“Well, well, well, if it isn’t the consequences of my own actions.” That’s the theme of a new video out of Portland that shows the city’s residents complaining about the state of things.
Journalist Andy Ngo, who chronicles Antifa aggression across the country (but got his start in Portland), released the clip showcasing a series of people whining about homeless encampments in the city. Worse, anytime contractors try to clean up and sanitize the areas in question, Antifa attack them with no reprisal from Portland officials.
There are two ways to respond to this as someone from the outside looking in. I could recognize that these people are in a tough position, having no real way to enact immediate change as their neighborhoods are destroyed by homeless encampments that bring with them rampant crime and even sickness. Conversely, I could note that Portland is one of the bluest, far-left cities in America and that its residents, including likely everyone in that video, continually vote for Democrats who do nothing but make the situation worse.
Take a guess at what response I’m going with.
In 2020, Portland’s mayoral contest came down to a radical Democrat named Ted Wheeler and an open communist named Sarah Iannarone. Those two candidates gained 86 percent of the vote, with the communist only losing by less than six percent (40.76 percent of the total vote).
There’s a certain meme online about sowing and reaping that I’m not going to post (because of the language used), but I think you can figure out the overall theme. It’s all fun and games when you are virtue signaling by voting for a communist and talking about marginalized groups. It’s a different ballgame when the homeless encampment takes over your neighborhood and makes it unsafe for your kids to go outside while your home is devalued. Suddenly, being woke isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, is it?
And frankly, unless Portland voters change their voting habits and stop electing Democrat officials who value anarchy over order, they deserve no sympathy. You get what you vote for, and that’s never been more true than in this situation. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result. Voters who are fed up are welcome to show they aren’t insane in the next election. Until that happens, good luck to them.