My thoughts when reading this excellent piece were how similarly it represents the "fish monger" women from the French Revolution, or the American colonist tar and feathering the tax collectors. Then my mind shifted to "why"? Just "why". Why would anyone want to be a policeman here? Why not let the people suffer their own fate? Why not treat this place like a foreign enemy where we impose sanctions, restrict people and weapon flow, set up a perimeter, and let the place choke itself to death in the same manner we let a forest fire burn itself out? Sure there might be innocent victims, but would they be any more innocent than policemen sent to fight a pointless war without an end in sight in an area they are not wanted? Then finally, "what". What will happen when the rest of the citizens move out of the county because they are tired of paying for this insanity just like the tax payers moved out of the city in the first place? What happens when people move out of the state for the same reason? Would we not be left with these vacuums of crime? Wouldn't the country morph into areas like Camden ruled by drug lords vs respectable places like ND where people are flocking, not for a hand out, but for work despite the bitter winters? Won't this lead to the have's vs the have nots on a national scale with states against states? I've been saying for a while that this is how the next civil war will develop, and this article demonstrates the how, why, and what .
You can look to all the recent crime in St. Louis, Chicago and Baltimore, to get other examples of what is happening. Even here in Atlanta, I heard today from a teacher who attends my church, that 85% of the students at her elementary school -- in one of the most affluent areas of metro Atlanta -- receive a free lunch because they can't afford to pay. If you could afford to send your child to private school, vs a public school like this in a very affluent area, what would you choose? After all, the student teacher ratios at private school would be less than half that of the public school, and the children would be more focused on learning than their next meal. With teachers teaching to just below the average ability of the class, I know what I would choose. Again the disparity widens exponentially. The countdown clock skips another few tics. No one knows when the alarm will sound, but there are plenty of signals indicating you should train, have a plan, and be ready when the bells go off... that is of course, if you are astute enough to recognize the alarm. It is an easy thing to do when reading the history books, but biographies tell us that it is nearly impossible to do when immersed in the moment. When will the alarm sound? Has it already gone off? You decide.