The Demise of San Francisco Should Concern all Americans

San Francisco

San Francisco is a dangerous place to live. If in doubt, let me point you in the direction of Darren Mark Stallcup. An artist by day, a fentanyl citizen journalist by night, the young man recently made a shocking video documenting life in San Francisco.

A resident of the Tenderloin, a drug-infested neighborhood overrun with crime, Stallcup describes himself as a witness to a “zombie apocalypse” and “fentanyl genocide.” Every morning, he must navigate his way through sidewalks littered with needles, human waste, and even dead bodies. He describes “Frisco” as “a fourth world country within a first world country.”

“Living in San Francisco has been a wild ride,” Stallcup tells me. He has “personally witnessed the city go from being a cultural capital to the technological capital to the fentanyl capital. After the massive tech exodus, led by Elon Musk, San Francisco lost billions in tax revenue.”

According to Stallcup, “Local leaders who gained an appetite from tech tax money soon found themselves desperate to quench their newfound appetite for money. The only other way for them to achieve this was to enable the homeless-industrial complex by allowing fentanyl to plague our community and corrupt various nonprofits and organizations.”

For Stallcup, his mornings and nights begin and end in an eerily similar manner: opening and closing his eyes to the sounds of people screaming for their lives and ambulances speeding by, sirens blaring.

“Sleep,” he says, “is very difficult to come by, especially living in the Tenderloin, where my apartment building has been broken into multiple times.”

“It’s traumatic, to say the least, a fight for survival,” he adds. Quite literally, a fight for survival. On more than one occasion, Stallcup has had to fight off burglars with his own bare hands.

Stallcup’s apartment building is surrounded by bodies (dead and barely alive), inordinate amounts of litter, tents, and an array of drug-related accouterments.

“Every morning, I go out and count the bodies,” he says, “sometimes giving them a small love tap just to see if they are alive.”

It’s “Groundhog Day” meets “The Road.” Early in the morning, white vans come by his place and stack the bodies on multiple layers of metallic trays. Welcome to modern-day America.

“This humanitarian crisis,” says Stallcup, “is a fentanyl genocide.”

He’s right. It is. In San Francisco, a person dies of a fentanyl overdose every 10 hours.

“Theft, rape, and murder is rampant,” Stallcup tells me, “with mom-and-pop shops under attack every day.” Grocery stores are ransacked dry. Cars and apartments are broken into regularly.

Who’s to blame? I ask.

Freedom First Beef

“I truly believe that I am witnessing the collapse of the Western civilization,” he replies, and he believes that it’s because of corruption and people “who profit from the chaos.”

Stallcup is particularly critical of the city’s mayor, London Breed. And for good reason. Her leadership skills have been seen as, for lack of a better word, anemic.

Stallcup isn’t the only disillusioned San Franciscan. As I write this, a number of major retail stores, including the likes of Whole Foods, Old Navy, and Nordstrom, are shutting up shop and moving elsewhere. In fact, since 2019, according to a recent San Francisco Standard report, nearly 50 percent of the stores in the city’s downtown shopping district have closed.

Who can blame them?

According to Fox News, even the city’s richest neighborhoods are being plagued by “smash and grabs, robberies, burglaries, and open-air drug use.” As Tracy McCray, San Francisco Police Officers Association president, noted, “The problems in the Tenderloin have escaped the Tenderloin.”

They most certainly have. To compound matters, gangs of youths, baseball bats in hand, are reportedly tormenting mothers and nannies, mugging them on their daily school run.

Last month, in Noe Valley, once a “charming, family-friendly neighborhood,” 11 phone robberies occurred. These robberies, according to the Telegraph, “are believed to have been carried out by the same gang who are targeting women picking up children from school.”

One woman was allegedly assaulted with a baseball bat, while another woman was punched in the face.

Digital Dollar Nightmare

It’s hard to believe that, less than two years ago, San Francisco was named the 15th safest city in the world—yes, 15th. Today, as is clear to see, the city has become increasingly unsafe for all citizens. Viewed as a “liberal city,” San Francisco is, first and foremost, a U.S. city. Its demise should sadden all readers, regardless of their politics.

Article cross-posted from our premium news partners at The Epoch Times.

  1. All the democrat cities are sh!t holes.
    i will not go there, and am sure the marxists are just as glad as I am about that.

    1. I agree wholeheartedly, So What ! Let them kill themselves off one at a time or by this article, “Two and a half a day”. Better yet SF should clandestinely have an undercover dealer distribute lethal doses of Fentanyl until there are no more left on the streets and sidewalks.

      At some point, any mayor of SF will need to take drastic action, because what their doing now might as well be next to nothing. If he/she can’t or won’t take action then a tyrant needs to be brought in or Natonal Guard brought in who won’t mind the backlash when they must make very unpopular decisions about cleaning up the city.

      Because it was allowed to get this bad, elections won’t be able solve the problem and public relations experts need to be brought in to motivate the citizens to help with the clean up efforts if they want their city back.

  2. The Democrats will do what they always do, which is, to double-down on their policies, thinking they will get better results. In the meantime, they will blame Republicans, the virus, global warming, Trump, etc. Same playbook, different day.

  3. Tragically, the San Francisco cancer is metastasizing all over America. Those clueless losers run from the disease they voted for and take their incurable voting habits with them, only to destroy the city they moved to. To stop the spread of the San Francisco cancer, every liberal who tests San Francisco positive, should be forced to pay a tax to the state they’re going to ruin, the sum of their last five year’s income. That will help cover the cost of the damage their voting habits are going to cause.

  4. That light at the end of the communists’ tunnel to Utopia,,, Yeah, that’s an express train. Yet they keep moving into the tunnel. Satan will welcome them home to Hell.

  5. I lived in SF decades ago when it was a vibrant and safe city. Shocking to see what it has become. Who votes in the idiots that let the city rot? And what can be done to turn the situation around? This is America. The USA. WE HAVE LAWS AND WE VOTE Wake up, San Franciscans.

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