Deroy Murdock: America is in the middle of a crime surge. It's unmistakable who should get the blame

Today’s explosion in violent crime parallels the return of 1970s-style inflation and gasoline lines. Wide ties and polyester slacks can’t be far behind. Criminals themselves are the root cause of crime — now and forevermore. But the thugs’ enablers, and sometime cheerleaders, are the root cause of nearly every contemporary American malady: The Democratic-left.

Liberal Democrats concocted at least three rotten policies that have propelled the mayhem now tormenting Democrat-run cities plagued by the left’s peanut-allergy-like aversion to law and order. 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., the poster girl of the neo-Marxian left, promised this about America, after police defunding: “It would look like a suburb.”

How is that working out?

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In New York City, AOC and Black Lives Matter got what they wanted: Mayor Bill de Bolshevik and the City Council last year defunded the New York Police Department’s budget by $1 billion or 9.2 percent. Year-to-date data find patrol strength down1.6 percent. Transit cops are off 33.4 percent.

The result?

•Rape: Up 2.0 percent

•Felony assault: Up 8.0 percent

•Murder: Up 17.7 percent

•Shooting victims: Up 76.9 percent

•Shooting incidents: Up 77.4 percent

Just as the Republican-right predicted a year ago, when the Democratic-left

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