Q: How much does Jeebus love me?
A: This much:
A conservative politician in Georgia is telling his hometown police force to stop looking for the union label, or find new jobs.
“Big deal!” you say. “So some crank local official wants to deny his police force the right to organize and will risk leaving his town without any cops just to prove a point!”
Well get a load of this:
Erick Erickson, the managing editor of RedState.com and a city councilor in Macon, Georgia, has called for the abolition of Macon’s police force if it votes to unionize.
The Macon Telegraph reported on Monday that some 130 police officers on the city’s municipal force want to unionize because of “officers bearing the burden of rising insurance costs, a loss of incentive pay and the city not having a pay scale.”
“I’m thinking I’ll have the City Attorney draft me legislation to dissolve the police department and contract with the Sheriff to provide public safety services,” Erickson wrote on the blog Peach Pundit.
“You didn’t read that incorrectly,” blogs Zaid Jilani. “Councilman Erickson’s response to the possibility of Macon’s cops forming a labor union is to abolish the police department.”
I’m old enough to remember when Republicans used to pride themselves as the law-and-order party who would be willing to spend some extra dough to hire more cops and get criminals off the streets.
Now they just want to abolish the police force.
We need a smarter center-right party in this country. Hell, scratch that. We already have a center-right party called the Democrats. What we need is a center-left party that can balance out the braying lunacy of the modern conservative “movement.”