Letter to the Editor

Riots continue across our nation.

Five Americans, all black, have been killed by “protesters” so far, with many other innocent people seriously injured by rioting thugs.

“News media” try to minimize what the riots are doing to communities, encouraging the destruction and lawlessness by those seeking “social justice.”

Seattle officials are meeting with “protest organizers” in order to accommodate their needs, while hostile crowds seem to have entirely forgotten the chanted gospel of “social distancing.”

This, while church gatherings and fishermen's activities are closely monitored by the government, and law-abiding citizens remain locked down.

Gov. Jay  Inslee and other Democratic leaders across America, including in Minneapolis, are trying to skate past the fact that after 50 years of corruption and broken promises to end police brutality, improve inner city schools and create equality for black people, it was a Democrat city that fostered the conditions where a black man died in police custody, apparently killed by an officer whom officials knew had 18 prior complaints lodged against him for violence and menacing behavior toward citizens.

Inslee and health officials continue to further pandemic panic over the fading COVID-19 threat, insisting on freedom-stealing, business-killing policies and ordering free Americans to wear masks in limited church gatherings (Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, along with Dr. Anthony Fauci, have admitted that masks are useless, but state government and preening virus virtue-signalers are convinced you should wear them).

Meanwhile let's not forget that at least 1,100 criminals, some known drug pushers and home invaders, have been released from jails into our communities, somehow justified as a COVID-19 protection measure.

Eclipsed by riots and virus hyperventilation, the testimony of Rod Rosenstein before the Senate went widely unnoticed.

The former deputy attorney general of the United States testified that he would not have signed off on four secret court Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants to spy on U.S. citizens had he known that the assertions and sworn certifications of the FBI were false and contained tainted political research paid for by Hillary Clinton.

He also admitted that FBI accusations against General Flynn were unfounded, unsupportable, and that their use to touch off the ill-fated Mueller “Russia Probe” and targeted witch hunt against President Donald Trump was unfounded.

Governors are cracking down on law-abiding citizens, arresting business owners while allowing thugs to run rampant, rioting freely in our states and cities.

Government and health officials stubbornly enforce meaningless virus measures.

It’s proof that our top federal law enforcement agencies run amok, lie and spy on a presidential campaign and on our President, all while harassing innocent citizens.

The media is lying repeatedly on all these topics.

A popular, catchy phrase heard often on TV is, “What's in your wallet?”

I think a much more pertinent question is, “Who are you trusting?”

 

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(15) comments

Shotgun

Floyd was arrested nine times of which seven were felonies, including armed robbery. Anyone who thinks someone like this is a hero is nuts. These are not protesters, they are rioters, looters, and murderers. The cops are basically being told to let the criminals have their way. This whole mess can be blamed on obama, who stabbed the police in the back and basically declared that black criminals are innocent even when convicted by a jury.

ILovetheConstitution

Shotgun, here's Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution:

"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

"[N]or shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law" means that suspects are not guilty until proven guilty. Everyone is entitled to a hearing in court.

The burden of proof is on the government, to prove a suspect's guilt. Suspects do not carry the burden of proving they're not guilty.

Only a court can decide Whether Floyd's prior criminal record has any bearing on this case.

The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits "cruel and unusual punishments." Police responded to a report of somebody spending a counterfeit $20 bill. Assuming Floyd was using fake money, and assuming he knew it was fake, killing him was a blatant violation of the Eighth Amendment.

The police officer that murdered George Floyd committed major criminal offenses, by acting as judge, jury and executioner. He's the real criminal, but he's allowed due process, unlike Floyd, who will never get his day in court. It is unseemly to denigrate Floyd because of past convictions, and in effect, is spitting on his grave.

Remember that police officers must swear to uphold the Constitution. The officer who killed Floyd violated his oath, and must be held to account.

Polly Baker

ILTC-Thank you! If I could, I would hug you!

Polly Baker

It is apparent you have strong feelings, unfortunately they are based on misinformation and unsubstantiated claims. Floyd was never arrested for armed robbery as you and many conservatives would like to believe and continue to falsely claim. And I would like to see your source for your claims about Obama. Just because you may desperately want to believe something doesn’t make it true. IMO, a man died at the hands/knee of a police officer and from his death the eyes of Americans have been opened to the continued overuse of force by some but not all police officers. If Floyd’s death can bring about change so that other innocent lives aren’t murdered by those who have taken an oath to protect all of us-not just those with white skin, then that is a hero to me. Maybe you have a different definition than I do.

Bob Larimer

I wonder how apoligists for Inslee and Democrat officials are feeling now that Antifa has taken over Seattle?

Demanding extortion money from businesses.

It's a Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton kind of thing, with an anarchist twist.

