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.
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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.
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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.