Unless you have been living under a rock these past days or are suffering from an overdose of Ariana Grande’s doughnut licking video, you cannot but be aware of the murder of Kate Steinle, a 32-year old American woman, who was fatally shot on July 2nd while strolling with her father along San Francisco’s famed Pier 14; likewise you also cannot but be aware that the accused shooter, Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez is an illegal alien who had been deported five previous times and has a record of seven felony convictions and who returned time after time to San Francisco because it is a sanctuary city, which by ordinance, prohibits cooperation with federal Immigration authorities. You should also be aware that Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, had released Mr Lopez Sanchez to the city’s law enforcement agencies because of an existing warrant on him; ICE also put a detainer on Lopez Sanchez, asking they be notified prior to his release so he could be deported for the sixth time. Predictably, the city’s authorities ignored the detainer and released Mr Lopez Sanchez.
The blame game started almost immediately with accusations flying back and forth among ICE, the Mayor of San Francisco and the Sheriff. It should be obvious to anyone that had it not been for sanctuary cities, specifically San Francisco, chances are very good that Kathryn Steinle would still be alive; yet, in a rather convoluted press conference today, Mayor Ed Lee, while deploring Kate’s death, promptly shifted the blame to San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, who had, in turn, previously shifted the blame to ICE. In a heroic display of twisted pretzel logic, Mayor Lee, while denouncing Kate’s shooter as an individual who should not have been free, or even in this country, defended and vowed to continue the city’s sanctuary policy because it “helps keep the city safe”
The most interesting aspect of this tragedy is the reaction from the Progressive wing of the political spectrum; usually when a high profile crime involves a firearm, the gun control advocates go ballistic, but not this time. It turns out that the gun used in Ms Steinle’s murder belonged to an unnamed federal agent and that it had been stolen from a parked car in June; it was a personal .40 caliber pistol, not a government issue firearm. How it got into Mr Lopez Sanchez’s hands is still a rather murky story.
However, the strongest reaction, underlined by a deafening silence, comes from the White House and the administration. Kate Steinle was laid to rest on July 9th and today, July 16th will make it a full two weeks since the tragedy. President Obama, who has never been shy about interjecting himself into any controversy, real or imaginary, always with a plethora of platitudes, half-baked opinions and lots of finger wagging as he talks down to a nation still in the throes of “racism” and “bigotry”, has not, as of yet, seen fit to reach out to the family of Kathryn Steinle and neither has anyone in his administration. Mind you, this is a president who wasted no time stating that the Cambridge police “acted stupidly” while at the same time admitting that he did not have all the facts. He promptly said that Trayvon Martin “could have been my son” and had lots of opinions about the Ferguson and Baltimore police departments; all kinds of federal resources were made available, from numbers of DOJ agents swooping down on Ferguson, Florida and Baltimore, not to mention the FBI. He also telephoned the families of Treyvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray. When Sandra Fluke, the young lady that made national news when she demanded that Georgetown University, a Catholic institution provide her with contraceptives and lost, Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut” on his radio show; President Obama rushed to place a telephone call to her to make sure “she was all right”. Obama just pardoned 46 felons who had been incarcerated for “outdated drug offenses” and found time to write personal letters to each one. To the family of Kate Steinle, nothing, not a word.
While testifying in Capital Hill on July 14th Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was asked by Rep Steve Chabot (ROH) the following question: “Has the administration reached out to the Steinle family, to your knowledge?” The HS Secretary looked perplexed and responded: “To who?” After Rep Chabot explained the circumstances behind Kate Steinle’s murder, Johnson answered: “I’m sorry. I don’t know the answer to that question, sir”
In the convoluted world of dialectical materialism, truth and reality only exist as long as they serve the party’s ultimate objective. This explains the administration’s attitude. In their narrative, America is a racist, exploiting country built on the sweat and labor of oppressed minorities and as long as they can twist any incident they can work into that narrative, then Treyvon Martin, Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, the Cambridge professor and Sandra Fluke will stay front and center to become the icons of a struggle based on their version of a story that the cold hard facts of reality have already discredited. Keep repeating the same lie over and over until it becomes the truth in people’s minds and no one will question it. Sounds familiar?
Once in a while, though, events take place that do not fit into the dialectical world view and then a curious thing happens: the events are ignored. They do not help the party’s line, therefore, they do not exist. Kate Steinle was not a a minority, she was not shot by a cop or a deranged, psychotic, Confederate flag waving racist but, allegedly, by an illegal alien convicted felon who should not have been in this country at all except for the administration’s refusal to secure the border and San Francisco’s sanctuary policies. This explains Obama’s silence on the matter and Secretary Johnson’s ignorance of the events and San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Scott Wiener, who, when asked by a Fox News reporter about Kate’s death and sanctuary city policies, refused to answer saying “Fox is not real news. I only talk to real news” Kate’s death does not advance their agenda or help their narrative, so it is ignored, in the hope that it will eventually fade from view so they can concentrate on the real important issues of oppressed minorities being killed by “racist rogue” cops and the imperative need to have gun control.
It is up to us to keep Kate Steinle from being forgotten; it might be too late for her but perhaps we can keep other Americans from being murdered by a criminal element who should never been allowed to remain in the country. We already have a good number of native criminals; we do not need to import any. The Obama administration, Senators Boxer and Feinstein, the Mayor of San Francisco, the Board of Supervisors and the architects of sanctuary cities have blood on their hands; they are all complicit in Kate’s death.
And as a footnote to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, here is a little excerpt from Mexico’s Immigration Law:
“Foreigners who are deported from Mexico and attempt to re-enter the country without authorization can be imprisoned for up to 10 years.” (Article 118)