There's an old military saying that you've seen in these pages before. "Once is happenstance; twice is coincidence; three or more times is enemy action." It's often attributed to Ian Fleming, from his James Bond novel "Goldfinger", but it's far older than that. I've seen similar sentiments expressed in eighteenth-century writings. Basically, it means that if the same thing happens, with similar results, too many times, it's not accidental or coincidental. Instead, someone's out to get you, and you need to do something serious about them before they do.
I find myself repeating that saying when I consider the catastrophic results of liberal, left-wing, progressive government in so many US cities and states, particularly in the so-called Rust Belt and on the East and West Coasts. It's particularly visible in urban areas. So many of them exhibit precisely the same signs of decay and incipient social collapse that I'm beginning to think it can't be coincidental, or even accidental. I'm more and more convinced that the loony left is actually planning this, as a way to make the citizens of those cities more and more dependent on their (ineffectual) governments just to survive the dystopia in which they live.
Consider Tucker Carlson's scathing criticism of San Francisco (which visitors to that city, people I know and trust, tell me is entirely justified).
Then think about that in the light of:
- The homelessness crisis (and all its associated evils) in many West Coast cities.
- Urban blight and decay in many Rust Belt and East Coast cities like Detroit, Cleveland, Philadelphia, New Orleans, and so on.
- Institutionalized corruption in city administrations, where to get anything done it's not so much what you know as who you know - and how much you pay them under the counter.
- Catastrophic financial maladministration, resulting in pension plans that aren't fully funded, budgets that are inadequate, taxes that are exorbitantly high, and spending skewed towards politically correct causes rather than the real needs of the people.
- Deliberately dysfunctional laws such as New York's catch-and-release policy, turning sometimes violent offenders loose without so much as bail on the grounds that anything else would be "unfair" or "racist".
- City education departments that automatically pass students to the next grade, year after year after year, when they're functionally illiterate and unable to add so much as the change in their pockets to give you a total.
- Health care, where city hospitals' emergency rooms are overwhelmed with drug-seekers and psychological or psychiatric basket-cases - so much so that they're forced to raise charges on the rest of us by ten to a hundred times, in order to pay for the care of itinerants who don't have a penny to their name.
Even a cursory Internet search will reveal incident after incident illustrating those realities. Are you starting to get the picture? Those crises are repeated, time after time after time, in almost every major city and state in the USA with a left-wing, progressive administration. Why? How could it be possible for so many of them to exhibit precisely the same catastrophic failings, all at the same time, if it were not a deliberate strategy?
I'm not sure why it would be a deliberate strategy. To my mind, anyone with any sense would be reaching for the tar and feathers, and riding out of town on a rail any and all politicians responsible for such conditions . . . but clearly, I'm not in the majority on that.
Why have the populations of these places not risen in revolt at having this dystopian catastrophe inflicted on them? Can anyone answer me that, please?