In his upcoming State of the Union Address, Obama plans to focus on his get-out-of-jail-free agenda. According to BuzzFeed, Obama will host an ex-convict at the SOTU address: “[C]riminal justice is set to be a huge part of [his] legacy and get a prominent place in the speech.”
At a time of rising crime and civil unrest in major American cities, one would expect even a nominal opposition party to expend their political capital this year combatting Obama’s dangerous legacy issue.
Yet, in a free-wheeling interview with Politico’s Jake Sherman, detailed in an article titled “Paul Ryan dreams of a kinder, more substantive GOP,” Ryan made it clear that the most prominent action item for the GOP this year is to codify Obama’s legacy issue. And further, it will “get a prominent place in the speech.”
Folks, there are bold colors, there are pale pastels, and then there are bold colored markers that the modern-day Republican Party uses to punctuate the most radical and repudiated policies of the left. The degree of betrayal and perfidy of the GOP as it relates to this issue is truly breathtaking. Law and order was once the silent majority issue that held the GOP together. It defined what it meant to be a Republican. Yet this is the very principle Ryan is agog with anticipation to violate this year. Consider the following ironies:
In another poll, respondents were asked the following question: “Which comes closer to your view — that we have too many drug traffickers in prison for too long, or that we don’t do enough to keep drug traffickers off the street?” By a margin of almost 2-1, voters feel we don’t do enough to crack down on drug trafficking.
Moreover, it’s quite evident that the only voters with whom prison release bills will resonate are those who will never vote Republican, whereas many soccer moms and Reagan Democrats are strongly supportive of law and order policies. This is a similar dynamic to the issue of immigration.
Only this Orwellian Republican Party would think it’s good policy and good politics to be on the other side of the American people with regard to an issue of this magnitude.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.