June 4, 2019
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If you want to see the results of leftist policies, go to the cities that are run by the most elite, wealthy and “progressive” people, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, where homelessness, filth and disease are taking over. The scene is shocking and heartbreaking.

In an appearance on Monday’s HANNITY, I pointed out that this is the kind of thing that used to be seen only in Third World countries. For decades, we could be confident that we had eradicated serious diseases such as plague and typhus. But today, the rat infestation is so serious that police officers (five at this writing) in the central LA area are coming down with typhus, and some medical experts suspect that bubonic plague is present. BUBONIC PLAGUE. You know, the “Black Death” from medieval times that wiped out about a third of Europe’s population and lingered for centuries. In the 1600s, during the Great Plague of London, one in five residents died.


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During those long centuries, no connection was made between rats and fleas and the disease they caused. In fact, some medieval doctors believed it was caused by pockets of bad air released during earthquakes or possibly by an unfavorable alignment of Saturn, Jupiter and Mars in the 40th degree of Aquarius on March 20, 1345. Some of them believed that bad smells could drive out the plague, so they spread excrement around, actually furthering the spread of the disease. And bathing was discouraged, as it was believed that this opened the pores and made one more susceptible to infection. Just goes to show, there’s hardly anything more worthless than a medieval doctor, except perhaps economist Paul Krugman.

We finally do have antibiotics that can treat plague, and most people survive if they get the correct medicine in time. (Otherwise, it’s about 50-50.) But the main way to deal with it is still with good sanitation and pest control, as a plague epidemic needs filthy, crowded and rat-infested conditions to get going. Large cities have always had to deal with rats; there’s no New Yorker of any age who hasn’t heard jokes about the size of New York rats. But the kind of infestation we’re seeing now is something else again, thanks to mountains of garbage and human waste.

An article in National Geographic points out that plague still exists in various parts of the world. The most recent global epidemic started in China in the 1800s and didn’t end till 1959. (This outbreak actually spread to San Francisco through Chinese immigration.) In 2006, an outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo took the lives of at least 50 people. In recent years, there have been cases in China, India, Mongolia, Vietnam and...the United States.

We’re always concerned about the threat of terrorists possibly releasing bacteria such as plague in some aerosol form. But who needs terrorists when your own government bureaucrats are fully capable of letting it take hold and metastasize on their own streets?

I hesitated to link to the article about bubonic plague because I’m not trying to sensationalize this problem. (In fact, if you’re a hypochondriac, you might not want to read it at all, and just remember that unless you live or work around this filth, you’re generally safe.) But it’s important for people to see the seriousness of the threat of this and other diseases and not let political correctness get in the way of handling it. We don’t want leftists to, in effect, give the bubonic plague bacterium or some other microbe full civil rights because it happens to take hold among the homeless population.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/health-and-human-body/human-diseases/the-plague/


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Anyway, in these large, dirty, poorly run cities, there are victims beyond the hard-core homeless (although they are victims, too). I feel especially sorry for two groups of people: the ones who want to get out of there but who can’t afford to leave, and also for those police officers and public health officials who are risking their own lives and health and fighting a losing battle, with no assistance from the mayor and City Council, who should be ashamed of themselves for even taking a paycheck if this is the best they can do. 

In San Francisco, House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi lives and works behind security gates, within a mile of some of the most filthy, horrific examples of this. Large numbers of homeless people are camping out alongside the buildings, using the sidewalks and stairwells for toilets, shooting up drugs and tossing their used syringes all over the ground. Pelosi doesn’t want a wall for America, but in San Francisco, she has one for herself, just as all her cronies do. The hypocrisy and downright insanity of “progressivism” is too obvious to ignore.

This isn’t just a political discussion --- this is a discussion of how America is going to survive as a civilization if we keep going on this track. But politics is keeping us from dealing with it.

