Former Democratic Party Candidate for the 42nd and current Non-Partisan County Executive Satpal Sidhu rips the “far right” for the nation’s troubles in his first paragraph but condemns violence of any kind by either right wing or left-wing extremists and agrees that both side’s “extremist” have “taken up the oxygen in the room” on moving forward.

Here is the full text of his statement:


This is a sad day for our nation and a glaring signal that our democratic system is in serious danger. This threat did not spring up overnight. It is the result of many years of poisonous rhetoric from a small minority of extremists on the far right. New media of the digital age have allowed these messages, laced with fear and conspiracy, to take hold in the hearts and minds of people across America, including in our community. It’s not easy to accept that a US president has repeatedly made false claims about the results of the election and urged others to overturn the will of ‘we the people.’

County Executive Satpal Singh Sidhu

I condemn violence of any kind by either right-wing or left-wing extremists. Our loyalty as United States citizens must first and foremost be to our nation, to our democracy, which respects the legitimacy of the will of voters. Party affiliation and personal preferences must be secondary. Unfortunately, small but vocal minorities on both sides of the political spectrum have taken up all the oxygen in the room. As a community with diverse histories and perspectives, we must reject divisive and extremist positions that seek to tear us apart. Instead, we must focus on our common interests and goals and our shared values and aspirations.

The word ‘freedom’ seems at times divorced from its meaning and value. Freedom does not stand alone or exist in a vacuum. Rather it is a consequence of the practice of responsibility, honesty, integrity and discipline. Like a capricious and beautiful flower, it blooms only when the conditions and care are right. You must prepare the soil, plant the seed, provide water and nutrients, pull out the weeds and ensure the right amount of sunshine. None of these elements constitute a flower, but without any of them no flower will grow. So too is our freedom! If we want to have and enjoy our freedom, we must practice responsibility, honesty, integrity and discipline, which means avoiding empty and inflammatory rhetoric.

We have a lot of hard work to do this year, and we can get through it happier, healthier and more prosperous if we work in unison, finding common ground, recognizing the humanity of others and acting out of kindness. E pluribus unum—Out of many, one— the motto of the United States, should be at the forefront of our thoughts as we come together to live, work and govern in Whatcom County.”

 

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  1. Answer to Satpal Sidhu,
    “It is the result of many years of poisonous rhetoric from a small minority of extremists on the far right.” Nonsense.

    Acceptable acts of domestic terrorism in the United States according to the democrats & radical left wing media :
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    • Live Streaming the murder of a black Retired St. Louis Police captain killed after responding to a pawnshop alarm during looting– David Dorn.
    • Vandalizing the “Veteran Affairs Headquarters,” in Washington, DC.
    • Vandalizing the “Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute,” in Washington, DC.
    • Vandalizing, barricading and attempting to set fire to the “Hatfield Courthouse” while Federal Officers were inside.
    • Vandalizing and attempting to burn down “Richmond Federal Courthouse” in Virginia.
    • Vandalizing, looting and attempting to burn down the “Portland Federal Building,” in Oregon.
    • Vandalizing the “Robert Nix Federal Building,” in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    • Vandalizing the “Federal Detention Center,” in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    • Vandalizing the “State Capital Building,” in Salt Lake City, Utah.
    • Burning, looting and vandalizing the “Multnomah Federal Building,” in Portland, Oregon.
    • Rioting and vandalizing surrounding areas of the “Lincoln Memorial,” in Washington, DC.
    • Vandalizing and destroying monuments at the “National Mall of History,” in Washington, DC.
    • Breaching and taking over the “Hart Senate Office Building,” while rioters broke into Senator Grassley’s office, on Capital Hill.
    • Live-streaming death threats to the President of the United States, in front of the White House.
    • Attempting to Breach the White House!!!
    • Setting fire to the “Union Police Station,” in Portland, Oregon.
    • Burning down and vandalizing almost a dozen Historical Churches.
    • Vandalizing and destroying Elvis Presley’s “Graceland,” in Tennessee.
    • Defacing a monument dedicated to “Marcus Daly,” in Montana.
    • Vandalizing a memorial for the Fallen Kansas City Police Officers, in Kansas City, Missouri.
    • Defacing the “9/11 Memorial,” in Washingtonville, New York.
    • Beheading the “Virgin Mary Statue,” in Gary, Indiana.
    • Destroying “The Ten Commandments Memorial,” in Kalispell, Montana.
    • Vandalizing and destroying “Soldiers Monument,” in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
    • Vandalizing and destroying the “Civil War Monument,” in Denver, Colorado.
    • Vandalizing and destroying the “Union Veterans Monument,” in Saratoga, New York.
    • Sealing the doors to the “Portland Police Station” and setting the building on fire with officers inside, in Portland, Oregon.
    • Setting Fire Departments and Medical Facilities on fire, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
    • Blocking fire trucks from entering a Richmond, Virginia neighborhood where a fire was set to a home with an infant inside.
    • Shooting and killing a black man named “Bernell Trammell,” for supporting and selling Pro-Trump merchandise.
    • Illegally and forcibly entering and terrorizing Government Officials homes & property.
    • Blocking ambulance entrances from gaining access to the Emergency Rooms, for injured officers.
    • Boarding up Businesses with Employees inside and setting buildings on fire, in Long Beach, California.
    • Chasing, harassing, intimidating and assaulting US Government Officials, after a White House event.
    • Hunting, chasing and murdering a Trump supporter, in Portland, Oregon.
    • Taking over city blocks, barricading residents inside and committing acts of assault, rape and murder.
    • Taking over and block off dozens of interstate highways and roadways.
    • Drive-by shootings at several Trump Rally locations.
    • Throwing fireworks, Molotov cocktails and bricks at law enforcement and National Guardsmen.
    . . . and that’s just a drop in the bucket of 2020.
    WHERE WAS THE OUTRAGE?!

    • Well put. And instead of blaming ‘far right’, ‘far left’ or ANYONE, let’s do what Satpal says further down in his article: work in unison, finding common ground, recognizing the humanity of others and acting out of kindness. E pluribus unum—Out of many, one— the motto of the United States, should be at the forefront of our thoughts as we come together to live, work and govern in Whatcom County.
      Satpal, if you leave off the ‘far right’ alligations in the future, it will be easier for us to agree with you.

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