Remember when the Left thought that counties passing Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions were the biggest threat to the rule of law? I haven’t seen a word of protest from opponents of the 2A Sanctuary movement regarding Seattle’s new “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone,” a six-square block that Antifa and other far-left radicals have declared an independent nation in the heart of the city’s downtown.
Joining me on today’s Bearing Arms Cam & Co to talk about the upending of the rule of law, and where the city might be headed next, is Seattle talk show host Jason Rantz from KTTH radio, who has had a front-row seat to the protests, riots, and now the takeover of several blocks of public and private property. As Rantz tells me, the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone has released a list of demands, beginning with the abolition of the Seattle Police Department.
- The Seattle Police Department and attached court system are beyond reform. We do not request reform, we demand abolition. We demand that the Seattle Council and the Mayor defund and abolish the Seattle Police Department and the attached Criminal Justice Apparatus. This means 100% of funding, including existing pensions for Seattle Police. At an equal level of priority we also demand that the city disallow the operations of ICE in the city of Seattle.
- In the transitionary period between now and the dismantlement of the Seattle Police Department, we demand that the use of armed force be banned entirely. No guns, no batons, no riot shields, no chemical weapons, especially against those exercising their First Amendment right as Americans to protest.
- We demand an end to the school-to-prison pipeline and the abolition of youth jails. Get kids out of prison, get cops out of schools. We also demand that the new youth prison being built in Seattle currently be repurposed.
Those are just a few of the 19 demands related to the criminal justice system offered up by the occupiers of the CHAZ. The group also has a list of 11 other demands related to social services, ranging from the “de-gentrification” of Seattle to the removal of any Confederate statutes in the Pacific Northwest city (the statute of Vladimir Lenin isn’t mentioned).
Rantz says he’s concerned that the occupants of the CHAZ are not going to be leave peacefully, and that Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has lost any ability to lead that she might have once had. In fact, there are growing calls from the Left for Durkan to resign, aided in part by hundreds of protesters who were let into City Hall by Socialist city council member Kshama Sawant, who Rantz says is trying to co-opt the protests to aid in her own longstanding crusade against Amazon.
Clearly there are a lot of different agendas at work, exploited and exacerbated by the leadership vacuum from the mayor on down. I’ll be very curious to see how this plays out in Seattle over the next few days, and I suspect plenty of Second Amendment Sanctuary supporters are taking notes on how the Left responds to a blatant attempt to ignore the rule of law, and even American sovereignty.