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There’s a price that’s getting paid by citizens for liberal permissiveness. Democrats keep making the same mistakes while expecting different results. In NYC, their Democrat City Council voted last night to cut funding to the NYPD by $1,000,000,000. That’s billion with a B. That’s a 17% cut in the NYPD budget. Predictably, violent crime is way up. Predictably, the defund crowd isn’t satisfied. They want more.

This proves an old cliché that says “the gap between more and enough never closes. Put differently, appeasement doesn’t work. The end result of this is a massive uptick in unexpected retirements:

A total of 272 uniformed NYPD officers filed retirement papers between the day George Floyd was killed and June 24, which represents an increase of 49% from the same time period last year.

Expect that many of the officers who planned on starting today for the NYPD will find jobs with other PDs. It’s virtually guaranteed.

In Seattle, Jenny Durkan’s permissiveness cost people their lives. At least 2 young people were murdered and perhaps more lost their lives. While she appeared on CNN to tell Chris Cuomo about Seattle’s “summer of love”, violent crimes increased. This is what Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee said on June 11:

“I spoke with @MayorJenny and her team about the situation on Capitol Hill,” Inslee said in a tweet on June 11. “Although unpermitted, and we should remember we are still in a pandemic, the area is largely peaceful. Peaceful protests are fundamentally American, and I am hopeful there will be a peaceful resolution.”

This morning, police arrested anarchists and retook control of the CHOP/CHAZ Zone. So much for peaceful protests. Rep. Doug Collins, a Republican from Georgia, tweeted this:

In Minneapolis, Jacob Frey’s and Tim Walz’s permissiveness led to a week of destruction, which led to entire neighborhoods getting destroyed. Since then, the Powderhorn Park neighborhood has said that it’s ok for homeless people to use the city park. They said that they wouldn’t call the police. That neighborhood’s permissiveness with the homeless has led to the Park becoming a favorite meeting place for drug dealers and their clients. It’s also become a favorite meeting place for johns meeting prostitutes. What a lovely-sounding neighborhood.

This quote is utterly absurd:

Durkan’s order on Wednesday, despite Best’s statement that CHOP was “lawless and brutal,” did praise the people of CHOP, saying “much of the expression has been peaceful and created community solidarity for Black Lives Matter, including features such as a community garden, public art, and conversation corner…”

That’s like saying that the seas that the Titanic dealt with were mostly peaceful except for one ice chunk. That’s like saying that the play where Lincoln was assassinated was a fine event with just one burst of unpleasantness.

The Democrats’ permissiveness has literally gotten people killed. More passivity will only make things worse. The worst news is that Democrats haven’t learned from the Democrats’ passivity.

Joe Biden insists that he’ll unite the country and heal our political divisions. I’ll believe that when he doesn’t use a teleprompter or notes and strings 3 straight coherent sentences together. It’s a myth to think that anyone can unite this nation from either political party. With Antifa, Black Lives Matter and other anarchists trying to end the US Constitution, why would anyone think that unity is possible?

I just spoke with a good friend of mine from the Twin Cities. He wanted my perspective from outstate Minnesota, which is fair because I wanted his perspective on Twin Cities things. I told him there wasn’t much of an appetite in central MN for paying for the destruction in Minneapolis because this wasn’t an act of God like a flood or tornado. This was preventable from a leadership standpoint. My friend said it isn’t clear whether the failure was Walz’s fault or Frey’s fault but that it was indisputable that there was a major failure.

Eventually, we started talking about how divided our nation is. We agreed that there’s some bumpy times ahead as the Baby Boomers get pushed aside and the next generation steps into leadership. The Boomers were known for their dealmakers. Alan Simpson, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Hubert Humphrey, Bob Dole, Newt Gingrich, Bill Clinton, Tip O’Neill and Ronald Reagan were great dealmakers.

I told my friend that I’m certain that there are dealmakers today, though I said that the dealmakers were mostly on the GOP side. I said that that Pelosi and Schumer weren’t dealmakers. Neither is Omar or AOC. I said that it’s indisputable that Trump is a dealmaker. Specifically, I cited how Kim Kardashian reached out to the White House on criminal justice reform. Trump listened to her ideas. The next thing you know, Ivanka is part of the discussion. Before you know it, the First Step Act is getting signed into law.

