March 20, 2019

"The bluest skies you’ve ever seen are in Seattle

And the hills the greenest green in Seattle

Like a beautiful child, growin’ up free and wild

Full of hopes and full of fears

Full of laughter, full of tears

Full of dreams that last the years

In Seattle

In Seattle!"

(music: Hugo Montenegro; lyrics: Jack Keller, Ernie Sheldon)


Perry Como recorded the song “Seattle” and had a Top 40 hit with it in 1969, when I’ll bet Seattle was still looking quite beautiful and the people there were full of hopes and dreams. You definitely remember the song if you watched the TV show, “Here Come The Brides.” For the show intro, it was sung by a group called The New Establishment.

“Here Come The Brides” was set in the Seattle of the 19th Century, when Washington State was almost all wilderness. Back then, it really was a breathtaking place, full of pristine nature.

Have you been to Seattle lately? It has a “new establishment,” all right.  And the "fears and tears" part is still there.  This must-see hour-long documentary shows in graphic detail what Seattle is like now...

Radical leftists in Seattle are apparently having embolisms over this powerful news special, “Seattle Is Dying,” which was aired by KOMO-TV. They call that station “Trump TV” (because it’s owned by conservative Sinclair Broadcasting) and put quotation marks around the word “news,” accusing the right-wing media of using this documentary to instill hatred for the poor. According to leftists, this sort of documentary criminalizes poverty. On the contrary, it justifiably implicates leftism itself, for promoting policies that have led to mass homelessness, filth, heartbreaking substance abuse, widespread theft, untreated mental illness, post-apocalyptic stretches of land, and violent crime.

According to this report, Seattle police are afraid of retaliation if they speak up about the things they routinely encounter on the job. So for this documentary, they filled out questionnaires anonymously.

“Yes, I am frustrated,” one wrote, “because I am a law enforcement officer that is told NOT to enforce the law.” Another observed, “People come here because they call it Free-attle and they 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.”  Well, except for the part where they do NOT get the mental health care they need, and the part where they die on the street of an overdose.

That same officer went on to explain, “In the last five years there has been a culture shift and it started with the legislature decriminalizing felonies and dumping convicts onto the streets.” Another cop said, “Even if quality warrant arrests are made, the judicial system sees fit to let them out of jail within a couple days --- often the next day. Why are we risking our lives to take felony-level fugitives into custody if they are just going to be released?”

One officer who spoke for the record had finally quit, saying, “I couldn’t do it any more. It was just bureaucracy built up to the point where I felt like I was no longer necessary as a police officer, that the system had a different idea of how they wanted to handle it, and I was an appendix. I needed to be gone.”

“Everybody’s trying to do the right thing,” he went on to say. “It’s just coming out wrong. The only thing I can equate it to is we’re running a concentration camp, without barbed wire, up to and including the medical experiment of poisoning these people with drugs.”

Another officer called it “a broken system with no teeth.” These cops were all dedicated to doing what they could to control unfortunate situations and make lives better. But substance abuse is making it impossible. Police say there is no morale among their ranks.

But read Charles Mudede’s commentary on “Seattle Is Dying” (at the next link) and you’ll see that the left just doesn’t get what critics of their policies are saying. I think leftists must hate people on the right so much that they’re not capable of understanding our feelings about this Third World-style human tragedy. Mudede calls the attitude of this documentary “the manufactured hatred of the poor” (it is nothing of the sort) and says, “In this inverted/perverted KOMO world, the shock is not that the business district is right next to a homeless camp, but that a homeless camp is right next to the business district. There is an important difference between the two perspectives.”

Yes, we see the difference, but leftists don’s seem to understand that THEY ARE IN CHARGE in Seattle –- and in other large cities with similar problems –- and have been for some time. If they really were compassionate, they would clean up this horror RIGHT NOW, as Rudy Giuliani worked hard to do as mayor of New York, and try to help people rise above poverty and substance abuse rather than point fingers at conservative media for calling attention to the problems.

