Monday, July 8, 2019

Keith Ellison Gaslights Rural Minnesota


Recently, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison ventured into the rural parts of Minnesota in order to set people there straight about how the forced importation of uneducated, low skilled, unassimilable, refugees make their lives better and how dissent from this diktat is "hateful."

Bad message, bad messenger, but that's part & parcel of any gaslighting effort.

This attack, for that is what it is, on rural Minnesota comes close on the heels of the New York Times hit job, about which I wrote immediately below.

Stephen Montemayor, the Star Tribune's go to reporter for dhimmi coverage, wrote a story that couldn't be distinguished from a press release from the Ismaofascist AG. Or Islamofascist Ilhan Omar. Or Islmofascist CAIR.

He's at their service and it shows. Media today are propaganda organs for the Left and should not be taken seriously with respect to that upon which they claim to report.

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Still, it's worth following Montemayor's "reporting," if no other reason than to call it out for his relentless service on behalf of The Cathedral. He starts with an unverified report of a "hate crime" and quickly hits his stride bolstering Minnesota's Attorney General's jihad on Wrong Think. Montemayor makes the wholly unsupported allegation that there is "a rising number of episodes of intolerance against immigrants and minorities" in rural Minnesota.

It's always good to remember that when our dishonest media say "hate crimes" are increasing, they almost always refer to "reports" of such being made to the FBI. What they don't tell their readers is that those reports are simply collected; they are not, in fact, verified or found to have actually happened. Feel free to report your own "hate crime" today: there's no downside because no one will bother checking up on you. Some groups know this very well. CAIR, for example.

As anticipated, the Star Tribune reporter cites the New York Times hit piece that I wrote about. Once you figure out The Cathedral, many things are predictable. These stories are coordinated, never spontaneous and exist to advance a false narrative.

It's cute the media don't realize we see them.

Ellison is quoted toward the end of this tedious piece of agitprop as saying "What's clear is these people are organizing. They're here in Minnesota and they are violent and they're willing to stab and hurt people while hiding behind the First Amendment."

Was he talking about Somalis at St. Cloud's Crossroads Mall? Those stabbings? Or was he referring to the straight up violent Antifa for which he has shown much fondness?

And "hiding behind the First Amendment?" Here he gives his game away, which is suppression of speech, censorship. The First Amendment never protects violence and never has. So what does he mean? He means he wants to silence speech with which he doesn't agree: yours.

Montemayor has Ellison justifying his repression tour of rural Minnesota by referencing the Christchurch, New Zealand mosque shooting that killed 51 people. Please.

Would he justify policing the Muslim community for the slaughter, less than a month later, of more than 100 Nigerian Christians at the hands of Muslims? No, of course not; you see very well how this gaslighting works.

In fact, if we in Minnesota were to pay equal minded attention to what's going on in the world, we'd be protecting Christians and Jews who are murdered daily by adherents of the religion of peace. “Christians living in a Muslim country are ‘143 times more likely’ to be killed by a Muslim than vice versa,” reported the Voice of Europe on March 18th of this year.

When you have mass Muslim migration, like that which has happened in France, Robert Spencer informs us "with 66 dead a year on average, Frenchmen are exactly ten times more likely to be murdered by a Muslim than a Muslim being killed by a non-Muslim terrorist anywhere in the Western world." Not just in France mind you, anywhere in the Western world.

Who's really at risk of harm and from whom? The answer to that question is the last thing Minnesota media will answer.

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Ellison deleted the tweet you see pictured at the top of this column. So far, I've not seen Stephen Montemayor report this fact, let alone ask the Attorney General about it. The same goes for the rest of Minnesota media. 

Here's a man who endorses the violence of Antifa, or at a bare minimum, has never once condemned it, dispatching himself to rural Minnesota to lecture others about their purportedly violent tendencies. That which they themselves are guilty of will be projected onto others. 

The sanctimonious editorial board of the Star Tribune gives them cover. That board consists of a handful of unremarkable, mediocre people on the Regressive Left. They have no moral authority. 

