Archive for the ‘Accountability’ Category

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.

What are We Learning in a Pandemic?
By Ramblin’ Rose

Public school teachers are patting themselves on the back, at least on social media, for having met the challenge to deliver distance learning to some 56 million students. On April 15, 2020 in an opinion piece in the St. Cloud Times, Aaron Sinclair, the superintendent of the Sauk Rapids-Rice school district, lauded the efforts of all to quickly transition from the classroom to virtual learning. He acknowledged a few difficulties and then proceeded to thank all who made the rapid change and continued the learning. That was “happy talk.” That does not match the reality of the fiasco.

Admittedly, within a couple of weeks, teachers did have materials available online for students. But how many 20-minute videos can elementary students view every day? How many worksheets can be completed after each video? Children cannot just sit all day. They need to move. They have been forced to become passive receptors of the talking heads on screens. What if they have questions? Parents may have the answers but many won’t. Very few will have the content information that the teachers do.

One assumes that middle school and high school students are also assigned similar scenarios. Even good students become mesmerized and bored on a chair in front of a screen EVERY day.

Does the pre-recorded, hollow statement “Good job, class” really motivate learners to stay on task and try to do even more?

What about the parents? Were they prepared to supervise their children’s lessons? Did they want the job? How can they handle the job if they are also working from home? Parents who try to help only one child reportedly cry at the end of the day—and some during the day—out of frustration with trying to understand the required work so that they might help their child. Now imagine a parent with more than one learner at home. And how many families have opted out completely?

Parents have been forced into homeschooling and must teach lessons that have been imposed on them and their children. The results for the children and families do not reflect those listed by Mr. Sinclair.

  1. How many schools have changed many of the classes to “optional?”
  2. How many districts have already suspended the rest of the academic year—even distance learning?
  3. How many learners have abandoned their work—even the gifted ones?
  4. If the talented learners have given up, how long ago did the challenged learners quit trying?

Could not the districts empower the families to embrace learning and provide some more practical activities? Could not some of the assignments be “optional” or “supplementary” resources from which the students and parents could choose when they want some guidance from the professionals?

Why not have younger children read to their parents and parents to their children? Reading is fun and instructional. The books are chosen by children based on interest. If they have questions, the parents likely are prepared to answer them. And it’s snuggle time. During this pandemic, the bonding with family and the security found in the togetherness are essential.

Why not teach math following recipes in the kitchen or a carpentry project in the garage? Both options involve measuring, fractions, addition, subtraction, etc. in a real-world context. Again, parents and children are working together in a mutually selected activity. It’s fun; it’s less stressful than assignments that, at times, challenge even the most devoted parents. What happens when the child and parent do not agree with the answer given by the teacher? (I saw that happen. The child shrugs her shoulders; the parent shakes her head.) What was the lesson learned? Who owns the confusion?

Those younger learners could still have Zoom time—see their classmates and friends, sharing stories of the fun things they learned in the last week. Teachers could guide the conversations and relate their learning to more academic themes, if appropriate. During the week, the teacher could chat with each student alone, even quizzing them on math problems or spelling words, as well as being there to support and encourage them with real words of praise, as appropriate. The child could read to the teacher to validate continuing academic progress. The teacher would still be a person and not just a bobbing head on a screen.

For older students, could they not become Socrates, pose a question of personal interest related to the course, research it and do a virtual conference with the teacher and explain what they learned and submit a short summary about the project—the reason for it, the process followed to complete it, and share the final answer to the Socratic question? It would still involve screen time, but the control would be with the learner. Undoubtedly, more learning would occur on a self-directed project than on another video lesson followed by more worksheets. The teacher would be a mentor throughout the project and would provide academic feedback upon completion of the assignment.

During the first week of distance learning, there was an abundance of jokes about distraught parents locking their kids outside for a fire drill or in the basement for a tornado drill while they sang the praises of the public school teachers. Those jokes are almost non-existent currently; they are not humorous. They accurately reveal the frustrations that many families are experiencing with “homeschooling.”

Some public educators also expressed concern about “homeschooling” but for very different reasons. Harvard Law School professor Elizabeth Bartholet and other educators expressed their fear about having parents in charge of teaching their own children. In their words, it is “important that children grow up exposed to community values, social values, democratic values, ideas about nondiscrimination and tolerance of other people’s viewpoints.” Bartholet called parents too authoritarian. She also challenged their preparedness to teach their own children.

