The president is right that we must clean up America
Armstrong Williams | 10/10/2019, 9:54 a.m.
The liberal media is once again taking off at breakneck pace to condemn President Trump. The fake issue for their bogus outrage? Speaking the truth about how Los Angeles and San Francisco are harmed by their deterioration into squalor caused by rampant homelessness.
Since the mainstream media is much more interested in hyperbole than fact let’s instead look at exactly what the president said. He stated that the “prestige” of premier cities in California is reduced by having homeless people littering the streets.
“We can’t let Los Angeles, San Francisco and numerous other cities destroy themselves by allowing what’s happening,” said the president. He also spoke of “hundreds and hundreds of tents and people living at the entrance to their office buildings.” What’s objectionable is that this is one hundred percent true, not that President Trump stated the facts.
Anyone who has recently visited the largest cities in California can see precisely what the president is talking about. The decay is on full display. The homeless have literally taken over street blocks, creating a filthy and dangerous environment where drug use is rampant and city blocks are treated as open-air latrines. It’s truly disgusting and a bona fide health hazard.
In recent months I traveled to San Francisco. I spent hours walking through the city. But it was not the heavily romanticized locale previously lauded as one of America’s most beautiful places.
A decade ago, you could ask someone what they pictured when they thought of the Golden Gate City. The Golden Gate Bridge, of course, as well as beautiful Victorian row houses cloaked in fog, clanging trolleys, a bohemian vibe. A city that took pride in the legendary football team of Super Bowl champions Joe Montana and Jerry Rice; the thunderous power of San Francisco Giants home run slugger Barry Bonds.
Those were certainly the associations I made as I disembarked at the airport and began a brief business trip in the city. What I discovered shocked the conscience and literally left me sick to my stomach.
I walked the streets near the corporate headquarters of Twitter and Uber. These two tech giants are examples of how San Francisco has transformed itself into a hub of technology and innovation. Scurrying along near the building and gliding past on skateboards were young and optimistic men and women dressed casually as they reported for work. A nearby gym was packed with tattooed exercisers pumping iron as electronic dance music thumped from the speakers.
But just blocks away from this oasis of upwardly mobile millennials, the scene was entirely different. It felt like something out of a Hollywood movie depicting a post-apocalyptic society in the aftermath of a total breakdown of social norms.
I literally saw no fewer than 10 people shamelessly shooting heroin into their veins. They did this openly, in the street, utilizing the free needles that the city has distributed in order to discourage drug abusers from spreading AIDS by sharing dirty needles. Dozens of discarded needles could be seen on the sidewalks.