Joe Rogan Blasts the “Defund the Police” Movement

Joe Rogan Blasts the “Defund the Police” Movement
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Wildly popular podcast host Joe Rogan savagely criticized the “Defund the Police” movement during a show with comedian Annie Lederman.

Rogan said:

“Cops don’t do anything if someone jumps into someone’s backyard, they don’t arrest them — like, you have to do like $900 worth of theft before they’ll even arrest you,” Rogan explained. “If they do arrest you, they’ll just put you right back out on the street again…”

“And has it always been that way, or is this after the defunding?” Lederman asked.

“After the defunding. The defunding of the police in Austin has been a disaster, too, and New York’s been a disaster. It’s terrible everywhere. It’s a terrible idea,” Rogan responded.

“Also the idea that you are going to send social workers to handle someone’s domestic violence case is….bananas!” he added. “And it’s a lot of people that don’t understand violence that think that’s OK, and they have this utopian idea.”

Rogan went on to posit that defunding the police would lead to increased violence and warlords taking over streets and neighborhoods.

“What’s happening in Mexico could easily happen here with no police presence. People have to understand that,” he added.

Joe Rogan is absolutely right that “defunding the police” is a utopian idea that has failed everywhere it has been tried in the United States. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have any police. Of course, in a perfect world, we also wouldn’t have any Crips, Bloods, MS-13, serial killers, mass murderers, career criminals, looters, rioters, or deranged people threatening innocents with weapons. Since we don’t live in a perfect world, someone has to deal with all the dangerous people. That’s the police. Setting that aside, if you don’t like how the police are performing, what makes more sense? Defunding them or setting aside a bigger budget so they can put more men on the street, get more training and hire more people for internal affairs? If you’re not an imbecile, the answer is obvious.

It’s also worth noting that what Rogan is saying about Mexico is also correct. It’s is extraordinarily dangerous for the government not to have a monopoly on force in a nation, because if the government is not filling that role, other groups will step up and do it. In Mexico, those groups are cartels. In the Gaza Strip, it’s terrorist groups. In certain areas, even in America, you see gangs, violent political groups like ANTIFA, or personal security forces filling that role. If this whole terrible idea were to spread to red areas for some reason, you’d probably start to see militias stepping into that position. Ultimately, none of that is healthy. You want heavily regulated government agents policing the populace according to laws on the books, not cartels or guys with pick-up trucks making spot decisions about what “justice” looks like.

That’s why if you want your kids to be able to play outside and don’t want to have to worry about bullets from a drive-by shooting accidentally being fired into your house, you want the police well-funded, well trained and in your neighborhood, not defunded and wishing they had the manpower to be there.

John Hawkins is the author of 101 Things All Young Adults Should Know. You can find him on Parler here and on Twitter here.


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