March 23, 2019

Now that we’ve all seen the heartbreaking news report from KOMO-TV, “Seattle Is Dying,” I have another brief piece of video for you to watch that helps explain Seattle’s sad state of affairs. Most of us understand the frustration behind the expression “You can’t beat City Hall,” but in Seattle, that feeling of helplessness must be especially profound.

There are a few places this video can be found and watched online, but I’d like you to see the version that appears towards the end of Dan Bongino’s podcast from Friday (Episode 942: “The Most Disturbing Video I’ve Seen In Awhile”), because Dan has some powerful statements to make after it plays, at the very end of his show. He’s as angry and disgusted as I am. He absolutely speaks for me as well.

Dan probably hasn’t yet seen “Seattle Is Dying,” because he doesn’t make the connection. I’m doing that.

Here’s the link to go to his podcast; the segment concerning the Seattle City Council starts at 42:54.

RELATED READING: "Seattle Is Dying"

I also agree with Dan that this shameful clip needs to go viral; EVERYONE needs to see it, so let’s all do our part. Now that I’ve had a taste of what it’s like to address members of the Seattle City Council, I’m not surprised one bit that Seattle is in the condition that it is. This is stone-cold government bureaucracy at its worst. (And, this being Seattle, we may safely assume it is a far-left bureaucracy, the kind that especially loves to be in charge of everything.) Have you ever seen people so disinterested in what someone has to say? Why do they even bother having meetings, when they obviously don’t care about their citizens’ problems.

News flash: THEY work for HIM.

When I was Arkansas governor, we would put up a picture every day of some citizen of our state: a secretary, truck driver, salesperson, retired person, whoever it might happen to be on that particular day. The message was to never forget that THIS is the person we work for.

In Seattle, they’ve forgotten who they work for, and it’s disgraceful. They’ve obviously abdicated their responsibility for maintaining the City of Seattle, which suffers from a shocking epidemic of substance abuse and homelessness and all of the attendant problems. These “leaders” don’t act as if they’re answerable to anyone, certainly not a simple resident who doesn’t sit at the table of power.

There’s a memorable song in the musical “Chicago” that’s sung by a real sad-sack character who feels invisible. It’s called “Mr. Cellophane.” The lyrics are something like “Cellophane, Mr. Cellophane, should’ve been my name...’cause you can look right through me, walk right by me, and never know I’m there.” That’s the way the man at this meeting must have felt. He was crushed --- you can hear the defeat in his voice.

RELATED READING: Follow-up to "Seattle Is Dying": Seattle readers agree that it is

Like Dan, I have no idea who this person was who tried to get the City Council to listen to him. Maybe he’s stood before them at previous meetings; maybe they feel he’s wasted their time before. And I may completely disagree with this man on the specific issue he wanted to bring up. But that’s beside the point.

Look at the response, or, rather, the utter lack of response. This is inexcusable. Viewed in the context of “Seattle Is Dying,” this video should make the members of the Seattle City Council hang their heads in abject shame, offer their resignations immediately, and let other people take a turn at power --- people who actually love their city and care about the people who live there. Seattle is in dire need of that kind of leadership.



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  • Frances Schroeder

    03/28/2019 09:50 AM

    If you look at the cities that are in deep trouble, look at who is in charge. I submit that most if not all, are Democrats. Many people who think they are Democrats, have no idea of who their leadership at the top really are. They are acting more like Communists and the results are telling. There are good people running for offices all over the country, but big money backs other interests. Sad what it is doing you our once vibrant country.

  • dennis C williams

    03/27/2019 10:26 AM

    I have been at city council meetings where one individual shows up at each meeting with nothing to say. Just to get his minutes of fame. Did this Seattle citizen really have something important to say? If he did why didn't he say it once he had the councils attention? Was this guy such a crackpot? Bongino certainly didn't offer any backstory that could have made this a credible story.

