The Middle Ground is Always Evil

Every politician, once elected to office in America swears an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the laws and Constitution of the State in which they were elected. While some take this oath seriously, it’s becoming clear that most liberal politicians say yea, yea, rather than I do. The current situation in Seattle, Washington and Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a testament to how little the modern liberal politician considers the meaning of that oath.

The Minneapolis City Council voted a few days ago to disband their police force and replace it with social service workers. Per capita, Minneapolis is one of the nation’s most violent cities and sending unarmed social workers to deal with criminals is nothing short of felony stupid. I can imagine the scene. So, what were you feeling when you robbed the convenience store and killed the minimum wage worker working the night shift to feed his family? Do you think a hug would make you feel better? Perhaps they think that if there are no consequences to committing a violent crime, criminals will think it’s not worth the effort to commit crimes at all. Unfortunately, in short order we will be able to ask, how did that work out for you?

Seattle Mayor, Jenny Durkin, apparently ordered the city’s East Precinct police to abandon their posts and allowed a group of radicals to take over a six-block section of an American city, declaring it their own nation. For nearly a week, the Mayor and Washington’s governor, Jay Inslee, have done nothing other than the Mayor saying; “it could be another summer of love”, referring to San Francisco in the late 60’s when a bunch of hippies held largely peaceful rallies and sit-ins while mostly smoking pot and feeling the groove. Seattle’s situation is not a love-in but a takeover more in line with Al Capone’s attempt to takeover part of Chicago in the 1920’s.

Reports that business’ in Seattle’s CHAZ or CHOP zone, whatever you call it, are being shaken down for payments if they want to remain in business is not love, it’s extortion and it’s illegal. The Seattle police department has not been able to respond to reports of rape and other violent crimes which have more than tripled since the takeover. Does anyone care to think of the innocent residents and business owners who pay high taxes to the government of Seattle and the State of Washington for services they now are unable to receive? Will the city pay reparations for their suffering under the incompetence and complacency shown by these elected officials once this lunacy is over? I doubt it.

There are two possibilities in my mind on why this madness has been allowed. First and foremost is incompetency and fear in the minds of these officials that they may offend someone by upholding both the laws of the land and common sense. The second is that they hope President Trump steps in with Federal resources and it makes him look bad if a situation occurs similar to the Kent State shootings in 1970 when the National Guard opened fire on a group of unarmed college students protesting the Viet Nam war, killing four.

Regardless of George Floyd’s past, once he was on the ground and handcuffed, there was no excuse for a bad cop to keep his knee on the man’s neck for more than eight minutes, killing him, while three other officers watched. The officers have been charged with murder and accessory to murder, which I agree with. That is the way our criminal justice system is supposed to work. It does not justify what we are seeing now in liberal states across our nation.

I want to believe that this is a wake-up call for all Americans, regardless of color, that elections matter and we start looking at what politicians do rather than what they say they are “going to do.” I’ll leave it with the following quote by Ayn Rand from her book, ‘Atlas Shrugged’:

“There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil. The man who is wrong still retains some respect for truth, if only by accepting the responsibility of choice. But the man in the middle is the knave who blanks out the truth in order to pretend that no choice or values exist, who is willing to sit out the course of any battle, willing to cash in on the blood of the innocent or to crawl on his belly to the guilty, who dispenses justice by condemning both the robber and the robbed to jail, who solves conflicts by ordering the thinker and the fool to meet each other halfway. In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit. In that transfusion of blood which drains the good to feed the evil, the compromise is the transmitting rubber tube.”