Hey, remember when the city gave the homeless encampment on the Parkway until July 17 to leave?
Seems like months ago.
It was months ago.
Today’s question is this: Is the standoff on the Parkway comedy turning into tragedy, or tragedy becoming comedy?
Mayor Jim Kenney is in the throes of a dilemma. After attending progressive re-education camp about a decade ago, he emerged with the idea that this is a racist nation, a racist city, a dreary patriarchy in which decisions made by white males are always wrong. He is a white male, which means his decisions are always wrong.
See the problem?
Somewhere deep in the tangle of contradictions in his frontal lobe, he hears these words: “Attention, MOVE. This is America. You have to abide by the laws of the United States.”
They were spoken by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Gregore Sambor to the self-styled revolutionaries who were constructing an illegal fortress on top of their West Philadelphia row home. This was after violating numerous health and safety rules.
They were ordered to obey the law. They didn’t. Somebody came up with a bright idea about an explosive charge.
Tragedy followed. That was the nightmare scenario.
No one is suggesting anything that extreme.
At the least, the city could starve out the lawbreakers by not allowing “helpers” to bring in provisions from the outside. Yes, they would cry that the city is “starving” them, but that’s a big lie.
The current lawbreakers could forcibly be removed by nonlethal means, such as tear gas, water hoses, smelly chemical agents, or the pressure of police behind shields, or on horseback. Standard crowd-dispersal measures.
But our spineless mayor has no stomach for that.
His chickens are coming home to roost.
He is the mainspring of the city’s refusal to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which enforce the laws of the United States.
He has actually said he will protect those here illegally against law enforcement, suggesting ICE is sent by a heartless fascist in Washington, D.C. (No, this was when Barack Obama was president.)
A couple of nights ago it was believed the police would arrive in the middle of the night, which was Kenney’s successful tactic to remove the Frank Rizzo statue from in front of the Municipal Services Building. The statue of Rizzo — Philly’s last Democratic “law and order” mayor is gone, while a Black Lives Matter mural has been added to the entrance of the building.
Anticipating the arrival of police, the Parkway urban homesteaders put out a call for allies, and who should arrive? Black-clad antifa social justice warriors.
Antifa stands for anti-fascist.
So who is the fascist now?
See, when he decided to thumb his nose at immigration law, he set a precedent for any other group with a grievance to ignore the law.
And now it has.