The Democratic Party wants to run the United States — not just the decaying urban centers and gentrifying coastal pockets, Williamsburg, Baltimore, both Portlands. No. They want to run the entire thing — all 50 states, all 31,000 counties, all 320 million people.
Progressives want complete control of all of that very much, including your neighborhood. That’s their goal in the coming election. What will happen if they achieve that goal?
We don’t have to guess. Instead, we can assess a city they already have complete control over and have for a long time — San Francisco, California. Now if there’s any place in the country you’d like to run because it would be easy, it would have to be San Francisco. The city is stunningly beautiful. It has a perfect climate. It’s got solid infrastructure. There’s a well-educated population.
But more than anything, it has a lot of money. San Francisco is one of the richest places in the world with a never-ending torrent of tech cash. How could you screw that up?
Take a look at what the left has done with San Francisco. Used drug needles, many of which are handed out by the San Francisco Department of Public Health to help reduce drug-related diseases, lie in the streets. It looks like the slum. Bombay, India doesn’t look like that.
So you’d think it would be affordable, but it’s the opposite. The average rent for an apartment in San Francisco right now is about $4,000. The city works only for the extremely rich or the destitute, the billionaires and the vagrants. There no place for normal people.
You want to raise a family in the city? Good luck. San Francisco now has more daycare space for animals than it does for babies. It is literally a city without a future. Its people can’t afford to reproduce.
And San Francisco isn’t alone. The rest of California’s single-party cities are following suit. The homeless population in Los Angeles, for example, is now bigger than any city in the entire State of Vermont. Its filthy tent encampments are incubating diseases we previously associated with war-torn countries. Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney Elizabeth Greenwood claims she contracted typhus while working at her office in City Hall.
Typhus? What country is this? Who did this? You know who did it. They did the same thing in Sacramento, the state capital of California. Homelessness there has gotten so out of control that ordinary people can barely live there.
“I just want to tell you what happens when I get to work,” Elizabeth Novak, a business owner, said in a video posted on social media. “I have to clean up the poop and the pee off of my doorstep. I have to clean up the syringes. I have to fight off people that push their way into my shop that are homeless and on drugs because you won’t arrest them for drug offenses. I have to apologize to my clients. So I want to know what you’re going to do for us, the ones that are unhappy.”
“You want to make a state sanctuary state.” Novak continued. “You want to make it comfortable for everybody except for the people that work hard and have tried their hardest to get along in life, and now we have to change that because of your lies. So while you sit in your million-dollar home, and you don’t have to look at what we have to look at, there’s hardworking people out there that have to deal with this on a daily basis.”
It’s a disaster, obviously. And yet remarkably, cities around the country, all of them run by the Democratic Party, are racing to copy California. Washington, D.C. is now covered with tents and filth. Drive around if you don’t believe it. Seattle, of course, is, too. Portland, Oregon has been almost destroyed by it.
We’ve seen this before. For decades, Americans fled cities to escape from disorder, chaos and crime. New York got so desperate, it elected a Republican mayor.
And then finally in the 1990s, the tide turned. Crime fell and American cities became livable again. Property values rose, poor neighborhoods got better, everyone benefited and people started moving back.
Places that had been shrinking for decades, cities like Washington and Philadelphia, started growing again. It was a great success. But that progress is being reversed now, because on the left. Law and order is now regarded as a hateful relic of a less progressive age.
Among America’s 20 largest cities, San Francisco now has the highest property crime levels in the United States. There are 70 car break-ins every single day. For the past four years, violent crime on the city’s BART trains has doubled. It is enabled by rampant fare evasion, which city officials are completely unwilling to stop.
Across the country, America’s most liberal cities have mayors and District Attorneys who explicitly side with the criminals, even against their own citizens. We’re not overstating this.
In Dallas County, Texas, for example, the District Attorney there, John Creuzot, is refusing to criminally prosecute thefts of less than $750.00 if he decides the theft was of “necessary items.” Okay.
In Philadelphia, meanwhile, the top prosecutor is a man called Larry Krasner. He believes American law enforcement is “systematically racist. So we stopped providing law enforcement at all in many places.” In that city, prosecutors no longer see cash bail for what they call “low-level” crimes. It’s a category that includes burglary, not so low-level if you’re the target of it. Shoplifters receive a simple summons to court, instead of a misdemeanor or felony charge.