  • Paul T. Kern

    03/24/2019 10:11 PM

    Yoi don't send out a Sunday paper anymore. Sad

  • Gary McGriff

    03/24/2019 12:22 AM

    When I saw the video by komo i was ashamed to say I live in washington. Then to see the video of the city council, it was appalling. We used to go to Seattle to spend time there. Not anymore. The city is now nothing what I knew. The way to cure the problem is to get people out to vote, and vote the current mayor and council out.

  • Lillian Bolkovatz

    03/23/2019 11:22 PM

    I did watch the video and it was so sad. They need help from someone who cares.I love reading your newsletter everyday. My husband and I still talk about what a great President you would have been for this country. Keep up the good work.God Bless You!

  • Mary Takami

    03/23/2019 09:41 PM

    I have not listened to this video (can't connect somehow) but I can assure you that I, and others here in Los Angeles, know the feeling of being completely ignored by our city council members. It was several years ago that we went before the city council here but I am sure nothing has changed. Check out Los Angeles.

  • Amelia Little

    03/23/2019 06:59 PM

    I certainly hope the voters of Seattle get out there and vote these non-persons out of their city government. They need to get it done before the commissioners decide to open voting up to people not eligible to vote--legal immigrants who are not yet citizens and especially illegal immigrants.

  • Judith Aiello

    03/23/2019 04:45 PM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee,
    I am sick of what Seattle has become. I am a lifelong resident of Portland, Oregon & the same thing is happening here. I hardly recognize the beautiful city in which I was raised. We have the same heartless, liberal bureaucrats running our city. I am outraged & disgusted at how the homeless are allowed to live in their tents wherever they decide to set up camp. I am embarrassed to take out-of- towners to our once beautiful downtown that now looks like a third world slum.
    May Heaven help us!

  • Dorcas "Jo" Cluck

    03/23/2019 04:43 PM

    Governor. You hit the proverbial nail with a hammer! One Dem had the gaul (they have an abundance) to tell people not to believe the Mueller report and it should be re-done! Really! Oh well, what's a 20mil or so in the pockets of those who have it and want to keep it. I love your newsletters. Falling of the current ha-ha's...might I ask what has happened to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and why is nothing be said about her condition? I realize she has cancer and I can only believe the end may be near for her because of the onslaught of Democrats trying to get legislation passed to increase the number of SCOTUS judges. Evidently, the next one that our President nominates will not be the carnival that a brilliant jurist like Judge Kavanaugh had to endure! Thank you in advance for a response. God's blessings. I will be watching on TBN tonight. Watch that a lot!!! Hugs!

  • jack macdonald

    03/23/2019 01:29 PM

    Maybe the organization that did the video on "seattle is dying" should do a piece on the city council as a part of that city is dying since it appears that their attitudes may play a large role in the demise. That is a really sick bunch and they are citizens who should love their city and the people they represent. Disgusting, shameful clowns.

  • Eva L Shaw

    03/23/2019 12:18 PM

    The hard hearted attitude of the council just breaks my heart. They are all out of touch with the real people who elected them. Why not a class action suit against them for not doing their jobs. Sue them for non performance. Makes you want to pour a honey pot on their heads to go with their sullen, dismissive attitude. Seattle is in big trouble and the people need to rise up.

  • Sam Vanderburg

    03/23/2019 12:16 PM

    I am appalled at the rude and repulsive behavior of that group of people. The man did the right thing by walking away!

  • Marilyn Madore

    03/23/2019 12:07 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee-Thank you for all you do to bring attention to news stories we probably wouldn't necessarily know about. Maybe we need to have another "Support Chick-Fil-A " day! Even though in Maine there are no Chick-Fil-A restaurants anywhere near me. I would support them in spirit. Also, perhaps San Antonio needs to be boycotted-they must make a lot of money in tourism for the Alamo. We have great power when we rise up and act rather than just whine and complain about what the left does. God bless.