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Liar, Liar…
By Ramblin’ Rose

A children’s ditty begins with “Liar, liar, pants on fire…” Its origin dates to 1945 or 1841, depending on the sources. One version continues with “Nose as long as a telephone wire.” Hmmm, is that the nose of the Pinocchios awarded by the Washington Post Fact Checker?

And even that leftist resource has awarded this dubious honor to Biden comments…a real surprise.
A Biden tweet on September 9, 2020 was “You deserve a president who tells you the truth.” Yes, we do! But it is not Joe Biden!

The public recognizes that Biden has a long history of lying. Recent online headlines have sought to quantify them…the top 10 Biden lies / Biden’s 8 biggest lies. Frankly, I don’t think the exact number is known. How many are hidden in the historic files stored at the University of Delaware at the cost of $120 million annually through an appropriation in the state budget—taxpayer funding? Tara Reade? How many more? Where to start? Probably at the beginning of the decades-long political career of Joe Biden, or before.

In a current campaign ad, Biden lauds the full scholarship, honors, class rankings and the multiple degrees he earned in law school as he demeans a political reporter in 1987 as being inferior to him. The ad continues to explain the multiple falsehoods in just that one exchange. Biden did have a full scholarship, only a partial one. He was not named as “the outstanding student.” Nor did he finish at the top of his class—closer to the bottom would be more accurate, exactly 76 of 85. He earned one degree, not three. He also admitted to plagiarism during his first year at Syracuse University’s College of Law.

That was not Biden’s only time using other people’s words without attribution. He plagiarized statements by Bobby Kennedy, John F. Kennedy and Neil Kinnock, a British Labour Party leader, while a U.S. senator. As the presidential nominee of the Democrat party, did he plagiarize the Bernie Sanders platform as his own or did the two reach “a political understanding?” One would be the nominee and the other the idea-man?

In another current ad, Biden relates the tragic death of his wife and daughter in a car accident. However, he repeatedly placed the blame on a drunken tractor-trailer driver. Oops, that driver had the right of way; Mrs. Biden had a stop sign. In 2001, the then-Delaware prosecutor related the true facts. But, yet in 2007 at the University of Iowa, Biden repeated: “Let me tell you a little story. I got elected when I was 29, and I got elected November the 7th. And on Dec. 18 of that year, my wife and three kids were Christmas shopping for a Christmas tree. A tractor-trailer, a guy who allegedly — and I never pursued it — drank his lunch instead of eating his lunch, broadsided my family and killed my wife instantly, and killed my daughter instantly, and hospitalized my two sons, with what were thought to be at the time permanent, fundamental injuries.”

And he is repeating it in 2020 as he advocates for a single-payer health insurance plan. His nose continues to grow longer than a telephone wire.

Another car accident revealed another lie. In 1974, Bill Stevenson learned of a fender-bender that his then-wife Jill had had. Only the truth was that Joe Biden was the driver of his friend’s car. The “story” became that the Stevenson marriage was on the rocks, and Joe and Jill met on a blind date in 1975. Truth is that the Stevensons worked on Biden’s 1972 run for the US Senate. Jill also turned down an invitation by her then-husband Stevenson to meet Bruce Springsteen. She claimed she had to take care of Beau and Hunter Biden in 1974. Do not the 1972 and 1974 dates precede the 1975 blind date?

Biden’s stories about his experiences overseas and with foreign and domestic policy are more far-fetched than science fiction. On the Senate floor in 2006, Biden either had a very bad memory or fabricated a whale of a story.

“On Sept. 10, the day before the attacks on the towers, I made a speech to the National Press Club where I warned about a massive attack on the United States of America from terrorists; why I thought it would happen and why I thought our priorities were misplaced — the day before 9/ 11.”

He did speak on September 10, 2001, at the National Press Club, but his focus was on criticizing the Bush missile defense system and the threats of anthrax and biological terrorism. “The real threat comes to this country in the hold of a ship, the belly of a plane, or smuggled into a city in the middle of the night in a vial in a backpack,” Biden said.