In addition to the support of Antifa, our gaslighting Attorney General apparently didn't spend much time in the rural areas of the state because shortly after this PR stunt he was seen warmly embracing the rancid, anti semitic, anti white, terrorist loving Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of the United Kingdom. In a way, I was impressed with the sheer brazenness of Ellison, which brazenness comes from knowing he'll never be held to account by Minnesota media. Where he stops and the other starts is difficult to discern. 

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Muslims are more likely to report fake hate crimes than any other group in America except college students and even then, there can be some overlap, according to investigative reporter Andy Ngo. Yes, that Andy Ngo who was recently beaten up by Portland Antifa and sent to the hospital with a brain bleed. 

Any condemnation from local media about a reporter being violently attacked and injured? Anything from Keith Ellison? Anything from those preening moralists at the Star Tribune editorial board? To ask the questions is to have your answers. 

Andrew Yang, and eventually Joe Biden, to their credit, did condemn the attack on Ngo. I no longer ask the limp dick question "But what if conservative affiliated groups had done the same thing? What would the media be saying?" 

If I wanted to engage in an exercise of cringe uselessness I'd read "The Federalist" or attend yet another of that grifter Candace Owens' appearance at the Center of the American Experiment. This is one Boomer who doesn't respond to Boomer bait, who recognizes it for the problem that it is: keeping them asleep, pacified, optimistic when there is no cause. 

Joe Sobran once said of the conservative movement “It was all a game, or a way of making a living.” Even in the Age of Trump, this remains true. 

It is worth noting, however, that Peter Beinert, on July 4th no less, wrote that there was almost no support on the Left for Antifa so why do conservatives insist there is? Yet Jeffrey Goldberg, his editor at "The Atlantic" tweeted a comparison of Antifa to the American troops landing on the beaches of Normandy. Yes, it's a mystery how Antifa has been given a pass. 

Did local media republish the photo of Keith Ellison at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair with Portland Antifa leader Luis Enrique Marquez? Of course not but thanks to Big League Politics you can see it for yourself.

These things happen, are allowed to happen if not promoted outright, because of The Cathedral. I may be banging on about this concept for awhile but only because I think it affords Minnesotans an exceptional understanding as to much of what is happening around them. To know how to best respond, one has to best understand what is going on. The Cathedral gets us most of the way there. 

And what is really happening?

Pat Buchanan recently put it succinctly: “In half a lifetime, many Americans have seen their God dethroned, their heroes defiled, their culture polluted, their values assaulted, their country invaded, and themselves demonized as extremists and bigots for holding on to beliefs Americans have held for generations.”

Instead of robust support for those Americans, we get moral cretins like Ilhan Omar who hates the country that gave her refuge, whose own native country in a hundred years couldn't achieve a quarter of what America has, even as we're expected to celebrate Somali straw huts on Lake Street or in some pathetic Somali "museum." We get Islamofascists like Keith Ellison, who the dumbest republicans in the nation couldn't defeat when he ran for Attorney General, but who pretends to moral virtue while supporting Antifa and meeting with Jeremy Corbyn. 

Rural Minnesotans in particular understand the stakes and refuse to be cowed by a far left Attorney General and his handmaidens in the press. They refuse to let another Rotherham happen in their midsts because Rotherham happened by degrees. They insist on stopping those degrees every step of the way. And there is no other way, despite the condescension or the all out attacks on them. 

Far more than the ersatz sophisticated "conservatives" I know in the Twin Cities, most of whom are good only for lining up for (yet another) paycheck on a (yet another) sure to fail campaign, or who cashed out to become lobbyists while pretending to make a difference, or who suck up to the Left and local media for fear they'll be called names, rural Minnesotans have the courage that comes from knowing they are right. 

