Despite repeated requests for his opinion on the matter, Democratic candidate Joe Biden refuses to talk about the controversial “Breathe Act,” promoted by Black Lives Matter (BLM) and supported by the left wing of the Democratic Party, which proposes radical criminal justice reform in favor of criminals and to dismantle the federal prison system.
Within the Democratic Party, we see that the radical progressive wing wants to impose its agenda and continue to advance within the party to reach the top of power, while Biden, together with his supporters, remain without taking concrete positions and make tepid speeches while waiting for the final results of the elections.
One action that the left intends to impose is the so-called Breathe Act; Fox News reported that on repeated occasions it asked the Biden campaign for its opinion on the controversial law and whether Biden would approve the act should he become president, but not once did he give a response. This, in principle, implies that he has not rejected the act out of hand.
The Breathe Act was drafted by representatives of the leftist group BLM and presented in July 2020 by Democratic members of the Squad, Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
During his election campaign, Biden repeatedly announced his intentions to pursue progressive policies such as addressing the country’s racial wealth gaps, environmental problems, and investing in alleged racial health disparities, but avoided discussing more controversial issues such as the Breathe Act knowing that criticism would abound. However, he never denied it and instead always supported the organizations that promoted it such as BLM.
In July, Tlaib and Pressley introduced the controversial bill that, if passed, would radically change the nation’s criminal justice and security system. It would eliminate life sentences, make retroactive expulsion for drug offenses, while also planning to close multiple federal agencies and permanently close prisons and immigration detention centers.
The bill is divided into four sections, the first of which specifically seeks to divert federal resources currently spent on incarceration and surveillance.
The other sections present a detailed plan for a future that claims to be equitable, demanding radical changes to eliminate federal programs and agencies used, allegedly, “to fund and expand the United States’ criminal justice system.” They alleged legal inequity to the detriment of black people, who, according to the group, suffer from the suppression by the white race.
The bill also seeks to end gang databases, establish pilot programs for universal basic income, and grant voting rights and “continuing education” to all illegal aliens and criminals in prison.
Reading the content of the bill, it is really hard to believe that it was drafted with a real interest in improving the justice and prison system. It really denotes a logic dominated by resentment and hatred, disguised by a discourse of “racial equality” and “social justice.”
“Since we can’t stop the criminal justice system, we have to start the work of dismantling the whole system of oppression wherever we find it,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), speaking about the Breathe Act, in an interview with Fox News.
Biden, considering how radically extreme the law is, and the negative impact it could have on him during the election period, has yet to confirm his support, but also gave no indication of rejection, even when Fox repeatedly asked for his opinion.