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.

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