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I work in a building two blocks from Lafayette Square in downtown DC. On top of the devastation from the friendly fire/own goal COVID policies of the District of Columbia, my immediate work environs were also badly damaged in the Floyd riots. A number of those places have not and will not re-open. Every morning I pass by the desecrated stretch of 16th Street with those stupid giant yellow letters honoring the farcical BLM. It takes up several blocks and pollutes the otherwise impressive view of the White House and Washington Monument bathed in the early morning sunlight. There are also semi-permanent barriers along all the streets that are approaches to the White House.
Apparently, the genius brigades are planning to camp out around here on election night to get ready to force Trump from the White House if he loses or if he cheats (i.e., wins). See, this article.
Our office building management has already sent all tenants a notice that they will start boarding up the place (they are getting pretty good at that now) the day before Halloween and probably close the building if the armies of Deep Stupid appear to be massing for more mindless destruction in the days after the election.
The DC Police, the uniformed Secret Service, the Park Police, and whoever else Homeland and the Pentagon decide to deploy will need to seal a number of intersections to prevent the Orc-wannabes from reaching the White House. I suspect the authorities will be less tolerant of “demonstrations” in or near Lafayette Square than they were more recently.
When I was a kid, I could ride my bike down Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House (closed to vehicular traffic since 9/11) to go to the big movie theater near the White House (gone) or go to the downtown department stores (long gone) to buy a birthday present for my mother or go to the museums. One Saturday when I was around 13, some plainclothes Secret Service guys or cops appeared out of nowhere, flashed badges, and made me and my friend climb down from a tree in Lafayette Square. It was a rule or something–we might be shooters aiming at the White House, I guess. That was the only heavy security I ever encountered back then.
DC has been a very open, very relaxed town most of the time. It has never really had the intense downtown feel of New York, Boston, or Chicago. The museums are all free as are the monuments. The tourist hordes in spring and summer always seem like mostly polite people from polite towns who are kind of awed by seeing the iconic buildings and monuments they had only seen in pictures and movies. Somehow, they seem to be more patriotic in their awe than us jaded locals.
The oppressive unending stupidity of petty government gone wild on one side and the more malignant stupidity of Antifa and BLM on the other is debilitating and demoralizing. Cops and idiots battling for control of an increasingly depopulated area. If this keeps up, it almost won’t matter who wins.Published in