From this linked-to article in the LA Times, one can see that some participants at Los Angeles city council meetings are making heroic efforts not to blame homeless people.  They’re in huge denial and are spinning madly by trying to blame such things as the overwatering of plants (I am not kidding) for the rat population explosion. Clearly, it’s the homelessness --- fostered mostly by drug and alcohol abuse and mental illness --- in “progressive” cities affordable to only the very wealthy that has caused the huge infestation of rats and their disease-carrying fleas.

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-rats-homelessness-city-hall-fleas-report-20190603-story.html 

I wish I could be more optimistic, but it’s hard to imagine any improvement in these cities until leftists are voted out and some hands-on leaders can come in at the city and state levels and do what it takes to eradicate the problems. It all comes down to the voters wising up, but they seem to have the collective IQ of a diseased flea.

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  • Susan Nystrom

    06/04/2019 11:16 AM

    This should be “Job one” for these cities to focus on cleaning and disinfecting and come up with way to eliminate this problem! So Scary to have something like this in our country! Where is the sense of urgency? It won’t fix itself.

  • Susan Nystrom

    06/04/2019 11:14 AM

    This should be “Job one” for these cities to focus on cleaning and disinfecting and come up with way to eliminate this problem! So Scary to have something like this in our country! Where is the sense of urgency? It won’t fix itself.

  • Ron Pekkala sr.

    06/04/2019 11:13 AM

    You are so correct governor. Unfortunately, the mentioned cities are infested with 2-legged rats in addition to the 4-legged type. Which variety is worse?

  • Timothy Black

    06/04/2019 11:10 AM

    We should refer to the left policies as Progressive... Progressively WORSE that is.

  • June Brooker

    06/04/2019 11:07 AM

    This is what the Socialist Democrats want to turn our America into ! All they want is the power to rule no matter what ! If illegals are allowed to just come into the Country and live they are walking votes for the Social Democrats !
    It is sad how those rich people in California are destroying such a beautiful State !

  • Barbara L Bush

    06/04/2019 10:58 AM

    Do California voters know they have the power to recall Governor Gruesome and all the band who are determined to see California become the armpit of the country?

  • AJ Gum

    06/04/2019 10:48 AM

    The only answer is for Republicans to campaign vigorously and VOCALLY. Not tearing down the opposition, but building up what THEY WILL DO to fix the problem.

  • Patti Post

    06/04/2019 10:48 AM

    I am right there with you Mike. I am trying to advocate somehow in the welfare and court systems of Social Services here in Buffalo. Recently being homeless a couple of years ago, and yes, not being able to afford to get out from under once in the middle of it all, I have most desperately desired to change things. I used to advocate for single mothers in my previous church. The system does in fact make things more difficult. Socialism. I read the New York Times article, THE WELFARE STATE IS BROKEN by David Brooks, and sent him an email this morning. I cannot believe you then sent me this email article. I want to get the book he spoke of from a Britain woman Hilary Cottam who wrote RADICAL HELP.
    God help our nation. I started a blog recently called Hope In Truth and Justice hoping to make a difference and stir things up. Keep up the good work!
    https://hopeintruthandjustice.blogspot.com/2019/05/injustice.html
    God bless you. Patti Post

  • Marjean Skoog

    06/04/2019 10:43 AM

    Thank you for your continued voice of reason which we so desperately need. I pray that God blesses our country in the coming years. We need his help now more then ever.

  • Charlie Baumbusch

    06/04/2019 10:43 AM

    Thanks for bringing the infestation of disease for LA, SF, and Seattle. Where is Center Disease Control in covering the infestation? Need to Op-Ed this situation in major cities.

  • Mike Fiannaca

    06/04/2019 10:35 AM

    Well written, Governor. “Progressives” actually are regressive in all aspects. Sadly, most uninformed, illiterate, self centered, narcissistic, deceitful, and often downright stupid people proudly count themselves as democrats, and offer support to “progressivism”. It is hard to understand, but it must be changed before these useful idiots kill our country. I worry for my kids and grandkids.