Reality check: A very specific prediction was made about the probable attack in a book published in 2000, written by Donald J. Trump—The America We Deserve. He wrote: “I really am convinced we’re in danger of the sort of terrorist attacks that will make the bombing of the Trade Center look like kids playing with firecrackers. No sensible analyst rejects this possibility, and plenty of them like me, are not wondering if but when it will happen.”

Biden’s grandstanding is boundless. Even though he had been an athlete in school, he received five deferments from military service in Vietnam due to asthma. However, he recalls and repeats that he was arrested on the streets of Soweto while trying to visit Mandela on Robben Island. Others, who Biden claims to have also been present, deny the event. And, it would have been utterly implausible since Soweto is located nearly 900 miles northeast of Robben Island. He enhanced the story with a falsely claimed personal visit and thank-you from Mandela in Washington, D.C. for the alleged visit to Robben Island. Even the New York Times refuted Biden’s claim of participating in marches and sit-ins in the civil right movement.

At the Breakfast Club in May of this year, hosted by Charlamagne tha God, Biden boasted that the NAACP had endorsed him in every political campaign. They refuted: “We want to clarify that the NAACP is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse candidates for political office at any level.” They never endorse Biden for any office.

“Nice guy Joe” claims roots among the blue-collar workers of Pennsylvania, claiming that this family were coal miners. That isn’t accurate. They were wealthy oil company owners. He attended a private school for which his parents paid tuition and fees. Remember, too, that this candidate is against fossil fuels from which his family gained.

Recently, Biden promised not to increase taxes on persons earning $400,000 a year because he had never earned more than that in a year. Pinocchio! In the first two years following the Obama-Biden administration, the Wall Street Journal reported that Biden had earned some $15.6 million dollars. And what about the special deals in China and the Ukraine?

Is it the failing memory or the pathological liar that now claims to have advocated for a travel ban prior to the one announced by President Trump?—yes, the reaction that Biden called “hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering.” How many times has Biden announced an innovative reaction to a problem related to the pandemic the day after such an initiative was announced by President Trump?

  1. Which administration built and first used cages to detain illegally entering juveniles along the Southern border?
  2. He voted for the Iraq war but claims he opposed it.
  3. Does he want a national mask-wearing mandate or not?
  4. Will he ban or allow fracking?
  5. Does he prefer NAFTA or the USAMCA trade deal?
  6. Will he have an agenda to move the country forward if he were (subjunctive, hypothetical…he must not) to win the election, or will he follow the 100+ page manifesto of Harris, Sanders, Warren, Pelosi, the Squad, the mobs, etc.?

While we may not be able to answer those questions, with certainty we can say that Biden will continue to lie. Yes, we deserve a president who does not lie—he is not Joe Biden!!

Predictably, Senate Democrats voted unanimously against starting debate on a COVID relief bill. Democrats didn’t vote against final passage of the bill. Democrats voted against starting debate on a bill that “provides $300 per week in federal unemployment benefits through Dec. 27, another round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding, more money for testing and schools and liability protections from coronavirus-related lawsuits.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the bill “is laden with poison pills. Provisions our colleagues know Democrats would never support to guarantee the bill’s failure. The truth of the matter is the Republicans and the Republican leader don’t want to pass a bill too many on the hard right in the Senate and outside it would be angry.”

Do Democrats think that extending federal unemployment benefits until Dec. 27th is a poison pill? Do Democrats think that “another round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding” is a poison pill? Do Democrats think that “more money for testing and schools” is a poison pill?

Thursday’s vote virtually guarantees another 2 year term for Mitch McConnell as Senate Majority Leader. Thanks to this vote, Democrats will be portrayed as heartless politicians who don’t care about the people. I know this because Jason Lewis just used it that way:

U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement slamming Senator Tina Smith for delaying COVID relief yet again.

“I wish I could say I’m surprised that Senator Tina Smith is marching in lockstep with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, but this is just more of the same from Tina. Last month she held up relief over a demand that incarcerated inmates be able to make phone calls for free, and that’s after she twice voted to block relief in the spring while simultaneously dumping $1 million dollars in personal stock holdings.

