The date is June 8, 2020.
The place is a few neighborhood blocks located in Seattle, Washington.
The time . . . otherworldly.
An assembled mob cordons off approximately six blocks of land in the downtown section of the city. No longer wishing to be part of the United States, the group declares that the land it has seized is now a sovereign nation.
The land is then christened with an official sounding name, CHAZ, which the mob explains stands for "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone."
Other details about the nation-in-formation quickly emerge, such as CHAZ is not subject to local, state, or federal laws.
Strict borders are in place. So are armed guards.
There is even a self-proclaimed "warlord."
Many might think that the events described above could never really happen in America.
Many might also think that even if such things were ever to occur, elected leaders at the local and state levels would surely jump into action to right the wrongs.
No — they haven’t.
In fact, Washington’s Democratic Governor Jay Inslee recently became the subject of ridicule when he pretended to be unaware of the fiasco that was taking place in the largest city in his state. His feigned ignorance was on display for all to see.
So was the CHAZ story, which was being covered by every media outlet globally.
In the land outside of the CHAZ borders, meaning the actual city of Seattle, Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkan was engaging in a little pretend of her own. Not only did she abdicate her responsibility as mayor of all of the constituents in her city, she decided to play head-cheerleader for the lawless mob, which had taken over city blocks, and the police precinct to boot.
Despite numerous credible reports of CHAZ residents brandishing weapons and damaging public and private property, Durkan continued to flaunt her obliviousness.
During a CNN appearance with Chris Cuomo, Durkan described the armed takeover of her city as a mere "block party."
When Cuomo asked how long she intended to allow the illegal occupation of the city to continue, her response was cavalier to the nth degree.
"I don’t know. We could have a summer of love," Durkan responded.
Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant went further than both the governor and mayor. During a recent CNN appearance, Sawant used phrases such as "incredible movement" and "incredibly inspiring" to describe the CHAZ occupation.
Meanwhile local Seattle residents are suffering.
They are in dire need of help.
Reportedly, there is a mafia-style "protection racket" going on, with shakedowns and other criminal activity inflicted on average ordinary people who are unlucky enough to have been swept up in the leftist vortex.
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best informed her officers via a video address that the police had "received reports that these armed people may be demanding payment from business owners in exchange for some of that protection."
As a law enforcement professional, Best seems to be expressing the frustration felt by so many with regard to the governor and mayor, who are allowing criminal behavior to go unabated — and unchecked.
"We’ve also heard that they may be demanding to see identification from people who live in the area," Best said.
Extremist groups who have lassoed the land are engaging in another form of extortion in their submission of a ludicrous list of demands. They are seeking, among other things, the complete removal of police, new trials for convicts of color, the racial segregation of hospitals, and free college tuition.
Best also indicated that the CHAZ takeover has caused police response times to be tripled because of the occupation.
"These are responses to emergency calls — rapes, robberies, and all sorts of violent acts that have been occurring in the area that we’re not able to get to," Best said.
President Donald Trump has made it clear that if the local elected leaders continue to fail to act, he will provide the necessary help.
The president has the legal authority to intervene militarily using the Insurrection Act of 1807. There have been scores of times that prior presidents have done just that. In the 20th century alone, there were more than a dozen such uses.
—Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, and Dwight Eisenhower, each invoked the Insurrection Act one time.
—President George W. Bush did so twice.
—Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson each invoked the act four times.
Although Democrats and their media allies are claiming that the commander in chief must be invited before he can provide federal military remedies, the president does not necessarily need a governor to issue a request before using the military for domestic law enforcement.
The legislation itself grants the president broad discretion in making his decision.
Use of the military involves risks, which include injury and sometimes loss of life. As has been the pattern for President Trump going all the way back to the 2016 election, the mainstream media are going to find a way to blame him anyway, for positives, negatives, and everything in between.
So whose land is it anyway? Not a mob of leftists, that’s for sure.
James Hirsen, J.D., M.A., in media psychology, is a New York Times best-selling author, media analyst, and law professor. Visit Newsmax TV Hollywood. Read James Hirsen's Reports — More Here.
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