Heinous crimes of street violence unrelated to politics are occurring nearly everywhere as local law enforcement is understaffed to prevent or solve them. The suspect in the recent killing at a Colorado Springs nightclub had been previously arrested for menacing with extreme violence, but was released without punishment. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice looks for ways to charge criminals with “hate” or some other political spin. Obviously, there is a disconnect between the real heinous crimes that are occurring and the DOJ’s targets of choice. The DOJ even lied in its rushed indictment of the intruder into Paul Pelosi’s home, making the crime seem politically motivated on the eve of the midterm election, as the bodycam video contradicted DOJ’s court filing about the crucial detail of who opened the door.
In announcing his candidacy for president, Trump pledged that “we will dismantle the Deep State and restore government by the people.” The timing of the Deep State striking back with the appointment of a special prosecutor just a few days later is too close to deny the cause-and-effect. The DOJ has already had two years to investigate the First Amendment activities of Trump supporters following the 2020 election, and if the attorney general had anything legitimate to say about it, he should have said so long ago. Instead, Attorney General Merrick Garland apparently reacts to political pressure by those who want to stop Trump from winning reelection in 2024.
Billions of dollars of the DOJ’s budget is spent against conduct that most Americans do not consider criminal, such as fake environmental crimes like draining water on someone’s own property. The DOJ has spent millions on prosecuting our own Border Patrol agents who try to apprehend illegal aliens. Donald Trump rightly brags about how he cut off funding of Central American countries until they agreed to take back their own gang members. The new Republican House should likewise stop funding the DOJ. Employing the power of the purse is the only way to keep the DOJ from flexing their power in purely partisan ways. The necessary reaction is no more extreme than the severity of the problem. It’s time to defund the DOJ.