Dan Bongino, former U.S. Secret Service agent and conservative pundit, spoke before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday form the perspective of a former law enforcement official who personally understands the serious sacrifices police make on behalf of American citizens.
“These are good men and women,” Bongino said before the committee members. “Yes, as with any profession, there are officers, no question, who aren’t suited for the job. Some would cause trouble, sometimes worse, we’ve seen that.”
Further, Bongino added that bad cops are “extremely rare” to find among the police community.
“I ask you please with the greatest respect and humility, please stop this defund police abomination before someone gets hurt,” Dan Bongino
“The special agents I work with and remain friends with to this day in the Secret Service join members of the NYPD, New York City Fire Department, on that tragic day of September 11, 2001. And what they did is they sprinted into those burning buildings and personally escorted people out. As we all know, those buildings collapsed, taking many of those brave NYPD and FDNY souls with them. Those brave souls were running into the buildings, everyone else was evacuating. These are the types of people I was honored and deeply privileged to work with. Public safety came first, everything else came second, sometimes even their own families,” Bongino explained.
Calls to defund the police, which have come with a rise in anger among public protests that have erupted nationwide, Bongino said, “will target these heroes.” “It’s not some amorphous mass that will be affected, it’s real heroes in real-time right now. Moving these heroes from your community and my community, will do nothing but ensure chaos and destruction.”
He continued, “Police officers are the frontlines, putting themselves between the evildoers among us and the honest hardworking Americans just yearning for some security and prosperity in a small slice of Americana.”
Holding police accountable, Bongino said, is something “we can and should commit to” but that it’s important to do so “without shredding the thin wall between civilization and chaos.”
“There are few jobs in this country as stressful as policing,” Bongino said. “I receive an email or a text a few times a year notifying me about the death or injury of a police officer that I knew, worked with, or knew someone that I worked with. Imagine if that was happening at your job. Think about that just for a minute. God forbid, you found out a coworker of yours was killed or injured in the line of duty in the course of doing their job. You didn’t just get this text, you got the text a couple times a year. That’s policing. That’s what they do. They risk their own lives for yours.”
Bongino said that years ago, he was approached by a spouse of a fallen officer who told him ‘the most wonderful sound in the world from a spouse of a police officer is the sound of velcro at night,’ referring to police officer’s body armor coming off after a shift. That sound, Bongino concluded, signifies that “they’re home safely.”
“I ask you please with the greatest respect and humility, please stop this defund police abomination before someone gets hurt,” Bongino concluded.
Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that Mr. Bongino testified before the House Oversight Committee when he actually spoke before the House Judiciary Committee.
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Biden Administration Proposes Rule to Fortify Federal Bureaucracy Against Republican Presidency
In a strategic move, the Biden administration has unveiled a proposed rule aimed at reinforcing the left-leaning federal bureaucracy, potentially hindering future conservative policy implementations by Republican presidents. This move has raised concerns about the efficacy of democratic elections when a deep-seated bureaucracy remains largely unchanged, regardless of electoral outcomes.
Key points of the situation include:
Presidential Appointees vs. Career Bureaucrats: Of the 2.2 million federal civil workers, only 4,000 are presidential appointees. The vast majority, made up of career bureaucrats, continue in their roles from one administration to the next. This continuity is facilitated by rules that make it exceedingly difficult to discipline or replace them, resulting in a bureaucracy that tends to lean left politically.
Union Political Affiliation: A striking 95% of unionized federal employees who donate to political candidates support Democrats, according to Open Secrets, with only 5% favoring Republicans. This significant political skew among federal workers raises questions about the potential for political bias in the execution of government policies.
Obstructionism and Challenges for GOP Presidents: Some career bureaucrats have been accused of obstructing Republican presidents’ agendas, leading to policy delays and challenges. For example, during the Trump administration, career lawyers in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division declined to challenge Yale University’s discrimination against Asian American applicants, prompting Trump to seek legal counsel from other divisions. The case was subsequently dropped when Joe Biden took office.
Biden’s Countermeasures: President Biden has taken steps to protect the bureaucracy’s status quo. In October 2020, Trump issued an executive order aiming to reclassify federal workers who make policy as at-will employees, but Biden canceled it upon taking office.
Proposed Rule and Congressional Actions: The rule unveiled by the Biden administration seeks to further impede a president’s ability to reinstate Trump’s order. Additionally, some Democrats in Congress are pushing to eliminate the president’s authority to reclassify jobs entirely. This has been referred to as an attempt to “Trump-proof the federal workforce.”
Republican Candidates’ Pledge: GOP candidates such as President Donald J Trump, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Ron DeSantis have pledged to address this issue. According to reports from Fox News, Ramaswamy has gone further, advocating for the elimination of half or more of civil service positions, emphasizing the need for accountability.
Debate on the Merit of the Civil Service: While Democrats and their media allies argue that civil service protects merit over patronage, critics contend that the system has evolved into a form of job security for federal workers with minimal accountability. Federal employees often receive higher salaries and more substantial benefits than their private-sector counterparts.
In summary, the Biden administration’s proposed rule and broader actions to protect the federal bureaucracy have sparked a debate over the role of career bureaucrats in shaping government policy.
Republican candidates are vowing to address these concerns, highlighting the need for accountability and ensuring that government agencies work in alignment with the elected president’s agenda. This ongoing debate raises important questions about the relationship between the bureaucracy and the democratic process in the United States.
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