“Another Democrat Mayor Coddles Protesters, Doesn’t Protect Law-Abiding Citizens”
Such headlines are too common.
Whose side are these elected officials on anymore, anyway?
Third World countries aren’t even run this badly.
There are law abiding citizens in major sections of several American cities who can not run their lives or businesses in reliable safety.
Residents and business owners in targeted neighborhoods are harassed and beaten. Their businesses are looted and ransacked and their property destroyed.
Their pleas for help from elected officials are met with palms raised and shoulders shrugged.
The wizened elected insist: The protesters must be able to exercise their First Amendment Rights and be free to express themselves
Who do these elected officials think they were elected to serve?
What about the law abiding majority in these neighborhoods who simply want to be free to conduct their lives and pursue the American dream as they perceive it?
The best current example of such chaos and insanity is the 52 day long fiasco unfolding in Portland, Oregon.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, a Democrat, has rejected Federal support from acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf. Wheeler also serves as the police commissioner in Portland.
Wheeler spoke on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ and said federal officers “are not wanted here. We haven’t asked them here. In fact, we want them to leave.”
Oregon governor Kate Brown blamed President Trump for the growing violence in Portland. Brown characterized the Homeland Security presence as “political theater.”
What about the law abiding locals?
Thousands of local Portland residents and business owners would like to have their neighborhoods and businesses back and feel they’ve endured more than enough. Here are only a few comments from locals:
William Simering: “The First Amendment only goes so far and does not include violence and looting! It is time for this nonsense to stop! Oregon officials need to be held accountable and peace reset!”
Ed Karlander: “Shameful government figures….How embarrassing for the citizens and the men and women in blue.”
Fred Grove: “As the looters and protesters rip apart the city night after night and local authorities do nothing to stop them, it will be easy to ask for a declaration of emergency and ask for federal money to rebuild but that’s not going to happen, if federal authority can get the job done let them have at it, local officials had their chance and did nothing let the federal officers get it under control to much has gone on already your going to be lucky if businesses don’t pack up and flee causing the city thousands in loss revenue when it’s all over”
John Browning: “Portland downtown already has sustained an estimated $23 million in damages. There are dozens of decades old downtown businesses that have been looted out of existence forever,…..
Even local media, like “The Oregonian” will not report on it,…..Maybe they fear that the crazed Leftists will burn and loot their offices.
Portland is not the place to bring family or friends for a holiday,……”
So what can be done?
How To Stop Protesters Overnight – Seattle Unveils Possible Blueprint
Seattle endured a prolonged siege by the same societal element. The Seattle occupation zone was actually geographically larger than that in Portland.
But then one event eventually occurred that put a quick end to the protester’s follies that Seattle’s Democrat mayor, Jenny Durkan, at one time referred to as a summer festival. This slip-up could provide the blueprint for rapidly ending future inconvenient occupations.
On one night, the protesters began a march on the very street where Mayor Durkan lives bringing their disruptive antics a little too close to home for the mayor.
Interestingly, the next morning, Mayor Durkan ordered the break-up and dispersal of the occupied area.
Was it only a coincidence? The timeline of events and orders are curious, at least. And perhaps a precedent has been sent.
If the good people of Portland want to reclaim their city and have “peace reset,” perhaps they could encourage the protesters to take their circus to the street where Mayor Wheeling lives.
Maybe he’ll invite them in for tea or a beer. Or maybe, if he feels his family is threatened, he might follow Mayor Durkan’s lead.