@idaho Your thread reminded me of this video that I flagged a while ago, but didn’t take the time to watch until tonight.
“We’re running a concentration camp without barbed wire, up to and including the medical experiment of poisoning these people with drugs. I don’t know how else to put it, and it’s infuriating.”
Conditions in cities that I grew up knowing as jewels of the country are deteriorating. What’s happening today hasn’t happened in generations of life in America. Medieval diseases eradicated via sanitation, long before vaccines were developed, are returning. Today, in the year 2019 in the United States of America, we have large populations of people living in our wealthiest cities without sewage. Couple this lack of sewage with people who are allowed to be out-of-their-minds on hard drugs, and the problem becomes severe. How severe? Typhus and Bubonic Plague severe.
I find it alarming that people still seem to be rushing to similar policies, all under the pretense of compassion. My sister-in-law campaigned hard for Rachel Rollins, the new DA of Suffolk County, MA. She’s getting the ball rolling on decriminalizing destructive behavior. She campaigned on it, and won. Maybe it will work out great, who am I to say?
I don’t believe it is compassionate to implement policies that create the conditions documented in this video. I don’t see how it is compassionate to the people who work hard to carve out a life there. I don’t see how it is compassionate to the people who struggle and end up on the street, addicted to drugs and unable to break the cycle. I particularly fail to see the compassion in policies that seem to have the clear effect of incentivizing these destructive behaviors.
How difficult must it be to work as a first responder in a city like Seattle, San Francisco or Los Angeles? Imagine risking your life to get a violent person off of the street, only to have to risk your life again to arrest them the next time, all because their violent behavior didn’t merit prosecution. Imagine doing this 30 times, or 50 times. Sure, the risk is spread across the entire force, but why is this necessary? Why is this compassionate?
Maybe this is all conservative propaganda and I’m just a sucker for asking these questions. I welcome anyone who can offer an explanation for the outcomes we see here.
Seattle Is Dying