Today, Attorney General of the United States William Barr has declared Portland an “Anarchist Jurisdiction”. This means that the Federal Government can legally hold back federal funds, grants, and any other monies going into the city of Portland. Portland will likely sue for the designation, but with little recourse, as they were given plenty of opportunity to change and did not.
The memo further ordered the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to recommend guidance on restricting funding to those cities deemed “anarchist jurisdictions.” The memo also outlined what cities had to do to get out from under the title assigned to them, and that was that they had to enforce and prosecute the laws protecting citizens, and property.
With over 100 days of straight riots, a killing, officers injured, and a Federal Courthouse attacked multiple times, with Mayor Wheeler sending a letter, telling the President he was refusing federal aid, then himself participating in the riots, Oregon has been severely wounded by Portland’s actions, as this will likely affect the entire state.
At least 74 individuals are facing federal charges for committing crimes while demonstrating in Portland, the DOJ said. With many of them facing more than 20 years in prison for multiple Federal Offenses. Our state should have policed itself, not been forced to do it by President Trump, don’t get me wrong, Trump is correct in enforcing the federal laws. It is our own state government and the city government of Portland and Multnomah Counties that should be ashamed and held accountable criminally for not enforcing existing laws.
It was not just Portland that got the letter, but Seattle Washington, and New York City New
York as well. Rightfully so too they should have, with the ever growing violence sweeping the streets, demands for defunding of the police, and an apparent lack of discipline among the populace, it is high time the federal government held back any federal funding until cities started performing their basic duties under governmental requirements. Ted Wheeler, Mike Schmidt and Governor Brown need to be arrested and charged with Official Misconduct for failing to enforce the laws fairly among all people and to even provide the basic services to the people of Portland.
Mike Schmidt, the Multnomah County District Attorney has said that there are more than 550 cases referred to his office for prosecution for the riots. He said these cases are felonies and that it is likely that the even more numerous misdemeanor charges on people for failing to disperse will likely not be prosecuted. Mike was interviewed on August 11th of this year he was likely to not even prosecute 400 of those cases he is referred which are felonies. He went on to say that when people are violating the law at the protests but not violent they will not be prosecuted.
None of the Oregon Democrats at the Federal Level have condemned the violence in Portland, Senators Wyden and Merkley all but encourage it, with Senator Merkley facing a Re-election campaign this year against Jo Rae Perkins who has condemned the violence in Portland, the choice is clear for conservative minded people.
Senator Merkley said with regards to Trump filling the Supreme Court seat that “nothing” is off the table with regards to resistance, which means he is encouraging the rioting and perhaps even further action, the “nothing is off the table” he is talking about includes civil war. Think about that, a sitting Senator encouraging resistance in an unlimited manner, this happened one other time, and that was in 1860 and 1861, when resistance unlimited by the Democrats meant the south went to war with the north. The Southern Democrats did not want to give up their slaves and were tired of the North’s industrialized victimization of the South’s resources, this time it is because they do not like a President who stands up to them.
Recall attempts in Oregon on Governor Brown had repeatedly failed, the last one failing by less than 3,000 signatures. Clearly a portion of Oregon, (pretty much anywhere not Portland) are not happy with Kate Brown and Ted Wheeler, if Oregon could give Portland to Washington we should immediately do so.
Written by Stephan Ball