... because the pattern of your future there became clear last night (if it wasn't already so - it should have been on the basis of past events). Some of the headlines this morning:
Some are already claiming that this was in "response" to the dismissal of charges against a police officer for the shooting of a black man a while back. I understand that, notwithstanding the court's action, the Soros-backed progressive-left District Attorney will appeal it, and may refile charges. Allow me to show you my shocked face that a DA would ignore a judicial ruling like that, if it didn't agree with his politics. Faced with a judicial system like that, and knowing that they are in the politically-inspired sights of the system every time they go on patrol, and having to deal with a breakdown in law and order like last night (not to mention inner-city urban society in general), I can't for the life of me imagine why any police officer remains on duty in Philadelphia. In their shoes, I wouldn't be.
I don't buy the "in response" line at all. From the reports linked above, this was a well-organized action, including arrangements being made before and during the event(s) on social media; "teens" (?) congregating in parking lots to plan their next move(s); and registration plates being removed from cars, to make it more difficult to track their movements and link them to specific crimes. Those aren't the actions of spontaneous protesters. The judicial ruling may have provided a convenient pretext, a sort of social fig-leaf, for the looters, but it's clear they were acting, not reacting. I'm sure this event was pre-planned, awaiting only a suitable occasion to launch it.
I've already noted a couple of reactions along the lines of "Well, that's the city center for you - but if you stay out of it, and don't go there unless you absolutely have to, and stay in your nice safe suburb, you won't be affected." Folks, I have news for you. Throughout this country, companies and corporations in the city centers are suffering due to crime, and closing stores hand over fist, and moving their offices to safer, cleaner, more salubrious locations. Crime isn't the only factor in the latter decision, but it's a big contributor. Do your own search for relevant news reports in your area. If it's affecting companies and employers like that, what makes you think it won't affect you?
Here's another selection of headlines, all of them from this blog, and all in 2023. I presume most readers have already seen them: if not, I recommend them to your attention.
Here's how that last article ends. Emphasis in original.
Folks, what more evidence can I advance to persuade you? The reality is as plain and easy to see as the nose on your face. If you live in almost any large American city today, but particularly those in "blue" states, governed by liberal progressive administrations, or already facing serious problems with poverty, crime, violence and racial tensions, you need to leave. Now. If you don't, and you run headlong into those problems as they escalate, it's on your own head - nobody else's.
I've heard all the excuses, and I'm sure they're real to many people: but this boils down to a simple, existential pair of questions. What's your life worth? What are the lives of your spouse, children, etc. worth?
The answer is up to you, and the solution is in your hands. Don't expect the government to provide one, because it's largely caused the problems to begin with.
In his science fiction books, the late Robert A. Heinlein predicted what he called "the crazy years" when society broke down, and anarchy, fanaticism and criminality took over. I think he was more prophetic than fictional - because we're living in them now, mostly in our big cities as yet, but increasingly all over our country.