"What we do know is that Washington officials have completely lost control of the CHAZ, and they won’t get it back without exerting force. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has tried to negotiate with these protesters without success, and the protesters haven’t shown signs of budging. Peaceful or not, this is anarchy. And the only reason Seattle protesters have gotten away with it is that law enforcement hasn’t been able to challenge them.
This is what happens when you remove policing from the picture. If we do not have a way to enforce our laws, then any number of citizens could do what these protesters are doing and create their own autonomous zones, make up its rules, and force other citizens to obey them. Last I checked, we considered such behavior unacceptable.
And it is, which is why Democrats and other activists should think twice before supporting “defund the police,” a movement that would ultimately like to see law enforcement abolished or at least crippled. If this movement has its way, the lawlessness will not stay in Seattle. It will spread, and it will lead to violence." Washington Examiner
The mayor of Seattle says that the seizure and occupation of a portion of downtown Seattle is OK by her. She predicts that Seattle may now experience a "summer of love" and that Trump should stay in his besieged bunker in Washington and mind his own business.
The "Capital Hill Autonomous Zone" (CHAZ) has defined its present borders, installed border guards and is taxing (extorting) business and people within its territory. The mayor of Seattle and the governor of Washington State (soon to be renamed) are notorious leftists as are many citizens resident in the city and state.
What is being affected in Seattle is de facto secession from the United States. This differs from the secession of the Confederate States in 1861 in that it is the states that are the contracting parties in the US constitutional union and not cities or parts of states.
The US Congress some years ago created US Northern Command with headquarters in Colorado for the purpose of defending the US against threats both external and internal. It is one of the Unified Commands that are subordinate to POTUS and below him to SECDEF. Like the other Unified commands it has no troops of its own but has numerous contingency plans under which troops will be made available to it on order. Nearby at Tacoma there is Ft. Lewis which has most of the 2nd Infantry Division in garrison. when Trump says that he could take action against the CHAZ rebellion, he has the means. The question arises as to whether the chain of command would obey him considering that General Milley has expressed the tenderness of his feelings with regard to the use of troops to suppress disturbances. I have pointed out that federal troops (not the NG) have been used 14 times since the end of the Indian Wars to suppress unrest but, this is evidently of no concern to Milley or Fightin' Jack Keane who supports Milley.
I ask you pilgrims, if secession is allowed in Seattle, why would various discontented groups not attempt it elsewhere? pl