Video PROVES far-left crime policy is DESTROYING American cities
By Staff, Glenn Beck
June 2, 2023
Recently posted video Kensington Avenue in Philadelphia provides a SHOCKING view of some of America’s most crime-ridden cities. In fact, homelessness, drug abuse, and more have become so out-of-hand, that even the bluest of Americans are taking a stand. In this clip, Glenn plays video of Oakland, California residents standing up to city officials for not doing anything to stop the crimes. Glenn explains that these videos PROVE the far-left’s policy on crime is destroying U.S. cities and that so many Americans are living in fear as a result of it all…
TranscriptBelow is a rush transcript that may contain errors
GLENN: Let me take you here. Let me show you the horror on the streets of Philadelphia.
Cut five. Now, I lived in Philadelphia, it was always not the best.
But this is --
STU: Less suboptimal.
GLENN: Less suboptimal. These people are zombies. They're just all drugged out. Laying in the streets. Or stooped over.
All in Philadelphia.
Now, let me show you something else. This is in Oakland.
This is people coming and speaking. This happened this week, in Oakland California.
Not exactly a -- a red part of California.
STU: It's not MAGA land.
GLENN: No. It's not MAGA land. So these are the Oakland residents that are coming to Oakland, to demand a change from the city.
Listen to this.
I'm Louise, owner of Studio Naga.
VOICE: I you in your office every week. (inaudible) I email everyone. And you know the situation.
Someone who is mentally deranged, in front of my business, who has threatened me multiple times. Who has threatened other people. Who has defecated on a property on our business. And I'm being told by macro that they can't do anything. I'm being told by police, that there has to be something in the middle.
As they said, I don't want to have to get threatened with sexual violence. I don't want my children to see this, as a normal behavior from an individual on the street. That they get.
He's naked. He's masturbated in front of them. He's urinated in front of them.
GLENN: Oh, my gosh.
VOICE: And there's nothing I'm told the police can do. So your policy of not enforcing some of this 150 feet from the school, 150 feet from the residences. That policy has a direct effect.
GLENN: Can you imagine that? Can you imagine that?
Why are you paying taxes? What am I paying taxes for?
Okay. Listen to this. Crime change, cut two. Number seven.
VOICE: I understand. It comes from a place of hurt, generally when people are being violent. At some level, in some form, it's coming from a place of hurt. Sure. But if they're doing hundreds of gun point robberies mostly to women, to people of all races, where I've been in poverty my whole life, it makes it hard for us to keep job, to find jobs, to live life, to fight through mental health issues. To fight through our poverty. And it's not just one Democrat, and women. It's all kinds of women being targeted. This is systemic violence as well.
GLENN: So here's what I want to leave you with.
When you start to have conversations. Because all of the data points are there.
Before, when they were like, we'll reimagine the police. We're like, that's not going to work. That's the dumbest idea I've ever heard.
And that obviously, wasn't necessarily the best thing to say. But that's what was out of our mouths. I know it was my mouth at the time.
You are out of your mind?
Now all the data points are there. You show things like this.
And say, so let's talk about defunding the police. And saying, that the homeless, you know, can live anywhere they want. And all of this.
How is that working out for you?
Just ask them that. How is that working out?
Can we just look at -- can we just look at the facts? How is the city doing?
How is crime? How is crime, compared from a red city, to a blue city?
Is there anything we can learn from this? How is it working out?
And just be kind about it. But it's time we talk about facts. This is empirical evidence. This is how science is done.
I don't follow scientists. Because I know scientists can be wrong. I follow actual scientists. And that is, I have a theory.
I will now test it out, and I will look at the facts. So when they say, you just don't even know, you're a racist.
No. I'm following science. Here's how it works. You propose a theory.
I think police are making our cities racist. And they're -- they -- we would be safer, in the minority communities, if there weren't any police.
You said defund, because you want to reimagine.
Now we've done that in several cities. So let's look at those cities. Because if it was working and it was better. I would be with you.
I would change my mind. I don't want to be right.
I want to live in a great country, that treats everybody fairly. That -- that looks at everyone equally. Looks at people who are sick, and says, they're sick.
How can we help them?
I don't want to live in crime. And neither do you.
So how is that working out?
STU: We did a show on Stu Does America, called Stu does the collapse of the American city. A couple weeks ago. And highlighted a station called old station subtraction in Phoenix.
