Keith Ellison’s priorities are getting clearer with each lawsuit. This week, the “Minnesota Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division has let Cornerstone Café in Monticello, The Interchange in Albert Lea and The Pour House in Clarks Grove know of its intention to revoke their liquor licenses for 60 days for violating Gov. Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-99.”

That’s just part of it. According to the article, “Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville, Mission Tavern in Merrifield, Neighbors on the Rum in Princeton and Boardwalk Bar & Grill in East Grand Forks, which the Attorney General’s Office also has a temporary restraining order against, are among those facing suspensions.”

Cease-and-desist orders and restraining orders

Meanwhile, Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office has filed lawsuits against Cornerstone Café, Cork in Anoka, Neighbors on the Rum, Boardwalk Bar & Grill and St. Patrick’s Tavern in New Prague.

Ellison and Walz are doing their best to put Minnesota out of business. These bars aren’t causing the spread of COVID. Walz and Ellison know that. They don’t care apparently. They’re power-tripping and loving every minute of it. The only cure for that disease is firing them the next time they’re up for re-election. This is exactly the right way of thinking of Gov. Walz during this Christmas season:

Gov. Walz isn’t a leader. He’s an autocrat. There’s a gigantic difference between the 2. An autocrat says ‘go this direction.’ A leader says ‘let’s head this direction.’ An autocrat gives orders. A leader provides insight, instruction. Gov. Walz isn’t insightful. He doesn’t provide leadership, either.

Keith Ellison is an autocrat, too. Thus far as Minnesota’s AG, he’s been thrilled to push people around. That’s especially true of mom and pop restaurants. As a young attorney, he ran interference for Joanne Chesimard, aka Akata Shakur, and for Kathleen Soliah:

Sara Jane Olson pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing bombs with intent to murder Los Angeles police officers. The St. Paul resident said despite her guilty plea, she is innocent of the charges. Olson says she wasn’t able to get a fair trial in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. Local supporters say they’re surprised, but supportive of Olson’s decision.

Sara Jane Olson, previously known as Kathleen Soliah, had been charged with conspiring to blow up two police cars in 1975. Prosecutors said the bombs were retaliation for the deaths of six Symbionese Liberation Army members who died in a shootout. The bombs never exploded. Since the incident, Olson, 54, had been living in St. Paul and was arrested here two years ago. The actress and mother of three has always maintained her innocence.

Keith Ellison isn’t a leader, either. Pushing people around is his specialty, too. He’s enforcing a dictate that isn’t enforceable. The court rule is that a solution must be the least intrusive when taking away a person’s fundamental rights. Feeding one’s family is definitely a fundamental right.

Further, the court is supposed to insist that there be proof that the dictate be proven scientifically. With roughly 2% of COVID cases coming from restaurants, it’s safe to say that shutting down restaurants isn’t the least intrusive solution. In fact, it isn’t proof that it’s a solution. I’d argue that a court is giving the government too much deference in these cases.

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