In a dramatic statement this week, a Western Pennsylvania sheriff announced that he could no longer identify with the Democratic Party. In the wake of the national unrest following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis in May, Westmoreland County Sheriff James Albert said that he’s watched in dismay as the party he’s called home all his life has abandoned law enforcement and remained silent on the destruction and chaos that has reigned across the country.
“It was a really difficult decision and I’ve thought long and hard about it, but I feel I stand for the ideals of the Republican Party platform more than the Democrats today,” Albert told TribLive.com. “I’ve been a lifelong Democrat, but a conservative Democrat at that. I’m pro-life, a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, a lifetime member of the NRA and, today, I feel my ideals are closer to the Republican Party than Democrats.”
Yeah, we’d say so. Indeed, we have to wonder what took him so long.
But for any Democrat who’s been growing uncomfortable with the direction of the party over the last fifteen years or so – as one would have to be, if support of gun-rights and unborn life is important to you – these last three or four years have undoubtedly accelerated the process. And if you have a history of work in law enforcement, then this year in particular is the kind of wake-up call that you can’t ignore. The Democratic Party’s blind allegiance to Black Lives Matter has been unmistakably anti-police, and we’re not sure how any officer can put on that blue uniform and still call themselves a Democrat in 2020.
Albert said he’s watched in dismay as news of “arson, mob rule, and attacks against law enforcement” took center stage this summer.
“I was saddened and enraged by the murder of David Dorn, a 77-year-old African American retired police captain, who was shot by a pawn shop looter during a protest in St. Louis,” Albert said. “These outrageous, lawless acts have been met with silence, acquiescence and, in some instances, outright support from the local, state and national leadership of the Democratic Party.”
The Republican Party, he noted, has been clear about their “unwavering support for law enforcement and first responders.”
“As a lifelong public servant and member of law enforcement, I have not left the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party has left me,” Albert said.
We’re hearing these stories more and more lately. At some point in the not-too-distant future, the Democratic Party may find they are left with a ragged string of support from Hollywood, the halls of academia, illegal immigrants, Black Lives Matter protesters…and virtually no one else. We’ll see if that’s enough to keep them in national power.