As delegates gathered today for the King County GOP convention in Bellevue, the situation in front of the King County Courthouse in Seattle largely remains unchanged from the summer leading up to the change in City Council leadership last year.

Across the water, the King County GOP voted on 17 items wrapped up in 11 resolutions including the six people’s initiatives being deliberated in Washington State in this general election year. Three have already been enacted into law. Three others will be on the November ballot. Here are the resolutions in order of county party priority as presented to the delegate body:

  1. Resolution to Support Six Initiatives for Washington State Sponsored by Let’s Go Washington
  2. Resolution to Restore Sound, Secure and Succinct Voting Systems for the People of King County
  3. Resolution to Support Opportunity, Security, Fairness and Prosperity in King County’s Black Communities
  4. Resolution to Oppose the Open Borders Policies of the Biden Administration and Support the Enforcement of All Immigration Laws and the Completion of the Wall on the Southern Border
  5. Resolution to Condemn the Washington State Passage of ESSB 5599 which Subverts Parental Authority
  6. Resolution for Informed Consent KCGOP
  7. Resolution to Protect Our Right to Bear Arms in Washington State
  8. Resolution to Restore Energy Independence in the United States
  9. Resolution to Oppose the Recent World Health Organization (WHO) Charter Changes and Support the U.S. Re-Exit from the WHO
  10. Resolution to Oppose Raising the National Debt Ceiling and Support Reductions in the Federal Budget Spending
  11. Resolution to Mandate Informed Consent for mRNA in Food Supply in the United States

Despite the solid platform, the optics of the convention were totally out of touch with the reality still faced by the County’s largest City on 3rd and Jefferson and other trouble spots around town. Despite growing support for conservative policies in wealthy King County suburbs like Bellevue, the plight from the fentanyl epidemic in the Seattle city core remains.

I’m borrowing a little from Dave Chappelle, but compassion is not limited to one political party. Democrats don’t hold a monopoly on kindness and empathy either.

In order to make any of the progress the party hopes to make with the electorate in King County and traditionally heavily blue Seattle this November, conservatives are going to have to walk their talk about getting the Emerald City back on track. They’re going to have to get into the inner city, roll up their sleeves and get into the dirt of the difficult service work that still needs to be done.

The party needs to break bread with inner city faith organizations, take time to fellowship, understand the need for recovery, and support the work already being done in the grass roots community by championing programs like Twelve Step Facilitation (TSF) in hospitals, treatment centers, jails and in emergency shelters and supportive housing communities.

The research shows that it works! Some harm reductionists in my field, if they choose to get on board, might want to call this “housing plus”.

I’m choosing to call it compassionate conservatism.

Mr. George Artem holds a Master of Science, Information Systems from the University of Washington and is an America’s Future Spring 2024 Writing Fellow. George serves veterans at the Shoreline Veterans Center where he helps run a drug and alcohol recovery program for previously unhoused service members and is a member of the Seattle recovery community.

Research Reference:
University of Washington Integrated Care Training Program, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, “Twelve Step Facilitation” Maureen Murphy-Ryan, MD

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, “Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step Programs for Alcohol Use Disorder” John F Kelly, Keith Humphreys, Marica Ferri

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>