To leftists like Lori Lightfoot they are not people they are automatons

By John Ruberry

President Donald J. Trump isn’t the only public official prone to Twitter rants. Yesterday after a trip to Chicago’s lakefront on a hot and humid day, the city’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot, let loose on her constituents.

“It’s called a pandemic, people,” she Tweeted. “This reckless behavior on Montrose Beach is what will cause us to shut down the parks and lakefront. Don’t make us take steps backwards.”

That “reckless behavior” consisted of people gathering at the beach. Chicago’s 18-miles of lakefront parks were closed–they were guarded by Chicago police officers for most of the spring and much of this summer. The cops remained posted at these parks during the riots and looting in May–by people presumably spreading the COVID-19 virus. Riots of course are now, by the liberals, viewed as free speech. After the Lake Michigan parks opened, Lightfoot dispatched an army of “social distance ambassadors” to enforce safe-distancing. I reckon that this snitch army took Saturday off.

Leftist mayors like Lightfoot, Bill de Blasio in New York, Ted Wheeler in Portland, Jenny Durkan in Seattle, and Ethan Berkowitz in Anchorage, they, as I’ve similarly remarked before, love “the people,” but not people. They believe they rule over automatons, faceless entities consisting of countless “Julias,” the void visage featured in the notorious and creepy “Life of Julia” Barack Obama campaign video from 2012. Of course these Julias need an enlightened being, blessed with the correct knowledge, the wisdom of liberalism.

Someone of course like Lightfoot.

At Montrose Beach yesterday Lightfoot saw, like a child in a bedroom, toy soldiers or Barbie dolls to be ordered about. “The people” not people.

Chicago is making national headlines of course for violence, or more specifically, people shooting other people, sometimes killing them.

Late last month a 9-year-old boy was shot to death while playing in a vacant lot. The next morning on Twitter Lightfoot blamed “a bullet,” not the alleged shooter.

“When a 9 year old’s life is ended by a bullet,” she said in that Tweet, “we must all be outraged. These deaths are not mere statistics. And prayers alone will not sooth a broken heart.”

The gang culture that dominates many Chicago neighborhoods is the city’s real problem. And many gang members think it is fine to indiscriminately fire guns at people. Such as the unidentified hoodlum who shot 15-mourners at a funeral home ten days before the 9-year-old was slain.

In a reply to her own Tweet about the murder of that child, Lightfoot added, “Gun violence is every bit a public health crisis as COVID-19.” When I saw that Tweet I thought she had come around, as I thought she Tweeted “gang violence” instead of “gun violence.” If you scanned the brain of Lightfoot you won’t find the words “individual responsibility” paired together.

And if you are from one of those states that Lightfoot labels as a coronavirus hot spot and you visit to Chicago, you may be subject to social media monitoring to ensure you are quarantining.

Thank you Big Sister.

The ultimate responsibility for Lightfoot are the hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans, most of whom, I hope, are not automatons, the ones who voted for Lightweight. She won all 50 of Chicago’s wards over Toni Preckwinkle, who is possibly even more left-wing than Lori, in a runoff election.

What was it that H.L. Mencken said about democracy? Ah yes, here it is, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

UPDATE 4:30pm EDT: The mayor also known as Beetlejuice today dispatched police officers to block off access to Montrose Beach. And snow fencing is also preventing access to the beach on this hot and humid Sunday.

John Ruberry regularly blogs just north of Chicago at Marathon Pundit.

Jerusalem on the Columbia River

If you really want to understand what’s going on in Portland the best way to get it is to think about it as the Arab “Palestinians” vs the Jews of Israel.

It’s very simple to explain the difference between the Jews of Israel and the Arab “Palestinians” and their conflicts. If the Palestinians disarmed tomorrow, the Jews of Israel would not need to worry about being killed by them and both sides could get on with their lives. In fact if the Arabs didn’t even disarm but merely stopped trying to kill Jews (which has been the general effects of the barriers set up that terrorists have a hard time getting over) then there is no conflict period. This is a huge problem for the arabs as it means their “leadership” now has to deliver for their people rather than just enrich themselves.

In short if the Arabs either disarm or stop trying to kill jews the war would be over.

Ironically if the Jews disarmed and/or stopped defending themselves the war would also be over, because the Arab “Palestinians” would kill every single one of them.

This is pretty much what is going on in Portland and Seattle.

If the rioters dispersed tomorrow, the violence would end. Business could function, people could work, police officers could do their normal function of enforcing the law and serving and protecting the people and property of the city and the only cost to the community would be the normal costs of insane rules and taxes levied on the citizens the by left which while destructive to business generally doesn’t kill anybody

However as was amply demonstrated when the Feds removed themselves after a deal with the Governor of the state. Their departure didn’t end the violence, it expanded it even to the point that the Mayor who was blaming everything on Donald Trump suddenly is excoriating the rioters not only for putting city officials & workers in danger and attempting to commit murder but for doing something even worse helping to re-elect Donald Trump!

In fairness of all the arguments he might make to stop these thugs this is the one most likely to work as Allahpundit put it:

it speaks volumes that this is what this guy feels he has to resort to in order to try to reach the consciences of the droogs who are still attacking police in his city. Reminding them that cops have families won’t work. Emphasizing that bystanders are destined to get caught in the crossfire between them and the police and end up injured or dead won’t cut it either.

Appealing to their decency is a nonstarter.

But appealing to their hatred by claiming that someone whom they detest even more than the cops might be profiting from their rampage? Now you’re talking. America’s political culture is one of intense negative partisanship and Ted Wheeler is all in.

The irony of course is that thanks to the jungle primary system in portland the alternative to Wheeler’s being offered to the people thinks like this:

“Peaceful protests, in my opinion, might not necessarily be moving the conversation forward.”

If she doesn’t win in Portland she would fit right in running in the west bank.