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Somalis, Minnesota & The Cathedral

Last Thursday the New York Times, an essential element of the Cathedral (defined and explained in my post immediately below), published a story designed to silence Minnesotans from voicing legitimate concerns about the forced importation of Somalis into this state. The only officially approved narrative on this topic is one of unalloyed joy and gratitude despite, on balance and by every objective measure, being an ongoing, quite expensive, socially corrosive, failure.

Somalis in Minnesota do very little to adjust and assimilate into America. They are encouraged by the Regressive Left, here and nationally, aided by the Cathedral, not to do so. Instead, quite perversely, Minnesotans are demanded to do all the adjusting. This is exactly backwards but is precisely our current circumstances.

The New York Times story--one could predict its content and narrative arc without reading it--is designed to assist local efforts in Minnesota to silence objections and dissent. The mere act of noticing is not allowed. "Political correctness is a war on noticing," Steve Sailer once wrote.

Reduced to its essentials, the storyline posits that backwards, racist, xenophobic (a word used in the title) Minnesotans are the scum of the earth, while portraying Somalis as helpless victims, here only to benefit us, instead of to take from us, which is the more accurate reality. That nonsense about diversity making us stronger again. It doesn't, of course, but saying so will soon be a capital offense.

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Before examining the hit job of a story, I want to recall what I wrote almost two years ago to the day when Sen. Tom Cotton was the featured speaker at the annual dinner of the Center of the American Experiment. Quite literally, I was the only one present who actually conveyed in writing what the Senator said. The Cathedral works by intimidation, among other methods, and the reaction to the New York Times story is revealing proof of it.

Here's what I wrote for Alpha News about the substance of Sen. Cotton's remarks concerning Somalis & Minnesota:

"Cotton proceeded to talk in honest, real terms about Somalia and Somali immigration. I swear I could hear jaws clench. This crowd either supported open borders or was (mostly) too cowardly to speak about its downsides. Not Tom.

He detailed the enormous financial generosity of America toward the failed state of Somalia, including both humanitarian aid as well as military efforts, the latter at the cost of lives. “Blackhawk Down” and all that.

Turning to the realities of Somali immigration, he informed the audience that Minnesota spends more than 120 million dollars annually on that community. He noted that more than 80% of them do not speak English at home. He pointed out the obvious and ongoing problem of Somalis joining terrorist groups both here and abroad. He truthfully said that there is little cultural integration of them nor any particularly noteworthy contributions to wider society from them.

He mocked Gov. Mark Dayton for saying to those who had “real and legitimate” concerns about such a troubling situation that they “should find a different state.” He made plain that the Governor had it backwards, had it manifestly wrong and that American citizens have every right to question the consequences of immigration decisions from which they are largely excluded but are forced to live with.

Simple, candid common sense was the order of Cotton’s day and saying these things out loud made the Center’s audience deeply uncomfortable. Citizens have every right to question the settlement of those who don’t share our values or seek to change our culture into the backward one from which they came. Female genital mutilation comes to mind. That questioning can, and should, be done without rancor or unkindness but this crowd was largely made up of those who faint dead away at the thought of being called bigoted or racist."

All this is truer today than it was two years ago. The discussion along these lines amongst Minnesotans is precisely what the Times' story is designed to shut down. Local media was failing at the task. Ask yourself: why else would the New York Times take an interest in Saint Cloud, Minnesota? Why now? These stories don't appear for no reason. 

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The story itself was badly written, notable for the falsehoods it contained as well as for salient facts it left out. This is how most "journalism" operates in the service of the Cathedral's agenda.

To begin, the reading material of one subject is categorically labeled xenophobic and conspiratorial, with no evidence provided for the claim, naturally. Robert Spencer's "JihadWatch.org" was included in those characterizations. Spencer is a scrupulously factual, leading authority on Islam, Islamism, the terrorism that naturally accompanies mass Muslim migration to the West and the author of "The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS." Buy this book.

The story went on to deride white demographic replacement, something minorities and the Democrats boast about, as a "racist conspiracy theory." Except that white replacement is an obvious, demonstrable fact, here in America and across Western Europe.

