What is the latest example of the stunning hypocrisy of Washington State Democrats? It’s their warm reception of the president of China to Seattle, with hardly a public of word of dissent.
Let’s be clear, Chinese President Xi Jinping presides over a state that regularly violates basic human rights. Yet, Democrats like Jay Inslee and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray seem perfectly content to overlook this rather inconvenient truth and shut down much of downtown Seattle during his visit to make sure he is not inconvenienced.
The same could not be said, as KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson points out, about their attitude toward the state of Indiana. Just a few months ago, Inslee and Murray banned all publically funded travel to Indiana. Why? Because Indiana passed a religious freedom law which Inslee and Murray deemed discriminatory. Monson,
“At the time, Murray said that ‘This is a city and a state that has said ‘no’ to discrimination … laws that say you can discriminate have no place in this country.’
“But as Dori points out, China is a country with plenty of human rights violations.
“‘You won’t allow travel to Indiana, but you will shut down every road in your city for the president of China,’ he said. ‘How about you walk the walk with China the way you so courageously did with Indiana.’”
Indeed, Democrats seem more than willing to go out of their way to give the Chinese president the royal treatment—and expect working families to do the same. Revealing just how out-of-touch with reality bureaucrats are, Seattle Department of Transportation Director Scott Kubly recently urged people to telecommute or simply “take a day off work and run local errands” to reduce traffic congestion downtown. Monson,
“‘Take a day off. Take a vacation day so that we can all pay tribute to the Chinese president’s visit. Because our jobs are all so insignificant that taking a day off is no big deal,’ Dori quipped.
“‘The reason we have so many things screwed up around here … because you have a bunch of people who have been government bureaucrats their whole life,’ he said.
“‘For the vast majority who work in government, if you stay home from work like Scott Kubly advises, nothing grinds to a halt. For those of us that work in the private sector, we don’t have that luxury of just taking a mid-week day off so we can accommodate the visit by the Chinese president. I think Scott Kubly has no idea what it’s like.’
“How is a fireman supposed to telecommute, or a waitress? Dori asked.”
Notably, Socialist Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant—the person who proudly participates in the annual May Day protests—is silent on the Chinese president’s visit. Stirring up animosity toward Seattle’s police and businesses prior to the May Day protests, Sawant said, “At the same time, all working people are under attack. The corporations and the super-wealthy are celebrating billions in profits while the rest of us face skyrocketing poverty and inequality…”
Sawant’s hypocrisy is stunning, which is perhaps why she fits in so well with other Washington State Democrats. She so readily criticizes American businesses that abide by humane work practices, yet is silent when a communist ruler who presides over one of the world’s worst human right offenders visits Seattle.
Exactly why our extended family all moved out of Seattle & suburbs. The elites think they are entitled, don’t they? Watch the implode from afar while the communist snake chews it’s own tail. Shutting down the city for Hussein & friends is just the tip of iceburg. . .
Notably, Socialist Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant—the person who proudly participates in the annual May Day protests—is silent on the Chinese president’s visit.
Please do try to keep up:
SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant held a press conference today denouncing the systematic violation of democratic rights, human rights in general, and workers’ rights in particular by the Chinese government and US corporations operating in China. In an open letter to President Xi, Councilmember Sawant called on Mayor Ed Murray and Governor Jay Inslee to discuss these issues with the Chinese President. The letter was signed by:
Kshama Sawant, Seattle City Councilmember
Dawn Gearhart, Teamsters Local 117
Paul Bigman, Executive Board, Martin Luther King County Labor Council (for identification purposes only)
Reverend Rich Lang, District Superintendent, Seattle/King County United Methodist Church
Glad to see there’s something on which Shift agrees with labor leaders and Council Member Kshama Sawant.