Alternate title: Life for the lower middle class in the America you voted for, if you ever voted for a Democrat in the past 50 years.
Talk about reaping what you sow. Castigate discipline and achievement as the impositions of “white” “imperialism.” Encourage people from earliest childhood to nurse grievances. Demonize the maintenance of basic order as fascism. Vilify those who distinguish good behavior from bad, irrespective of skin color, as uptight, psychotic, racist, brutish, etc. Tell folks that everything that’s actually good for them is somebody’s unfair conspiracy against them — and actively subsidize dysfunctional patterns, with a welfare system that enables people to subsist indefinitely without ever improving their character or outlook.
And presto, within a generation, you have those striving immigrants whom Obama professes to hold so dear, and others in the upward-aspiring lower middle class, living in fear of their lives: employed, clearly; able to save money, reside in middle class homes, and hope for better things; but seeing their children attacked in school, and then finding their homes attacked by roving teenage gangs.
This attack was in a middle school in Homestead, Florida, over a month ago.
A girl in pink shorts throws the first punch at 14-year-old Angelina Padron. Padron fights back. That’s when the girl’s friends jump in. They punch, kick and at one point drag Padron by her hair into the street.
The fight is only broken up when a shirtless man from the neighborhood steps in to pick her up.
The situation involving the girls is so tense, a relative of Angelina’s speaking out about the incident did not want to be identified.
“(The video) makes you want to go hurt somebody but you can’t,” he told CBS4’s Natalia Zea.
So, we’re talking middle school girls. Most men, and quite few adult women, could basically just sit on them and shut them down. There is absolutely zero excuse for a gang of 13- and 14-year-old girls to have the community by the short hairs. But here’s the reason, in a nutshell (emphasis added):
He says Angelina and her mother immediately reported the fight to Miami-Dade School Police and are pressing charges. The girls were suspended, as was Angelina.
“The principal actually suspended her saying she participated. She should’ve got on the ground and balled up in a ball. When she was on the ground they were kicking her in the head and stomping on her,” he said.
Just think for a moment about what this means. As with the Oregon college student who was ordered not to even visit much of the campus, because his appearance reminded a rape victim of her attacker, the principal of this school doesn’t see the students as human beings. The principal sees them as mechanical elements of a system: elements that need to be managed, regardless of any impact of that management on their character, their hopes, fears, expectations, or view of the world. The principal is interested only in a mechanical outcome, such as whether a gang attack will end sooner if the victim curls into a ball and lets herself be kicked and pummeled without fighting back.
That is unconscionable. It’s actively vicious, in fact. In animals, it’s pack behavior; in humans, it’s evidence that all moral moorings have been released. A person with this viewpoint should have no influence on community mores or public policy. But people with exactly this viewpoint have been in charge of America for decades. Here is the result:
The incident appears to be bigger than the brawl next to the school.
According to a police report, the mother of one of the girls that was beating up Angelina in that video threatened Angelina’s mother three different times if she pressed charges against her daughter. Angelina’s mother captured cell phone video of one of those alleged threats.
Florida City police say an arrest of that girl’s mother is pending.
A month after the attack on Angelina, someone broke the windows of her home.
“They went over there, they broke the windows, they tried to pry the window open. The police have been called multiple times,” said Angelina’s relative.
One of the girls who he says was part of the videotaped attack on Angelina, later bragged on Facebook about breaking a girl’s windows. Angelina’s family is now trying to save enough money to move.
In the meantime, they feel the school district and police are not doing enough to help them.
“The system is broken,” the relative said.
People who accumulate enough wealth can find a way to get out: to physically separate themselves from the American jungles now ruled by the institutions of the progressive left. For now, they can, anyway. But that’s not how things are supposed to be in America. It’s not how they started out. It’s how the left has remade our country.
In the guise of the Republican Party, the right has been complicit in remaking the country for ill, by agreeing to keep setting up more government agencies dedicated to ruining the people’s character, and shoveling borrowed money at them — putting the taxpayer on the hook for the debt. But this compromise isn’t the core of the problem; it’s an enabling factor. The political left doesn’t have the solution to the problems faced by America’s poor. The political left is the problem they face.