Dear Dean: It’s Your Message to America That’s Unfair and Irresponsible
It’s your message to America that is unfair and irresponsible.
Dean, it’s not unfair or irresponsible to expect law enforcement to maintain safety and order in our cities. It’s their job. Like the hard-working men and women across Minnesota, law enforcement officials do their job and, barring very few exceptions, do it well. This may be news to you, but it’s never unfair or irresponsible to expect anyone to do their job.
However, in order to do their job, law enforcement needs the resources and support from elected officials. Thus, it is unfair and irresponsible of your party to support measures to abolish and defund the police, refusing to prioritize the safety of our citizens in the process. Dean, this includes your close association with the far-left activist group Indivisible who claims “police and law enforcement represent harm and terror.” Being beholden to Indivisible, the group who “paved the way” for your election to Congress, is no way to ensure the safety and security of our communities.
Dean, in the same way it was arrogant and delusional of you to lecture Third District residents on how to teach their kids not to be racists, it is arrogant and delusional of you to accuse Americans of racism and oppression while Democrats have controlled Minneapolis and other major cities across America for over 50 years. These cities are a cautionary tale for the rest of the country. Hence, if there is anything we need to investigate, Dean, it is the failed policies of progressive politicians and urban elites who want to shift accountability – like you’re doing here – from the failed programs your comrades have championed and benefitted from for generations.
These policies have resulted in decades of despair in the black community. I’ve seen it firsthand. As a child in Harlem, I witnessed the inner-city political machine that divided us by skin color, pushed false narratives about racism in America, and kept us dependent on government in order to obtain votes and power. Over time, I saw those values and the culture of dependence engulf my family.
Sadly, not much has changed in inner cities today. When poor mothers want to enroll their children in charter schools to create a better future for their family, many on the left deny this opportunity in order to derail competition and protect urban teacher unions, the same unions who fund their campaigns. Dean, we should stop denying children the opportunities they deserve and instead increase access to high-quality, and in-person, education.
If America was truly “dear” to you Dean Phillips, you would not vote 94% of the time with Ilhan Omar, who wants to dismantle our country, or 100% of the time with Nancy Pelosi and her far-left agenda. Simply put, that’s not “thoughtfulness” – or in the best interests of Minnesotans.
Regardless of the issues in the black community, including father absenteeism, defunding the police is not the answer. Surveys have shown that a vast majority of black residents do not want to defund the police. Yet, again and again, the political agenda and interests of your allies on the far-left take priority over the safety and interests of the black community and the rest of the country.
Dean Phillips – instead of fueling the flames of racial division and accusing Third District residents of white privilege, let’s start with fully funding and supporting our police departments, ending the failed policies of progressive politicians and urban elites, and uniting Americans over shared experiences and challenges. That’s how we start a new course that is both fair and responsible.