Parents want what is best for their children…and hopefully, the majority of public school teachers do too. Due to the pandemic, parents have restructured their professional lives in order to teach their children as mandated by state governments. And, sadly, there is an entire cult, like Bartholet, that believes that government should have control “from the womb to the tomb.”

What will PreK-12 education look like next fall? Will schools reopen? Will distance learning continue? Will more parents opt to homeschool with a curriculum that they select and truly become their children’s teacher? Will they happily return their children to classroom teachers? Do public schools fear a loss of students to homeschoolers?

And another question, right before the start of the pandemic, did not the experts plead with parents to reduce the amount of time that young children, especially, spend with devices? With the advent of whole scale distance learning, those experts are mute.

On to higher education…

On April 18th, the results of a Axios and College Reactions poll reported “… 77 percent of college students say that “distance learning is worse or much worse than in-person classes,” while 13 percent say “they would take time off from college if distance learning continues next year.”

That contradicts the push of many university administrators for classes and even entire programs to be delivered electronically. Many faculty and students have objected to those initiatives but gone unheard. Let’s hope that this poll has reached the administrators.

While the pandemic has forced the closure of schools and campuses, institutions of higher learning had already suffered great declines in enrollment numbers. How much could be related to the delivery programs, as well as the debt levels that have resulted from degrees that did not and do not lead to gainful employment?

While there is nothing wrong with “self-fulfillment/self-realization,” should not an education allow one to earn a living? For example, one student asked taxpayers to pay off her college debt–$226,000 for a degree in Greek mythology. Did she really expect to earn a living with that particular degree? For many, that interest falls more into the category of a hobby than a career.

Well, maybe that student is not alone in considering a special interest legitimate. Castleton University in Vermont, with electronically mediated instruction as the norm, is offering credit for learning to play a computer game–Dungeons and Dragons. The justification for the course is the need for people to build community. Seriously? College credit?

The Strada Education Network poll has found that 28 million students plan to abandon their postsecondary education due to the Wuhan virus. The majority of those who indicated an intention to pursue training within the next six months will not be pursuing a degree program.

The American Council on Education projects a 15% decline in postsecondary enrollment in the fall and a $45 billion decline in revenue. Numerous administrators find those projections too rosy.

Precipitous declines are also on the horizon for the Minnesota State universities this fall. For those institutions, here’s their anticipated enrollment declines by university for this fall:

  1. Bemidji – 949 FYE
  2. Mankato – 2,870 FYE
  3. Metro – 747 FYE
  4. Moorhead – 1,335 FYE
  5. Southwest– 628 FYE
  6. SCSU – 1,496 FYE
  7. Winona – 2,350 FYE

FYE is the concept of a full-year equivalent, not the number of bodies on campus rolls. This concept is used in budgeting and reflects only courses that award credits or satisfy requirements in an academic or vocational program. The FYE is determined by dividing the total student credit hours by the credit hours of a full load (30 credit hours for undergraduate and professional courses and 20 for graduate courses).

As a point of comparison, ten years ago, SCSU touted 15,096 FYE. That’s a precipitous decline. But the decline has been occurring throughout the decade. The academic year just concluded had already fallen to 9016 FYE. The projected numbers for Fall 2020 are horrific.

Who will be enrolling in the fall? Will students return if there are only online classes? Will parents opt for cheaper public institutions rather than the costly private ones? Will the lack of athletic programs discourage certain students to attend? Since students were not able to take the ACT and SAT entrance exams and schools have waived those scores, will the entering students be academically prepared for the expected rigors of higher education?

The pandemic has caused many types of losses. Will the American educational system be another victim? Or, could an enhanced model that focuses on the students be on the horizon?

If people haven’t noticed, the DFL is throwing this year’s election away. The DFL is throwing it away in multiple ways. First, the DFL supported Gov. Walz’s autocratic rules during the COVID pandemic. Gov. Walz shut down Minnesota’s economy, then kept it shut way longer than it needed to be. Meanwhile, Gov. Walz ignored the people while trusting a COVID model thrown together by a pair of college grad students over a weekend. Nothing says trust me like a COVID model that’s highly inaccurate but wasn’t peer-reviewed.

The ‘Party of Government’ put together a COVID model that, initially, was off by 20,000 in terms of deaths. Then we were told that we had to still shelter-in-place to prevent the peak from overwhelming hospitals and clinics. According to the grad student models, that’s still a month away. What a joke. The so-called ‘Party of Government’ is the actually the ‘Party of Incompetence.’

