Voter delivers devastating takedown of Seattle Council’s disinterest in listening to the public.
Wow, that was very belittling behavior by the elected city council. Apparently, they seem to have forgotten they’re public servants. This guy was very respectful, humble and honest.
They were not. Their behavior speaks volumes. This is the arrogance we’ve allowed to take root.
Public comment periods at any council meeting tend to be a mixed bag of professional activists and mentally unstable people showing up to yell.
But every once and awhile you get someone who hopes to earnestly discuss an issue that’s important to them and others. When that person comes, you expect a council to at least put down their phones for 120 seconds and show some modicum of respect, even if the person shows up frequently.
Unless, of course, you’re an elitist on the Seattle City Council that doesn’t care what you say or think.
In a video spreading on Facebook, a man is shown at a March 11 public comment period to discuss the state of our Democracy, but he didn’t get a chance to make his comments.
He was instantly ignored by a disinterested council. That disturbed him.
The man asked the council to actually look at him while he was speaking. Instead of paying attention, Councilwoman Debora Juarez scolds the man for wasting his 120 seconds while others, like Kshama Sawant and Lorena Gonzalez were swiping and typing on their cell phones, not caring what the man had to say. He’s not a professional activist bussed in to back some union-driven agenda; he’s not a donor to a campaign. He is just a Seattle voter and, in this city, these voices don’t matter. More
I’ve noticed this contempt among many city councils with their constituents but especially so in liberal utopias such as Seattle, Portland, and Austin.
The fact that they are permitted to have their personal phones up there is completely disrespectful. Might I suggest that the Wifi should be shut off during city council meetings so they do their job of listening to the people?
We are a Republic or at least supposed to be one, here nor there, the gentleman is correct, the lack of courtesy, respect, desire to hear what others are saying is everywhere, especially from the people who are in charge.