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The Cities: Reports from those on the ground

Mike on Twitter: “I’ve been exchanging messages with friends about what what’s happening in our cities: NY, Philadelphia and LA especially. A lot of disturbing things are not making the news. Even Republicans aren’t drawing attention to it. Here’s a message from a friend about life in NY today:

“Here’s my neighborhood, Mike: An elderly man, enjoying dinner w/his wife at an outdoor restaurant, punched in the face. A woman waiting for the subway to come stabbed in the back. An older neighbor pausing to catch his breath told to pay two dollars in protection money or get “the fuck off that particular street corner. This is just the ten block radius from where I live in the last six days.” Other friends from NY talk about shattered business districts, drugstores with locked shelves, and hundreds of homeless people and parolees, including sex offenders, being moved into hotels on the Upper West Side adjacent to schools and playgrounds, which are filled with needles again like in the 1970s. Friends in Philadelphia report large homeless encampments in the city center and being robbed at gunpoint.

Friends in LA talk about squatters taking over empty homes in professional class neighborhoods whose residents fantasize about emigrating to Canada. Friends in all three cities have seen police officers refuse to get out of their cars while large-scale lawbreaking takes place in front of them. That’s in addition to the obvious mayhem being perpetrated on a nightly basis in Portland, Seattle and Chicago. Estimates are that up to one million people have already fled New York City — meaning nearly everyone who has the means to leave has left.

Minneapolis is a smoldering ruin that has sustained untold damage to its immigrant neighborhoods. This is not what I am reading. This is what I am hearing from people directly.

Make no mistake about it: America is now in the middle of a 70s style urban crisis whose root is a well-founded fear of violent crime and social collapse in the midst of a pandemic. The destructive spiral that has been unleashed by leftwing play-acting at revolution and pursuit of stupid fantasies of abolishing the police is destroying our greatest cities.

As urban residents vote with their feet, we are being left with empty urban shells with no tax base and no meaningful employment. The fact that the business of Washington DC is the Federal government and the national media is now centered here is blinding our society to what’s actually happening in other big cities across the country.

What’s happening is this: Thirty years of very meaningful social and economic progress in our cities — which has hugely benefited minorities — is being undone by a toxic coalition of professional ideologues and “organizers,” rich kids in Che t-shirts, well-coiffed Mayors, and a National Democratic Party that pretends that the ongoing destruction of minority owned businesses and the social and economic infrastructure that is a primary engine for raising African American and immigrant families into the middle class is somehow about “civil rights” or “racial inequality.” It is not.

It is about a war on the American middle class being waged from above and below by people whose response to the values and the struggles of average American families

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  • M. Murcek August 13, 2020, 10:46 PM

    Mencken said that voters should get what they vote for – good and hard. That’s what’s happening in these riot wracked urban enclaves right now.

  • Aggie August 14, 2020, 5:49 AM

    Now we move into the second stage of the revolution. The people who can leave, do – but these are also the voters would could have voted to change things back to a more productive path. As you wave ‘goodbye’ to them, wave ‘goodbye’ to your city’s chances of recovery.

    The people who remain are the ones who still believe it is still to their advantage to vote for more of the same. For a while longer, they will still be right.

  • Veeze August 14, 2020, 6:41 AM

    And you read nothing about Cannon Hinnant, a five-year-old boy murdered last Sunday in North Carolina. Guess why there’s no coverage….

  • Warren August 14, 2020, 7:21 AM

    Just watch Melissa Frances’ interview on Tucker Carlson last night 8/12/2020
    She tells how lately she was out in Manhattan with her young children on several occasions they have been exposed to men massaging their genitals in front of them, she talked about how the lock down has demonstrated that people don’t have to stay in the city to do their jobs and that they are leaving
    Worth a watch

  • TrangBang68 August 14, 2020, 7:30 AM

    Terrell Kent, a useless chunk of excrement hoodrat who works at a Taco Bell in North Carolina tweeted the following about the 5 year old white child murdered by a black monster:
    “I don’t give a sh*t. He’s white it’s time for revenge. we tired sh*t over with now we shooting yall go cry to your moma”
    Kent is a useless coward and an illiterate piece of garbage please join me in calling Taco Bell corporate and demanding his firing. The number is 800 822 6235

  • Dirk August 14, 2020, 7:33 AM

    Move? Run?, fucking cowards!. You want these coward losers in your towns, We don’t. These people are parasites, like fleas or tics, draining the life’s blood out of solid communities.


  • Ohio John August 14, 2020, 7:56 AM

    No one is coming to save you.
    Everything in your life is your responsibility.
    Save who needs saving and kill who needs killing.
    Time is up. Lets clean up this county.

  • CK Bristol August 14, 2020, 8:46 AM

    So, kill the problems….. Especially the “leadership”… Problem solved…

  • Bigus Macus August 14, 2020, 9:02 AM

    So there are countless examples of these type of atrocities occurring across the country everyday that we are not hearing about. The small local papers and newgroups cover it but they are ignored by the MSM. The Media Lie, They Omit, And They Distort Everything. They do not report the news, they spew leftist propaganda. Everything they do is dishonest, everything they do is against American interests

  • Kevin in PA August 14, 2020, 9:59 AM

    The Media Lie, They Omit, And They Distort Everything. They do not report the news, they spew leftist propaganda. Everything they do is dishonest, everything they do is against American interests.

    That officially elevates their standing to – Targets.

  • ghostsniper August 14, 2020, 10:32 AM

    New Evidence Confirms That The User Who Celebrated The Death Of Cannon Hinnant On The Account Owned By Terrell Kent Was Actually His Brother, Anthony Kent, Who Used Terrell’s Facebook While Making The Comment. Anthony Kent Is Hiding Out In Cape Fear, North Carolina Ducking Warrants For His Arrest.

  • Johnny Paytoilet August 14, 2020, 11:47 AM

    When someone these days asks Ole Johnny “what’s up”, “how’s things going” or “anything new” I simply reply, ” just getting ready for the revolution.” That usually ends it.

  • DWEEZIL THE WEASEL August 14, 2020, 7:50 PM

    It’s all music to my ears. These “Progressives” voted in the criminals who are perpetrating this madness. And do not start whining about “vigilante justice” “The Black Arrow” or “Death Wish”. If one person dares to fight back, the media, the politicians, and the police will pillory the individual. Look what the Saint Louis County DA did to those two gun-brandishing lawyers. Get out of the Blue Hives while you still can.

  • Anonymous August 15, 2020, 5:10 AM

    Johnny Paytoilet:
    ” I simply reply, ” just getting ready for the revolution.””

    My version is – just getting ready for the revolution, making a list of the first ones into the woodchippers.

    They all suddenly remember a pressing engagement elsewhere.

  • PA Cat August 15, 2020, 7:55 PM

    [I tried to post the following in reply to the Lileks column above, but the comment form isn’t working there for some reason]

    Apropos of the urban riots of 2020, it’s worth taking a look, on the 75th anniversary of V-J Day, at some of these same cities as they celebrated in 1945. Note that this short video includes Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, and NYC. Someone with more mad video editing skilz than I have could put together some clips from these same cities as they are today in the wake of “reparations.”


  • GenEarly August 16, 2020, 8:28 AM

    Harken back to the avowed Communist Green Czar under Obamy. Van Jones, now a “mainstreamed democRat CNN commentator.”……….
    “Up Down, Down Up, Inside Out”
    sounds like a plan, Stan.