Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin and NFL Commissioner Roger Gooddell wrote a letter to Congress listing concerns of pampered NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. While Gooddell signed this letter to safeguard future stadium tax breaks, Baldwin—as the only cosigner—has emerged as the kneelers’ leader. And that’s great for everybody.
Stanford graduate Doug Baldwin has a biography impressive to both #BlackLivesMatter and #BlueLivesMatter and genuine sympathies to both sides of the argument. Baldwin is loyal to the kneelers and sympathetic to their complaints, but he’s still very pro-cop. Baldwin’s father was a cop for 35 years; so, like many NFL players, he grew up in a police department (but on the right side of the bars).
He also led the team’s “Building Bridges” campaign, a smart attempt to develop positive relations between the community and its police officers.
During a press conference, Baldwin gave what is, to date, the most level-headed assertion of #BLM’s concerns while cautioning against condemning all police officers:
“Now this is not an indictment of our law enforcement agencies. I just want that to be clear. We know that there’s a select few—a very minute few—of law enforcement who are not abiding by those laws and policies. However, we also know that there are laws and policies that are in place that are not correcting the issue that we have in our society right now.”
Baldwin already had the respect of NFL players and NFL leadership. Now, after his years of pro-cop sentiments, Baldwin has convinced me that he is now perfectly positioned to take a significant leadership role beyond just NFL players.
Baldwin’s positive view of police and deep sympathy with them is showcased in today’s letter praising players who organize police ride-alongs to “gain a great appreciation of the challenges those officers face on a daily basis.”
Ride-alongs would indeed do much to humanize cops to the hysterical anti-cop culture in which inner-city African Americans are indoctrinated. Taking ride-alongs to the next level, let’s have #BLM activists undergo police situational training. Phoenix’s top anti-cop lynch mob organizer Reverend Jarrett Maupin had his eyes opened when he roleplayed as a cop but kept shooting unarmed citizens:
It was brave of Reverend Maupin to accept the cops’ invitation. The biggest problem in this whole situation is African American communities where street cred is everything and complying with cops is tantamount to betraying your race instead of the responsible, sensible way to behave in any civil society. At the end of the video, Reverend Maupin makes an even braver move by admitting people need to be educated on why you should simply comply with police orders despite how many homies are livestreaming your arrest.
However, the letter wasn’t perfect. The main thesis supports the Sentence Reform and Corrections Act. Like every proposed liberal legislation on sentencing reform, it’s marketed to protect non-violent criminals portrayed as future scientist Rudy Huxtable getting locked up for ten to twenty because she accidentally had a pot brownie in her backpack along with her bible and GRE study guide.
The last one was Obama’s Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. What meanie doesn’t want “fair sentencing?” Me. It eliminated mandatory sentencing for first-time drug offenders and dramatically reduced sentencing for possessing crack cocaine. Thousands of convicted felons had several years of their jail sentence commuted.
Among them was Wendell Callahan, who was released four years early for his “non-violent” drug crime of distributing a poison called crack cocaine. Nine days a free man, Callahan fatally stabbed his ex-girlfriend and her two kids. Liberals call this ‘fair,’ but it doesn’t seem fair to the victims.
Doug Baldwin doesn’t want violent criminals on the streets, but the Sentence Reform and Corrections Act would accomplish that with these two sections:
(Sec. 104) The bill reduces from 25 to 15 years the enhanced mandatory minimum prison term for a defendant who uses a firearm in a crime of violence or drug offense after a prior conviction for such offense. A court may apply the reductions retroactively, after considering certain factors.
(Sec. 105) It reduces from 15 to 10 years the enhanced mandatory minimum prison term for an armed career criminal convicted of unlawful firearm possession after three prior convictions for violent felonies or serious drug offenses. A court may apply the reductions retroactively, after considering certain factors.
The Baldwin-Gooddell letter says the bill “seeks to improve public safety,” but I doubt they or the bill’s authors can explain how letting thrice-convicted violent criminals get back on the streets will accomplish that.
Why do liberals sneak this crap into such friendly-titled laws? Trial lawyers own the Democratic Party. A drawn out negotiation between the defense and the prosecutor means more work for trial lawyers. Minimum sentences end negotiations, which is bad for good trial lawyers who can promise defendants a better sentence (for a price).
There will be a lot of disagreement between Baldwin and me on police tactics, especially if he backs other laws that, perhaps unbeknownst to him, let violent criminals back on the street. But I love what I see in him. He is a mature, intelligent and calm voice that could eventually—hopefully?—become the primary arbiter of police-community relations in America.