Whites are a minority in London. The very day this hit piece appeared, the Texas Tribune ran the story "Texas gained almost nine Hispanic residents for every additional white resident last year." No Texas, no republican president ever again. But "a racist conspiracy" according to the author of the New York Times story.

All of this is in the service to intimidate you into not noticing in the first place, and in the second, to remain silent if you do. Whites can object once they're minorities and lose electoral power.

The Minnesota chapter of CAIR is kowtowed to without mentioning its terrorist links, something the New York Times has in common with local media. The pretense it speaks for all Muslims is laughable but that's the only narrative you'll find in the press.

What did the story leave out about Somalis in Minnesota? Welfare dependency to the tune of 120 million dollars annually, lack of assimilation by Somalis into American culture, daycare fraud, home health services fraud, members of the Bloomington terrorist mosque Dar Al Farooq leaving to join the terrorist group Al- Shabab, an imam at that same mosque whose homilies instruct Muslims that it is their religious duty to kill Jews, and another terrorist attack at the Mall of America on top of that of Crossroads Mall.

Gee, why would people who had no say in the imposition of all this cultural enrichment have the least hesitation about such developments?

A friend more astute than I am noticed the Times' story flipped the demographic numbers: Saint Cloud went from 2% non-white to 33%. But, she observed, another way of saying this is that in 30 years it went from 98% white to 67% white. You're supposed to neither notice nor object. Diversity, weirdly, only affects white people. Why is that?

As one person on Twitter said: "Note the preposterous inversion of who the offending party is here, as if it's entirely natural for people from thousands of miles away to be settled en masse in a small city in the interior of this continent. But somehow it's the locals who must explain themselves!"

Another: "Amusing to see the obvious alliance between the East Coast media & refugee NGO's to facilitate ramrodding 3rd world migrants into white towns & the few remaining majority white cities. 'Accept this next wave of migrants or we'll stamp you as media-certified bigots or Hate Agents.'"

Yet another put it in succinct deadly terms: "Their desire to not be replaced is proof they deserve replacement."


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Astead W. Herndon is the reporter commissioned by the Times for this hit job. "In his free time, he enjoys basketball, musical theater, “Atlanta” (his favorite TV show), Kanye West and is a die-hard supporter of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, a soccer team in North London," reads his bio in part. 

A black, gay, affirmative action hire, previously at the D.C. bureau of The Boston Globe, Herndon's Saint Cloud piece is actually the second installment of his cultural jihad against what he terms "white identity politics."

Wait a minute: isn't identity politics all the rage? Why, yes it is. Does every other ethnic group in America now engage in it constantly? Regrettably, yes. Why, then, should anyone object when whites do it?

Because it's racist. I'm not being facetious, that's the literal, and continuous, answer you will get to that obvious question. Such is the alarm in the Cathedral that whites will attain a racial, ethnic identity before the demographic transformation of America is complete that this non sequitur is deployed viciously and incessantly against them. Alas, it's effective: you don't want to be called a waycist bigot, do you white boy? It helps, of course, when there are a lot of white Leftists shouting this. 

His first article in what can only be presumed to be a tedious narrative tasked Herndon by his white overlords at the Times is titled "How Trump’s Brand of Grievance Politics Roiled a Pennsylvania Campaign." Herndon references an alleged push-pull among republicans "who have wrestled with how to deal with such overt appeals to white identity."

When all others are explicitly appealed to daily on the basis of those identities, why can't whites be? Because they're still in the voting majority, which gives the game away. 

Do you think Herndon will write on how blacks in America, who constitute 13% of the population, are responsible for more than 50% of violent crime? Never. Wrong narrative. 

This accounts for why you never see stories about the state of race relations among minorities. How are blacks and hispanics getting along? Asians and blacks? Blacks and Somalis? Africans new to America and blacks? Once you take out the white element, the narrative is grim. 

The cohesion of the coalition of the fringes depends upon the white boogeyman. Left to themselves they resemble "The Lord of the Flies." 

