Urban unrest is following in the Wuhan virus's wake
I lived much of my life in or around San Francisco. Although I vaguely remember a time when women and men still wore hats and gloves downtown, my strong memories begin with the hippies and their mixture of rainbows and squalor in the Haight. From there, I witnessed San Francisco's self-realized and actualized 1970s, Yuppie 1980s, politically correct 1990s, and the dot-com explosion of the 21st century. Through it all, the left-leaning city maintained a functional infrastructure and, thanks to internet money, eventually prospered.
Lately, though, San Francisco's commitment to enabling its homeless population has led to a profound degradation in the city's quality of life. That escalated at the end of last year, when San Francisco elected Chesa Boudin as its district attorney.
Boudin, whom Bill Ayers (Obama's mentor) raised, announced that he would no longer prosecute "lifestyle crimes," such as prostitution, public urination and defecation, and public drug use. In a city with 8,000 homeless people, that's turned many streets into the Seventh Circle of Hell.
Boudin has also refused to prosecute misdemeanors. When one pairs that policy with 2014's Prop. 47, which downgraded felonies to misdemeanors, the only possible outcome is a breakdown of law and order in San Francisco.
California's Wuhan virus shutdown has only exacerbated the breakdown, as journalist Erica Sandberg explains:
To clarify, I mean people should see whats happening on the streets of SF now, in real time & in person. It will change you. Even the best reports won’t do the situation justice. In 10 seconds you’ll know the soul crushing truth and will vow to vote differently.— Erica Sandberg (@EricaJSandberg) April 13, 2020
It was absolute mayhem. This is all over City Hall and it was the only place I felt somewhat safe taking a pic. cops were behind me making people space their tents. No masks. Everyone either shooting up or have just done so. Guy ODd in front of us. Dealers everywhere. pic.twitter.com/F5TIk1VtSG— Erica Sandberg (@EricaJSandberg) April 20, 2020
A wall of tents line up at City Hall in SF!— CleanUpSoMaWest (@CleanUpWestSoma) April 20, 2020
And look at what is at the other end... A wall of dealers.
Why is this allowed to happen?
Arrest and lock up these dealers now! #DrugFestSF #COVID19 #notsocialdistancing #DRUGS #SanFrancisco #SF #CityHallSF pic.twitter.com/sYQ5EBjxIR
Where societal breakdown goes, fire invariably follows, along with blood in the streets and a helpless police force:
SAN FRANCISCO IS DYING! pic.twitter.com/0547d6uBTZ— SF_Deplorable (@SFDeplorable) April 20, 2020
What struck me about events on San Francisco's streets is the fact that the same thing is taking place in Paris, another city affected by the Wuhan virus, one in which the law-abiding are sheltering in place and the disaffected are running riot. In this case, though, the mayhem of flames and blood comes not from the homeless, but from Muslim immigrants:
Paris has seen a second night of riots break out over police 'heavy-handed' treatment of ethnic minorities during the coronavirus lockdown.
Anger erupted in the French capital last night and during the early hours of Monday morning over alleged 'racist' police attacks.
In response, police used tear gas and baton charges in Villeneuve-la-Garenne, northern Paris, on Monday morning as fireworks exploded in the street.
Armed police were seen moving through the area as groups of protesters congregated.
Fireworks were again seen being launched at police last night as heavily armed riot police took to the streets of Paris.
President Emmanuel Macron has extended France's social distancing measures until May 11. Its daily death toll from the virus fell to the lowest level in three weeks today as 395 deaths were recorded, bringing the total to 19,718, though deaths are typically under-reported over the weekend.
Fireworks dyed the sky red above the Parisian suburb early this morning, videos posted on social media show.
Bins were also filmed blazing and filling the air with smoke as armed police moved into the area.
Rioting has broken out in housing estates around Paris as tensions escalated over the #coronavirus lockdown https://t.co/oMfrlWIb4p— SkyNews (@SkyNews) April 20, 2020
En direct depuis le quartier du Luth à #Gennevilliers une voiture de la bac prise pour cible par des tirs de feux d’artifices.#VilleuneuveLaGarenne #VilleneuveLaGarenne pic.twitter.com/cqdAwSvYi1— Taha Bouhafs (@T_Bouhafs) April 20, 2020
Unless government authorities act quickly, this will not end well, whether at home or abroad. Trump, again showing his firm resolve as a leader, is closing down all immigration to America to preserve American jobs:
In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2020
Trump's emergency executive order on immigration is a step in the right direction. He understands that joblessness drives civil unrest. By reserving the American job market for those already here, he may help stave off the chaos that follows on the heels of a panic.