I have come to the conclusion that thinking like a modern politically progressive liberal is an art and a science that takes many years to acquire and hone to perfection. As evidenced by this morning’s Los Angeles Times, it is an ability that I have failed to develop a true appreciation for and it is quite possible that I will never comprehend the full complexities of this complex process.
Every morning when the paper is delivered I pull out the main news section, the business section and throw the rest in the trash without even looking at it. I quit reading the comics section when it ceased to be funny and became another outlet for simple-minded political expression. Truth be told, I despise the Los Angeles Times, but I switched to it from the Orange County Register because the Orange County paper eliminated most of the news to make room for more advertising, they abandoned their Libertarian mission statement and became more liberal than the “Socialist Weekly,” so I figured that as long as I my choices were going to be limited to a selection of left wing propaganda rags I may as well pick the one that had at least some relevance, however small it might be. The Los Angeles Times is not a step up from the Orange County Register, but it does supply me with more packing material when I need it and it soaks up paint and wood stain as well as any paper around, and for someone who works diligently towards an understanding of liberal thought, the Los Angeles Times is a veritable gold mine of politically correct bullshit. With that being said, I must admit that I still have much study to do before I figure out the idiosyncrasies of the liberal thought process and this morning’s edition made that fact very clear to me.
On A34 of this morning’s LA Times there appears an article entitled “The enduring wisdom of Special Order 40″ praising the new police chief’s dedication to the city’s long standing policy of not enforcing immigration law and prohibiting the police department from cooperating with the federal government’s immigration authorities. This appears to be one of the cornerstones of California’s liberal communities and similar “sanctuary” policies have been adopted in more than 23 large California cities. Essentially, these policies allow convicted illegal alien felons, rapists, murderers, pedophiles and all sorts of other violent criminals to do their time in the state’s prison system and be released into the neighborhoods they were arrested in rather than being deported. From a liberal standpoint, this is viewed as a benefit because more than 30% of the nation’s illegal aliens reside in the state, and contrary to popular belief, they participate in all state and federal elections by loyally supporting the Democratic candidates who are the primary source of the entitlement programs they depend on. If they all voted for conservative candidates, the Liberals would hunt them down like plague carrying ground squirrels and get rid of them, but that’s not the case so they are portrayed as a beneficial part of our society regardless of the burden they pose to the California tax payers and the drain to the state’s rapidly dwindling finances.
On A5 of this morning’s paper there appeared an article that clearly demonstrates the actual cost of Special Order 40 in much more personal terms. That article included the security video image of a 72 year old legal immigrant seconds before he was fatally shot in the back of the head by three armed gang members holding up his 98-cent store in the Pico-Union area. Ironically, “The enduring wisdom of Special Order 40″ explains the vital importance of Special Order 40 in the Pico-Union, the Westlake District and Temple-Beaudry areas of Los Angeles which are all busting at the seams with illegal aliens from southern Mexico and Central America, and this is the same Pico-Union area where Fereidoun Kohanim, 72, a kindly old man known for handing out free candy to children at his 98-cent store was shot in the head.
As far as the liberals of Los Angeles are concerned, there is no correlation between Special Order 40 and the rampant crime that plagues the predominantly illegal alien neighborhoods of the city. Sixty percent of the city’s gang members are illegal aliens and they spend most of their time preying on the other legal and illegal aliens who live and work in these areas. When they are not busy waging turf wars with competing gangs of illegal aliens they concentrate on expanding their territory by intimidating, harassing and often killing the African-Americans who live nearby. The liberals who control the positions of authority in Los Angeles consider the murders and the high crime rate in these areas as a simple coincidence rather than a consequence of the laws and policies they have created. I suppose it is a matter of perspective that I have yet to fully comprehend. If I survive long enough maybe I will figure it out. If I live to be very old it is possible that senility will help me appreciate this perspective.
Fifty years ago, before common sense was over-ruled by political correctness, problems like these could be dealt with. Raids would take place and people would be rounded up and locked away in deep dark dungeons. They would be prosecuted, deported, gassed or electrocuted and the law would be enforced, justice was done, sometimes in the courts, sometimes in the streets. Regardless of where or how it happened, the bad guys got the idea, and even a lone ten year old white boy like me could walk the streets of downtown Los Angeles without being victimized. Fifty years later we’ve progressed to the point where law enforcement no longer holds the shackles, it wears them. Criminal gangs can’t be rounded up without the appearance of racial profiling, mass protests and outraged community activists, demands for investigations, possible riots and certain repercussions. The citizens are no longer safe, not on the streets and not even in their own homes. This is an improvement? This is the legacy of enduring wisdom? If so, the logic escapes me so I will wait for senility to make it easier to understand, and in the meantime I will merely watch and marvel at the genius of liberal thought.