“Further proving this is nothing more than a political game for Tina, she has basically been running a single issue campaign on the alleged need for more post office funding in recent weeks, and yet she shot down the latest round of COVID relief which includes USPS funding, all because party leaders told her to.

Mitch McConnell summed things up perfectly:

Congress has spent months talking — talking — about whether to give the American people more relief as they continue grappling with this pandemic. Today, we are going to vote. Every Senator will be counted. Should we move forward with a floor process to deliver hundreds of billions of dollars more for kids, jobs, and healthcare? Should we at least vote to move forward and have this debate out in the open? Or do our Democratic colleagues prefer to hide behind closed doors and refuse to help families before the election? We’ll find out in a couple hours. Republicans have tried repeatedly to build on the CARES Act and get more help out the door to American families. But Democrats have blocked us at every turn. They’ve invented different excuses each time.

Check this out:

Where’s the proof that Democrats give a damn about the American people? I’ve searched for that proof but haven’t found any. It’s time for Democrats to start acting like they’re compassionate. Otherwise, they’ll be seen as heartless as Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton.

Finally, Tina Smith isn’t worthy of a spot in the Senate. She’s represented Chuck Schumer, not Minnesota. That’s pathetic.

Perils of Going to School
By Ramblin’ Rose

Perils of Going to School
By Ramblin’ Rose

Experts, including pediatricians, and some politicians encourage the return to personal instruction for our nation’s youth in the classroom. Some politicians and many teachers demand that only distance learning occur. Many school districts have chosen one or the other, while other districts have created “hybrid” programs that appear to challenge even a professional scheduler.

It befuddles one to find the logic (other than fewer bodies in a building on any given day) of attending school one to four days per week but never five. How do working parents adjust to such schedules? How will students know when to go and what to have prepared? Schools (K-16) have tried A/B days, rotating schedules (morning vs. afternoon), six classes out of seven meeting every day on a rotational basis with less than desired results.

While parents, students, and administrators should employ caution in making the best decisions for the children and the community, there are news articles that are just as frightening as the virus. Teachers have actually published their fears that parents and community members may actually be able to observe the digital classes and learn of the indoctrination programs in contemporary curricula. Much of that propaganda has remained in the classroom when only the students attended classes.

Last spring, Harvard professor Elizabeth Bartholet called homeschooling “dangerous.” Her claim was “the lack of regulation on homeschooling poses a danger to children, because it risks depriving them of an adequate education….”

An adequate education? By whose standards?

While it is no surprise that others share her viewpoint, it is alarming that the leftists are not making any attempt to hide their disdain for families and family values and for their belief for secrecy and authoritarianism.

Matthew Key, an English instructor at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, bemoaned his loss of “what happens here stays here” ideology. He wrote:

“While conversation about race are in my wheelhouse, and remain a concern in this no-walls environment, I am most intrigued by the damage that ‘helicopter/snowplow’ parents can do in the host conversations about gender/sexuality. And while ‘conservative’ parents are my chief concern, I know that the damage can come from the left too. If we are engaged in the messy work of destabilizing a kid’s racism or homophobia or transphobia, how much do we want their classmates’ parents piling on?”

He is not alone in his fears. Across the country, teachers have marched with placards about not being able to teach from a grave; some have brought body bags to their “protests.” After this admonition from Mr. Key and some who responded to his posts, as well as the posts that educators have placed on Facebook, one wonders if their fear is for their personal well-being or for the discovery of their efforts to warp the minds of our young people. (Given the age of the anarchists in the streets destroying our cities this summer, one knows from their actions that the progressive agenda has been widely disseminated across postsecondary campuses with the desired results—hate for America and its freedoms.

President Trump is totally correct. The money should follow the child as the parents decide the place and type of education that they choose for their child/children. Unfortunately, federal funding accounts for only about 7%. State and local taxes provide the rest, and liberals will continue to fund and cry for increased funding for public schools. The teachers are already demanding “hazardous-duty pay” and “front-line workers.”

