Seattle’s ABC affiliate KOMO isn’t a right-wing news outlet ripping on the far-leftist policies that are destroying the once-proud city of Seattle. But they’re being treated like they’re Breitbart by local politicians and other media outlets who refuse to accept the truth that their city really is dying. The homelessness problem combined with extreme levels of property crime (second only to progressive San Francisco), a police force that’s frustrated by the reins holding them back, and rising drug addiction makes for a city that is crumbling under the weight of the poverty on its streets.
“People come here because it’s called Free-attle and thy believe if they come here they will get free food, free medical treatment, free mental health treatment, a free tent, free clothes and will be free of prosecution for just about everything; and they’re right,” said a law enforcement officer who remained anonymous out of fear of losing their job. “It didn’t used to be that way. Law enforcement officers used to be able to enforce the laws.”
KOMO received answers to their questionnaires from as many police officers as they could collect. When asked why they didn’t highlight any of the positive reactions by the police, their answer was simple. There were no positive responses. The police force in Seattle is in a general state of despair over their politically induced impotence.
“Even if quality warrant arrests are made, the judicial system sees fit to let hem out of jail within a couple of days – often the next day,” another police officer noted. “Why are we risking our lives to take felony level fugitives into custody if they are just going to be released?”
Despite the clear evidence the problems are bad and getting worse, plus reports from the police themselves who say they aren’t being allowed to do their jobs, the compassionate leadership of Seattle believes in continuing and even expanding their leftist policies without regard to the safety of their residents, cleanliness of their streets, or welfare of the addicts and homeless they’re allegedly protecting.
On cue, local media pounced to denounce the honest reporting.
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- 6 reasons why KOMO’s take on homelessness is the wrong one
Most thoughtful people regardless of political ideology will come to the conclusion Seattle’s problems really are devastating and require actions that are different from current city policy if they: (1) Watch the hour-long report, and (2) Research the facts and sees the problems objectively. Just listening to the comments by the police officers themselves should be a clear indicator that the problems are real and the solutions are not being enacted. To counter this narrative, media outlets who would never dare cross the progressive political philosophies that created and perpetuate the problem turn to every possible loophole in an effort to discredit the video. Some tracked down people in the video who were clearly on drugs, mentally ill, or both. They got quotes from police officers that, when taken completely out of context, made it seem as if the report was unfair.
These actions by press and politicians alike aren’t designed to really counter the arguments made by the report. They’re intended to prevent people from watching it. The truth is too hard to take, so they’re doing damage control journalism. Meanwhile, the problems will continue to go unsolved until enough people rise up and say enough is enough.
The solution isn’t simple, nor is it cheap. Law enforcement and prosecutors need to do everything they can to remove the drug problems from the streets and then keep perpetrators behind bars for a reasonable period of time. I understand there have been problems with drug convictions going overboard, but in Seattle, it’s nearly impossible to get arrested if you’re only carrying 30 doses of heroine, let alone convicted and jailed. Those who carry more find their way back to the streets almost immediately. The system is strained, not for lack of funding but for lack of power. Neither police nor prosecutors are allowed to their jobs properly.
Unfortunately, taking the steps to fix the problem would put those in power currently in jeopardy. It may be hard to conceive, but the growing problems haven’t harmed leftists politically, so there’s no real need to address them. In fact, getting tough on crime has become tantamount with conservatism, and such a concept is anathema to Seattle’s “leaders.”
But as long as radical progressives call the shots in Seattle, things are only going to get worse.
We’ve covered how hyper-leftism is destroying San Francisco. This report demonstrates an almost identical problem in Seattle. Is it any wonder that progressive governance yields the same results 800 miles away?