The deep meaning of San Francisco

KathrynSteinle In one phase the modern novel takes up the idea of expressive form. James Joyce took it about as far as possible in Ulysses, with the style of each chapter varying to mirror the content. In the “Aeolus” chapter placed inside a newspaper office, for example, Joyce exhausted the variety of rhetorical devices available in English to capture windbaggery in action.

The city of San Francisco now presents as a real life study in expressive form. San Francisco is the expressive form of the Democratic Party.

San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra Saunders documents the city’s descent into an urban outhouse in the column “Summer of muck.” Saunders writes: “Downtown San Francisco feels like a large public toilet without enough janitors. More than once this year, I’ve seen men drop their pants in public places — including at Fifth and Market — in order to leave a smelly mess on the sidewalk. You can walk for blocks and never escape the stench of stale urine.” (Saunders warmed up for this column last month in the post “Warning: San Francisco smells like a toilet.”)

Saunders concludes her column with an observation and a dainty question: “San Francisco is such a beautiful city. Why do we let people poop all over it?”

How to turn a beautiful city into a shithole? (Pardon my language. No synonym suffices here.) Turn the city to over to progressive Democrats who form the heart and soul of the Democratic Party.

Saunders is a working stiff walking the streets of San Francisco. You can see where the limousine has become the indispensable handmaiden of the city’s limousine liberals. It helps insulate them from the stench as they travel to and from the office.

San Francisco now gives us the case of Francisco Sanchez. Sanchez is the seven-time convicted felon and five-time deportee who murdered Kate Steinle (photo above) last week at Pier 14 in the course of his most recent stay in the United States.

He left his heart in San Francisco. Why? Sanchez loved San Francisco because it was a so-called sanctuary city, proudly declining to cooperate with the enforcement of our immigration laws.

Sanchez is himself the Democrats’ ideal love object. He kept coming back to San Francisco because he knew he could avoid deportation there. See this ABC News report. (More here.)

Why did federal officers at ICE turn Sanchez over to local authorities under an immigration detainer when the local authorities follow a sanctuary city policy? I haven’t seen an answer to that question, but we can look up to the Democratic president who has exercised authority beyond the limits of the law to undermine immigration policy. Debra Saunders herself explores the question in “Whose sanctuary?”

What does President Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security have to say about San Francisco’s sanctuary city policy? He isn’t saying. “In my view, this type of situation highlights the importance of the direction where we are headed,” Johnson said when asked about the California murder.

From the city of San Francisco to the president of the United States, it’s Democrats all the way up.