“What’s truly fantastic,” Mudele says, “is that no one is throwing cuffs on the hands of the maddest members of the city, the Bezoses or the Schultzes, and locking them up in an insane asylum.” He blames these people of “obscene wealth” for the current situation. What he doesn’t seem to get is that in his part of the country, these wealthy people are the “progressives.” These powerful moguls are the anti-Trumpers. This is their progress.

This is the very part of the country –- the “Left Coast” (along with the Northeast) –- which the Democrat candidates for President want to let call the shots for the entire nation, by getting rid of the Electoral College if it gets THEM elected. Look at those cities –- Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and also moving east to Chicago, New York and others –- and you can see what happens when "progressives" are in charge. Do they lack competence or compassion? –- it’s got to be one or the other, or both. Whatever it is, political power is obviously the most important thing to these people, much more important than actually fixing the problems. Otherwise, they would be fixed.

These candidates all have such big plans for us.  I wouldn't put them in charge of planning a children's birthday party.


KOMO’s Eric Johnson, who wrote and reported “Seattle Is Dying,” explains that this is his third in “a kind of trilogy.” The first was an exploration of homelessness, the second was about the hell of heroin addiction, and this one “is about everyone else.” Perhaps that is why some reviewers are taking this third one out of context and saying he doesn’t focus sufficiently on the victims of drugs and mental illness, when he has already done that. Johnson makes it clear: “This program is not about demonizing those who are struggling with addiction and homelessness and mental illness. On the contrary. It asks the question, “Why aren’t we doing more? Why don’t we have the courage to intervene in lives that are, in the face of a grave sickness, reeling out of control?”

Some local commentators do offer a more balanced view of the KOMO report. But the debate goes on, while nothing gets better. Hey, leftists, you can just keep tweeting about Seattle’s wealthy and deny the problem exists; that’ll take care of it.

As for Americans who are stunned by the crowd of 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates calling for open borders, increasingly lax drug laws, almost nonexistent enforcement, a guaranteed minimum income, and FREE EVERYTHING, take a look at what similar policies are doing to once-beautiful cities of the Left Coast. It’s hoped that by some miracle they’ll realize their policies don’t work and will start turning their cities around. In the meantime, please –- please –- don’t let them metastasize across the rest of the country and ruin it, too.

The problem really is leftist politics. As one Seattle police officer said, “Homelessness and drug use have become such politically charged issues. Politically charged in that the city, including S.P.D. administration, have ceased to be interested in policing this population.”


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  • Tom McDonough

    03/28/2019 11:29 AM

    Governor thank you very much for posting this video. I was stationed at Lewis early 2000’s and I saw firsthand the beauty of that city however the political attitude and mentality of western Washington reminded me a lot of my hometown being a teenager living on the streets of Philadelphia, there is no care or compassion and it is heartbreaking that those on the left will allow this to happen after all they claim to be the party of and for the people. Once again thank you and may God bless you

  • Jean Marie

    03/24/2019 01:18 PM

    Many of the homeless got or still get SSI so taxpayers are ultimately funding their addictions. You can not get SSI for a drug addiction, but the usual claim was for a bad back--which got them prescription opioids legally for awhile. They become addicted, aren't working and then wind up on the streets. This accelerated during the Obama administration because there was a lack of means testing for disabilities. After the Great Recession, his administration wanted to bring the unemployment rate down so many applied for disability (word spreads fast when it's "free" money. Throw in legal prescriptions for opioids and well....). This did bring the unemployment rate down and was the exact reason why the labor participation rate was so low, too, in age groups that should be seeking a job. Thus, it gave Obama and his administration something to point at as successful. At least a portion of this homelessness/drug addiction is a direct result of that policy. The number of homeless showed a decline by HUD from 2008 to 2016 of about 250,000. However, they determine that count by going out 10 days in January and counting the homeless that they see and ask. It includes people in shelters. By the sheer numbers that have increased in large cities including interior cities like Fort Worth and Dallas, it appears the counters were drinking coffee instead of counting.

