In under two years, Pres. Donald J. Trump and the GOP majority in Congress changed the economic trajectory of the nation. It seemed new standards and records were set on an almost weekly basis. Wages rose, unemployment plummeted, and the GDP surged well beyond expectations. But now as the president turns to his social agenda, Democrats have seized power in the U.S. House and are threatening to derail long overdue social justice reforms.
In what is undoubtedly shaping up into one of the most grotesque hypocrisies in Washington Swamp politics, the far left would rather continue the “resist” and “obstruct” movement than secure freedom for prisoners that were sentenced to overly harsh terms. Many were victims of the Clinton-era “three strikes” and mandatory minimums crackdown that sought to bring African-American “superpredator” felons “to heel” as Hillary’s racially-charged remarks claimed.
Although bipartisan criminal justice reform has been lingering in the Senate for a vote, Democratic leadership and presidential nominee hopefuls are willing to leave mostly over-sentenced minorities behind bars rather than give Pres. Trump a win.
The bill which the president supports would include new sentencing reform guidelines that Democrats such as Sens. Dick Durbin, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee and John Lewis objected to being absent in previous legislation. They said in a joint letter the bill “would, in fact, be a step backward” without such a measure.
“We are unwilling to support flawed prison reform legislation that does not include sentencing reform,” the Democratic lawmakers reportedly stated in a letter.
With Pres. Trump offering more reform than Democrats envisioned, the legislative battle is beginning to look a lot like the DACA youths. Democrats had insisted that upwards of 700,000 so-called “Dreamers” be given a pathway to citizenship. But when Pres. Trump and the GOP offered more than 1 million in multiple immigration reform measures, Democrats voted it down in lockstep.
The president has taken members of his own party to task over criminal justice reform and has made headlines by using his pardon power to gain the release of people who he says were “unfairly” sentenced. The Trump-backed bipartisan bill would reportedly “require the federal prison system to evaluate inmates after sentencing and provide services to help them avoid becoming repeat offenders, including drug treatment, job training, and mental health counseling.”
The left strongly supported these common-sense measures during the Obama Administration. But even with a majority in Congress, Democrats failed to act. The issue is shaping up to look like another DACA talking point that Democrats want to cry racism over, but never truly solve.
The outcry to do the right thing by the children who were brought to the U.S. illegally at no fault of their own has gone quiet in the biased mainstream media. It was deafeningly missing in the mid-term elections, and Americans are beginning to hear the sounds of silence from Democrats on criminal justice reform.
Unfortunately for the radical left, the president’s First Step Act reportedly sailed through the U.S. House 360-59. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the GOP have a backlog of bills that must pass before the session ends.
“Hopefully Mitch McConnell will ask for a VOTE on Criminal Justice Reform,” Pres. Trump tweeted. “It is extremely popular and has strong bipartisan support. It will also help a lot of people, save taxpayer dollars, and keep our communities safe. Go for it Mitch!”
In ordinary circumstances, there would be no eleventh-hour rush to pass legislation that has such broad sweeping support across party lines. But Senate leader McConnell has said he will only bring the bill to the floor if it has the 60 votes needed to pass. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has been making considerable noise on the issue.
“I will tell you that we need the help of one person. The one person who had the power to allow this vote — and I’m not saying he’s stopping it — but there is one person,” Sen Paul said of McConnell. “He’s from Louisville, he’s fairly well known, and he has the power to allow or disallow this vote.”
But Sen. Paul may not have all of the backroom vote facts. Already presidential nominee hopeful Democrats are trying to muddy the waters. The GOP would need a handful of Democrats to support the measure, and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has been noticeably quiet on the legislation.
Once the clock strikes midnight and the next Congress enters, partisan politics are expected to ramp up, and Democrats are expected to throw excessively incarcerated Americans under the bus as they vie to recapture the White House.
~ Conservative Zone