It is a dark time in the USA when public employees call parents “dangerous interlopers and intrusive outsiders.” We were warned that socialists/Marxists/communists would take over the country by brainwashing our children. We did not pay attention.

It’s apparent that St. Paul and Minneapolis teachers don’t want to return to traditional classrooms this fall. If that’s what they prefer, they should be fired. This article reports that “Twin Cities educators on Friday called on Gov. Tim Walz to delay a return to in-person instruction in the fall, saying the risks of reopening schools during the coronavirus pandemic are too great.”

That’s BS according to Dr. Scott Atlas, a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. Dr. Atlas had “an I-told-you-so-moment” recently during this interview:

During that “I-told-you-so-moment”, Dr. Atlas said “the children have an extremely low risk to this disease, far less than seasonal flu. Number 2, there are massive harms closing schools to the children and those are extremely important, of course, because every policy we do, we must understand the consequences of the policy itself are.”

Later, Dr. Atlas said this:

They have acknowledged that long-distance learning is a failure, that children learn much more in person, from social gatherings, dealing with conflict resolutions, working with groups, that schools provide nutrition…

These teachers just showed their true colors. The risk isn’t “too great.” The younger the student, the less the risk is that they’re a super spreader and the less risk that they’ll get the virus. That’s a verified fact. These teachers are lying. Period. Full stop.

If Gov. Walz caves to Education Minnesota, which is definitely possible, he should be thrown out of office after one term. Putting EdMinn’s wishes ahead of these students’ needs is unforgiveable. It’s quite possible because EdMinn is a subsidiary of the DFL.

This is dishonesty at its most disgusting:

The St. Paul and Minneapolis teachers unions organized a march from J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School to the governor’s residence. Walking alongside parents and students, some carried signs that read “I can’t teach from a grave” and “Exactly how many dead kids is acceptable?”

Thus far, 1 child has died in Minnesota of COVID. As for the “I can’t teach from a grave” sign, I’ll just say that the students might be better off if they didn’t have these teachers. Minnesota, in my estimation, would be far better off without Gov. Walz and the DFL majority in the House.

While testifying to the House Committee on Administration, Newt Gingrich showed that he’s still part history teacher, part patriot and part constitutionalist. It isn’t surprising to me that his list of accomplishments as Speaker is lengthy and impressive. Speaker Gingrich is still one of the most impressive intellects of our time.

During Speaker Gingrich’s testimony, Speaker Gingrich started with a lesson on the Constitution, then transitioned to a civics teacher before finishing as a school principal admonishing disobedient students. Specifically, I want to focus on Speaker Gingrich’s role of admonishing Congress.

Specifically, Speaker Gingrich called out Congress essentially for being elitists and wimps:

Our national anthem says we are “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” Our Founding Fathers risked their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to defend freedom. The Civil War generation lost 630,000 Americans fighting for the Union and to end slavery. The Greatest Generation went across the planet risking its lives to defeat Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. By the way, through all these events, Congress met in person.

Now, we are told that our members of the House are too precious to risk their lives by coming to Washington.

To these members I would say: If freedom isn’t worth the risk, quit the Congress. Someone with more courage will replace you in a special election. The emotion driving the proposal for remote voting is an expression of a kind of cowardice I would never have expected to see in America.

Ms. Pelosi, like Democrat governors Whitmer, Walz, Pritzker and Inslee, likes being in total control. The thought that Democrats voted to vote from their districts isn’t surprising, though it is wimpy. Across the way on Capitol Hill, the Senate is meeting regularly and getting lots of things done. They’re confirming judges and holding Intelligence Committee and Judiciary Committee hearings. The Democrat House has gotten things done but only after getting dragged kicking and screaming to do their job.

We are asking children and teachers to go back to school, but House members can’t come to Washington. We are asking truckers to crisscross the country bringing us food and supplies, but their representatives have to hide in fear and vote electronically to avoid risk.

We have young men and women risking their lives all across the planet to protect freedom, but their elected leaders can’t risk being in a room with immediate access to doctors and remarkably little risk of anything bad happening.

I am embarrassed for this House that such a proposal could even get to a hearing.

