Few revolting developments on the political scene justify the last words in “Bridge Over The River Kwai” more than this:
However, if such crack-brained reasoning ever progressed to widespread public policy, the iconic end of another film classic would be a better diagnosis. Take it, Marlon:
Criticism of Nixon’s insane tweet will be brushed off by progressives and Democrats (who, if honest, would own it) on the grounds that Nixon, who ran for mayor of New York not too long ago (though it seems like eons) is an uber-woke socialist, and therefore not representative of “real” progressives. There are two problems with that dodge, however. Several Democrat-run cities are barely enforcing laws against shoplifting as it is, notably Great Stupid Central, San Francisco (or is GSC Portland? Or Seattle?), where, reports the New York Times, shoplifting is out of control because law enforcement isn’t controlling it:
“The mundane crime of shoplifting has spun out of control in San Francisco, forcing some chain stores to close. Walgreens said that thefts at its stores in San Francisco were four times the chain’s national average, and that it had closed 17 stores, largely because the scale of thefts had made business untenable.”
Is it conservative to point out that Nixon’s position is irresponsible, incompetent, and a breach of basic citizenship? Is it unfair to nail her sentimental nonsense to the Democratic Party and its increasingly unhinged adherents? No, and no. If Trump appealed to the dumb and ignorant as the Left’s narrative goes, an idea like Nixon’s appeals to the really, really dumb and ignorant—quite conceivably a plurality in today’s increasingly maleducated public—which now appears to be the Left’s core constituency. It was also the constituency of Lenin and Trotsky in early 20th Century Russia.
Obviously—well, it should be obvious— allowing poor people or any people to steal at will lead to chaos, because if poor people can do it, nothing will stop less poor people from doing it, or people who aren’t poor at all, just societal predators. Maybe the Biden administration will issue “Poor Enough To Steal” passports. Don’t bet against it.
Nixon’s theory is mind-meltingly stupid, but still along a spectrum of other disastrous ideas that by some Hell-planted process the Left has serially embraced. Open borders, defunding the police, race-based hiring, “believe all women,” resegregation on college campuses, “safe spaces” and “hate speech” as a crime, and yes, there are more, are only marginally less mad, and once you have accepted one, it is easier to accept the other.