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My workplace and the immediate area is already boarding up in anticipation of Election Day violence.
Office space all over is already largely empty as a result of DC’s economic suicide in response to COVID. The Metro has about 5% of its usual ridership. My wife is required to “quarantine” and work remotely for her DC job because she took a “non-essential” trip to a family funeral last weekend that was held in one of the 39 randomly selected states from which DC bans immediate entry. [The reader is invited to imagine what I wrote about that policy here, then deleted for reasons of space, taste, and tone.] Most restaurants and small shops in town are closed, many forever. But we still need to board up and protect what’s left because the half-wit hordes are due to visit us again on Election Day to finish the job.
A couple of blocks away, the venerable old St. John’s church looks like something in a war zone. The offensive AFL-CIO giant banner with ‘Black Lives Matter’ apparently did not create an expectation of goodwill from the mobs—the CIO-AFL building around the corner is also tightly boarded up but in an inspired thematic triumph, they did paint all the wood black.
The reinforced fences with concrete base along the street are inspired by anti-suicide car bomb terrorist barriers now in common use around the western world. I am told that the section of the church complex set on fire during the riots after George Floyd’s drug overdose death while in police custody has been repaired. But I don’t think it is open for use yet.
Lafayette Square in front of the White House is now fortified with layers of reinforced fence.
Attackers who get over one fence will find themselves between fences, cut off from the rest of the mob, and subject to arrest or possibly non-lethal projectiles. It has the feel of a motte and bailey defensive design which is consonant with the kinds of early medieval threats re-emerging today.
I wonder if the DC Police, Park Police, uniformed Secret Service at the center of the fortified position as the last line against the frontal assault on the White House itself will be all volunteers or perhaps an elite cadre of latter-day Immortals. Will they embed a combat journalist to record the saga?
Below is a shot from a (now very outdated) Google Earth picture from happier times of that same NE corner of Lafayette Square.
The capital of the United States is held hostage by blindingly stupid COVID policy, asinine racial politics, and undue deference to small hordes of defectives who think violence is a valid form of political expression. America is not suffering from an ideological assault or an actual plague so much as our nation has been damaged by a massive collective failure to respond to an outbreak of sheer stupidity of epidemic proportions.