    There is a direct correlation between dropping means testing for SSI ten years ago, the increase in opioid prescriptions being written and the increase in homelessness tied to drug use. In 2017, American doctors wrote 200 million prescriptions for opioid pain pills. That's a lot of pills and potential to abuse drugs thus keeping the cycle intact. Liberal think tank The Cato Institute released a paper in February of this year promoting less government restriction on prescription opioids. Their theory was that LESS restriction would lead to less abuse.

    The documentary "Seattle is Dying" hit the nail on the head including the comment that the elephant in the room is drug use and much of it began with fraudulent approval of SSI. This part of the cycle can be stopped by implementing strict SSI guidelines and a review process of already approved disabilities in categories like 'bad back.' Taxpayers should not be funding the road to homelessness and drug use.

  • Robbie Fitzpatrick

    03/22/2019 01:04 PM

    To at least slow down the path of many, many other areas to this situation, Americans have to have their votes against the "Progressive" party count. We must overcome voter fraud, fraudulent campaign donations, and a fraudulent array of mainstream media.

  • James Kelly

    03/21/2019 09:14 PM

    And the truth shall set you free, or bite you on the ass.

  • Tracy Brewer

    03/21/2019 02:40 PM

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I live in Colorado and they are trying to pass right now something that would allow homeless people to live in our parks etc. There is a movement trying to stop this, but they have a way some how of getting what they want. I still don’t know how they got into office here. Do you have any suggestions? We are scared this will happen here.

  • Craig lehigh

    03/21/2019 02:02 PM

    Hey, ALRIGHT! spread the word seattle/California will take care of you for FREE!!! Seattle will get what they want and the rest of us do too! Its a win win, hahaha!

  • Ray Morris

    03/21/2019 10:28 AM

    I watched the entire video of Seattle is Dying, and the images are haunting, to say the least. This morning, during a quiet moment over coffee, it occurred to me that Seattle law enforcement was having it's very own "Vietnam" experience. By and large, the members of our U.S. Military forces take their duty to heart and are willing to give what it takes to fulfill their obligation to their country. Americans are WINNERS, and for one of the few times in our nations history, our best and bravest were not allowed to WIN! There is no doubt in my mind that the outcome of that war would have been very different if they had been able to do their jobs, but the politicians pulling the strings were calling the shots. After listening to the police officers take on the "Homeless Crisis" in their city, it seems they have a similar situation to that of our soldiers in Vietnam.
    The most frightening part of the whole scenario is that good people are giving up. They see no point in continuing the struggle when they are hung out to dry after doing their jobs to the best of their abilities. It is my view that the heart of America was torn from the body of the Nation by the Vietnam debacle, but somehow, miraculously, it continues to live on it's own. I fear, however, that if America does not soon reclaim it's heart and become whole is over. One by one, the people stepping out of the shadows in Seattle and taking up the challenge of rebuilding their city, but the clock is certainly ticking, and there is no time to waste.

  • Joseph

    03/20/2019 09:28 PM

    Incompetence is the main problem of the Democrat party as they have more than their fair share of compassion. Their problem lies in the FACT that they have never been able to enact a working , beneficial policy to correct any problem. They have somehow bred common sense out of those who would register Democrat. They also regard the truth as a Right wing Conspiracy or Trumps fault. They apparently have no ability to see that which is in front of their very noses. the up side is they won't see their final demise until it's to late to stop it.

  • Rev. Randall Wormdahl

    03/20/2019 06:20 PM

    It is a horrible shame that articles such as this (and the KOMO report) don't find their way into mainstream media. Or, better yet, that the leftists in charge aren't forced to read them.

  • joseph orsini PhD

    03/20/2019 05:36 PM

    Same "homelessness" problem exists here in the Sacramento area. Same liberal control of the City. Their solution seems to be providing "affordable" housing of various types, with little discussion of the causes of the problem, or what to do about those causes [especially in a period of jobs going unfilled].

