(Tea Party PAC) – Over the last several weeks, we’ve all witnessed the complete and total anarchy that has unfolded in a six block portion of downtown Seattle in light of the violent protests that have spread across the country due to the death of George Floyd last month.
Radical left-wingers actually managed to take over this portion of the city and called it the “autonomous zone,” driving out police and setting up a armed guards along the perimeter. As if the fact they had border security isn’t ironic enough, they also required residents who lived in the area to show an ID in order to be let back into the zone. Think about that for a minute.
While all this has been happening, Mayor Jenny Durkan has sat back and done nothing. The same can be said of the Washington state governor’s office too. The lack of action to bring order to chaos has prompted plenty of criticism, both from the Trump administration and other leaders around the country.
Well, after back-to-back shootings, it seems that Mayor Durkan is finally going to step up and take some action to end this nonsense.
Here’s more from National Review:
“The cumulative impacts of the gatherings and protests and the nighttime atmosphere and violence has led to increasingly difficult circumstances for our businesses and residents,” Durkan said at a news conference. “The impacts have increased and the safety has decreased.”
“We have to make sure that any resident, any business, or any visitor that calls for help gets the help they need,” Durkan said.
Protesters barricaded off the “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” zone, or CHOP, an area of several blocks in the city’s downtown Capitol Hill neighborhood, earlier this month after police abandoned their East Precinct building. Police have agreed not to respond to calls from within the zone unless they are life-threatening.
Seattle police will peacefully return to the East Precinct building soon, the mayor said, a message echoed by Police Chief Carmen Best.
The fact that this has been going on for several weeks now is all the proof you need that leftist leadership is inherently too weak to deal with terrorism in any form it might take. And no matter how you cut it, this takeover of the zone is exactly that: terrorism.
Using violence and threats to force political change is the very definition of terrorism. What kind of message does doing nothing to stop these people send to lone wolf terrorists or terror cells that exist here in the United States? What if this was just a test run for a larger scale operation that groups like Antifa want to carry out in the future in multiple locations?
They now know that areas with leftist leadership can be easily pushed over. It’s not a good look.
“There should be no place in Seattle that the Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Police Department can’t go,” Durkan said.
Best added that the police department is committed to improving the relationship between police and the community.
“We all know that policing is never going to be the same as it was,” Best said. “It can’t be. And it shouldn’t be.”
“We cannot move forward as a community, as a city, or as a police department unless all of us work together,” the police chief added.
Durkan previously predicted the autonomous zone would usher in a “summer of love” and said that her decision to withdraw police from the area reflected her “trust” in protesters.
Police responded to a second shooting in Seattle’s “autonomous zone” that occurred late Sunday night, the second shooting inside the zone in just two days. A shooting on Saturday in the zone left a 19-year-old dead and another critically injured. Police said they were met by a violent crowd that blocked their access to the victims on Saturday.
Again, this nonsense should have never been allowed to get this out of hand. Liberals claim to be tolerant, peaceful individuals, and maybe that’s true for a lot of them, but quite clearly there are lots of folks who consider themselves part of the Black Lives Matter movement and Antifa who are anything but peaceful.
We need to be prepared to use force if necessary to establish law and order. Any leader unwilling to entertain that notion isn’t cut out for the position. Now, that doesn’t mean force should necessarily be lethal. It doesn’t mean that it should be the first option either.
But it does need to be an option on the table.