Ms. Kardashian didn’t care whether Trump got a political victory. She just wanted to make life better for the Alice Johnsons of the world. That same mindset is present with Tim Scott, Lindsey Graham, Chuck Grassley, Steve Scalise and Kevin McCarthy. This video shows why Tim Scott is respected amongst moderate center-left Democrats:

The last half of that interview is especially inspiring, though the entire interview is good stuff. Democrats will regret rejecting debating on Tim Scott’s JUSTICE Act. According to Sen. Scott, they’ll debate the House bill while adding amendments to the House bill. That will force Democrats to vote for each of the provisions in Sen. Scott’s bill.

That eliminates the Democrats’ ability to say that they didn’t vote for Sen. Scott’s legislation because they didn’t like this or that provision. Each amendment will be a distinct provision. It’s a straight up-or-down vote on each provision. Forcing Democrats to defend each of their votes on the various amendments puts Democrats behind the proverbial 8-ball.

Until Democrats develop a group of good faith dealmakers, their calls for unity will be mostly mythical. As a society, we need voters who emphatically insist that politicians fix problems rather than saving issues for the campaign. Here’s what’s really encouraging. My Twin Cities friend is an old-fashioned, center-left Humphrey-style liberal.

Within the course of our conversation, we figured out a path forward for fixing Twin Cities policing, education and homelessness. The key with us is that we’re both low-key activists. It isn’t difficult to get things done when your highest priority is fixing things rather than worrying about getting re-elected.

If Lisa Bender, Jeremiah Ellison and the rest of the Minneapolis City Council think dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department will be easy, then they’re too stupid to hold elected office. This article alone makes their goal a steep uphill fight. That’s without considering the possibility that people whose homes and businesses were just demolished or looted might not vote for less police protection.

According to WCCO-TV News, “ShotSpotter technology has picked up more than 1,600 gunshots in Minneapolis in the past 30 days.” Later in the article, WCCO reports “Just after 2:30 p.m., four people were shot near the 1600 block of Morgan Avenue North. At about 4:09 p.m., four more people were shot at West Broadway and North Lyndale avenues. At 6:41 p.m., another person was shot near North 25th Avenue and North 4th Street. In addition to Monday’s shootings, one man was killed and another was critically wounded in a double stabbing in downtown Minneapolis.”

To the idiot Democrats on the Minneapolis City Council, additional law enforcement officers are needed, not less. This is so straightforward that even a Democrat should be able to figure it out within 3-4 guesses. (Republicans would figure it out the first time but that’s a totally different discussion.)

The shootings prompted Frey to call on the Hennepin County Sheriff’s office, the Minnesota State Patrol and others for help. “That’s the ATF, that’s the Secret Service, that’s the FBI for investigative purposes,” Frey said.

Little towns can get away with not having a fulltime police force. Minnesota’s biggest city can’t rely on outside law enforcement agencies from the county, state and feds.

This is the time for the activists on the Minneapolis City Council to make a decision. That decision is whether they want to remain hair-brained, irresponsible activists or whether they want to become adults and start governing like adults. If Lisa Bender, Jeremiah Ellison, et al, want to remain activists, then it’s up to Minneapolis voters to reject the Council’s charter amendment and throw out the childish activists.

The people of Minneapolis need police protection. Without the police, there won’t be people downtown. There won’t be businesses opening up. There’s only businesses leaving. This pattern is detectable. The same thing is happening on a smaller scale in St. Cloud.

Democrats are right. There is a systemic problem within the USA. Here’s proof of that system. Here’s more proof. Still not convinced? Check this out.

The systemic problem isn’t systemic racism. It’s systemic progressivism. Where we’ve seen riots, we’ve seen appeasement-oriented local officials. Until those officials, including activists on the various city councils and the mayors, get removed, we’ll have out-of-control violence. That doesn’t mean that police reform isn’t required. That’s still true. It’s just that the bigger problems facing police violence are tied to police unions that fight to keep bad officers employed and politicians that throw good cops under the bus without hesitation.

