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"Space to Destroy" Mayor Opens Democratic National Convention

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Wow.  You can't make this stuff up.

The DNC chair got the ax when hacked emails definitively proved what just about everyone paying attention pretty much knew -- that she was using the party apparatus to favor one primary candidate over the other.  We didn't think it warranted mention on this blog.

But who is the substitute convention opener?  It is none other than the notorious Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the one who said as her city was burning:

It's a very delicate balancing act because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well, and we work very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to de-escalate.
She quickly blamed others for supposedly mischaracterizing her words, saying she did not mean what she plainly said.

One foolish statement would not have been so bad if she had followed up by doing everything right after that, but the City of Baltimore has not.  Closer to the opposite, and it has the crime to prove it.

If the Democratic Party wanted to make this election all about who is on the criminals' side and who is on the law-abiding people's side, with themselves being the wrong side, it could hardly have chosen a more effective face to put forward to open its convention.

And just to be very, very clear, there is no balance to be struck with free speech when a full-blown riot is in progress.   Government can constitutionally put "time, place, and manner" limits on speech to serve important interests, and peaceful protests can be postponed until peace is restored.

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Still, you have to give Mayor Rawlings-Blake credit. She may have wanted to give rioters and arsonists space to destroy, but at least she presided over an increase in murder last year of approximately 60%, while the police force shrank.

This is what one of our two major parties wants to SHOWCASE, mind you.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/2015-homicides/

But the press won't say a word, nor will any elected Democrat be asked hard questions about this choice.

The perception (or reality) that HRC and the Dems are soft on crime (while American cities are experiencing rising crime rates) & soft on terrorism (while the world is being terrorized by RIT) = President DJT, regardless of his deeply engrained character flaws.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/please-metro-put-cameras-in-all-cars/2016/07/22/8a6e122c-4528-11e6-88d0-6adee48be8bc_story.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1

Ordinary citizens afraid to ride the trains. The Doug Bermans of the world pooh-pooh how much crime directly impacts women's freedom to move about by themselves--but we all know that DC's permissiveness towards crime (deemed smart on crime by the oh-so-enlightened crowd) is a big cause of why women Metro riders are so fearful.

Thugs who harass women just for the sake of harassing them are seriously anti-social. The penalties for this behavior should be serious, but the Blake-Rawlingses of this world probably think that law-abiding citizens' rights need to be sacrificed in the name of pandering to the mob.

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