"Police officials have also heard of businesses and citizens being asked to pay a fee to operate in the area, which is known as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone and includes about 500 houses. That would be the crime of extortion, Nollette said."

https//www.theepochtimes.com/armed-people-at-seattle-autonomous-zone-checking-ids-extorting-businesses-police_3384801.html

ILovetheConstitution

Mr. Larimer, it's unethical to spread false, divisive rumors, especially in a time of strife. Human life is at stake, on both sides of the thin blue line.

I just returned from a trip to Seattle. It hasn't been taken over by anyone, except for overly zealous parking enforcement officers. They're making up for lost revenue, due to the President's pandemic.

It's also unethical to use the illegal activity of a tiny minority, to discredit and impugn a genuine, grass-roots movement.

Regarding payoffs by business owners, the government is the biggest extortionist of all; with its taxes, fees, regulations, etc.

I dislike extortionists, like your President, who has destroyed the former Republican Party with bullying and threats.

Capital Hill, in Seattle, has always been anarchic. It's inhabited by idealistic, impulsive young people. Let's not be too critical of the younger generation, lest we pay a terrible price in the future.

"Epoch Times" is a nutty publication. Here are some wacky headlines: "Barack Obama: A Lifelong Story of Russian Collusion." "Did Barack Obama, Sr. Meet a Soviet Spy on a Washington Farm?" "Obamagate: Should the Former President Be Investigated for Obstructing the Russia Investigation?" Again, it's unethical to spread provocative rumors, especially when they concern one of the best Presidents this country has ever had.

Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are politicians. I trust them about as far as I can spit. But, they're on the right side, just like Gov. Inslee is on the right side, concerning the pandemic.

notbuyingit

I wonder why there are no riots with looting and burning of uninvolved businesses when police officers are assassinated? According to FBI stats, 144 cops were feloniously killed in 2018 - but apparently provoked zero “social justice” brawls demanding defunding of criminal organizations. No doubt it’s Trump’s fault.

ILovetheConstitution

[N]otbuyingit, I'm not buying it.

In 2018, police killed just under a thousand Americans. A wildly disproportionate number were persons of color. If we're doing a body count, law enforcement 'wins.'

I travel regularly outside our country, and have experienced anti-Americanism at its worst, occasionally to the point of violence. I've never been so ashamed to be an American, since the President took office. There's nothing I can say when people I meet overseas start in, with their taunts. They happen to be factually correct, even if they're being insulting.

You're right, it's (partly) the President's fault, because he's polluted discourse, with bullying and endless lies. He's enabling a Russia-based disinformation campaign. Could he be a Russian agent?

He's recently circulated the lie that the elderly man, who was attacked by police, was part of a conspiracy. Your President's sunk to new low.

Your President has devastated our country's relationships with our closest strategic allies, and thereby jeopardized our national security. We need those partnerships, to fend off attacks from our enemies, such as those of the 'evil empire' of Russia, to use Reagan's words.

The President is withdrawing critically needed troops from Germany, to spite Chancellor Merkel, for snubbing him! He should be impeached for this irresponsible action.

As for "cops killed in the streets," as you put it, I am "buying it." Many don't show respect for police and prosecutors.

In the couple of times I've interacted with Clark County Sheriff's, they respected me, so I did the same for them. Of course, I'm white, so they're not going to shoot me.

I was relieved to read Vancouver P. D. Chief McElvain's, and Clark County Prosecutor Golik's statements of sympathy. Those gestures, even if partly motivated by politics, probably calmed at least a few persons, who were getting themselves ginned up to do nasty things.

Having written this about police, we've got to find a way to stop genocide against visible minorities. For the good of our country, we must get racist, rogue cops off the streets.

The big, bad Democrats have introduced a bill that would prevent evil cops from getting transferred from one agency to another, as a means of burying their crimes. Of course, the President's lap dog party is fighting this, tooth and nail.

This is yet another area where the President has done irreparable damage. He's turned his party into a herd of sheep, and destroyed the Conservative movement in our country. We need rational, fact-based Conservatives to counterbalance the nuttier elements in the Progressive movement, and to crowd out Fascists like your President.

Bob Larimer

Blue Lives Matter.

Shotgun

Even if there was, the liberal press wouldn't report it and if they did, they would say the police were at fault. Black thugs lives matter, but law abiding white people's don't.

Polly Baker

No one should be killed by police officers if they are unarmed and/or pose no threat. Do you agree? Or have we now changed our laws that it is ok for police to murder someone if they have a rap sheet? Is that how we “make America great”?

Bob Larimer

Hint: It's NOT the police doing the killings.

