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Should We Be Wary of Warren?

W. Scott Cole

Posted on September 30, 2019 07:26

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Senator Elizabeth Warren may very well be her party’s nominee for President. She has recently moved ahead of Joe Biden in polls and is gaining in popularity across the country. But what are her credentials on criminal justice reform?

The Democratic frontrunners all seem to be far left radicals, Elizabeth Warren no less than any others. However, her criminal justice reform record is very elusive. She did support the First Step Act, which was one of the very few bipartisan pieces of legislation to come out of Washington D.C. in years. That Act was very popular on both sides of the aisle, so it is not surprising that she supported it, even going so far as to say that it was a good first step, but could have done more.

I could find very little on her past record in the Senate that would reveal her stance on criminal justice reform, which I found troubling. Unlike Kamala Harris, it seems to be difficult to pin Sen. Warren down on much, good or bad.

Among the little I did find was the fact that NAPO (National Association of Police Organizations) gave her a 65% rating on reform. That is in the “moderate” range. Seems kind of strange to put “Elizabeth Warren” and “moderate” in the same sentence, but that is where she seems to be in this one area.

I will say, her thoughts for reform if she should be elected are exciting. She says she would abolish the death penalty. That by itself is enough to get the attention of many voters, regardless of party affiliation. She says she would also gut the 1994 crime bill that was directly responsible for the mass incarceration problem in our nation. Decriminalizing marijuana on the national level is on her agenda, which is probably past overdue.

It all sounds pretty fantastic, but I have issues with Elizabeth Warren, too. For starters, I have a problem with anyone, male or female, that starts their adult life by using a claim to be Native American to get into college as a minority. That took a slot that could have gone to a real Native American. Yes, I know, she did have a Native American ancestor at least 10 generations back. So did I. It doesn't make me Native American. The amount of DNA that leaves is so slight as to be almost nonexistent.

Another problem I have with Sen. Warren is that, throughout her campaign, no matter what the issue is, her response is “I have a plan for that”.  That makes me think that she is trying to be all things to all people, which may work in her home state of Massachusetts, but she has a far larger crowd of people in a Presidential campaign; it has been my experience that anyone who tries to be all things to all people has very little for more than a few and is trying hard to fool people into thinking otherwise.

In the words of President Kennedy, “You can fool some of the people all the time, and you can fool all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.”  

W. Scott Cole

Posted on September 30, 2019 07:26

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