The results are not hard to predict. You know exactly what’s going to happen when you govern like this. And in fact, it has happened. In 2018, Philadelphia had its highest murder rate in a decade. Compared just a few years ago, murder has dramatically surged in a bunch of different cities with similar programs — Chicago, Baltimore, Washington. And yet no one on the left seems to notice any of this or care.
An emotional Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib on Monday held back tears during a news conference as she and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar condemned Israel’s recent decision to impose restrictions on visiting the country, with the Democrats calling for Congress to get involved.
“We in the United States have a constructive role to play,” Omar said at the news conference in St. Paul, Minn. “We give Israel more than $3 billion in aid every year. This is predicated on them being an important ally in the region, and the only democracy in the Middle East. But, denying a visit to duly elected members of Congress is not consistent with being an ally.”
Omar said lawmakers “have a responsibility to conduct oversight over our government’s foreign policy and what happens with the millions of dollars we send in aid.”
The two Muslim lawmakers held an afternoon news conference at the Minnesota State Capitol Building with Palestinian-American and Jewish-American residents of Minnesota who said they also have been affected adversely by travel restrictions to Israel and the Palestinian territories. The purpose of the event, Omar said, was to “highlight the human costs of the occupation and travel restrictions on Palestinians and others.”
“The decision to ban me and my colleague, the first two Muslim-American women elected to Congress, is nothing less than an attempt by an ally of the United States to suppress our ability to do our jobs as elected officials,” Omar said.
Tlaib held back tears as she discussed her experiences visiting Jerusalem as a child.
“As a young girl visiting Palestine to see my grandparents and extended family, I watched as my mother had to go through dehumanizing checkpoints – even though she was a United States citizen and a proud American,” she said.
Referencing recent conversations with her Palestinian grandmother, who she had planned to visit on the trip, Tlaib choked up: “She said I’m her dream manifested. I’m her free bird so why would I come back and be caged and bow down?”
Omar jumped in: “What I tell Rashida all the time is that you don’t ever allow people to enjoy your tears. I say that all the time. There are so many people invested in our pain, in our struggle, in seeing us broken.”
Earlier Monday, the White House fired back at Democrats amid reports that they may be planning retaliatory moves in Congress against two top American and Israeli diplomats.
“Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have a well-documented history of anti-Semitic comments, anti-Semitic social media posts and anti-Semitic relationships,” said White House spokesman Hogan Gidley. “Israel has the right to prevent people who want to destroy it from entering the country – and Democrats’ pointless congressional inquiries here in America cannot change the laws Israel has passed to protect itself.”
According to a weekend report in McClatchy, senior Democrats in Congress were considering legislative action against Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to Washington, and David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, in response to the decision not to let Tlaib, D-Mich., and Omar, D-Minn., enter Israel. That could include a possible vote on a statement of no confidence in Dermer, as well as calls for the opening of an inspector-general investigation into Friedman.
Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cited Omar and Tlaib’s anti-Israel statements in saying the government would block them from entering Israel as part of a planned trip.
The move – announced shortly after President Trump tweeted that it would “show great weakness” to allow them in – ignited a massive outcry from Washington Democrats, as Netanyahu’s government stood by the decision arguing the U.S. lawmakers had an ulterior, anti-Israel agenda.
Omar and Tlaib have been outspoken critics of Israeli policies and have expressed support for boycotts of the country.
Speaking on “Fox & Friends” on Monday, New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, one of two Jewish Republicans in the House, defended Israel’s decision.
“Israel has a law that is on the books that allows them to prevent anyone to visit their country that seeks to harm their country. It would be wrong to be criticizing Israeli Prime Minister to the United States for his role in this because they don’t want to have people traveling to their country that want to harm it,” he said.
Still, while blocking the planned trip, the Israeli government said it would accept a humanitarian request from Tlaib to visit her Palestinian grandmother. But, on Friday, Tlaib said she would not travel to the West Bank to visit family, despite getting permission hours before from Israel’s interior minister.