Let’s be clear about something. If average citizens can function safely in a Walmart, Congresscritters should be able to figure out a way to function on Capitol Hill. The routine is simple. Wash hands frequently, stay socially distanced, cough into your shirt rather than across a room and finally, don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands. If the House can’t figure that out, then we need a different Speaker and a different (GOP) majority.

Here is Speaker Gingrich’s opening statement:

Scott Jensen and John Marty aren’t on the same page when it comes to COVID-19. This is where the 2 senators are at:

“We’re not going to get through this by having someone serve as an emperor of Minnesota,” said state Sen. Scott Jensen, R-Chaska. “I’ve heard dictator. I’ve heard tyrant. I’ve heard emperor,” countered state Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville. “I know Tim Walz and I don’t think he’s any of those things.”

I don’t know Tim Walz but I can analyze the things I’m seeing. According to Scott Johnson’s meticulous reporting, we’ve had 25 COVID-related deaths in the past week: 5, 5, 4, 3 & 8. That’s a health concern. It isn’t a health crisis by any stretch of the imagination.

While it’s subjective, let’s introduce Dr. Scott Jensen’s COVID report card:


Let’s go through Sen. Jensen’s report card:

Physical distancing, common sense and surges and peaks: “We’ve done pretty well.”
States rights in terms of being honored by the federal government, “doing pretty well.”
In terms of the federal government getting dollars to the states to make things work, so we can support the initiatives for COVID-19, “doing ok.”
Suspending air travel and securing borders: “We’re doing ok.”
“CDC botched up testing pretty good and they didn’t tell us and when it did get disclosed … they wasted more time.”
“Civil liberty encroachments?” “When Gov. Walz decides to send out addresses of every COVID-19 cases to 500 law enforcement agencies, it doesn’t really sound like we’re really protecting people’s private health information.”

Dr. Jensen then said that he wasn’t “holding Gov. Walz accountable for spreading misinformation or reckless advice … because he initially said we’d have 74,000 deaths”, then reduced it to 29,000. “Oh yeah, today is July 13th. This was supposed to be peak day. This was when our intensive cares were supposed to be overrun and we were supposed to have over 1,000 deaths per day in Minnesota. But, gee, over 5 or 6 months, we’ve only had 1,500 total and 1,200 of those were in long-term care facilities, which actually had active COVID-19 patients shipped into them” so “we don’t get a very good grade on that.”

Final assessment: “Our report card isn’t so great but if you look at the best grades we got, it’s because we leaned into you. We leaned into the personal responsibility of Minnesotans and Americans. We asked you ‘Please physically distance. Please honor the people around you.”

“If I were the teacher grading it, I’d give the politicians a D. I’d give Minnesotans and Americans a B or an A-.”

That’s a fair report card but I’d take it a step further. Generally speaking, the DFL has stunk at trusting Minnesotans. My state representative, Dan Wolgamott, has voted to support Tim Walz on COVID-related issues 100% of the time. He’s trusted the government to make the big decisions. He didn’t trust small businesses and families to make the biggest decisions.

Businesses and families are the front-line troops on the ground. They know what’s happening in their lives. State government is there to provide support. It isn’t there to make all the decisions for us. Thus far, Tim Walz has been an autocrat. He’s treated Minnesotans like his subjects. Dan Wolgamott has supported Tim Walz, not Minnesota families.

Finally, I’d give him a D- or an F. I’d give the DFL the same grade.

Lindsey Graham spoke out yesterday, saying that Robert Mueller should testify in front of his Committee if he’s going to write Washington Post op-eds. The article states “Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) said Sunday that he will grant Democrats’ request to have former special counsel Robert Mueller testify about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election before the committee.”

I can imagine Mueller not wanting to testify. The reasons’ names are Graham, Grassley, Lee, Cruz, Hawley and Kennedy. Mueller wouldn’t b worried about answering questions about his op-ed. He’d be plenty worried about answering questions about the Special Counsel investigation he conducted into Gen. Flynn. He’d be on the hot seat answering why the Special Counsel investigation was needed. He’d feel the heat answering why the FBI’s DC Field Office recommended shutting the Flynn investigation down when they didn’t find any “derogatory information” against Flynn. Imagine how Mueller would squirm when presented with Jim Comey’s note that said that the Flynn-Kislyak calls were “totally legit.”

