American Elephants


Making Headlines Is Not Always A Good Thing by The Elephant's Child

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How utterly embarrassing, when your city government makes the national news, and becomes an object of ridicule. Portland and Seattle are setting bad examples for the rest of the country.  On Sunday, thousands of Seattleites turned out to “Defend the Police” in the face of the rabidly leftist majority on the city council’s efforts to defund the police. Today, Chief Carmen Best, a 28 year veteran of the Seattle Police Force and the first Black woman chief of police in the nation, resigned in the face of lack of support.

Other communities across the country that have “defunded” the police are seeing mass retirements, and major increases in crime. New York City is another example. Mayor de Blasio cut back on policing, and New York City has had a surge in shootings and other violent crime in the middle of the Covid crisis, according to the Wall Street Journal. Newt Gingrich said “crime skyrockets as Mayor de Blasio sides with criminals against cops.” Shootings are twice the rate of last year, 821 incidents of gunfire, and 1000 victims so far this year. It’s hard when you have to be on the right side of Black Lives Matter so you won’t be criticized, and discover that the police really did matter and that good policing is what kept violent crime down. Fear of being called “racist” has clearly been a powerful motivation.

There are, and certainly will be consequences. People will look for safer places to live and do business. Police will resign if they do not have the support of the community. Police are resigning or taking early retirement all over the country right now. And there will be consequences. An increase in crime means the job of being a policeman becomes more dangerous. So you want a new and inexperienced force? The sheer stupidity boggles the mind.

Elections are coming up this fall. Hopefully voters will take a hard look at 2020 so far and decide what is working, and what is not. Promises to be an interesting year. Americans may have to learn the hard way just why the police are there, and what they do for the people and the community they serve so courageously.

ADDENDUM: I forgot to mention that the Seattle City Council in it’s wisdom has also laid off 100 policemen. We’ll see what the consequences of that turn out to be.



Is This What all the Furor in Portland Was Leading Up To? by The Elephant's Child

Improbable headline: but it is all too real. Seattle City Council Moves to Defund Police and Create ‘Civilian Led Department”

The Seattle City Council, which has been mulling a proposal to defund the Seattle Police Department, drafted a resolution which would both defund the police and create a “civilian led department of community safety & violence prevention.”

“A civilian led department of community safety & violence prevention”  Have you ever encountered a more brain dead sentence? There’s a long list of requirements before one can even apply to become a police officer, and then lengthy training in all aspects of policing as well as in the law. Oh well, never mind. Let’s just turn it over to a bunch of civilians who wouldn’t have the slightest idea of how to handle a difficult encounter. Armed, unarmed? Or is it just the chief who is supposed to be a civilian? It’s really hard to imagine what they could possibly have been thinking. Seattle is a Leftist enclave, and the city council is very far left, but this goes far beyond common sense.

Since they are also being defunded, do we assume that the new police department doesn’t get paid? They just volunteer to get shot out of the goodness of their hearts and purity of their ideas.

The Left has a hard time grasping not only cause and effect, but basic economics as well. City gets unruly, what happens? People pick up and move somewhere where they feel safer. Businesses move. If they are apt to be attacked or burned out or looted, they’ll do better somewhere else, and unrest or a lack of safety will effect the bottom line. It is an election year. Will Seattle dump their City Council? Probably not. Some of the loonier ones have been around for a long time.

Seattle has some very well known businesses: Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon, Whole Foods. There are lots of other cities that would be delighted to offer such businesses all sorts of amenities to move to their town. When Their Workers Do Not Feel Safe. Do click on the links. The virtue-signaling is remarkably nauseous, and the ignorance is on full display.




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