In Seattle, Minneapolis and Chicago, Jenny Durkan, Jacob Frey and Lori Lightfoot are utterly clueless (Durkan and Frey) or they’re utterly pig-headed stupid (Lightfoot). Frey let a police station burn to the ground, then held a press conference to tell citizens that the Third Precinct Police Station was “just bricks and mortar.” He didn’t mention the minority-owned businesses in the neighborhood that got torched, looted or both. Those weren’t just bricks and mortar. Those businesses were those families livelihoods and their retirement account.

Despite the shootings in Seattle over the weekend, Durkan is still remembered for this:

Mayor Durkan said this “could be a summer of love.” Does this look like a love-filled summer?

Then there’s Chicago, where 104 people were shot during Father’s Day Weekend, 14 fatally:

Chicago saw its highest number of gun violence victims in a single weekend this year with 104 people shot across the city from Friday evening to Monday morning, 14 of them fatally. Five of those killed were minors.

If ever there was a time when leadership was required, it’s now. Thinking that doing the same thing will produce different results is Einstein’s definition of insanity. The C in Chicago stands for Corruption. Chicago is the corruption capitol of the world.

It’s time to start training and promoting leaders. Those leaders won’t magically appear. Society is producing leaders. They just aren’t choosing to be police officers. Considering what officers make and the grief they take, that isn’t surprising.

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.

Journalist Andy Ngo is reporting that the Occupied Territory within Seattle “could be described as a ‘sort of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.'” In greater detail, Ngo reports that “during the day it could be considered peaceful if one ignored boarded-up businesses or graffiti calling for the murder of police. But when the sun goes down, the “criminal elements come out,” Ngo noted. ‘Unfortunately, last night that was made very clear, when one person on a microphone and a loudspeaker was able to sic a mob of probably more than 100 people to chase down this business that was several blocks away. They just all descended on it. It was pure anarchy.'”

Jenny Durkan, the idiot mayor of Seattle, once told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that “We could have a summer of love.” That’s Durkan’s legacy. She’ll never be able to live that down for the rest of her life. That statement is as tied to her as “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan” is tied to President Obama.

Right now, it appears as though there’s a 3-way competition for the ‘Worst Mayor in America.’ At this point, the tri-finalists are Durkan, Jacob Frey and Bill de Blasio. It’s a difficult race to handicap. Durkan allowed a foreign nation to sprout up in the middle of her city. Frey let rioters and looters demolish his city. In a city of 8,000,000 people, De Blasio has figured out a way to piss off every influential group in the city. But I digress.

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best told everyone that it was Durkan’s decision to abandon the police:

Seattle is transforming itself into a hell-hole:

“For example, there’s a Trader Joe’s nearby who announced just a few days ago that they’re closing indefinitely because of security and safety issues,” he remarked. “So, when you take that and you also see all [of] the businesses that are boarded up, that no cars can drive into this area — I don’t see how the few anecdotes of positive experiences of some owners could be the representative voice. Particularly when there are now some dissident voices coming out to speak and they’re having to do it anonymously because of threats of retaliation,” Ngo noted.

Another contributing factor to what Ngo described as a chaotic atmosphere is that many people have been seen openly carrying weapons like handguns, rifles, batons or knives. In addition, Ngo highlighted other concerns like rampant drug use, homelessness and lack of medical care.

Other than those dangers, Seattle is a virtual paradise. Then again, what would you expect if you removed law enforcement officers? I’d expect a chaotic situation, which is what’s happened.

