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Waterloo for “Defund the Police” Left

AMAC Exclusive – By Daniel Roman

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Joe Biden evidently had quite a lot to fear from the voters in Virginia and New Jersey, but when it came to hammering the final nail into the coffin of the “Defund the Police” left, even they were compelled take a step back, and let the voters of Seattle do the honors. On Tuesday, a candidate identified with Republicans won an election in the city for the first time since 1989.

Seattle is almost a buzzword for left-wing insanity. Police have all but vanished from the streets as politicians have prohibited them from dealing with the increasing homeless population, with the result that the city became a mecca for vagrant drug addicts from across America. Last summer, Seattle burned during weeks of rioting, and it has continued to smoke ever since. But Tuesday’s election was a sign the citizens of Seattle may have finally had enough. Ann Davison, who describes herself as nonpartisan but has previously run for statewide elected office as a registered Republican, defeated radical leftist Nicole Thomas-Kennedy in the contest for City Attorney.

It is hard to describe just how liberal Seattle is, and therefore how momentous the victory of Ann Davison is. In 2020, Seattle gave a mere 9.11% of its votes to Donald Trump. Even wealthy, cultured Mitt Romney only managed 13.73% there in 2012. Yet as things stand on November 5th, Ann Davison leads Democrat Nicole Thomas-Kennedy by a margin of 58.7% to 41.3%, a veritable landslide. While Davison has said she voted for Barack Obama in 2008, she also has aligned herself with the “Walk away” (from the Democratic party) movement, and campaigned on restoring public safety by shutting down homeless shelters and empowering the police to more aggressively make arrests for property crime.

Needless to say, Davison’s victory owes much to the extremism of her opponent. Thomas-Kennedy is a radical both in policy and tone. A self-described “abolitionist” who supports dismantling both police forces and prisons, she has called the police pigs and said property destruction is a moral imperative. In fact, it may be easier to let her words speak for themselves, lest the impact they had on the race be lost. Paraphrasing in this case would do a disservice to Ms. Thomas-Kennedy, losing important subtleties. Here are just a few of her more colorful takes:

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In the three-way all-party primary, in which the two top vote-getters moved on to a general election, Thomas-Kennedy came in first with 36%, while Davison won 33% and 12-year incumbent Pete Holmes – whose decade-long decimation of public safety and indulgence of riots, drug use, and property damage was now seen as moderation by urban Democratic Socialists of America – won only 31%, eliminating him from the next round. Holmes’ fate should be a warning to those liberal politicians in America’s cities who have felt that, safe in their guarded mansions with their kids in private school, they can afford to try and ride the tiger of CRT/Defund the Police and open civil unrest. In the end, it was never enough, and the tiger came for Peter Holmes.

Holmes’ elimination set up a 2-candidate race between Davison, who promised to reverse the devastating crime trends of the last decade and remove far-left ideology from policing, and Thomas-Kennedy, who promised to drop the mask Holmes had worn and end all police arrests for misdemeanors. Thomas-Kennedy, who is white, tried to justify her policies on racial grounds. “Ninety percent of the people prosecuted for misdemeanors are poor enough to qualify for a public defender. We’re really only prosecuting poor people and disproportionately Black and brown people,” Thomas-Kennedy told an interviewer.

“It was an educational experience for me to realize that abolition is not just getting rid of police and prison,” she said. “It’s about community building and it’s a process…. I think that’s what people think, that it’s just going to be overnight, like The Purge, you know, and that is not what I want.”

The Purge that Thomas-Kennedy refers to is a film set in a dystopian future where the U.S. is taken over by a political party, the New Founding Fathers, who institute a “Purge,” a single day when all crime is legal and law enforcement is suspended. Everyone is encouraged to loot and murder to their hearts’ contentment, ostensibly based on the theory that humans are prone to crime, and if they get it out of their systems rather than suppressing it they will be law-abiding the rest of the year. In reality, the government uses the occasion to arrange the murder of its political opponents and falsifies statistics showing that both violent and non-violent crime has massively decreased. It is disturbing that Thomas-Kennedy and her fellow “police abolitionists” not only seem to take inspiration from the villains in the film, but don’t realize that the people they are taking inspiration from are the bad guys. She did reassure voters, however, that her approach would be more gradual than the events in the movie.

Davison ran against Nicole-Thomas’s delusions, and on a platform of restoring law and order to Seattle. “If we just sit there and say, ‘Oh, we’re not caring if we hold the limits of what our law says,’ then we’re not actually intervening when we’re able to do so,” Davison told Crosscurrent. “Sometimes that limit really is the way to show care…. The limits have to mean something. Because they’re there so that we can intervene.” In electing Davison, voters seem to have chosen actually caring about the poor, non-whites, and the victims of crime, over abstractions and theories taken from misreading of science fiction films.

Davison was the only Republican-linked person to win (although understandably given the local political dynamics, she significantly downplayed the affiliation) But even beyond her victory, the left had a bad night in Seattle. For mayor, City Councilor Bruce Harrell, an Asian American moderate, defeated a supporter of defunding the police 64%-36%. Hopefully this will be an auspicious sign for December 7th, where self-declared Socialist Kshama Sawant faces a recall from the City Council.

Nationally it was a good night for the police as well. In New York, Eric Adams, a black former police officer, will be the new Mayor, promising a shift back toward the Giuliani zero-tolerance for crime approach. Adams defeated multiple more liberal candidates backed by Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders. In Minneapolis, a ballot initiative to abolish the police department was defeated.

