Seattle, Portland and California voting themselves into the 3rd World

A while back Powerline linked to a piece in the Seattle Times concerning business’ moving out

until lately, I felt comfortable. Now the sidewalks are emptier and certain categories of crime are rising, challenging Seattle’s recent history as an unusually safe city.

I remember being able to sit at Westlake Park at 11 p.m., waiting for a bus under the enchanting metropolitan night. Never being accosted by an aggressive panhandler or screaming souls off their meds. I wouldn’t do it today.

The new crime problem affecting citizens and hurting small businesses doesn’t have complex sociological roots. It’s because of City Hall. In addition to lax prosecution, especially of a core of repeat offenders, the mayor and City Council are to blame.

Actually I blame the voters who choose to go down this path, like the good folks in Portland who now have a choice between a sitting mayor who has coddled rioters for months and a challenger who thinks he hasn’t coddled them enough.

Granted national politics are involved here and to some degree they let this go because they didn’t want to hand the president an issue in a election year, but who willingly let’s their city be destroyed and their business’ looted to give a slight advantage to a candidate who is already likely to win your state?

To a person like me the very idea of it is insane, but then again to a person like me the very idea that California and the people in it continue to voluntarily vote themselves into 3rd world status is as insane as the folks in Seattle and Portland willingly electing activist who have supported thugs or the people of NY state and city willingly electing people who have devastated their state.

There are always those who profit off of these decisions and I’m sure those people like basically being feudal rulers who can push around serfs. I would think that Californians would be upset by this but of course if you were educated in a public school in California you likely have no idea what that reference is.

Bottom line the deepest of blue states are committing suicide and I see only one person offering a solution:

As he said to the black community four years ago “What do you have to lose?”

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