- - Tuesday, April 20, 2021

As the nation braces for another round of summer riots, fueled by the radical left’s slogan of “no justice, no peace,” lamenting our country’s “systemic institutional racism,” it’s important to remember which political party has sought to bring down the collective temperature through bipartisan compromise. 

Last summer, Republican Sen. Tim Scott, introduced a police reform bill that incorporated many of the Democrats’ demands, like making lynching a federal hate crime, creating a commission to review the nation’s criminal justice system, aggregating data on use of force by police, banning the use of choke holds by federal officers and punishing state and local law-enforcement agencies if they failed to do so, and similarly, when and if they failed to report to the Justice Department when no-knock warrants were used.

Mr. Scott’s efforts were in good faith. He told his Democratic colleagues he was open to compromise and would support amendments to his bill. If it passed the Senate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could’ve crafted it more to her liking in negotiations before sending it to the president to sign.

It was the only shot of passing real, bipartisan police reform last year, and it never even made it to Senate floor for debate.

Democrats used the same filibuster they’re now calling racist to block it. It was all political, Democrats didn’t want to give Republicans a win before the presidential election, and even more sinisterly, used the civil unrest to fire up their base.



Sen. Richard Durbin called Mr. Scott’s bill a “token, half-hearted approach,” paying no heed to the fact Mr. Scott is Black and has personally experienced discrimination by law enforcement. Mrs. Pelosi went even further, describing Mr. Scott’s bill as “trying to get away with murder, actually. The murder of George Floyd.” 

One party was seriously looking to harness the passion and energy of the American public into real reform, the other was only trying to further inflame and divide.

“We lost — I lost — a vote on a piece of legislation that would have led to systemic change in the relationship between the communities of color and the law enforcement community,” Mr. Scott said last year after his bill was shot down. 

In advance of the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, Democrats continued to pour fuel on the fire, with Rep. Maxine Waters calling on protesters to “get more confrontational” if they didn’t like the outcome of the case.

The end result? More violence in the streets, less compromise in Washington. Democrats have proven they aren’t serious about real police reform, and have embraced anarchy instead.

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