New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, Baltimore, San Francisco, Detroit, Seattle — in one big city after another in America, you can see the poisoned fruit of Democratic leadership.
Yet Philadelphia may have hit a new low, even among a list of Democratic lowlights.
The Associated Press reported this week that the Mexican government is using videos of homeless people and open-air drug users in parts of Philadelphia as a cautionary tale of drug abuse.
Yes, that same Mexico where murderous cartels more or less control all northern border areas, and which are responsible for shipping untold amounts of addictive, debilitating, and even lethal drugs into the United States.
Despite that, the AP reported, it is Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood that the Mexican government chose for a national ad campaign “to try to scare young people away from drugs.”
The videos never identify the city or neighborhood shown, the report said.
The AP added that it’s unclear why the Mexican government opted for a U.S. city, and Philadelphia specifically, to scare its citizens straight — although some Philadelphians could probably explain why.
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Jesús Ramírez, spokesman for President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, did not respond to the AP’s requests for comment.
“The use of the videos, apart from sparking concern over Philadelphia’s image, or whether those filmed had given their consent, raised questions, in part because Mexico is the source of most of the fentanyl being sold in the United States,” the AP noted.
As for the videos, the AP said one showed drug users “shaking or contorting along trash-strewn Kensington Avenue,” as the voiceover says, “Crystal (meth) finishes you off quickly, it takes away hunger and tiredness and causes hallucinations and psychosis.
It damages the body and mind.”
Another depicted drug users or homeless people “slumped or standing unsteadily in Kensington, during which the voiceover notes, “Now the narcos are adding fentanyl to hook you from the first time you use. Fentanyl kills. It is 50 times more potent than heroin. Two hundred people die every day from using it. Don’t risk it!”
Mayor Jim Kenney’s office told the AP that all people are capable of “hope, healing, and resilience.”
“’The opioid and overdose crisis in Philadelphia is part of a national and even international epidemic, and we agree it is important for everyone to understand, as this video notes, that all street drugs now present an elevated risk of overdose because of fentanyl’s extreme prevalence,’ Kenney’s spokesperson said.
“Having said that, it is always hard to see our city’s people and neighborhoods portrayed in a limited and negative light. No neighborhood, and no person, should be defined by this tragic and widespread crisis.”
While the cartels and the Mexican government, for its failure to control them, share the bulk of the blame of America’s worsening drug crisis, Philadelphia has not elected a Republican mayor since 1948.