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Philadelphia was once one of the greatest cities in America.
Home to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed, and significant American Revolutionary sites, the city is steeped in history.
And its motto is the “City of Brotherly Love.”
But not anymore. The city — run by Democrats for the last 70 years — is now a complete mess. The homeless are everywhere, drug addicts openly shoot up on the streets, and crime has soared.
“Shootings have occurred every day of the week and at any given hour of the day since May 31 – with nearly every corner of the city impacted,” the Daily Mail reported on Wednesday.
More than 750 people have been shot since the end of May — that’s a span of just 121 days, so an average of more than six a day.
The crime wave has hit nearly everyone in the city. Just last week, a Temple University graduate was murdered by a masked gunman while walking down the street, and a 14-year-old football player was killed after leaving a school scrimmage.
This week, a video captured a horrifying moment when an armed carjacker on a bicycle ambushed a mother, 48, and her teenage daughter, 14, in their own driveway.
Then another video went viral showing a mob of 100 youths — some as young as 10 — ransacking and looting a Wawa convenience store over the weekend. They trashed the store, assaulting clerks and jumping up and down on cars in the parking lot.
Meanwhile, drug addicts have been using xylazine — a muscle relaxant intended for large animals like horses and cows — and at night, some sections of the city are overrun with people frozen in place and stumbling around like zombies.
But it appears as if some city residents are finally getting fed up.
“Sickening to see kids walking out of football practice get shot dead in Philadelphia,” podcast host Nick Kayal wrote on Twitter.
“Progressive policies & being soft on crime only continues to destroy this city. But I’m sure the Dem’s will continue to complain about it and STILL vote Democratic.”
“It’s almost as insane as Democrats leaving the Northeast, moving south, to get away from this nonsense and then still voting Democrat as a southern resident! I saw it first hand,” Kayal added.
Another Twitter user said, “The birthplace of liberty is a cesspool of murder.”
Said yet another: “Born and raised in #Philly taught there for 20+ years. Dem policies destroyed the city. Crime ridden disaster. Can’t even safely take a walk. Can’t drive carjackings up 70%. City is a joke!”
And others widened out the criticism, with one tweeting: “Let’s see, the highest crime ridden cities in America, NY, Chicago, Philadelphia, New Orleans, LA, Seattle, Portland, Detroit, Minneapolis, Gary, Cincinnati are all controlled by Democrats. Think that’s a coincidence? Will you old time democrats ever wake up?”
And yet, on November 8, Philadelphia residents will — as they have for 70 years — vote in Democrats, once again proving true the saying: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
The views expressed in this piece are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Wire.
Joseph Curl has covered politics for 35 years, including 12 years as White House correspondent for a national newspaper. He was also the a.m. editor of the Drudge Report for four years. Send tips to [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @josephcurl.