Netanyahu has said that Tlaib and Omar’s itinerary “revealed that they planned a visit whose sole objective is to strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel’s legitimacy.” He said Israel welcomes critics with the exception of those who support boycotts of the Jewish State.
Omar and Tlaib had planned to visit Jerusalem and the West Bank on a tour organized by a Palestinian organization aimed at highlighting the plight of the Palestinians.
An autopsy of millionaire degenerate Jeffrey Epstein, who apparently hanged himself in a Manhattan federal prison cell, showed several broken bones in the accused sex trafficker’s neck, according to reports released Thursday.
The broken bones included the hyoid bone near his Adam’s apple and were found during a forensic examination of Epstein’s neck, sources told the Washington Post.
While the breaks are sometimes consistent with a hanging, they can also be caused by strangulation, experts told the paper.
The accused sex trafficker died Saturday after he apparently used a bedsheet to hang himself inside his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan.
On Sunday, the Medical Examiner said that an initial autopsy was completed, but an exact cause of death was “pending further information at this time.”
A timeline of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking case
In response to the Washington Post, city Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson said “no single finding can be evaluated in a vacuum.”
“In all forensic investigations, all information must be synthesized to determine the cause and manner of death,” she said. An email for comment Thursday was not immediately returned.
Epstein, 66, was being held at the federal prison since he was arrested on sex trafficking charges July 6. He attempted suicide by hanging on July 24 while in MCC’s special housing unit, but was not on suicide watch when he died.
Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group based in Washington, D.C., obtained 34 pages of the FBI’s notes, known as “302s,” as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit after the agency declined to voluntarily hand over the requested materials. In court filings last week, DOJ attorneys said the department “decided to release the requested records in part to plaintiff.”
Ohr, who worked with Steele for years and acted as an unofficial conduit between Steele and the bureau during the Trump-Russia investigation, had a dozen such interviews with the FBI. One of them took place in November 2016, three in December 2016, three in January 2017, two in February 2017, and three in May 2017. Ohr was the fourth-ranking official at the DOJ until he was demoted after it came to light that he met with Steele and Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which commissioned Steele’s work. Ohr’s wife Nellie also worked for Fusion GPS in 2016.
Fusion GPS was hired by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and the Democratic National Committee, and the company then hired Steele, who allegedly reached out to sources in Russia to put together his salacious and unverified dossier. That dossier was used extensively in four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant applications and renewals targeting Trump associate Carter Page, who was never charged with any wrongdoing.
Ohr told congressional investigators last year that Steele was desperate for Trump to lose in 2016, but neither Steele’s Democratic benefactors nor his animus against Trump were disclosed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in redacted FISA warrant documents that have been released, which has drawn the ire of Republicans.
Simpson met extensively with Bruce Ohr as well as numerous journalists to whom he provided Fusion GPS’s anti-Trump research in 2016. When Nellie Ohr was hired by Fusion GPS to conduct research, Simpson knew her husband was working at the DOJ. Both Bruce Ohr and Nellie Ohr met with Steele at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., on July 30, 2016. Bruce Ohr reportedly provided information stemming from that meeting to the FBI a few days later. The FBI’s Trump-Russia counterintelligence investigation, dubbed “Crossfire Hurricane,” was launched on July 31, 2016. It is believed that controversial FBI special agent Peter Strzok signed the order that launched the inquiry.
Other than sharing his information with Bruce Ohr, Steele also provided details from his dossier to members of the media and the government, including then-Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former State Department official Kathleen Kavalec, who raised doubts about the accuracy of some of Steele’s info.
In September 2018, Trump directed the DOJ to declassify a series of investigative documents including “all FBI reports of interviews with Bruce G. Ohr prepared in connection with the Russia investigation.” But a few days later he appeared to walk back that order in a follow-up tweet.
Earlier this year, Trump gave Attorney General William Barr “full and complete authority to declassify information” related to the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, and Barr selected U.S. Attorney John Durham to lead the review.
Barr has said he is working closely with DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who launched an inquiry in March 2018 into alleged abuse of the FISA Court process, including the FBI’s use of the Steele dossier. Horowitz’s report is expected after Labor Day.