Seattle Socialist

Venezuela’s socialist revolution is working out so incredibly well that Seattle has decided to follow suit. The city recently elected its first Socialist Councilmember, Kshama Sawant, and she’s already out in public supporting the kind of actions that lead to rolling brownouts, toilet paper shortages (which produces more brown in places you don’t want it), and businessmen who literally have to sell their products at arbitrary prices while guns are pointed at their backs.

Kshama Sawant’s first order of business? Letting the world know that private property rights are merely an obstacle to her socialist utopia — she thinks Boeing’s union members should “take over” the factories if they don’t get their way in an ongoing contract dispute.

“The workers should take over the factories, and shut down Boeing’s profit-making machine,” Sawant announced to a cheering crowd of union supporters in Seattle’s Westlake Park Monday night. …

“The only response we can have if Boeing executives do not agree to keep the plant here is for the machinists to say the machines are here, the workers are here, we will do the job, we don’t need the executives. The executives don’t do the work, the machinists do,” Ms. Sawant said.

Sawant calls that “democratic ownership,” topping it all off with: “We can re-tool the machines to produce mass transit like buses, instead of destructive, you know, war machines,” she told KIRO 7.

To the Socialist, Holocaust-denying mullah’s in the Middle East or Chinese state-sponsored hackers should not prompt a nation to provide for the common defense because the “real” bad guys are the businessmen right here at home. The real enemies of America are Americans — particularly those who hold dear to antiquated ideas like “private property” and “individual liberty.” In the Socialist utopia, people should be paid to dig ditches and fill them back up again, and they should be transported to in from work every day packed in buses like glorious sardines. To fight this vision for the world is to fight progress.

To recap: Boeing seeks a contract that would result in work for eight years on the new 777X airliner — provided that new employees go without a guaranteed pension — and if that doesn’t come to pass then the employees should forcibly take over the factories. Got it. It would be smart for Boeing to run — fast — from Seattle, if an absolute disregard for private property is what gets people elected in the city these days.

There are individuals who have zero fidelity to the rights enshrined the in the Declaration of Independence and codified into law by the Constitution, and these days there are enclaves where they have considerable political power. The real enemies of freedom are not the job creators, but those who actively encourage captive audiences to take the law into their own hands, using Orwellian euphemisms like “democratic ownership” to describe theft and criminality.

Gandalf, from ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” says it well: “We’ve been blind. And in our blindness, our enemy has returned.”

Gandalf We have been blind
“We’ve been blind. And in our blindness, our enemy has returned.” — Gandalf

Returned? They never went away.

Perhaps Thomas Jefferson says it best: “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.”

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

11 comments

  1. Yeesh. Just what we need, a socialist in power in one of America’s major cities. She hits all the progressive notes, with her insistence that American businessmen are the “enemy;” she could probably write for Hollywood, because that’s the only types of villains they’re capable of creating.

    Then again, it’s Seattle, which isn’t exactly a sane place. Their school district is pretty nutty, in that they teach kids that being color-blind is “racist.”

  2. As I read your piece, I kept waiting for you to say “Just Kidding!!”. But no. This woman is real, and her socialist agenda is real, and our way of life is truly and certainly under vicious assault.

    I blame one man for leading our nation further down this collectivist path: Barack Hussein Obama, a man raised in Indonesia and mentored throughout his life by hard-core actual Communists (who hated or hate the United States).

    He actually proclaimed “You didn’t build that”, which could have easily been said by Lenin or Stalin (it probably was).

    She is but a ripple emanating from his Socialist meteor-sized splash in the ocean of our country, and so we must resist, RESIST THIS MADNESS!!

    1. He actually proclaimed “You didn’t build that.” which could have easily been said by Lenin or Stalin (it probably was).

      I remember that line well. It inflicted some pain on his reelection campaign, but then we had to move on to more important things — like how Mitt Romney apparently wanted to outlaw abortion…or something.

      Indeed, it is madness. I’m glad some people see it.

    2. Whoa…I mean…whoa…

      I mean…I can sorta, kinda, maybe, not really, see New Yorkers voting for De Blasio because, well, despite having a VERY obvious Communist past and VERY obviously being one who waves a hammer and sickle on high…he didn’t run as one.

      But…this…

      Electing an OPENLY SOCIALIST…no…and person who OPENLY waves a hammer and sickle on high…

      Douglas…how dumb is Seattle? Why has it come down to this? Why do we even have Unions?

    3. Douglas…how dumb is Seattle? Why has it come down to this? Why do we even have Unions?

      Yeah, it’s pretty scary that there are people who are openly Socialist today who aren’t laughed out of the room.

      In regards to unions, they had their day and did play an important role as it pertains to improving working conditions for countless Americans. However, we’re all familiar with the tactics they use that, to put it nicely, go too far.

      Unions have a place in America, even today, but their role is greatly diminished. I believe they’ve gained strength in the public sector in recent years, but not so much in the private sector. Even in “blue” Wisconsin voters realized that the unions were out of control.

    4. I do, too. That line was ridiculous and it did do some damage, but like you said, they moved on to that phony “War on Women” nonsense and how Mitt Romney was apparently going to force women to have abortions or something. They brought up something that was resolved in the early 1970s (Roe vs Wade) and used to make monolithic LIVs angry.

  3. Okay now that the commies already own ten percent of the American auto industry let’s hand them one of the strongest pieces of manufacturing this country has left. If the unions actually manage to take control what happens? Is the company going to survive? Is a new plane going to roll out in the next 20 years? No because this made up common enemy of everyone who has a wallet the workers will all start fighting each other over every little thing and nothing will get done. Is it so hard to actually learn from the past?

    1. When I’ve said in the past that I feel bad for him, I really do. He is making a conscious decision to behave the way he does. Luckily, this is my blog and I’m under no obligation to have to deal with his immaturity.

    2. He really needs to grow up, find the help he needs, and get a life. Adults do not spend time harassing people on the internet, such as calling them bottom feeders that suck down corporate cash and telling them they should never procreate. That’s something overgrown children do, like those who never mentally advanced beyond elementary school.

  4. Lizard19 wants to continue his immature ways. His comment has been deleted. I think I said I’d double his ban last time. Let’s do that. That would be a return date of May 1 if he decides to grow up between now and then.

    His comment has been deleted. Up until now I haven’t made it so that his comments immediately go into the trash, but that might have to change.

    Note to Lizard19: You have serious issues. Please work though them. Spend some time with your child. Do something healthy.

    Even my method of banning you (i.e., really just sort of a “penalty box” as seen in hockey games) displayed patience. It’s running out. Although, I guess since I’m doubling your ban each time it won’t be long before you do yourself in. You have no one to blame but yourself.

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