Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, one of the loudest and most vocal supporters of the recent Antifa and BLM riots, is now in the uncomfortable position of having to beg and plead with large retailers not to permanently close up shop:
Mayor Lightfoot said she’s hopeful major retailers will reopen the Chicago stores that were looted or otherwise damaged during protests surrounding George Floyd’s killing by police in Minnesota. But, she’s unsure of one of the biggest.
Mayor Lightfoot said she was on a conference call with Walmart and other major retailers that had stores looted or heavily damaged during the unrest in Chicago. She said she pleaded with them to not abandon Chicago.
There were earlier reports that Walmart expected to rebuild all stores trashed by looters and vandals, but company officials later said they would open some stores and would not say which ones.
It’s not certain whether the Democrats understand how civilization works anymore; they probably forgot to learn that in between the gender studies and ethnic studies that passes for “learning” in schools these days.
One of the hallmarks of basic civilization is security. If there isn’t security, businesses cannot operate and commerce cannot thrive. Businesses like Wal-Mart – or any other major retailer – cannot operate in an environment where they are unable to secure their stock, their physical premises, and the safety of their personnel. The costs of doing so are simply too high.
SJWs have been breezily insisting that insurance will pay for all the damage done during these riots. But even if it does, premiums are likely to skyrocket in most of these cities. One way or another, insurers will not set themselves up for more pain. It is likely that insurance products covering damage to businesses from riots, particularly in blue megacities, will be unaffordable or unavailable even for the largest companies.
This riot is not going to be an isolated event. The Democrats have been salivating at the prospect of “punching Nazis” since the social justice movement began its phase of rapid growth under the Obama presidency. In 2016, Antifa thugs repeatedly attacked Trump supporters and were largely cheered for it by the government and the media.
I have expressed the opinion in the past given how many political figures have ties to them and how many government employees are members, that Antifa is essentially a state-sanctioned paramilitary organization, much like the PLO is the “armed wing” of the Palestinian Authority.
There will therefore be no crackdown on Antifa coming despite the blustering coming from Bill Barr and DoJ – if anything other than a handful of street-level thugs get arrested, I will be shocked.
As a consequence, we will be seeing larger and uglier incidents of civil insurrection going into the 2020 election and past it, regardless of the election winner, as leftist radical groups feel increasingly comfortable operating with impunity.
Additionally, many Democrat controlled cities are considering either crippling or disbanding their police forces.With no police forces, armed gangs will quickly fill the void and turn these areas into “no-go zones” similar to the ones in Europe. In time, they may become US versions of the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
In that kind of atmosphere of lawlessness and anarchy, it’s ridiculous to think businesses will be able to able to function normally, especially if the big blue megacities erupt into violent riots every time Trump or some other Republican politician says something they don’t like. Most big US companies will likely either end up paying exorbitant sums of “protection money” to criminal gangs or have to pull out entirely.
Democrat voters are only now beginning to experience the consequences of their actions, and I am going to at least enjoy their pain even as I understand they will not stop because of the economic disaster they are creating for their constituents.