Based upon my review of Herndon's articles and social media postings, I've concluded he's a black national supremacist. Two can play that game and far more of us on the Right should. Turns out it's quite easy. 

Why don't we? Oh right, the name calling. The Cathedral's power is as strong as it is because currently it only has to start the job of non-personing and too many on the Right will do the rest of the work for it in order not to be next. Belatedly, they learn they are always next; it's only a matter of time, a matter of sequencing. 

With the Saint Cloud calumny, Herndon got a twofer: racist white people and Muslim haters. The reaction, however, in Minnesota has been less than spectacular to his libel-by-the-numbers job, something of a thud, as a friend of mine might say. Sure the local newspaper wrung its hands and the usual white haters in the Twin Cities media and political circles clucked but, beyond that, not much of an impact. 

No one lost their job, for example, always a goal with these stories to provide sufficient warning to others engaged in Wrong Think. Herndon's own tweeting of the story went decidedly non-viral and many of the replies, satisfyingly, were evidence that this narrative is losing strength.

The objects of the hit job hit back.

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Objecting to your own demographic replacement without any say, as well as to the forced importation of Islam on a significant scale, which importation has already destroyed the United Kingdom and ruined much of Western Europe, is both appropriate and necessary. Cultural Janissaries, hired by corporate media, will be deployed to bolster attempts by local media to stop efforts of the citizenry from being effective in, well, resisting.

“Islam is not a race … Islam is simply a set of beliefs, and it is not ‘Islamophobic’ to say Islam is incompatible with liberal democracy,” Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the world's most famous and accomplished Somali, has rightly said. Why don't you see her celebrated in Minnesota media instead of the national embarrassment Ilhan Omar? Indeed, why is there a media blackout on Hirsi Ali in this state? 

The Cathedral is the short answer.

Why no extensive coverage as to the cost of Somali migration here, the fraud, the criminal gang violence, the extent of female genital mutilation, the lack of genuine assimilation as opposed to the gaming of the system and exploitation of their status as pets of the Regressive Left, or of the pathologies of that ghetto known as Cedar Riverside?

Again, the Cathedral. 

This framework explains a great deal, if not in fact most, of our politics and culture, tightly intertwined as they have become. Once understood, you'll never see anything the same way again.

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There are, of course, better and worse ways of approaching these topics. Without exception, every person interviewed in Herndon's story who was concerned about these forced developments failed to realize what was really going on, failed to realize the hit job in the process of being written, failed to understand the Cathedral and, above all, failed to take my oft repeated advice: never talk to the media. No good, and much ill, will only come from it.

Stop cooperating with people who hate you.

Islam's rank, self-professed, incompatibility with America as founded should always be the locus of concern, not an individual Mohammedan. That person deserves to be treated with respect and the protection of the full panoply of legal rights afforded any American, even as Islam exploits what Hirsi Ali says is democracies soft underbellies, our religious freedoms. Tricky business. 

Propagandists and Islamofascist supremacists like Ilhan Omar are fair game for strong, consistent criticism. But should I meet her in real life, I'd treat her with all the usual courtesies which South Dakotans were raised to treat others. Macro, stopping the Islamization of America, not micro, an individual adherent, should be the object of our warranted attention.

When we do so, when those brave individuals in Saint Cloud and elsewhere in Minnesota who have awakened to the threat, who don't want their state & country to go the way of the U.K., who say no and seek to educate others, we will find, to our satisfaction, that the Cathedral strikes back.

This is why, despite all appearances to the contrary, the New York Times story is a sign of the Cathedral's panic. 

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Untouchable Ilhan Omar


As long as you remember that if you get involved in politics, you have to be very careful that your leader is for Allah. You don’t get involved in politics because it’s the American thing to do. You get involved in politics because politics are a weapon to use in the cause of Islam. —Siraj Wahhaj

Ilhan Omar, "a symbol of America’s failed immigration system if there ever was one, someone who hates this country coming here at public expense," as the indispensable Tucker Carlson recently described her, continues to make the worst possible sort of news. Jew hater? Check. America hater? Check. Hater of white people who built not only this country but Western Civilization and without whom she'd still be in a refugee camp in Kenya? Double check.

