I have some problems with this bill as written. We often criticize our legislators for not reading a bill and/or giving it serious consideration. But how many Countable members take the time to actually read them? You know that old saying, "The devil is in the details!" It's tempting to just cast a vote because a bill, like this one, has a "feel good" or patriotic title. But when you dig a little deeper, you start seeing that beauty may indeed be only skin deep.
There are worrisome parts about this bill, and it especially bothers me that they apparently have the support of some heavy-hitters in the Grand Ole Party! It's very alarming when certain Conservative Republicans, who claim to want to stick to the Constitution, are willing to bend the rules when it seems politically expedient or advantageous.
Part of the bill (and you may correct me if you think I'm wrong) strikes me as impinging on states' rights/jurisdiction.
(1.) "‘‘§ 120. Assaults of law enforcement officers
‘‘(a) DEFINITION.—In this section, the term ‘federally funded State or local law enforcement officer’ means an individual involved in crime and juvenile delinquency control or reduction, or enforcement of the laws (including a police, corrections, probation, or parole officer) who works for a public agency (that receives Federal financial assistance) of a State of the United States or the District of Columbia."
(2.) ‘‘(1) IN GENERAL.—No prosecution of any offense described in this section may be undertaken by the United States, except under the certification in writing of the Attorney General, or a designee, that—
‘‘(C) the verdict or sentence obtained pur- suant to State charges left demonstratively unvindicated the Federal interest in eradicating bias-motivated violence; or
‘‘(D) a prosecution by the United States is in the public interest and necessary to secure substantial justice.
(These provisions should scare the heck out of you, considering the possibility of our ending up with a hard-left leaning POTUS! Keep in mind that the DOJ has a rather twisted idea of who America's real enemies are, and this bill calls for the death penalty in certain situations! Mind you, I am NOT saying that the death penalty is never justified!)
Secondly, I imagine that this bill will appeal to many who RIGHTFULLY want to protect our LEOs, and other people who put their lives on the line in the performance of their jobs. But please tell me this: is one person's life worth more, because of his/her occupation, than the life of any other human being? I'm appalled that Blue Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter, but CHRISTIAN lives don't matter and WHITE PEOPLE'S lives don't matter! At least, that is the impression I get. We honor our soldiers, LEOs, firefighters, and other first responders, but what about the "common man"? What about the unborn? What about the Christian preachers who work to raise the moral standards of our society?
DO WE HONESTLY BELIEVE THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL? I think we have been devolving into the sort of society our founding fathers fled from and then fought against. The very fact that we talk about the "ruling class" and "elitists" vs. the "common man" would seem to contradict that ideal. Our federal government keeps pushing for special treatment for one group or another! AND THEY KEEP TRYING TO INCREASE THEIR POWER AND JURISDICTION, or so it seems to me!