  • jack macdonald

    06/04/2019 10:26 AM

    London had bubonic plague and we have bubonic progressivism. We do not need to look as far away as Venezuela to see the results of this movement. We only need to look to LA and San Francisco to see how misguided these loons are. The Pelosi's et. al. are doing just fine and to hell with the ordinary folks who provide the foundation on which these parasites are allowed to thrive. These elite snobs are destroying this country bit by bit and they are relentless in this pursuit.

  • Kendra Strecker

    06/04/2019 10:26 AM

    This is scary stuff and people (Politicians) need to wake up. I lived in Colorado when HICKENLOOPER was 1st. elected and watched first hand the homeless population EXPLODE, and it got worse and worse once they legalized recreational pot. I still have friends there and THEY ARE TERRIFIED of what's going to happen now that MAGIC MUSHROOMS are legal to grow. I can remember when they CLEANED up downtown Denver and made it a place YOU wanted to go. Lots of entertainment, clubs, restaurants, Coors Field, now our friends go somewhere else for all of those things. The homeless problem is moving South into the Pueblo and Colorado Springs areas, BOTH were nice areas at one time and NOW the homeless are under the bridges, taking over vacant hotels and living along the South Platte River. Yes the authorities move them out, but they come right back, time and time again. Now our friends are worried even more with the BEAUTIFUL state of Colorado turning BLUE this last election and I can't blame them. I say WAKE THE FRACK UP , BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!

  • susan battaglia

    06/04/2019 10:17 AM

    Well said. Wake up, America.

  • Renee K Farr

    06/04/2019 10:17 AM

    My husband and I used to frequent Seattle quite often for the Theater and the Symphony. We stopped going over because of the filth and not feeling safe. Only go one a year now to see Steve Tyrell perform, but this is in the Amazon district that is super clean and nice. Sad thing.

  • Michael Cretaro

    06/04/2019 10:11 AM

    I agree with you completely gov. Huckabee. what people have to realize is that it is really the 3rd world that is coming here. and the main difference between there and here is that...….there......they don't have an infrastructure.........here we do have one. and the more that they come here and left to fend for themselves, our cities will begin to resemble the 3rd world more and more and break down that very infrastructure. there is a huge difference between true compassion and permissiveness. true compassion cares about others and does what is necessary. permissiveness pretends to care but in reality is very self centered. if this keeps up, we will need a domestic peace core to try and care for the cities that are doing themselves in.

  • Morgan Graff

    06/04/2019 10:10 AM

    I am so glad to have moved from Southern California. Some couldn’t understand why I wanted to moved back to the south. Yes Mississippi has its problems of course. But I wouldn’t give you a nickel to move back to that liberal cesspool.

  • Greg Dawson

    06/04/2019 10:03 AM

    People who are too stupid to deal with the problem, will eventually be dealt with by the problem.

  • Kenneth Hanbaum

    06/04/2019 10:03 AM

    I totally agree with this commentary and will will always vote Republican

  • Donna E Turner

    06/04/2019 10:01 AM

    Thank you for an excellent article pointing out the evil happening right before our eyes. It is absolutely unbearable that the media and their owners the Left despise America so badly they care nothing for the people they hurt to attain their goal of destroying our country. God Bless America.

  • Patrick Murphy

    06/04/2019 10:00 AM

    I seem to remember an honest and transparent commet by Mr. Obama saying his goal was to put the US "on par with the Third World."

  • James Robbins

    06/04/2019 09:54 AM

    Excellent article. These cities are a model of the progressive future, with elites in their walled compounds surrounded by a servant population and no middle class. Exactly how they want it.

  • Sara Carpenter

    06/04/2019 08:37 AM

    Mike..it break s my heart to see how parts of L.A. have become.
    I live in here in California. A beautiful state! I grew up here.
    Fortunately I live 50 miles N of L.A. in Santa Clarita Valley..
    It's so frustrating for me and many of us to see this happening! I'm a conservative Rep.. a minority!
    I'm retired now.I don't want to move away bc my friend's and family live here also!
    I can only hope and pray that the voters will wake up and demand changes to this horror!
    I hope..pray they will vote the left politicians out of office!
    God help us!