Islamofascist supremacist? Uber check, because that identity is her raison d'├ętat.

To miss this last bit is to miss the real Ilhan Omar entirely.

I'm the guy who unearthed her "Israel has hypnotized the world" tweet. She didn't appreciate her true views being made known, literally worldwide. (I'm bad at this game or else I would have monetized it, something Turning Point, USA would not have failed to do if they had come across the tweet. I can see Alyssa Ahlgren modeling tee shirts with it even now to be sold to Boomers)

In response to bringing her tweet to light, Omar called me a "hateful, sad man." Or a "sad, hateful man." Who can recall, it's Twitter. You get the drift and I put one of those iterations in my Twitter bio with relish.

My name was caught up in the firestorm of attention to this tweet so it was probably inevitable that I would get an inquiry from corporate media and indeed I did, although the source was surprising. Last November, I received an DM on Twitter (my DMs are open because fear is paralysis) from a reporter with Deutsche Welle, one of the world's premiere corporate news reporting organizations. German, in case Deutsche didn't register with you.

Said one Tessa Walther, in the Washington, D.C. bureau, to me: "I am working on a story about Ilhan Omar. I would like to talk to you about what she called you. Would you have time for a short statement?" Her contact information followed but would never be republished here.

Do you see what's going on? Ilhan Omar reveals her true colors but I'm somehow going to be the story because of what she called me? My reaction to her name calling is either the story or somehow fits into it? I don't think so. I'm already on a list of Wrong Thinkers as generated by the Minnesota chapter of that terrorist linked, Hamas front group known as CAIR.

I didn't respond and Tessa Walther's "story" never ran. Believe me, I've searched for any story by this reporter on the Islamist Barbie Doll.™ Nothing comes up in any search.

The obvious point is to never, as in ever, talk to the media.

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I'm not interested here in reciting the litany of transgressions by Omar because they accrue weekly. It's who she is, who her male handlers are. If you think Ilhan Omar has any moral agency than you don't understand Islam, especially as it tries to infect America as it has, to a distressingly successful degree, in Europe. See Douglas Murray's "The Strange Death of Europe." 

The world's most famous and accomplished Somali woman is Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Minnesota media have a blackout on the woman. Why is that?

Omar is tight friends with the rancid Linda Sarsour, who publicly urges Muslims not to assimilate and to obey only "Allah's" law, in other words, sharia. These Islamofascist haters of America are neither shy nor subtle. Again, you won't read a single story about Sarsour in Minnesota media. If you object, you'll be called a bigot. I should know.

But the secret to being called names is, once you let them bounce off you, the name callers have no power. None. It's terrifying to them and it's only because too many of us are cowed by name calling that they have the cultural power they do.

Stop caring about what your political and cultural enemies think of you. Get off the sidelines because the civil war you didn't ask for is upon us. 

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I haven't blogged since December 3, 2018, after I quit Alpha News, where I had been solicited to write based upon the blog you're reading now. Thank you, Cole Mathisen. I enjoyed my eighteen months there because I made people uncomfortable by writing about uncomfortable topics. Minnesotans are deeply dishonest, something I'll never understand even while they preen about how great a state this is. Me? I once wrote "Does Minnesota Suck?"

I had kept my then editor in chief Christine Bauman informed about my impending departure because the direction the platform was taking concerned me: a People's magazine of politics? (honk), or more articles on Joe Mauer (what?), or stories no longer than 300 words (was the target audience retarded or suffering from ADD?), per owner Bob Cummins and his side kick. Alpha News, unfortunately, is now mostly a platform for useless Boomer Bait, written by perky female millennials devoid of intellectual gravitas or seriousness. "Bartender, a round of pocket Constitutions for all my friends!"

