Is America finally getting fed up with so-called progressive policies? Some evidence suggests the far left has inflicted enough pain to finally trigger a severe level of blowback. In San Francisco, an effort to remove District Attorney Chesa Boudin, a staunch progressive, is gaining steam. While the first effort to unseat the official failed, it appears the second time’s the charm. Could this lead to an overall trend of everyday Americans finally realizing how poorly progressive policies have performed, resulting in more potent efforts to push back?
Boudin Might Be in Trouble
California Globe reported on Monday, Oct. 25, that “[a] recall election of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin was made all but certain on Friday after it was announced that 83,487 signatures, more than 30,000 more than needed, had been submitted to San Francisco election officials.”
The article noted that the district attorney “quickly drew the ire of many residents for removing crime categories and refusing to prosecute most criminals in the city.”
Boudin’s policies have contributed to a disturbing increase in crime in the city, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Globe reported:
“Increases were shown in many violent crime categories. Mid-year homicide rates went up to their highest levels since 2017, while gun violence crimes stood at 119 so far this year, the highest it has been in decades. Burglaries also reached their highest point in recent decades, capping out at 3,717 at the end of June. Other crimes, such as auto thefts, also rose slightly from recent years but still reflected an overall lower total from figures in the mid-2010’s.”
Boudin’s lax approach to crime has resulted in the firing or resignations of at least 50 prosecutors. Former prosecutor Brooke Jenkins told KNTV that she and one of her colleagues stepped down because the district attorney is not serious about prosecuting crimes.
“Chesa has a radical approach that involves not charging crime in the first place and simply releasing individuals with no rehabilitation and putting them in positions where they are simply more likely to re-offend,” Jenkins explained. “Being an African American and Latino woman, I would wholeheartedly agree that the criminal justice system needs a lot of work, but when you are a district attorney, your job is to have balance.”
Many prosecutors no longer working for the city have joined the efforts to oust Boudin.
It’s Not Just San Francisco
Residents of San Francisco are not the only ones suffering under soft-on-crime progressive policies. New York City has dealt with some of the same issues. The New York Post explained:
“These same patterns are afoot here in New York City, where crooks travel from The Bronx, where Duane Reade stores (a subsidiary of Walgreens) are manned by armed guards, to the easy pickings of less-secured Upper West Side locations. As in Frisco, Gotham’s shoplifters steal whatever they can fence. They include ice-cream nabbers, who clear out shelves of Häagen-Dazs cartons to resell to bodegas and individuals for whatever profit they can turn.”
New Yorkers seem to understand that, despite what progressives claim, their policies lead only to more destruction. It is why Eric Adams, a former police officer, received the Democratic nomination for New York City mayor. He ran on an unapologetic law-and-order platform and decried the soft approach to criminal activity being used by the current administration.
Could this be the beginning of a trend? If even Americans on the left are seeing how pernicious progressive policies are, it seems reasonable to suggest that other cities might reject far-leftist ideology as well. It is one thing to talk about policy and political philosophy in an abstract sense. But it is quite another to experience the real impact of progressivism. Many are realizing that far-leftist ideas do not accomplish what they promise.
~ Read more from Jeff Charles.