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Big Trouble in Cracker Paradise

Posted on | February 2, 2024 | Comments Off on Big Trouble in Cracker Paradise

Just a few years ago, Portland, Oregon, was seen as a sort of progressive utopia, and it’s not really a secret why this was so: Portland is the whitest major city in America. Progressives like to talk about “diversity,” but they prefer to admire it from a comfortable distance, you understand.

So you had a lot of white hipsters moving to Portland, which gives them the desirable urban environment without having to deal with large numbers of brown people. Hypocrisy much? Anyway . . .

To say that Portland’s politics leans left is an understatement — Multnomah County gave 79% of its vote to Joe Biden in 2020, and it would have been higher were it not for the fact that about 3% voted for fringe left-wing candidates. The relationship between the whiteness of Portland and the left-wing politics of Portland is not merely coincidental. It is easier to believe socialism “works” in an ethnically homogenous polity (which is why socialism was so popular in places like Sweden). Once “diversity” enters the picture, however, people become suspicious that some groups are benefiting more than others from the collectivist redistribution racket, and the result — in America, at least — is what I’ve called “Missippification.” Pondering state-by-state results and exit-poll data after the 2000 election (Bush v. Gore), I noticed that Mississippi had both (a) one of the highest percentages of black population in the country and (b) the highest percentage of white people voting Republican, rivaled only by South Carolina. The more black people, the more white people vote Republican — this is the factor I call “MIssippification.”

Portland proves this principle in reverse — a predominately white city populated by the kind of left-wing kooks who like Bernie Sanders, but think he’s perhaps too “mainstream” for their taste. It’s no surprise that Portland is a hotbed of “Antifa” radicalism, just like it’s no surprise that Portland has a significant homelessness problem:

An Oregon family armed with fire extinguishers had to repeatedly save their home from fires after homeless squatters set a next-door house ablaze twice in one day.
Jacob Adams said he jumped into action as flames from both infernos threatened to leap over to their Portland property in the latest in a string of terrifying experiences since squatters took over the neighboring structure five years earlier.
“There are fires that have been happening off and on. Major ones. This recent one actually came and set our property on fire,” Adams told Fox 12.
“Within 12 hours of that fire, another fire popped up. My wife was screaming, and propane tanks were igniting off from the fire.” . . .
Portland has been dealing with a long-lasting homeless problem. There are over 6,600 homeless people in Portland across more than 700 encampments.
Although the city’s Mayor Ted Wheeler announced in October [2022] plans to ban the camps, the tent cities have largely remained undisturbed by city officials, including police.
The lax enforcement has allowed squatters to take over homes like the one next door to Adams, despite being served multiple eviction notices.
Over the past five years, Adams said he’s reported multiple thefts — including one culprit he caught stalking off their property with their firewood — drug usage and physical fights inside the rapidly deteriorating home, but to no avail.

See how this works? The leftist politics of Portland encourages and empowers the white trash segment of the population, so drug-addled misfits take over vacant homes and terrorize the neighbors.

What? Did I say drug-addled misfits”?

City officials in the Democratic-run Utopia that is Portland, Oregon, have declared a state of emergency for the downtown area in a desperate bid to address the ongoing fentanyl crisis.

“Our country and our state have never seen a drug this deadly and addictive, and all are grappling with how to respond,” Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek said in a statement.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is between 50 and 100 times more potent than morphine, and is a main driver of the United States’ ongoing opioid epidemic.
According to the Oregon Health Authority, the state experienced more opioid overdose visits to emergency departments and urgent care centers last year compared to previous years, while the Portland Police Department’s Bureau of Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit saw a 75% increase in notifications of overdose deaths in 2023 over a year prior.

As a reminder, Oregon became the first state in the country to decriminalize the possession of all drugs, including heroin and cocaine, in 2020.
They chose…poorly. . . .

Opioid deaths in Oregon more than tripled from 280, before the de-criminalization of drugs was voted in, to 955 in 2022.

Welcome to Cracker Paradise. Just try to ignore the dead junkies.

(Hat-tip: Sarah Hoyt at Instapundit.)


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