The Atlantic had an article called “Big Cities Are Ungovernable.” The writer’s thesis is basically that crime cannot be controlled by the mayors running these cities.
“But more than anything else, crime is weighing mayors down.”
Well at least he admits that. Some lefty journalists are still claiming there is no crime problem. The fact that Lori Lightfoot is being kicked to the curb after one term is almost solely because there is an epidemic of violent crime surging through Chicago.
“Crime is not, despite what some politicians might want you to believe, a uniquely urban problem. When violent crime surged around the nation starting in summer 2020, it surged in rural areas, too.
Notice the claim that it’s not just the cities being afflicted. The dishonesty of this is typical. The same criminals who have taken over the cities are now expanding into the suburbs and exurbs to compensate for the flight by businesses from these same cities. But it’s not the cities’ policies that are at fault. It must be someone else who is responsible. It must be Trump’s fault!
“Like presidents who are punished or rewarded for the performance of an economy over which they have little control, mayors don’t have that many levers to control public safety, yet voters will punish whoever is in charge as they search for improvement. The rise in violence was a nationwide trend, underscoring the minimal effect of municipal policies on keeping residents safe. COVID, which seems connected to some of the crime increase, was nationwide too.”
More lying. Mayors have no control over crime! We’re suppose to forget when and why all this began. The Democrat mayors and governors forced their police departments to stand down while the George Floyd rioters sacked and burned the downtown areas of almost all the major cities under their jurisdiction. This dimwit even manages to blame COVID for the surge in crime.
“A mayor can try to hire more police officers or reform the department, but that’s slow. She can seek new leaders, but Chicago, for example, has churned through police superintendents recently to little effect. … A mayor can try to address root causes through economic development, but that, too, is slow and subject to larger trends.”
And here is the final dishonesty, There’s no quick solution to the problem. Adding police or hiring new police leaders is slow and won’t result in a rapid decrease in crime. Blah, blah, blah. These lies are absurd. Reestablishing law and order is as simple as telling the police officers that they are allowed to do their jobs again. Firing Soros elected prosecutors, reestablishing police qualified immunity from prosecution and announcing all this to the general public would result in an enormous change in the amount of crime going on in the cities.
Now, granted, the prisons would be filled to capacity very quickly. Many criminals are morons and before they have a chance of adjusting to the new reality, they will be swept up in the new police activity. So new prisons will be needed. But that’s a good thing. Taking homicidal maniacs off the streets should be job one for any law enforcement department.
But this article wasn’t written for you or me. It was written for Democrat residents of these cities currently plagued by rampaging criminals. They’re being told that the criminals looting and assaulting them indiscriminately on the streets of these benighted metropolises really aren’t the fault of the mayors. No, it’s just unavoidable bad luck. Some mysterious force, possibly Trumpian in origin, is responsible for their cities being overrun by criminals of mostly one ethnic identity and that the mayors are completely blameless and helpless in its onslaught.
Based on Lori Lightfoot’s recent electoral ouster even Democrats don’t believe this jazz. High profile Democrats have to make the correct noises in public, like the writer of this fantasy piece. But all but the most totally brain-washed remember the Summer of George Floyd and the Democrats’ total surrender of their urban constituents to the fury of the rampaging but mostly peaceful arsonists, looters and thugs.
We’re three years into this new normal. The cities are changed in a way that cannot be ignored or explained by arguments like those provided by the writer of this present piece. To fix things the Democrat voters will have to admit defeat and give control over the levers of government power to people who will make law and order a priority. Republicans.
Frankly we’re not there yet. It still must get significantly worse. Possibly when the Lord Humongous first takes to the air waves and declares himself the supreme overlord of New York City and orders the first human sacrifices at City Hall then maybe even the Democrats will admit they’re in over their heads.
Personally, I’d like it to go on for another two or three years. I’ve always thought of cannibalism as the correct metric by which to judge where we are in terms of civilizational collapse. Until you can openly get human meat at the local butcher shop, we aren’t even close to hitting bottom. So, I try to exhibit patience. We’re not there yet. But we’re getting there.