You're already aware that the DC city council has responded to a massive spike in carjackings by reducing criminal penalties for carjacking. And that they've responded to struggling tourism rates by hiking hotel taxes, supposedly to 'boost tourism.' And that they've responded to "democracy under attack" by permitting illegal immigrants and Russian and Chinese spies to vote in local elections. Some local media outlets are laboring to justify the latter move:
A bill passed by the D.C. Council allowing non-citizens to vote in local elections is drawing fire from Congressional Republicans. But it's not a new idea.https://t.co/EOBtfreae7— DCist (@DCist) February 27, 2023
It may not be a "new" idea, as other deep blue jurisdictions have moved to allow some foreign nationals to vote in local elections, which is a broadly unpopular idea in most of the country. It is, however, a very bad idea that the council has leapt to adopt in the most radical and sweeping way imaginable. I'd love to see a poll on how Americans feel about illegal immigrants and hostile nations' spies being allowed to vote in our nation's capital city. Hostile nations such as Cuba, which seems to be occupying center stage in the DC city council's matrix of priorities these days:
#BREAKING: DC City Council introduces resolution demanding "Biden & Congress take all necessary steps to end all aspects of the blockade imposed against Cuba by the US & Remove Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list due to the unjust harm it causes to the Cuban people" 🇨🇺 pic.twitter.com/mxUQVad2jF— National Network on Cuba - NNOC (@NNOCuba) February 21, 2023
The repressive Communist regime in Havana is undoubtedly thankful for this propagandistic activism, and I'm sure its "diplomats" in Washington will be sure to vote for supporters of this resolution. They can do that now, after all. Meanwhile, as the council carries water for foreign Commies, raises taxes, and enacts pro-crime "equity" policies that are so insane that even the leftists at the Washington Post and in the mayor's office are opposed, this just goes on and on:
DOUBLE STABBING --- at the McDonalds at 2481 18th St NW DC at Columbia Rd. A woman was stabbed in the chest and a man in the arm. Both are conscious. Female suspect fled on foot. #LanierHeightsDC #AdamsMorganDC pic.twitter.com/KKx8A0RkUW— Alan Henney (@alanhenney) February 27, 2023
UPDATE: SHOT FIRED AT POLICE --- Police tracked the shooter from 14th St and Park Rd NW DC to the area of 14th St and Meridian Pl NW where one more shot was fired. He may be down in the alley. #ColumbiaHeightsDC https://t.co/Ul6J8BBbK5 pic.twitter.com/ToMyztdMDh— Alan Henney (@alanhenney) February 28, 2023
ANOTHER SHOOTING --- 3rd St at K St NE DC. Man shot several times, still conscious. Possibly carjacking related. This is connected to the investigation at 12th St and K St NE. H/T @HCBright10 and @TomLynch_ #NoMa @theHillisHome @Anc6B10 @capitolcaucus pic.twitter.com/oIow2Kfs8O— Alan Henney (@alanhenney) February 27, 2023
ARMED CARJACKING --- in the area of 1500 blk Gales St NE DC. Taken at gunpoint was a silver 2020 Toyota Camry with Md tags. Happened about 30 minutes ago. #KingmanParkDC @capitolcaucus @theHillisHome @Anc6B10 pic.twitter.com/7oAjx08bon— Alan Henney (@alanhenney) February 28, 2023
PISTOL WHIPPED AND ROBBED --- rear of 700 blk 7th St SW DC near I St. Suspects are two guys with guns who beat and robbed victim, and fled on foot. @SWDCnewsies @RickMurphree @NavyYardCrime @WDCNavyYard pic.twitter.com/xiNODYneul— Alan Henney (@alanhenney) February 27, 2023
D.C. police are investigating armed robberies in the 2800 blk Georgia Ave NW and at 14th St/V St NW (photo). ~5 male suspects were armed with rifles and handguns and used a silver or gray Nissan Sentra. The description is similar to the earlier carjacking. @nigro4dc https://t.co/KqdMk7rH1I pic.twitter.com/OWyvlpPl72— Alan Henney (@alanhenney) February 27, 2023
PORSCHE CARJACKED from #DupontCircleDC --- ~6 guys with a gun carjacked a gray Porsche Cayenne with DC tags in the area of 19th St and N St NW. It was followed by a green Dodge Charger with no tags. Happened around 12:20 a.m. pic.twitter.com/p0urzd06ng— Alan Henney (@alanhenney) February 27, 2023
These are just a handful of examples from the past two days alone, and I didn't even list all of them from this account, which tracks DC crime. The city council has already voted overwhelmingly to reduce penalties for illegal gun possession and carjacking. Might they...slash penalties for stabbings, too? Why not, at this point? "Equity" and "justice" require it, no? By the way, do these sound like people eager to defund the police and coddle criminals? Or do they sound like people desperate for law and order to be restored?
“Next thing I know, he walked up talking about, 'give me your keys, I got a gun.' I said, 'baby, you better shoot me, because you’re not taking my car.'” She declined to go on camera, but she's known in her 22nd Street Southeast neighborhood as "Grandma." She was on her way to chemotherapy Friday when a 15-year-old boy tried to carjack her, MPD said...Grandma said when she called for help, neighbors responded. "They all came out to help me," she said. He ran across the street and that’s when they caught him. "They caught him and I said, 'oh, you going to jail today. You definitely going to jail, yes you are," she said. Grandma showed 7News her scar from the teen snatching her keys. The police report said the would-be-carjacker left the scene in an ambulance, and Grandma said the teen is now in lockup. "And they said it’s a wonder he wasn’t dead," she said. "On 22nd Street? He must didn’t know where he was. Nobody has seen this boy before."
House Republicans have voted to overturn two of the council's most outrageous moves, but the mayor is lobbying Senate Democrats to allow the city to continue its self-governance without adult supervision (i.e. Congressional guidance), which has become increasingly disastrous. The awful policies are being implemented. This is what Democrats want to make the 51st state. They know it's a terrible idea, but they support it because it would hand them two automatic US Senate seats. It's a raw power play. Such a scheme would be DOA in a GOP Senate, but the party blew winnable seats last year. Next year offers an historic opportunity to reverse that trend.