The shooting rampage in Detroit last week has spurred a re-thinking of so-called “community policing” — a method of making law enforcement appear accessible, friendly, and open to neighborhood folk. Such was par for the course in the 1950s, but then was abandoned in the volatile 1960s, when leftist radicals started inciting students and minorities to attack authority figures. School principals and college professors were barricaded in their offices; police and other law enforcement officers were called “pigs”; squad cars were bombed; anti-riot and SWAT teams were hit with rocks, bricks, and bottles. That the perpetrators of these early, bona fide “hate crimes” constituted but a relatively small, misguided few didn’t seem to make much difference to our nation’s leaders inasmuch as the ruckus could be exploited by an already left-leaning press.
Yesterday evening, the “Repealing the Job Killing Health Care Law Act” failed to clear a procedural vote, 47-51. Though Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had threatened not to bring the measure to the Senate floor, he agreed to allow the bill to come to the floor if Republicans agreed not to filibuster the Federal Aviation Administration bill. The vote was strictly party-line.
As one of her first official acts, New Mexico's new Republican Governor Susana Martinez issued an executive order rescinding illegal immigrants' sanctuary from investigation of their legal status when they commit crimes in the state — a sanctuary that her predecessor, Governor Bill Richardson, had created, also by an executive order.
Outside a court hearing for the so-called “Underwear Bomber,” an attorney who was on board the targeted plane renewed a series of shocking accusations, claiming the U.S. federal government was behind the whole plot.
House Republicans are turning their attention to the Environmental Protection Agency and their overreaching regulations. Today, they will be unveiling legislation to ban the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. The legislation is expected to move through the House without issue.