  • Rodney Burke

    03/20/2019 04:56 PM

    sounds to me like the DOJ in the area needs to take over the City of Seattle and run it. The libs are incapable of governing. of course, we could say that about Flint, MI, Baltimore, NYC and a few others. Lib incompetence on public display and they (libs) are not mature enough to admit failure. Seattle is becoming a second SF, pathetic. I guess a revolt is all that will settle the problem. When the police are saying what they are you know things have gone to the dogs. this is what happens when the people in general doesn't say anything and let things go. Like in a marriage, "Keeping the peace." doesn't work when the other party doesn't WANT peace. It's sad to see how leftists are ruining city after city and are so blind they can't see their own mistakes. Yeah, sure, "Give me more power, so I can make your city a ghetto." DT has got his hands full. There is so much sewage in city government it's disgusting.

  • Oscar R Williams

    03/20/2019 04:40 PM

    Mudede is obviously a lefty. No right arm at all. Just a left arm. He blames the ultra-rich for the poverty of the people who flock to "Free-attle. Says that these ultras IMPOSE poverty on them. Idiot. The "problem" is owned by the "poverty-ites" and the (?)administrtion. And, yes, I put the "?" there to question the administration's administration. With a GDP and corporate worth larger then the Milky Way, I'm thinking the "administration" thinks all is peachy. But, of course, "a politician is concerned only with the next election, while the statesman is concerned with the next GENERATION" (Churchill, I believe). And apply Edmund Burke's famous "do nothing" quote here also. It applies. "Politics" is TOXIC. It's societal AIDS, feeding on the bodies of those having no intellectual immune system (reason). And, of course, nothing is "free".........Somebody's ALWAYS gonna PAY. So. Mudede, don't take aim at Bezos. Or KOMO. They don't create the Seattle of tomorrow, and they can't FIX it.

  • Wilburn McCullough

    03/20/2019 04:07 PM

    If my people, which are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven,and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7-14) Christians..."born again" only you can help save our Nation. Please let God use you to do so. Vote right, not left.

  • Vernon Hinz

    03/20/2019 03:54 PM

    The Democrats are going completely bonkers. I seen the other day that Washington is going to, or said they are going to eliminate Trump from the 2020 election ballot. also Pelosi along with some other Democrats want to lower the voting age to 16, also make it legal for all aliens to vote. This is insane, voting should go to 22, by that time most people have gotten exposed to the real world. Also opening voting up to aliens is like opening our pols to the entire world, also. some other states are also considering the same thing. all these people have gone insane, they defiantly do not care for the country. I have said before, the Democrats are going to pull out all the stops and pull every dirty trick they think of. They still have a lot of dead people on the rolls, they will be in some of the stuffed hidden ballot boxes.

  • Kenneth J Jay

    03/20/2019 03:37 PM

    My cousin sent me this video and for someone who grew up in a quite suburb of Seattle I was totally horrified by what I saw. My sister, who still lives in the Seattle area is a Democrat and we very seldom speak because if the subject turns to politics and I even mention the word Trump she goes into a rage of how bad he is and how he is ruining the country. This coming from someone who has lived totally for the past 70 years in Seattle. Imagine that.

  • Sandra Andriese

    03/20/2019 02:40 PM

    I watched the whole hour long documentary on Seattle...very well done. So sad that the politicians and others in charge care so little; I don't understand it. The Rhode Island program proves there is a way that works. The difference is that those people care. The ones in Seattle, Portland, S.F. do not care.

  • Sharon Kerr

    03/20/2019 02:22 PM

    After seeing the video of Seattle, I just change my mind about an upcoming visit there. I was planning several days of touring, before a cruise to Alaska. It will only be guided bus tour in the safety of others. I do not want to be exposed to disease, fleas, etc. why take a risk of becoming ill?
    I lived in Venezuela for five years, and never saw this type filth and poverty. There is poverty but not inside the city, that people have to step over and go around. Human waste on a street in this country is sickening, that for the health and well being of all people, there can’t be laws to end this madness. These ultra liberal loons are causing chaos, fear, and the complete destruction of a group of vulnerable, sick and needy people who only have the radicals enabling them to destroy themselves and a beautiful city. American people truly must wake up before this country becomes a drug infested, rats nest of poverty and disease.