June 4, 2019
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If you want to see the results of leftist policies, go to the cities that are run by the most elite, wealthy and “progressive” people, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, where homelessness, filth and disease are taking over. The scene is shocking and heartbreaking.

In an appearance on Monday’s HANNITY, I pointed out that this is the kind of thing that used to be seen only in Third World countries. For decades, we could be confident that we had eradicated serious diseases such as plague and typhus. But today, the rat infestation is so serious that police officers (five at this writing) in the central LA area are coming down with typhus, and some medical experts suspect that bubonic plague is present. BUBONIC PLAGUE. You know, the “Black Death” from medieval times that wiped out about a third of Europe’s population and lingered for centuries. In the 1600s, during the Great Plague of London, one in five residents died.


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During those long centuries, no connection was made between rats and fleas and the disease they caused. In fact, some medieval doctors believed it was caused by pockets of bad air released during earthquakes or possibly by an unfavorable alignment of Saturn, Jupiter and Mars in the 40th degree of Aquarius on March 20, 1345. Some of them believed that bad smells could drive out the plague, so they spread excrement around, actually furthering the spread of the disease. And bathing was discouraged, as it was believed that this opened the pores and made one more susceptible to infection. Just goes to show, there’s hardly anything more worthless than a medieval doctor, except perhaps economist Paul Krugman.

We finally do have antibiotics that can treat plague, and most people survive if they get the correct medicine in time. (Otherwise, it’s about 50-50.) But the main way to deal with it is still with good sanitation and pest control, as a plague epidemic needs filthy, crowded and rat-infested conditions to get going. Large cities have always had to deal with rats; there’s no New Yorker of any age who hasn’t heard jokes about the size of New York rats. But the kind of infestation we’re seeing now is something else again, thanks to mountains of garbage and human waste.

An article in National Geographic points out that plague still exists in various parts of the world. The most recent global epidemic started in China in the 1800s and didn’t end till 1959. (This outbreak actually spread to San Francisco through Chinese immigration.) In 2006, an outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo took the lives of at least 50 people. In recent years, there have been cases in China, India, Mongolia, Vietnam and...the United States.

We’re always concerned about the threat of terrorists possibly releasing bacteria such as plague in some aerosol form. But who needs terrorists when your own government bureaucrats are fully capable of letting it take hold and metastasize on their own streets?

I hesitated to link to the article about bubonic plague because I’m not trying to sensationalize this problem. (In fact, if you’re a hypochondriac, you might not want to read it at all, and just remember that unless you live or work around this filth, you’re generally safe.) But it’s important for people to see the seriousness of the threat of this and other diseases and not let political correctness get in the way of handling it. We don’t want leftists to, in effect, give the bubonic plague bacterium or some other microbe full civil rights because it happens to take hold among the homeless population.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/health-and-human-body/human-diseases/the-plague/


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Anyway, in these large, dirty, poorly run cities, there are victims beyond the hard-core homeless (although they are victims, too). I feel especially sorry for two groups of people: the ones who want to get out of there but who can’t afford to leave, and also for those police officers and public health officials who are risking their own lives and health and fighting a losing battle, with no assistance from the mayor and City Council, who should be ashamed of themselves for even taking a paycheck if this is the best they can do. 

In San Francisco, House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi lives and works behind security gates, within a mile of some of the most filthy, horrific examples of this. Large numbers of homeless people are camping out alongside the buildings, using the sidewalks and stairwells for toilets, shooting up drugs and tossing their used syringes all over the ground. Pelosi doesn’t want a wall for America, but in San Francisco, she has one for herself, just as all her cronies do. The hypocrisy and downright insanity of “progressivism” is too obvious to ignore.

This isn’t just a political discussion --- this is a discussion of how America is going to survive as a civilization if we keep going on this track. But politics is keeping us from dealing with it.