Next came the protests in front of the Governor’s mansion. People were mad as hell with Gov. Walz and they let him know about it. They let Gov. Walz and the DFL know that they didn’t appreciate them boarding up their businesses while sending recovering COVID patients to nursing homes. People didn’t like that because it killed seniors living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities unnecessarily.

After George Floyd’s murder, the DFL decided that this was the time that they could push their farther-than-far-left agenda. The DFL started with protests, then moved to looting and pillaging before advancing to rioting and vandalism. It didn’t help that the House Majority Leader tweeted that a gas tanker truck had plowed into people and that this driver’s truck was covered with confederate flags and “white nationalist insignias’:

The DFL is telling their most loyal constituency, the minority community, that they aren’t worthy of police protection. On top of all that, native Americans tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus that’s located on the Capitol grounds. While that statue was toppled, State Troopers were ordered to stand down. After the statue was toppled, the Troopers were instructed to stand in a circle around the toppled statue:

Nothing says societal instability like a lack of law enforcement and a spineless governor. Gov. Walz won’t stand up to the special interests. We know that because he hasn’t done that yet. Why would we think that he’ll change that pattern now? Further, these special interests are led by idiots like Jeremiah Ellison and Lisa Bender and extremists like Steve Fletcher.

That trio, combined with Tim Walz and Jacob Frey, are the faces of the DFL Office of Incompetence and Stupidity. If you want to find that office in the State organizational chart, it’s part of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. Another part of it is found in the Minnesota Department of Human Sacrifices Services. Still another part of that office is found where MNLARS used to be.

Seriously, Democrats in the executive branch are idiots. Wherever you find the DFL in the legislative branch, you find slush funds for their special interest allies. Isn’t that a surprise?

This won’t play well in the suburbs. Suburbanites prefer stability and predictability. Thanks to the DFL, suburbanites don’t have either of those things. They don’t have sensible leadership, either.

The Christopher Columbus statue at the Minnesota state capitol was destroyed today. According the AP article, “Protesters in Minnesota on Wednesday pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus outside the state Capitol amid continuing anger over the death of George Floyd. The protesters threw a rope around the 10-foot bronze statue Wednesday afternoon and pulled it off its stone pedestal.”

The article continues, saying “The protesters, including Dakota and Ojibwe Indians, said they consider Columbus a symbol of genocide against Native Americans. They said they had tried many times to remove it through the political process, but without success.”

The part that most Minnesotans will be paying attention to is where it says “State Patrol troopers in helmets, who provide security in the Capitol complex, stood by at a distance but did not try to stop the protesters, who celebrated afterward with Native American singing and drumming.” The first question is this: why didn’t the State Patrol intervene before the statue was toppled? That isn’t to say that the State Patrol is corrupt. That’s the first question because we want to know who told the troopers not to intervene.

The article clearly states that the Troopers “provide security in the Capitol complex.” It also says that they “stood by at a distance but didn’t try to stop the protesters.” If the Troopers’ responsibility is to provide security, why didn’t they secure the Capitol complex? This is eerily reminiscent of Jacob Frey’s order to police to stand down when rioters destroyed the Third Precinct Police Station.

The difference is that Jacob Frey isn’t giving orders to State Troopers. He can’t give orders to state workers any more than Gov. Walz can give orders to the Minneapolis Police Chief. What makes this even stranger is that this video shows the State Troopers guarding the toppled statue:

This has Gov. Walz’s fingerprints all over it. It’s logical that he’s the one that would give final approval of such a decision. I spoke with a friend of mine about who’d make the final decision. My friend said that it’s likely made by the Department of Administration but that Gov. Walz would likely have to give his approval, too.

That’s another instance of Gov. Walz caving to the DFL fringe. It’s another opportunity lost by Walz to showcase his leadership. During the early days of the George Floyd riots, Gov. Walz didn’t respond. Buildings burned, neighborhoods destroyed, lives shattered. Today, Gov. Walz could’ve ordered the Troopers to protect the statue. Instead, he was AWOL while the statue toppled.

The only leadership in the DFL is being shown by Ilhan Omar, Keith and Jeremiah Ellison and Lisa Bender. The bad news for sane Minnesotans is that they’re crazier than AOC. Jacob Frey and Tim Walz haven’t shown any leadership.