Private citizen puts Seattle City Council in its place when members won’t even ‘look up’ from their ‘computers and give attention’

The Blaze: A man took to the microphone for the public comment period at last week’s Seattle City Council meeting, looked at the members seated high in their chairs in front of him, and hit the elected officials with an observation that should’ve roused them to attention.

“It’s real discouraging to come up here and see all the heads down, it’s like,” he said before presiding Councilmember Debora Juarez interrupted him, KTTH-AM reported.

“Sir, you’re on a two-minute timer here, so let’s go,” Juarez — who’s seated third from the right in video screenshots — replied.




The man stared in silence for a few moments, apparently not quite sure if he heard correctly. But he did.

Councilmember Mike O’Brien looked up from his phone, the station said, noting that councilmembers Kshama Sawant and Lorena Gonzalez swiped and typed on theirs.

The man asked Juarez if his time could be restarted; she said no.

“So it was unreasonable for me to ask that people look up and give me their attention?” he asked, after which Juarez informed him he only had a minute and 30 seconds left.

The man folded his prepared statement, noting he had planned on discussing the “state of our democracy” — and a loud sigh was heard. It isn’t clear who was losing patience. Watch

32 Comments on Private citizen puts Seattle City Council in its place when members won’t even ‘look up’ from their ‘computers and give attention’

  1. Saw this yesterday. Even after being called out they continued and in my opinion doubled down on their arrogance. Unfortunately the left is the majority in Portland politics.

  2. Those arrogant pieces of crap on the city council. We need to raise some money and round up as many homeless people we can and drop them off in the neighborhoods of these council members. Then tell each of the homeless persons that we drop off that every day they are there, someone will be dropping off a hot meal and $10 for drinks. And then really do it. Once the word spreads the homeless will parading to those neighborhoods.

  3. If anyone here had grown up there in the 50’s and 60’s as I did, you’d be as heartbroken as I am now. It once was a wonderful place where we didn’t lock our doors, could walk downtown day or night to shop or watch movies, take pride in the birthplace of The Boeing Airplane Company and its role in WWII, marvel at our huge fishing fleet, our port full of ships, our incredible mountains, forests and waters (100 lb. King salmon!), and most of all, our feelings toward fellow Seattlites who believed in the law, their kids, their town’s civility and their common future.

  4. Kirkland, WA. is a well to do Seattle suburb right on Lake Washington. Seems like every year the Master Builders Association raffles off the Street of Dreams home there. I enter every year, and if I win I promise to make this million dollar home on a double lot a homeless shelter. I can’t wait to hear the crying, wealthy libs complaining about that. All I have to do is win.

  5. Is the city council given any major perks or payment? If so I think the removal of those would be a great solution to this.
    It’s like punishing a spoiled child.
    You want your privileges back?
    Then do your job right.

  6. I don’t know the man, but I’d guess that he is a 70 year old liberal and well educated, who expected respect from the liberals on the throne. I doubt those caitiffs know who George Orwell was. He made a great point and left. They ought to be ashamed, but I doubt they are.
    This should go viral. Link anyone?

  7. He was a little too meek. He should have addressed them with a booming voice to wake their snotty asses up then continued. That snotty bitch pissed me off just listening to how she spoke down her nose to the man.
    “We’re just going through the motions sir we really don’t give a fucking shit what you have to say”.

  8. I’d love to be a fly on the wall just to hear what these haughty City Tit-Sucking Parasites say about the people before and after these sessions! I’ll bet it isn’t pretty!

  9. @joe6pak Redmond has the start of its own tent encampment and I wonder how long it will stay. It’s a block over from Microsoft’s RedWest on a triangle of grass at a busy intersection. I was very surprised when I drove past it. They have their own pea pod garden and rain barrels…probably stolen from the Home Depot across the street.

  10. “Some day the peasants will revolt against these elitist fuckers, and it won’t be nice.”

    Not the fuckers in Seattle. They don’t have guns.

  11. You know what’s funny? When the collapse comes — and it will — leftist hypocrites like those on the city council will break out their secret illegal cache of the very same firearms that they can’t stand the thought of anyone else legally owning. Probably won’t do them much good, though.

  12. His TACTIC is what got us here.

    He dared to ask for attention first prior to proceeding, as they WERE looking at their devices, NOT at the person in front of them. Simply RUDE and ARROGANT and ELITIST.


    @ Gin – he was nervous given he was up against Napolean from Animal Farm.

    @ Moe – if your profile of him is correct, which I can see, the ride home must have been a loooong one…hopefully he stopped at the bar.

  13. Illust8r, Redmond? That’s kind of surprising, I bet it doesn’t last long. They have property values to consider, you know.

  14. I would have told them my time starts when every ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE was looking at me and paying attention.

  15. @ Peter – THAT is exactly what he asked them to do!

    Again, tactic – he pointed out the fact that a symPathetic previous speaker got more time and he wanted HIS FREAKING TIME.

    This is a watershed vid moment IMO. When I first checked this earlier today, it was under 250k hits, then when I first saw on IOTW, over 350k, then I just went back and it is about to go over 400K.

    “Now you have a minute and thirty seconds…”

    Look up Twilight Zone, Obsolete Man, a Burgess Meredith classic.


  16. I’d guess the guy is a liberal. Beard, probable pony tail in back. Looks like a teacher. And, it’s Seattle.

    He’s getting a taste of his own medicine, and doesn’t like it. I like what he did, though.

  17. I was talking to a cop two weeks ago, and we started talking about all the anti-gun laws being shovel through. He said it really burned the cops that the city big wigs called them to have more armed protection.

  18. Toenex. Now that’s a great point. The scumbags are scared, but want to be elected so they can suck on the public teat. I’d like to find out how many NYPD officers are assigned to protect the NYC Council, who just voted to abandon ICE? I’ll try to find out.

  19. I fell bad for that guy. These elitist will be sucking the hind teat when there’s no viable money left to tax. Maybe agofundme account would be good to move the old gent out of there. He could finish his time in a more hospitable location while the young file in to fight… if there is such a thing.


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