This weekend I spent some time in Manassas Park in the area where the rape I talked about earlier happened in order to talk to residents about Help Save Manassas and see if I could find out more about what happened earlier this month. It was a real eye opener, even for someone like me who is now used to hearing lots of stories about illegal aliens. The problems in the park are incredible, and residents definitely seem to have the opinion that their local government is hanging them out to dry while their community is utterly destroyed.
I found one resident who observed activity related to the rape/assault incident who reported that the assailants in that case had ensconced themselves in a vacant house a couple of doors down from them, and in her opinion were all MS-13 gang members. The suspects in the case at some point had been running through her back yard. She had preschooler children and was visibly upset about what had happened, and characterized it as being not a terribly unusual incident since there is frequently questionable activity in the area. She feels like she is under attack every day.
Another resident, an very charming, elderly, and devout christian retired woman expressed frustration that the multiple families who inhabited the adjacent house regularly had loud noise in the evening, were drinking in public, and that the police were unresponsive to her complaints. When she had a graduation party for her granddaughter one afternoon however, police infiltrated through neighbors yards and raided the party, sending all of the children home before she could contact their parents to come pick them up, and they hadn’t been serving alcohol or engaging in any illegal activity. The basis for the police’s actions was that she didn’t have a permit to hold a graduation party in her back yard.
Other neighbors pointed out no less than 12 houses they were certain were inhabited by multiple families, regaled me with tales of raids by the Drug Enforcement Agency or the local police that were never reported in the local papers, and ongoing criminal behavior that was utterly outrageous. Every single one of these people expressed utter frustration with the city of Manassas Park which in their opinion is a corrupt, unresponsive, and unrepresentative outrage.
I’m going to start spending a lot more time in the Park, if only because these folks would not let me leave their front porches unless they had an opportunity to extensively vent. I’ve never encountered this degree of anger and frustration in an electorate. This anger and pain is so palpable that anyone willing to walk these neighborhoods and offer an alternative to the misery they are experiencing could build anything they wanted, from a political campaign to an advocacy organization like Help Save Manassas in no time.
The place is a political tinderbox. It’s time to start spreading matches.
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