It’s terribly apparent that Tim Walz, the DFL governor of Minnesota, isn’t a leader. Most of the time, he’s been a blithering idiot who couldn’t think his way out of a wet paper bag. During the COVID crisis, which Walz mishandled terribly, Walz used a one-size-fits-all strategy for the entire state. He didn’t detect the difference between downtown Minneapolis and downtown Little Falls. Yesterday, Walz took a cheap shot at the GOP state senate.

Though he didn’t mention Republicans by name, his intent was clear when he said “My call to action on this is: This is on us, and I don’t think things just happen by chance. I’m not sure there’s anywhere else in the country (where) their Legislature is coming back next week. So you’re gonna get to see an opportunity next week how serious people are about getting this done. Because I will guarantee you, there will be bills put on the floor and put to a vote: Yes or no. Put your money where your mouth is and send it forward.”

Here’s something more specific:

The agenda poised to embody much of the initiatives was laid out earlier this week by lawmakers in the People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus, of which Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan was a founding member when she served in a Legislature. Their agenda includes some two dozen ideas, under five general topics — as the caucus defined them:

  1. Reform the investigation and prosecution of officer-involved deaths and wrongful actions
  2. Increase police accountability and transparency
  3. Raise standards of conduct and support officer excellence
  4. Partner officers with the communities they serve
  5. Repair and build community trust and create community-centered public safety

There’s a term for the vast majority of this initiative. That term is DOA. In fact, it isn’t worth trying. For instance, the goal of raising “standards of conduct and support officer excellence” sounds worthwhile until you get to the part that major city DFL mayors undercut police officers virtually daily, either by criticizing them for partisan gain, gutting their budgets and their forces or by accusing them of “systemic racism’.

If you’ve just graduated from a law enforcement program, why on God’s green earth would you want to serve a mayor who doesn’t hesitate in criticizing you, puts the police budget on the chopping block yearly and thinks that police want to kill people of color each day? That’s before tackling the issue of officer excellence without reforming the police unions. Officers often get criticized and kicked off the force, only to have the union file (and win) a lawsuit restoring the officer to full duty with back pay. There’s no chance that the DFL will take on a public employee union, especially in an election year.

Repairing and building trust within communities is virtually impossible when DFL politicians take cheap shots at the police. What’s worse is when Antifa-supporting legislators like Aisha Gomez say things like this:

This is why we talk about police abolition.

There is no reform that can fix this system. No training or body camera or coaching or diversification effort or outside investigation or toothless oversight body that can fix this.

The rot in police departments is the rot in our political and social systems, crystallized and heavily armed. It is a reflection of our country, built on the enslavement of African people and the genocide and dispossession of Native people, reliant on exploited immigrant labor to enforce the racialized social order and help the powerful accumulate wealth.

This female might be more insane than Ilhan Omar. Why would I take her seriously?

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