Back when the Internal Revenue Service was effectively weaponized by the Obama administration to go after political opponents in the short-lived tea party movement, little did Americans know that this was setting a standard for Democrats.
Today, no one blinks an eye when the U.S. House of Representatives is used as a tool to try to remove a president from the opposing party, along with the U.S. intelligence apparatus, so it should come as no surprise when Democrat-controlled state and local governments emulate what the party does in Washington, DC.
Look no further than Portland, Oregon, where Democrats are eager to show solidarity with those in Texas fighting for the right to kill unborn babies — given that the city has been all but controlled by violent anarchists and Antifa thugs, one might think officials there would have more pressing matters to deal with.
In response to the Supreme Court not blocking a restrictive law in Texas that prevents most abortions after six weeks, the city council in the beleaguered city of Portland will consider an emergency resolution this week to ban future travel, goods and services from the Lone Star state, Fox News reported.
Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler said in a statement that a vote will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 8, to prevent “future procurement of goods and services from, and City employee business travel to, the state of Texas.”
“The Portland City Council stands unified in its belief that all people should have the right to choose if and when they carry a pregnancy and that the decisions they make are complex, difficult, and unique to their circumstances,” Wheeler said. “The ban will be in effect until the state of Texas withdraws its unconstitutional ban on abortion or until it is overturned in court. City legal counsel is currently evaluating the legal aspects of this proposed resolution.”
This being a page out of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy.”
Wheeler, an economics major with a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard, fancies himself a legal authority as well, panning the Texas law.
“This law does not demonstrate concern for the health, safety, and well-being of those who may become pregnant,” he said in the statement. “This law does not recognize or show respect for the human rights of those who may become pregnant. This law rewards private individuals for exercising surveillance and control over others’ bodies. It violates the separation of church and state. And, it will force people to carry pregnancies against their will.”
The mayor proclaimed that Portland stands with the Supreme Court’s liberal faction, plus Chief Justice John Roberts, “who fought to block this attack on the reproductive rights, freedom, and autonomy of people across the country,” and urged Democrats around the country to follow in their footsteps.
“We urge other leaders and elected bodies around the nation to join us in condemning the actions of the Texas state government,” he said. “Portland City Council stands with the people who may one day face difficult decisions about pregnancy, and we respect their right to make the best decision for themselves.”
Closer to home, crime and homicides have surged in Portland since the city council dismantled a police gun violence unit as part of its “Defund the Police” efforts, which included cutting $15 million from their budget. In March, Mayor Wheeler scrambled to resurrect a new police unit, giving it a nice progressive-sounding name, “Focused Initiative Team.”
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