From this linked-to article in the LA Times, one can see that some participants at Los Angeles city council meetings are making heroic efforts not to blame homeless people.  They’re in huge denial and are spinning madly by trying to blame such things as the overwatering of plants (I am not kidding) for the rat population explosion. Clearly, it’s the homelessness --- fostered mostly by drug and alcohol abuse and mental illness --- in “progressive” cities affordable to only the very wealthy that has caused the huge infestation of rats and their disease-carrying fleas.

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-rats-homelessness-city-hall-fleas-report-20190603-story.html 

I wish I could be more optimistic, but it’s hard to imagine any improvement in these cities until leftists are voted out and some hands-on leaders can come in at the city and state levels and do what it takes to eradicate the problems. It all comes down to the voters wising up, but they seem to have the collective IQ of a diseased flea.

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Comments 51-73 of 73

  • Susan Nystrom

    06/04/2019 11:16 AM

    This should be “Job one” for these cities to focus on cleaning and disinfecting and come up with way to eliminate this problem! So Scary to have something like this in our country! Where is the sense of urgency? It won’t fix itself.

  • Susan Nystrom

    06/04/2019 11:14 AM

    This should be “Job one” for these cities to focus on cleaning and disinfecting and come up with way to eliminate this problem! So Scary to have something like this in our country! Where is the sense of urgency? It won’t fix itself.

  • Ron Pekkala sr.

    06/04/2019 11:13 AM

    You are so correct governor. Unfortunately, the mentioned cities are infested with 2-legged rats in addition to the 4-legged type. Which variety is worse?

  • Timothy Black

    06/04/2019 11:10 AM

    We should refer to the left policies as Progressive... Progressively WORSE that is.

  • June Brooker

    06/04/2019 11:07 AM

    This is what the Socialist Democrats want to turn our America into ! All they want is the power to rule no matter what ! If illegals are allowed to just come into the Country and live they are walking votes for the Social Democrats !
    It is sad how those rich people in California are destroying such a beautiful State !

  • Barbara L Bush

    06/04/2019 10:58 AM

    Do California voters know they have the power to recall Governor Gruesome and all the band who are determined to see California become the armpit of the country?

  • AJ Gum

    06/04/2019 10:48 AM

    The only answer is for Republicans to campaign vigorously and VOCALLY. Not tearing down the opposition, but building up what THEY WILL DO to fix the problem.

  • Patti Post

    06/04/2019 10:48 AM

    I am right there with you Mike. I am trying to advocate somehow in the welfare and court systems of Social Services here in Buffalo. Recently being homeless a couple of years ago, and yes, not being able to afford to get out from under once in the middle of it all, I have most desperately desired to change things. I used to advocate for single mothers in my previous church. The system does in fact make things more difficult. Socialism. I read the New York Times article, THE WELFARE STATE IS BROKEN by David Brooks, and sent him an email this morning. I cannot believe you then sent me this email article. I want to get the book he spoke of from a Britain woman Hilary Cottam who wrote RADICAL HELP.
    God help our nation. I started a blog recently called Hope In Truth and Justice hoping to make a difference and stir things up. Keep up the good work!
    https://hopeintruthandjustice.blogspot.com/2019/05/injustice.html
    God bless you. Patti Post

  • Marjean Skoog

    06/04/2019 10:43 AM

    Thank you for your continued voice of reason which we so desperately need. I pray that God blesses our country in the coming years. We need his help now more then ever.

  • Charlie Baumbusch

    06/04/2019 10:43 AM

    Thanks for bringing the infestation of disease for LA, SF, and Seattle. Where is Center Disease Control in covering the infestation? Need to Op-Ed this situation in major cities.

  • Mike Fiannaca

    06/04/2019 10:35 AM

    Well written, Governor. “Progressives” actually are regressive in all aspects. Sadly, most uninformed, illiterate, self centered, narcissistic, deceitful, and often downright stupid people proudly count themselves as democrats, and offer support to “progressivism”. It is hard to understand, but it must be changed before these useful idiots kill our country. I worry for my kids and grandkids.