Back at the end of May, DFL State Party Chairman Ken Martin retweeted something that was first tweeted by former DFL Mayor of Minneapolis R.T. Rybak. Here’s Martin’s retweet:

It’s frightening that Mssrs. Martin and Rybak think that this looks like destruction was limited:

Does that look like limited destruction to you? It doesn’t to me by any stretch of the imagination. Then again, Ken Martin and R.T. Rybak are expected to lie about Tim Walz and Jacob Frey. This article highlights the extent of the rioters’ damage:

The destruction and looting on Lake Street left neighborhoods nearby in a pharmacy shortage. People are now finding themselves looking beyond south Minneapolis for important medications. “There’s a void now on numerous, small communities,” said Mary who lives a few blocks from Lake Street. Just over a week ago, people needing a prescription had options up and down Lake Street. Now, those options are gone — looted or destroyed altogether.

If that’s the DFL’s definition of limiting the destruction, then the DFL is too stupid to be the majority party in the Minnesota House or Minnesota Senate. That isn’t ‘limiting the destruction.’ That’s igniting the destruction.

It’s impossible to say that the unofficial results of this unofficial poll are surprising. They aren’t slightly surprising. In fact, they’re utterly predictable. According to the unofficial polling, “Small business owners in Minneapolis who lost everything in the riots don’t want to lose their police department, too. But nobody thinks it should be business as usual, either. That view is shared by large and small companies, according to an informal survey conducted by the Star Tribune, which asked dozens of business owners if they support the recent pledge by a City Council majority to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department in response to public furor over the death of George Floyd.”

The other way to ask that question would be to ask whether these entrepreneurs would open businesses that ‘featured’ police-free zones. It isn’t surprising that the entrepreneurs replied this way:

“What I feel in my heart, and what millions of people feel, is that there is a young girl without a dad who should still be on the planet,” said restaurant owner Charles Stotts, whose Town Talk Diner & Gastropub was destroyed in the riots. “There needs to be a fix to this, whatever that fix is.”

Jonathan Weinhagen, president & CEO of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber, said the group’s members believe the city must reach out to “communities of color” and deliver “significant reform” to the department. After years of complaints, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights recently launched an investigation of the police department to determine if its officers have engaged in discriminatory practices toward people of color.

“We stand with Chief [Medaria] Arradondo and his efforts to hold officers accountable and dramatically overhaul policing in Minneapolis,” Weinhagen said in a statement. “Businesses are concerned about calls for abolishing or eliminating the police department. We believe it is important to maintain and improve public safety. And the necessary changes for the MPD will take consensus from the community and continual work from leaders across Minneapolis.”

This isn’t surprising because people want to feel protected. That’s people’s default position. That’s why the Minneapolis City Council’s announcement this weekend that at least 9 of the 13 city council members will support abolishing the MPD. This isn’t good news for the Council:

I was already kind of fed up with a lot of the lunatic ideas that have come out of the City Council, even before this,” said Don Blyly, who is facing $2 million in losses from the destruction of Uncle Hugo’s and Uncle Edgar’s bookstores on Chicago Avenue. “The police department needs to be fixed. But if they do the kind of things they are talking about now, then I will not rebuild in the city of Minneapolis.”

Investing in insanity is foolish. Rebuilding in a city that’s a police-free zone is downright stupid. Mr. Blyly doesn’t strike me as being a stupid man because stupid people aren’t often worth $2,000,000. This pain isn’t going away:

Like other business owners, Aloul was frustrated when he turned to the police for help during the riots. After looters broke into his store on Lake Street, he said he spotted several officers and asked for help. “They said we have instructions from the mayor not to interfere,” said Aloul, who lost an estimated $800,000 in tobacco products to looters. “I understand they were overwhelmed, but I think if they had fired off a couple of shots they could have scared people off.”

According to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office website, the text of the oath of office for Minnesota mayors states “I, _____________________________________________________________ do solemnly swear or affirm that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Minnesota, and that I will discharge faithfully the duties of the office of ______________________________ in the County of __________________________, the State of Minnesota, to the best of my judgment and ability.”

The first responsibility of a mayor is to protect his constituents. Instructing officers “not to interfere” with rioters, looters, many of whom were Antifa and Black Lives Matter activists, is proof that Mayor Frey didn’t faithfully discharge the duties of his office to the best of his judgment or ability. When police officers stand by while rioters throw Molotov cocktails, that isn’t discharging the duties of the mayor to the best of someone’s ability:

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.