  • John Maier

    03/20/2019 01:16 PM

    Governor, both my wife and I were born in Seattle, lived in Seattle all our lives until two years ago. It has gotten so liberal, so nuts that we moved out of Seattle to a place about 60 miles north to a small rural community. It is hard being a conservative in a land of liberals. We just try and avoid any political conversations. We both think our governor is a nut case. Very grateful for FOX News. I've followed you and would have voted for you for president. By the way, property taxes are high as are home values. My taxes on the 50' of waterfront on Puget Sound, 830 sq ft cottage are less than what I was paying in Seattle for a two bedroom, full unfinished basement (1800 sq foot) house, built in 1952 house. Our roads in Washington are really bad. We really dread having to go into Seattle for Doctors or anything else. Such a shame the Seattle is following the path or liberal Detroit and other cities where the Democrats have been in control for a long time.

  • Marlene Glidden

    03/20/2019 01:12 PM

    Tell us how to remove the ISIS people out of the Government . At 82 not much I can do but agree disagree encouage and vote .But it has a tendency to make you a basket of nerves that this country could become socialist .All the people that have died protecting us and now these sick people electing these islamics to the government

  • Douglas Morgan

    03/20/2019 12:49 PM

    Add Portland, OR to the list of leftist socialist control. Police there are even persecuted by the Mayor and other city leadership if they so much as have contact with any Christian group who wants to meet peacefully and pray for the city and the problems leftists have created. (Such as not protecting ICE agents and anyone who even has the appearance of not supporting the leftist, socialist, anarchy in the city.) Police get in trouble with the state for enforcing federal law and get in trouble with the feds if they don't. Law enforcement on the left coast are in a no win situation. Consequently, there is no law enforcement there, just persecution of anyone that doesn't agree with the leftist, socialists, communists agenda.

  • Ken parkany

    03/20/2019 12:23 PM

    Thank you for sharing TRUTHS. IF THE Left are demonizing the right the Left must be possessed by demons. Never thought I live to see such idiotic policies implemented in the name of “compassion”.

  • Barbara D.

    03/20/2019 12:08 PM

    If it is answers people want they only need to look as far as their elected officials in Seattle. Are they doing the job the People of Seattle want them to do? Are they making the city safer, cleaner, job friendly, good housing opportunity for the middle class, and lowering taxes? If not, the next thing to ask is: Who is getting rich by governing your city? Always follow the money. Finally, Seattle....get active in your local affairs, go to city council meetings, ask questions, demand answers, and expose and vote those out you have identified as the problem not the solution for your city.

  • William Schlegel

    03/20/2019 12:04 PM

    SO TRUE!
    You seem to be with my own opinion! THANKS

  • Jean MC

    03/20/2019 11:36 AM

    This report spotlights Seattle but the same situation is spread thru out cities in Washington.. I am presently within 150 miles of Seattle where we are seeing much the same issue in our downtown area... one problem I've observed is a very distinct "not in my backyard" syndrome from the local population when discussions concerning solutions are held. The can gets kicked down the street until the next breakin, the next bldg fire, or the next whatever.. I have witnessed persons with drugs & paraphernalia which would have been arrested elsewhere be warned to 'be careful'.. many in this area have a revolving door at the county jail.. for those who believe they can ignore this growing problem & not be part of the solutulion, they are living in a utopian dream world..
    It does not help when truly affordable housing is less than 1% available along with Section 8 housing assistance list closed with a 3+ year wait for a certificate that probably won't be accepted by rental property owners..
    The solution lies in a combined program of rehab, job training, safe housing and reestablishing a person's self worth.. it will take a combined community effort to 'solve' this issue with enforement of laws.. not kicking the can farther down the road or ignoring it by putting your head in the sand!

  • Ellen Klapperich

    03/20/2019 11:28 AM

    I'm calling this the work of Progressive Oppression Policies.