- - Tuesday, June 23, 2020

This past weekend, a murder (along with two other shootings) occurred in the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” (CHAZ), a six-block neighborhood that has been occupied by left-wing protesters and provocateurs for the past two weeks. We can add this murder to the rape, battery and assaults taking place in the “cop-free” area patrolled by roving — and armed — bands of strongmen.

Of course, police have been prevented from investigating the crime because, you see, police are not allowed within CHAZ. And the 19-year-old who was shot and killed? Well, first-responders were met with resistance when they tried to enter the zone, so the victim was rushed to the hospital in private cars.

Take a step back and think about this. In one of America’s leading cities, hooligans have claimed for themselves blocks of private property where they declared their own city-state, live under their own “laws” and practice (if that’s the word) their own form of “justice” (again, if that’s the word).

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, and there is no way to sugar-coat this, has blood on her hands. The decision to allow thousands of “occupants” to take over a portion of the city — land that has mom-and-pop stores, private residences, a now-since-abandoned East Precinct station, you name it — is indefensible.

As of this writing, Miss Durkan has indicated, ever-so-vaguely, that something will happen to the CHOP encampment, though her Monday tweets don’t exactly make clear what:

“While we believe community and demonstrators can and should continue gathering peacefully on Capitol Hill, the disorder, violence and impacts on businesses and residents threatens to derail the CHOP’s critical message calling for justice, equality, and systemic reform.”

Later in her tweet-thread the mayor indicates the East Precinct will soon be up-and-running to deal with the more than 100,000 emergency calls from the area. What she does not state, of course, is that the 100,000 cries-for-help would likely have been much fewer had she not allowed the police force to be run out of town.

So, let’s say it again so people don’t forget: Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has blood on her hands. And so does Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who earlier described the occupation as “fundamentally American.”

Thanks to the willingness and complicity shown by Miss Durkan and Mr. Inslee to widespread larceny, the violent occupation of other parts of America is kicking off. Monday night it came to the steps of the White House, where efforts were made by rioters and anarchists on summer vacation to establish a Black House Autonomous Zone in Lafayette Square. Thankfully, U.S. Park Police were able to dispel the crowd, but not before they spray-painted BHAZ on the columns of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

For his part, President Trump announced “There will never be an “Autonomous Zone” in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President. If they try they will be met with serious force!”

Metaphorically, it is hard not to view the deference to anarchy and larceny as a signal difference between the left and the right in the coming November elections.

While both sides have condemned the brutal murder of George Floyd and the need to revisit law enforcement customs and procedures the event brought in its wake, the left has indicated, through its tolerance of protests-turned-riots and anti-police sentiment, that it is willing to go much further. This gives the distinct impression that, indeed, Mayor Durkan and Gov. Inslee are synecdoche’s for the view of the Democratic establishment.

Of course, it may be the case that the left tires of this behavior over time. As we have stated before, from autonomous zones to pulling down statues to canceling private citizens for any transgression real or imagined, it is a race to the bottom.

And that’s a race no good American, left or right, wants to run.

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