By Lowell Ponte
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz lost her gavel and did not open the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Monday.
Schultz and her fellow party leaders were terrified that she would be booed on national television by supporters of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders following the release of secret emails showing that Schultz had rigged party processes to guarantee the nomination of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
But look who the Democrats gave the gavel to on Monday from their inner circle to symbolize what their party stands for – Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the outgoing mayor of Baltimore.
In spring 2015 Baltimore was ablaze, as Craig R. Smith and I recount in our book We Have Seen The Future and It Looks Like Baltimore: American Dream vs. Progressive Dream.
Rioters had unleashed volleys of stones on the police. The Mayor’s response was to order police to fall back and not interfere with the rioters, lest this further inflame the anger of people over the death of local heroin pusher Freddie Gray.
After more than 60 years of continuous Democratic rule, Baltimore – where Nancy Pelosi learned strong-arm politics from her father the mayor — has become the heroin capital of the United States. One in every 10 residents is an addict. Welfare addiction has produced despair and widespread drug addiction.
With police retreating, the rioters took to looting and torching stores while government officials standing only feet away did nothing to stop them.
Two law enforcement officers joined in the orgy of robbery, later identified from surveillance cameras.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake explained her Progressive Democratic view of this to reporters:
“We also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well,” she said, “and we work very hard to keep that balance.”
Instead of police, she asked local criminal gang leaders to protect local stores.
As The New York Times reported, these gang leaders directed looters and arsonists away from black-owned stores by pointing out which stores were not owned by African-Americans.
Rawlings-Blake then applauded a Stalinist-like show trial intended to satisfy the mob by lynching six police officers involved in the arrest or transport of Freddie Gray.
The officers were not granted a change of venue in a city where any juror who found an officer not guilty risked violent retaliation.
Despite this, thus far a jury did not convict one officer, and an African-American judge has acquitted three others. If all six officers go free, Baltimore may face more rioting and looting.
The local police force, now reluctant to do pro-active policing lest they be sent to prison, have created a city where arrests are down by 30 percent and murders are up by roughly 60 percent.
Thanks to Mayor Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore now has as many murders as New York City, which has 13 times more residents. Perhaps the American Dream has vanished in Baltimore because residents are now too frightened to sleep or dream at all.
This is who her comrades sent before the American people to show what Democrat control could do for their town. If this is the America you wish to live in, then vote for the party of Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Hillary Clinton.
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