Seattle stands out for just how left-wing it has been. If even in Seattle, where Donald Trump was in the single digits, anti-police polices go down by 17%, what chance do they have elsewhere? Democrats need to pay attention. It is not just parents in Northern Virginia who have had enough of government by moral abstraction. People want to be safe. And if Democrats won’t offer that, even the most left-wing voters will find people who will.

Daniel Roman is the pen name of a frequent commentator and lecturer on foreign policy and political affairs, both nationally and internationally. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a Master’s degree in Iranian Studies.


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Karen
2 months ago

Utterly stupid to defund the police. Hopefully the commie Dems may need them someday and they don’t come.

Hal
2 months ago

Defunding the police is about as dumb a move as one could think of …. Hmmm. That makes it possible to ponder if Joe Hidin’ Biden is considering it. One thing about old Joe Hidin’ Biden … he has been a very consistent politician his entire career … a crook, liar, an feckless politician.

jocko
2 months ago

DEFUNDING THE POLICE IS JUST ANOTHER CANCEROUS, ANTI-AMERICAN lib STEP FOR A NATIONAL, CORRUPT POLICE FORCE JUST LIKE mexico, china, russia, ETC

jocko
2 months ago

WE WERE HOPING FOR MORE CRIME ONLY FOR libs TO BE VICTIMS

Utah rage
2 months ago

Mitt Romney is a socialist sellout RINO. If only the Mormon sheep would recognise that fact

PaulE
2 months ago

The defund the police movement was always designed to work by appealing to unintelligent, emotional responses from people whipped into a frenzy by the left over some perceived grievance real or imaginary. Blow an event out of all proportion, get the mob whipped into a high enough level of emotional frenzy and anything can be justifiable as a “new normal policy”. The purpose of defund the police was to create more societal chaos and breakdown societal norms further by normalizing the idea that criminal activity was not only acceptable, but something to be expected as part of normal society. Make people more emotionally unstable and desperate for the government to “just do something”, that they empower the very politicians who created the problem to be in change of “fixing it” which they never intend to do. It’s called emotional manipulation of the masses.

Where the left screwed up, after Democrat politicians in Democrat run cities and states implemented the cutbacks in police officers, was they allowed the public to live with the consequences of what fewer police and more restrictions on how criminal acts could be dealt with looked like in real life before voting for the next step. Which was to get rid of the police altogether.

The public saw levels of criminal activity escalate, because there were fewer police to keep them safe. The public also saw Democrat DAs suddenly no longer charging criminals for a whole host of crimes, turning criminals back loose on the streets hours after being arrested. So-called bail reform ended bail in most cases , so arrest and release became a revolving door.

The trick with most leftist policies is NEVER, EVER let the public experience the real life effects of those policies BEFORE asking for them to actually do something like vote to do away with the police altogether. The left is fine with issuing unilateral edicts onto the citizens. Authoritarian rule is all about unilateral edicts. Where they run into trouble is when they allow the public an advance peek at what those edicts will produce and then ask them to vote for the next step. The left will take this setback as yet another reason why they have to eliminate the power of citizens voting as a roadblock to desire for authoritarian rule. Thus accelerated importation of illegal aliens and a renewed emphasis on federalizing the election process. The left certainly won’t abandon their efforts in any way. So stay vigilant people, because the left NEVER gives up.

Bill on the Hill
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Once again Paul, well stated…It is not what the many liptards want to hear however, especially in Seattle… Ann Davison, whom voted for Barack Hussein Obama in 2008 & as he was the catalyst to where we are in this nation right this moment gives me reason for pause where this woman is concerned…
Being a bit more pragmatic on this Republican(?) that voted arguably for the worst potus in US history, with the exception of the current embecile in chief, Mr. Brandon’s illegal attempts at destroying our Constitutional form of government as I type this out…It begs the question, as she will soon be surrounded in a sea of lying, thieving snakes in Seattle, a city of ZERO morality, anti-police,
anti everything in fact…As stated in this article, Seattle is a city of utter insanity & it along with Portland, OR are everything the vast majority of hard working Americans despise…So the question is, is she really a Republican or just another RINO that will ” go along to get along ” in a city of liberal to the extreme, sociopathic politicians that thrive in pandemonium & chaos, non-stop, 24/7…
Bill on the Hill… :~)

PaulE
2 months ago

I expect she is a RINO Bill. No way a real conservative Republican would have a chance of getting elected there. The only question is how long it will take for her to sell out to the Dems.

Bill on the Hill
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Precisely, I more than suspect she already has in fact, in a nutshell, where this woman & Seattle are concerned, this article is a big nothing burger…
Bill on the Hill… :~)

Max
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Ditto with Bill.

anna hubert
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

anyone appealing to the basest crudest instincts of the voter and campaigning on that should be disqualified from running for the office no community can benefit from that

Frank Bort
2 months ago

Good Order is paramount to having peace and safety and a truly civil society.nn7

KD SQ
2 months ago

So the writer is afraid of being cancelled? What that tells me is we are nowhere near being able to be open about what we see and believe, at least the writer believes that. Places like Seattle deserve what they get because they vote for this garbage. They believe the communist junk because they don’t study. They want to “pat the poor minority on the head” by believing this evil nonsense about how they can’t be held to the same standards as everyone else. They are actually racist for believing that garbage. Every single person in this country can succeed if they want to, period.

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