A recent wave of flash mob robberies across California has given the Golden State the appearance of a science fiction dystopia with civilization unraveling and peaceful places of commerce trampled by looters.
Newsweek reports there “are fears that the recent wave of flash mob robberies, which have been occurring across California in recent days, will spread across the country.”
Recently something like 80 people (a shockingly large group to coordinate and carry out a crime like this) prompted concerns about lootings across the country after mobbing a Nordstrom luxury department store in Walnut Creek, an East Bay region in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Newsweek report also mentions, “The Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Yves Saint Laurent stores in San Francisco’s Union Square were also targeted in flash-mob robberies on November 19.”
Speaking on CNN this week, Charles Ramsey, a former Philadelphia police commissioner, said: “Many of the young people we arrested had no previous criminal records. And why they were getting involved in something like this, I have no idea. So I don’t know what’s driving this.”
That led Mike Miller, writing at RedState, to point out Ramsey coughed up the answer during the segment: “The punishment for this kind of crime is very, very minimal. In most cases, it’s a misdemeanor. There are some DAs that have flat-out said they’re no longer going to prosecute shoplifting.”
But this week’s problem of flash mob looting has roots deeper than statutory lenience or apathetic prosecutors. By the time we’re discussing how to prosecute rioting and looting, the root problem has already run its course without being examined or addressed.
As the former police commissioner said, many looters are young people with no previous criminal record. What’s fundamentally wrong here isn’t that police and the US justice system is too lenient on offenders. It’s that these young people are acting out a flagrant disregard for themselves and others.
Where could they have learned such contempt for the rights and property of others while carelessly endangering themselves and risking their future relationships, personal and professional, with a reputation marked by ransacking someone’s store?
They learned it from the leaders of the dreadful turn our society took two years ago to become a medical police state of varying degrees in nearly every country on Earth.
Those leaders of the coronavirus hoax first cheapened our law and government, abusing it to hoax a substanceless, showboat impeachment trial of the president for petty partisan reasons. They also subverted our journals of news reports and commentary. They cheapened our words and our promises. Along the way, they destabilized most of our society.
Then Congress and the White House began looting trillions and trillions of dollars more from the economy in two years than it usually does. That’s the very-not-flash mob robbery that more Americans should have been worried about enough in the throes of full-lockdown 2020 to block effectively. They put up far more of a fight against Pelosi, Bush, and Henry Paulson over far less money when the 2008 TARP bailout was just a bill making its way through Capitol Hill.
Where did these disturbed young people learn to cheapen the lives and businesses of others along with their own, to loot them for ill-gotten gain? From CNN and Congress.