"While Chicago was roiled by another day of protests and looting in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, 18 people were killed Sunday, May 31, making it the single most violent day in Chicago in six decades, according to the University of Chicago Crime Lab. The lab’s data doesn’t go back further than 1961."

https://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/2020/6/8/21281998/chicago-violence-murder-history-homicide-police-crime?fbclid=IwAR27uc549kXFbyTeAP181XZ2F5uLw3dftJM8QC2EP1G8pyLb-BWhGVpKIUc

Polly Baker

“When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”- or in Trump’s case during photo ops hugging the flag....or holding up a Bible after teargasing peaceful protesters when a black man had been murdered by a police officer. Trumps attempt to MAGA propaganda have failed miserably. His slanderous claims of criminality against anyone who opposes him stand only as reflections of his own corruption. Distraction, bullying and finger pointing are the antithesis of being a great leader and patriot. History shall reflect on his presidency with shame and embarrassment of a time when America, a once truly great nation, was lead by an entertainment fascist-a President more focused on social media’s clicks and likes than on diplomacy and policy. To quote the president himself, “Sad!!!”

ILovetheConstitution

Mr. Larimer, the vast majority of protests against police violence have been legal exercises of First Amendment rights.

Our sacred Constitution comes to the rescue again! You might consider reading it.

Of course, a minority takes advantage, and wantonly breaks the law. They should be held to account. They're nowhere near being representative of the anti-violence movement, as you seem to think.

Many of the "riots," as you call them, were perpetrated by police. The video showing Buffalo, N. Y., Police shoving an elderly man to the pavement, who wasn't aggressive, is horrifying. The man was knocked out cold, bled from his ears, and wound up in the hospital in serious condition. Let's all pray for him, and that God will forgive those officers.

Two former Buffalo officers are being prosecuted. The entire Buffalo Police Department's Emergency Response Team resigned in protest, as an indication of how much work there is to be done in police training.

Peaceful, legal protesters were treated with brutality, so the President could cross the street for a political photo-op. This was a police riot, pure and simple, authorized by the President, and his lap dog, the Attorney General. They should both be brought up on charges.

"If you can't do the time, don't do the crime" is a common refrain from police and prosecutors. If law enforcement officials do not wish to be confronted with protests, law-abiding or otherwise, the solution is simple. Stop the genocide against people of color. Just say "No" to murder.

You're right in saying that black people are affected by violent crime, in numbers that are way out of proportion to their percentage of the populace. That's all the more reason to end blatant racism in our criminal justice system.

Regarding the Mueller Russia Probe, the whole affair could have been avoided by the President and his band of sycophants telling the truth. What's so difficult about that?

The President has lied 20,000 times since taking office. For instance, he recently lied about mail-in ballots being fraudulent. He lashed out at the forum he used for his lie, for adding links to the truth. This is unethical behavior, a few months from a national election.

In contrast, President Obama lied 18 times while in office.

Federal law enforcement agencies have shown remarkable restraint in their dealings with the President. For example, the Mueller Report proves that the President tried to interfere with ongoing investigations by the FBI. That's obstruction of justice. But, the report goes on to say that the President is immune to indictment while in office, a balanced view.

General Flynn pleaded guilty to perjury twice, despite having the best lawyers money can buy.

Local law enforcement has shown tremendous patience, with persons who disobey restrictions due to the virus. They're setting a good example for impressionable young people.

Whom am I trusting? I trust politicians about as far as I can spit but the President has set a new low for truthfulness.

There's a glimmer of honesty in Gov. Inslee's theatrics, for which I am grateful.

BGResident

Mr. I - Because your arguments are simple, full of untruths, exaggerated and Left-Whiny biased, and I find your bias distasteful and disrespectful to one of the greatest presidents that ever lived, I'm going to ask you not to make too much more of a fool of yourself, and self censor.

President Donald J. TRUMP has told 20,000 lies? Take your foot out of your mouth and prove it. All 20,000 lies. Here. Now.

Oh, and please favor us, if you will, a complete disclosure of Obama's lies. Not the Left-whiny abridged bathroom reader, but the Complete unabridged, Director's Cut, Coffee Table Volume Series. Eighteen lies from the former Amateur in Chief! Har har. It is to laugh. Oh excuse me, I just had a little vomit in my mouth just then.

I would love - Love to hear the rest of your Left-whiny lies and exaggerations, but there are not enough electrons in the universe to display them. Liberal bias is so full of holes, so emotionally charged and so bereft of logic, they can thank the Right for holding the fabric of our nation together, as the Left-whiny seek to destroy the Constitution, our rights, and law and order. Your completely saturated bias against the right, law and order, and support of anarchy and destruction, and blatant racism is more than can be tolerated. Stop... Lying.

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