Santa Cruz’s self-styled “anarchists” (who don’t know what the word means) broke a number of big windows in several stores downtown. Both chain stores and locally-owned stores were hit.
It’s the radicals’ contribution to solving the unemployment crisis, perhaps. Glaziers are very busy right now. One of the small stores damaged had a “Buy American” decal in its window. That’s a pro-union signal. On the other hand, some retail employees who earn ten dollars an hour won’t be able to work tomorrow. Win some, lose some!
I can’t wait for two things: 1 How are the media going to deal with this small event; 2 What downtown Santa Cruz business owners, almost all “progressives,” are going to say.
If you spend thirty years de-legitimizing our socio-economic arrangements, don’t be surprised if some of your children take you literally. Some of what you teach always sticks.
I think the perpetrators will be caught and quickly. That’s because terrorists are bitches. They brag and they betray each other. In Santa Cruz, they will receive a sentence of counseling and 100 hours of community service they will not perform.
Addendum 5/3/10: Apparently, there were only eight city cops covering the whole town (population: 60,000). That’s although the May Day demonstration was announced. The cops stayed safely away from the fewer than 300 demonstrators until reinforcement could be called. Almost all the demonstrators were peaceful though raucous according to the report in the Santa Cruz Sentinel. I don’t blame the police much. The city calls the shots and it has its own priorities.
A couple of days ago, the city sent me a sticker to place on my recycling bin. “Take a bite out of crime,” it says in English, and in fractured Spanish. The sticker requests that you call 911 to report dangerous thieves who kidnap empty cans from my bin. Would I make this up? Sadly, the stupidity of government always outpaces my inventiveness.
One well-known leftist downtown merchant is livid with rage. His family owns the same bookstore that gave away free nuts to those who would buy Sarah Palin’s book. Funny, maybe. But if you nurture vipers, you will get bitten perhaps, possibly, in the long run, for sure.