The double standard just keeps on truckin’. The hypocrisy is staggering.
If there’s even a smidge of inconsistency from the right, the media literally explodes with nasty finger pointing. But if it comes from the left, it’s so quiet you might as well be sitting by your lonesome in Death Valley.
To be clear – talking out of both sides of one’s mouth needs to be challenged – left, right and in between. But when a sanctimonious liberal like Kamala Harris thinks it’s A-OK to have LA police officers fly to San Francisco to serve as her personal security detail at the Pride parade, something’s rotten in California. Who knew LA has money to spare for airline tickets, car/food expenses and hotel bills – above and beyond normal officer salary costs just so they could protect an elected official outside of their jurisdiction? They evidently do, because since her election to the U.S. Senate, the LAPD has flown to San Francisco no less than seven times to provide armed protection – to someone who thinks the law abiding shouldn’t be armed. Fervently anti-2nd Amendment, she has made no secret about her views, recently tweeting “We cannot have a civil society without gun safety laws. We need background checks. We need an assault weapons ban. Congress needs to have courage and act….”
But it’s OK for taxpayers from Southern California to pay for Harris to be protected in Northern California (LAPD officers also traveled to Sacramento, Fresno, and San Diego) by officers with guns. This is no less hypocritical than her anti-gun colleague Dianne Feinstein, who admitted being frightened enough at one point to carry a concealed weapon – but ultimately lead the charge against the federal assault weapons ban.
It’s good for me, but not for thee….
Gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom has similar elitist tendencies. In his first year as Lt. Governor, the Los Angeles Times reported the cost for providing his security was up nearly $30,000 above what it had been for his predecessor. Ouch.
This is the guy who eagerly leads the fight against gun ownership – yet he has personally benefited from millions of taxpayer dollars to surround himself with armed security.
During his tenure as San Francisco’s Mayor, NBC Bay Area reported Newsom’s security spending as follows:
“How much does it cost to protect the mayor of a major metropolitan city? In Los Angeles, about $450,000 a year. In Houston, about $339,00 a year. In San Francisco, anywhere between $1 and $72 million.
[On July 7, 2009] SF Appeal revealed…the budget for Newsom’s personal police bodyguards comes out of the San Francisco Police Department’s Investigations Detail, which boasts a $72.9 million budget.”
If the nightmare comes true and Newsom becomes Governor of California, beware of losing more than your guns – your money will vanish too!
Both Harris’ and Newsom’s “I’m more special than you” policy lacks both integrity and intellect. At it’s best, it smacks of disrespect to the millions of law-abiding citizens and at its worst, is downright discriminatory.
Unfortunately, the Harris-LAPD kerfuffle will likely be considered a one-day news story. LA might be feeling a tad bit embarrassed by the outrageous expenditures, but regardless, this is just another example of politicians thinking they are smarter and therefore more entitled than the rest of us.