  • jack macdonald

    06/04/2019 10:26 AM

    London had bubonic plague and we have bubonic progressivism. We do not need to look as far away as Venezuela to see the results of this movement. We only need to look to LA and San Francisco to see how misguided these loons are. The Pelosi's et. al. are doing just fine and to hell with the ordinary folks who provide the foundation on which these parasites are allowed to thrive. These elite snobs are destroying this country bit by bit and they are relentless in this pursuit.

  • Kendra Strecker

    06/04/2019 10:26 AM

    This is scary stuff and people (Politicians) need to wake up. I lived in Colorado when HICKENLOOPER was 1st. elected and watched first hand the homeless population EXPLODE, and it got worse and worse once they legalized recreational pot. I still have friends there and THEY ARE TERRIFIED of what's going to happen now that MAGIC MUSHROOMS are legal to grow. I can remember when they CLEANED up downtown Denver and made it a place YOU wanted to go. Lots of entertainment, clubs, restaurants, Coors Field, now our friends go somewhere else for all of those things. The homeless problem is moving South into the Pueblo and Colorado Springs areas, BOTH were nice areas at one time and NOW the homeless are under the bridges, taking over vacant hotels and living along the South Platte River. Yes the authorities move them out, but they come right back, time and time again. Now our friends are worried even more with the BEAUTIFUL state of Colorado turning BLUE this last election and I can't blame them. I say WAKE THE FRACK UP , BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!

  • susan battaglia

    06/04/2019 10:17 AM

    Well said. Wake up, America.

  • Renee K Farr

    06/04/2019 10:17 AM

    My husband and I used to frequent Seattle quite often for the Theater and the Symphony. We stopped going over because of the filth and not feeling safe. Only go one a year now to see Steve Tyrell perform, but this is in the Amazon district that is super clean and nice. Sad thing.

  • Michael Cretaro

    06/04/2019 10:11 AM

    I agree with you completely gov. Huckabee. what people have to realize is that it is really the 3rd world that is coming here. and the main difference between there and here is that...….there......they don't have an infrastructure.........here we do have one. and the more that they come here and left to fend for themselves, our cities will begin to resemble the 3rd world more and more and break down that very infrastructure. there is a huge difference between true compassion and permissiveness. true compassion cares about others and does what is necessary. permissiveness pretends to care but in reality is very self centered. if this keeps up, we will need a domestic peace core to try and care for the cities that are doing themselves in.

  • Morgan Graff

    06/04/2019 10:10 AM

    I am so glad to have moved from Southern California. Some couldn’t understand why I wanted to moved back to the south. Yes Mississippi has its problems of course. But I wouldn’t give you a nickel to move back to that liberal cesspool.

  • Greg Dawson

    06/04/2019 10:03 AM

    People who are too stupid to deal with the problem, will eventually be dealt with by the problem.

  • Kenneth Hanbaum

    06/04/2019 10:03 AM

    I totally agree with this commentary and will will always vote Republican

  • Donna E Turner

    06/04/2019 10:01 AM

    Thank you for an excellent article pointing out the evil happening right before our eyes. It is absolutely unbearable that the media and their owners the Left despise America so badly they care nothing for the people they hurt to attain their goal of destroying our country. God Bless America.

  • Patrick Murphy

    06/04/2019 10:00 AM

    I seem to remember an honest and transparent commet by Mr. Obama saying his goal was to put the US "on par with the Third World."

  • James Robbins

    06/04/2019 09:54 AM

    Excellent article. These cities are a model of the progressive future, with elites in their walled compounds surrounded by a servant population and no middle class. Exactly how they want it.

  • Sara Carpenter

    06/04/2019 08:37 AM

    Mike..it break s my heart to see how parts of L.A. have become.
    I live in here in California. A beautiful state! I grew up here.
    Fortunately I live 50 miles N of L.A. in Santa Clarita Valley..
    It's so frustrating for me and many of us to see this happening! I'm a conservative Rep.. a minority!
    I'm retired now.I don't want to move away bc my friend's and family live here also!
    I can only hope and pray that the voters will wake up and demand changes to this horror!
    I hope..pray they will vote the left politicians out of office!
    God help us!