wing municipal leaders will realize that before any more serious damage is done. Let's all pray that somehow these officials see the light and apply good logic and common sense to end the madness and reinstate the police and support the changes they may need to make but still allow them to do their job for those who need their help. Real solutions for a real city to the needs of her real people. That's what is needed to be done.