Mueller certainly would’ve gotten that information at the start of the Special Counsel’s investigation. Despite the fact that the investigation lacked proper predication, Mueller bankrupted Flynn based on charges that weren’t sustainable. Besides partisanship, why would Mueller continue investigating when he knew that a) the Steele Dossier was unsubstantiated, b) the FBI’s DC Field Office recommended dismissing the investigation into Gen. Flynn and c) Jim Comey had said that the Flynn-Kislyak phone calls were legitimate?

If Mueller thinks they’ll just talk about Roger Stone, he’s kidding himself. In the op-ed, he wrote this:

“We made every decision in Stone’s case, as in all our cases, based solely on the facts and the law and in accordance with the rule of law. The women and men who conducted these investigations and prosecutions acted with the highest integrity. Claims to the contrary are false.”

Let’s see whether he’d repeat that testimony. Did Mueller’s investigators act “with the highest integrity” when they prosecuted Gen. Flynn after the FBI’s DC field office recommended Operation Crossfire Razor be terminated? Did Mueller’s investigators act “with the highest integrity” when they tipped off CNN before they executed a pre-dawn raid of Roger Stone?

Let’s hear Mueller’s testimony to those questions. If he thinks that’s acting “with the highest integrity”, then people will think, rightly, that Mueller’s part of the swamp just like Jim Comey is.

There’s a good chance that this will replace the current Minneapolis Police Department, aka MPD, when the DFL City Council dismantles the MPD. According to the article, “If anyone is put in physical danger, they instead vowed to seek help from the American Indian Movement, which was founded in Minneapolis in 1968 to address systemic issues of poverty and police brutality against Native Americans and has been policing their own communities for years.”

Earlier in the article, readers find out that “traffic has reportedly increased in the neighborhood around Powderhorn Park, as drug dealers seek to meet their clientele displaced during the civil unrest, rioting and looting following Floyd’s death at the end of May. At least one person overdosed inside the park and was brought out by an ambulance. Prostitution has also been reported in the area.” Then there’s this:

A progressive Minneapolis neighborhood that pledged not to call the police in the wake of the death of George Floyd is now dealing with a 300-strong homeless encampment in a local park, according to reports.

Thank God that this neighborhood checked their white privilege instead of calling 9-1-1. I’m betting that’s making life easier for the drug dealers. That’s probably high on this neighborhood’s priority list. This is what it’s come to:

According to this segment on KARE11 News, the community organizers demand the city present a plan to help with the homeless problem. The neighborhood invited them into the park. The neighborhood’s invitation makes it the neighborhood’s problem. Frankly, I’d tell them to take a hike.

This is what happens when pacifists and appeasers run a city:

Residents in the neighborhood historically known for its far-left politics and activism intervened last week when park police gave campers 72 hours to dismantle their tents and leave. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has since passed a resolution not to evict people from any city park and has called for increased funding for longer-term housing for campers, according to the Star Tribune.

“We are not going to kick the can down the road, push people out of public spaces when they have nowhere else to go,” Park Board President Jono Cowgill told the Tribune. “This is not a sustainable, dignified solution for folks who are experiencing homelessness right now, and the state needs to step up.

The state better not step up with funding. Minneapolis created this crisis with its irresponsible policy-making. That’s their problem. It’s one thing to say that the entire state should pay to fix MNLARS. That program serves the entire state. It’s another thing when Minneapolis makes a stupid mistake that affects only them.

Minneapolis created the problem by inviting these vagrants into this park. Then they said that they wouldn’t protect their citizens because they were checking their white privilege at the edge of the park. That’s their right. It’s their city. If they want state money to pay for this problem, then rural taxpayers should get a say in setting Minneapolis’s policies. If Minneapolis Democrats want the money, just not the lecture, that’s fine. They just shouldn’t get the money in that scenario.

