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Waking Up From Wokeness

Posted on | December 11, 2021 | Comments Off on Waking Up From Wokeness

One of the wonderful things about the Biden presidency is that, when things go wrong, Democrats can no longer blame Trump — and a whole lot of stuff is going wrong now. We are at the stage of events famously referenced by H.L. Mencken: “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

Leighton Woodhouse is a self-described “progressive” documentary filmmaker who lives in Oakland, California, and he describes the disastrous impact of “defund the police” in the Bay Area where crime has gotten completely out of control:

Shoplifters casually walk into Walgreens stores in San Francisco filling garbage bags full of merchandise. They’ve spat on, bitten, assaulted, and thrown bottles of urine at employees.
The flashmob-style “smash and grab” robberies that originated here — in places like Union Square in San Francisco and the shopping plaza in affluent Walnut Creek — have now spread across the country.
Asian seniors are brazenly assaulted in the street; one octogenarian was body slammed to death. This week, an Afghan refugee— a father of three who had worked as a translator for the U.S. army — was shot dead near a playground in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood.
And now freeway shootings are a thing. A few weeks ago, at nine in the morning, a 29-year-old mom on her way from Oakland to San Francisco for a job interview with her fiancé and two kids was randomly shot and killed in her SUV at the Bay Bridge toll plaza.

(Hat-tip: Instapundit.) Woodhouse goes on to cite data that will sound familiar to anyone who has read Heather Mac Donald’s The War on Cops and — to remind you again — he’s a progressive, with a deep sense of commitment to left-wing causes, so that admitting the truth about the destructive impact of progressive policies is quite painful to him.

Being curious about the person making these painful admissions, I checked out Woodhouse’s Twitter timeline and discovered that he’s also sick and tired of the COVID-19 panic porn. He’s got school-aged children and, like anyone else who’s done the slightest bit of research, he knows that (a) healthy children are at little risk from the coronavirus, (b) the mandatory masks-and-social-distancing regime in schools is not scientifically valid, and (c) this regime is harmful to kids.

Guess who else is rebelling against COVID-19 panic?

When you’ve lost Michelle Goldberg and Jill Filipovic . . .



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