Listen to this. This is their everyday. Everyday.
Sixty-nine-year-old owner, who opens a sub shop. It's been around for a while. This is his current situation. There are hundreds of people sleeping within a few blocks of Old Station. Most of them suffering from mental illness or substance abuse, as they lived out their private lives with public view of the restaurant.
They slept on Joe and Debbie's outdoor tables. Defecated on their back porch. Smoked methamphetamine in their parking lot. Washed clothes in their bathroom sink. Pilfered bread and gallon jars of pickles from the delivery trucks. Had sex on their patio. Masturbated within view of their employees. And lit fires for warmth that burned down palm trees and scared around customers.
Within a half mile of the restaurant, the police have been called to an average of eight incidents a day in 2022.
There are at least 1,097 calls for emergency medical help. 573 fights or assaults.
236 incidents of trespassing, 185 fires, 140 thefts, 125 armed robberies, thirteen sexual assaults, and four homicides. The remains of a 20 to 24-week-old fetus, 20 to 24-week-old fetus were burned and left next to a Dumpster in November. Two people were stabbed to death in their tents.
Sixteen others were found dead from overdoses, suicides, hypothermia, or excessive heat.
A group of young men in the encampment have begun selling off pieces of the public sidewalk, charging each person $20 a week for what they called lot rent and security.
That had seemed ridiculous, to an encampment resident, until he decided not to pay and then awoke one night to the smell of someone dowsing his tent with lighter fluid.
Then there was Kesha, barely out of her teens, who skittered around the encampment like a scared cat, wary of everyone. Carrying a few old dolls, and crying sometimes.
Joel had tried to watch out for her, offering her water, for a few minutes inside whenever she was upset.
But one weekend, when he wasn't around, the temperature was 115 degrees. She laid down on the curb near his gallery and died of heat exhaustion. Story after story after story of this.
GLENN: Oh, my gosh.
STU: This goes back to one of these court rulings where they said, of course it's okay to camp outside. That's okay.
Of course it is. So this has completely devastated. And this is the story of one sandwich shop. But this is repeating itself all over the country.
GLENN: So, you know, here's the thing.
We have to understand, that America is not all -- John Philip Sousa, marching bands, perfect military, and white picket fences. Okay?
We have to understand that. I never thought it was. I thought we were better than we are now.
I never thought it was. We've done some really bad things. I'm willing to admit that. I know at this point, you are too.
Because we've gone through this together. We've actually gone through soul-searching. The vast majority of Americans have changed. The vast majority of Americans on both sides have changed.
Now, we've changed because we've done soul-searching. And we went, yeah. Jeez. We really screwed things up. Boy, you know what. The liberals who were right about the companies, becoming the state, I didn't think that 20 years ago.
And they were right about the FBI. And the -- the spy apparatus in this country. They were right.
Okay. All right. Now, why do I say that?
Not because I'm forced to. But because I'm watching the evidence.
Nobody convinced me of that. The evidence is overwhelming. Now, while that evidence is coming out, and changing hard-core Republicans, hard-core conservatives.
Really pro-police. Pro-military. All of the things, that they've always hated.
As we're changing, because we see the facts. They're changing in spite of the facts.
And embracing the things they rejected. This is not logical.
It's just not logical.
And it's -- it's -- it won't endure.
And the further we get down this path. I'm reallying beginning to understand, the gods of the copybook headings. With terror and slaughter return. Is the last line. Of that Rudyard Kipling poem.
And I'm beginning to understand it. It doesn't just mean war. It doesn't mean, you'll have someone come in, and just right everything. We're experiencing the terror and slaughter right now.
We're experiencing it. How many people in this country, right now are living in fear. That weren't living in fear, ten years ago.
How many people who own a business in a town, live in fear of what the police won't or will do, of what's happening outside of their streets.
Anybody who says they're compassionate, and they heard what Stu just read, that's happening in Arizona. How do you claim compassion here?
How is this compassionate? You are not helping the lowest. You're enriching the rich right now.
You're not even -- you're not helping the millionaires. You're helping the billionaires.
You're empowering them. You're destroying so many lives, that are living on the streets, that are in the worst shape.
And how you are doing that?
By disregarding every known principle. There's a difference between facts. Facts can change.
Principles don't change. There's something that man has found to be true, over thousands of years.
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