PS- Good luck to the Minneapolis DFL. If they’re relying on AIM to protect them, they’d better buy lots of guns.

This past weekend, the DFL House passed a bill that would force Minnesotans to pay for the bills that DFL Mayor Jacob Frey caused. According to the Alpha News article, “The Democrat-controlled state house voted 74-53, Friday, in affirmation of a bill (HR 132/the PROMISE Act) that saddles taxpayers from around Minnesota with the burden of funding repairs to private and public property in the Twin Cities that was destroyed by the George Floyd riots. This bill, if passed, will also increase sales taxes and trigger an investigation into the law enforcement and National Guard response to the unrest.”

Let me talk for rural voters on this. Frey let the rioters and looters demolish his city when he could’ve prevented the violence. Now he expects the rest of Minnesota to pay for his incompetence? I don’t think so.

It’s one thing for Minnesotans to pay for natural disasters. That’s what we’ve always done. This isn’t that, though. This time, the rioting and looting weren’t an act of God. This was the result of major mayoral mismanagement. It’s what to expect from a ditzy progressive mayor who’s more activist/airhead than leader. Based on this video, he’s mostly a wimp:

Republicans need to tell the DFL to take a hike. Republicans need to say that we aren’t paying for their activists’ (think Black Lives Matter, Antifa) lawlessness. The Democrats’ spinelessness, unhinged activism and connection with radicals like BLM and Antifa led to these buildings getting demolished. Had the DFL cared more about protecting the people than about having an issue for the campaign, we wouldn’t be in this position. Also, electing Jacob Frey instead of someone that’s competent is a stain on the DFL. It says where the DFL’s priorities lie.

The DFL Speaker of the House keeps preventing the people from being heard. She’s assisted Gov. Walz in maintaining autocratic rule over the state of Minnesota. Now that there’s a special session underway and she wants to pass some DFL bills, she’s suddenly in favor of hearing from the people. Hortman doesn’t really want to hear from the people of Minnesota. She just wants to pass some leftist anti-police legislation that Gov. Walz wants passed.

At this point, Gov. Walz’s initiatives shouldn’t be taken seriously. Too often, his policies have failed Minnesotans. Letting COVID-infected patients back into long-term care facilities literally killed people. Gov. Walz’s Department of Health turned a blind eye toward programs that illegally shipped money to the DFL’s special interest allies while cheating taxpayers.

Senate Republicans are supposed to have a say in how the state is governed. Instead, Gov. Walz has insisted that he make all the decisions without advice from the legislature. That’s how banana republics in Africa operate. That isn’t how things work in the United States. If Walz wants something, he’ll need to do something he hasn’t done much of. He’ll need to a) relinquish his autocratic authority and b) do some good-faith negotiating.

If Gov. Walz insists on playing the part of a dictator, then Republicans should tell him that they don’t take orders from dictators. If Ms. Hortman insists that Republicans listen to the people, Republicans should tell her that listening to the people isn’t a situational thing. Legislators are the people’s voice. Walz doesn’t speak for each different city or community. That’s the legislators’ responsibility.

Gov. Walz shouldn’t turn the dials on which businesses open and which businesses get financially ruined. If we had a legitimate leader, Minnesota’s economy wouldn’t have tanked like it has. It’s time to turn the page on Tim Walz. He’s a failure. He mishandled the COVID pandemic, with hundreds of our most vulnerable dying needlessly. He utterly failed with the Floyd riots, with minority neighborhoods getting destroyed because of Walz’s and Frey’s inaction. Walz failed by letting vandals demolish a statue of Christopher Columbus while state troopers stood by.

After the statue was toppled, Walz said that he’s upset and that there will be consequences. I’ll believe it when I see it. Thus far, Walz has been a wimp. We don’t need people who promise consequences after-the-fact. We need proactive leaders who do the right thing the first time. That person isn’t Tim Walz. It’s time for him to be shoved off the stage.

As for Ms. Hortman, I suspect that she’s serving her only term as Speaker. She’s represented the Twin Cities only. She hasn’t represented the other parts of the state.