(770 KTTH) – A Democrat candidate for congress is calling for mass lawlessness to send a message to the “corporate elite.”
Far-left activist Rebecca Parson’s campaign calls for a federal minimum wage of $30 an hour, calling it the “bare minimum” to afford basics like housing, healthcare, and food. Until that becomes reality, Parson is asking Americans to illegally occupy the vacant private property of their choosing. She says this will end homelessness.
This isn’t a new strategy for Parson. Organizations she works with or endorses have used homeless people — human props to pursue her ideological agenda — to break the law and occupy hotel rooms they haven’t paid for or even abandoned buildings that were deemed unsafe for visitors.
The digital campaign ad features an angry Parson, living in her car, taking matters into her own hands with a pair of bolt cutters as she destroys a fence and moves into an abandoned home.
“We’re on the edge of collapse. The corporate elite tell us not to worry. But what has doing what they told us ever gotten us? I did what they told me. I went to college, I got a master’s degree, I ended up living in my car,” Parson declares to a soundtrack of Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name Of.”
Parson reportedly moved to Tacoma in 2015, when the average one-bedroom rent was only $950 a month. Still, despite her master’s degree in poetry (which, despite her ad’s claims, “corporate elite” doesn’t generally recommend as a good investment) from Johns Hopkins University, she apparently struggled to find housing.
She says in the ad that she “did what she was supposed to” in order to fight for change, including attend protests, write letters, and make phone calls. But she didn’t get anywhere.
“F*** that!” Parson declares.
The candidate then grabs a pair of bolt cutters she randomly sleeps with in her car, cuts through a fence around a bank foreclosed home, then occupies the home.
“Imagine that I propose a housing for all bill in Congress,” Parson says. “Then imagine you, me, and a million of our friends took action and occupied empty houses nationwide. They couldn’t ignore us. No one has ever done anything like this. That’s why it’s going to work. Are you ready?”
She’s been ready for a while, though. Parson has engaged in this tactic in the past while claiming to help the homeless.
The minimum wage shouldn’t be $7.25. It shouldn’t be $15. It should be $30.
— Rebecca Parson for Congress, WA-06 (@RebeccaforWA) May 19, 2022
$30 is the bare minimum in every county in the US for an adult with a kid to afford housing, food, healthcare, basic necessities. No vacations, no eating out. Those are the facts and no amount of praying to Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman will change that.
— Rebecca Parson for Congress, WA-06 (@RebeccaforWA) May 20, 2022
Parson’s dangerous history
WA-06, which includes Tacoma, Port Angeles, and Bremerton, has already experienced Parson’s occupy strategy in action.
A group of homeless people took over a Travelodge motel in Fife for several days in late 2020 and early 2021 thanks to Tacoma Housing Now, which Parson served as a spokesperson. At the time, Parson called the threats of arrest against the people illegally occupying 18 rooms as “Orwellian.” The owner of the motel said it caused the business significant financial loses while already struggling during COVID.
“I’m just devastated,” motel manager Shawn Randhawa told The Tacoma News Tribune. “Because of the protest, I have nothing else. I was barely getting through this pandemic, and now this.”
Weeks earlier, Tacoma Housing Now broke into Gault Middle School in Tacoma. They declared that they “took” it for emergency housing for the homeless.
“Our primary demand is for the school district and the city of Tacoma to work together to put this building into a community land trust,” Parson said at the time.
But Parson helped put the lives of the homeless in danger. The dilapidated building was declared uninhabitable — filled with mold and asbestos requiring hazmat suits for anyone who enters.
Mass lawlessness is at least on brand for Democrats
The strategy of mass lawlessness is, at least, a brand that makes sense for Democrats who defend open borders, open-air drug use, and light-to-no punishment for felons. They justify riots as “mostly peaceful protests” because, to them, the ends justify the means.
And her tactics are as extreme as her positions.
Parson is calling for nationwide universal rent control, “community-controlled” housing, and a “declaration of housing as a human right.” While she recommends you trespass and steal homes, Parson also wants to end “often-racist and always-exclusionary single-family zoning.” So, make sure you don’t steal a home a single-family zone, activists.
A poet’s take on the economy
The candidate also demands “at least” $2,000 a month in “direct cash payments to poor and low-income Americans” as part of a universal basic income scheme. Plus, she would mandate the government provide a job to all who wants one, along with free public college and trades school. She does not explain how she’d pay for this.
Parson would have been better off getting a master’s degree in economics rather than poetry.
If her $30 an hour federal minimum wage was implemented, it would lead to mass layoffs and businesses going under. That she thinks a locally owned coffee shop in Forks or corner store on Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood can bear this cost, is remarkable. Perhaps it explains why so few of her donors live in her district.