Obama hate is in high season, y’all.
Conservatives now believe that the President not only runs local police departments, but is responsible for the overall militarization of police departments. This makes sense because this militarization is aimed at the very people who tend to vote Democratic (Occupy, unions, labor protests and minorities). Wait. No, this doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t make any sense at all, which is why it is the perfect conservative “belief”.
Fear Obama because he’s Hilter!!!!!!!!!!!!! You’ve been warned!!!111!!!!
On planet reality, the militarizing “1033 Program” has been around since 1997.
In 2011, Robert Johnson wrote for Business Insider:
1033 was passed by Congress in 1997 to help law-enforcement fight terrorism and drugs, but despite a 40-year low in violent crime, police are snapping up hardware like never before. While this year’s staggering take topped the charts, next year’s orders are up 400 percent over the same period.
This upswing coincides with an increasingly military-like style of law enforcement most recently seen in the Occupy Wall Street crackdowns.
Guess who passed it? Wait for it… Yes, Congress was led by Republicans in 1997. Republicans took over Congress in 1994 with their “revolution” led by serial projector Newt Gingrich.
So it was very nice of Senator Rand Paul to “borrow” the idea from Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson to stop the militarization of the police, but that idea won’t pass “GO” without going after the contractors who sell the equipment, and Rand Paul can’t do that for obvious reasons. If the Senator were actually going after the moneyed interests that are feeding this problem across both sides of the aisle, liberals would be on board. But posing is so fun!
So dies another sad Obama Derangement Syndrome “belief” (aka, an opinion after it’s been debunked). But if you click your toes together five times super fast while chanting angrily, “Thanks, Obama!”, the Republican God will find something to blame POTUS for before the end of your evening.
Sleep well, patriots.
Ms. Jones is the editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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