I was in Mother India at the time I quit, Varanasi specifically, Hinduism's holiest city (you know, where the dead bodies are cremated in the open). Ich bin Hindu nationalist. 

After texting, I sent Christine my resignation email and went for a walk in the early morning light along the Ganges, smoking a Marlboro red and looking for my favorite chai walla. 

I'm not sure my anti-smoking friend Dario Anselmo will ever understand the evanescence.

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So we're left with Ilhan Omar and a system that imports low IQ people who hate us into our own country. Did you know that Somalis in Minnesota get (at least) 120 million dollars in welfare every year? Probably not because I only learned of this figure from Sen. Tom Cotton two years ago when he was the speaker at the annual dinner for the Center of the American Boomer™. Except for me, no one reported on this. Not John Hinderaker. Not Scott Johnson. And they were both there. Draw your own conclusions. 

Have you heard of the term "controlled opposition?" You should because you live in it. And you fall for it: the Freedom Club, Rough Riders, the Center of the American Experiment. All useless because they won't confront demographic replacement. More or less, they're in it for the money, yours. Occam's razor and all that. 

I cringe at the demands for Omar to be thrown off the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Sign this petition to stop her (insert various offenses here). The usual nonsense from people who, bless them, think we live in normal political times. We don't. None of this will happen.

The poison that is Ilahn Omar is here to stay. Look for the usual suspects to promote her cause, especially secular Jews, weirdly enough. They hope to be eaten last but it hasn't worked out so well for them in Europe. Think Malmo, Sweden, think Birmingham, England. Hell, think Western Europe generally. They're undaunted but you should be as well. Especially if you're white.

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Ilhan Omar is untouchable, despite any crimes she has committed or how much she hates America or the white people who created it and modernity itself. She's jealous, really. What has Somali culture given the world? Not much and nothing good, which is why they fail wherever they have been forcefully injected into any modern country. The national average IQ in Somalia is 68. Google it.

You know it, I know it, we all know it. But why is that? How to account for such things, how we have gotten here? How has the greatest country on earth been flooded with those who are not worthy to be here and seek to destroy us from within?

The "Cathedral" is the short answer. I tried to explain that concept when I guest hosted for my friend Sue Jeffers last weekend. Mencius Moldbug, a pen name for Curtis Yarvin, came up with the idea. He says:

"The great power center . . . . is the Cathedral. The Cathedral has two parts: the accredited universities and the established press. The universities formulate public policy. The press guides public opinion. In other words, the universities make decisions, for which the press manufactures consent. It’s as simple as a punch in the mouth."

You'll notice that democracy and the quaint notion of self governance nowhere appear in this definition and for good reason. The Cathedral is above us, all around us, we exist within it. Moldbug goes on:

"Today’s Cathedral is not a personality cult. It is not a political party. It is something far more elegant and evolved. It is not even an organization in the conventional, hierarchical sense of the word—it has no Leader, no Central Committee, no nothing. It is a true peer-to-peer network, which makes it extraordinarily resilient. To even understand why it is so unanimous, why Harvard always agrees with Yale which is always on the same page as Berkeley which never picks any sort of a fight with the New York Times, except of course to argue that it is not progressive enough, takes quite a bit of thinking."

You can listen to the first hour of my show here and the second hour here. And you should.

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Tumors on the body politic like Ilhan Omar are part of a design to "fundamentally transform" America as founded into a more or less Third World basket case. Think Brazil North. Islam has no place in Western Civilization and none in America. Don't let anyone bully you out of that realization. Ayaan Hirsi Ali has repeatedly said that Islam attacks us through the soft underbelly of democracies, its religious freedoms.

Consequently, you simply aren't up to speed if you think the normal checks on conduct will apply to the Cathedral's favorite pets. Just the opposite: they are cosseted, flattered, held out as manifestly better than you and are the subject of puff pieces that are intended to force you to look away from the damaging consequences of importing a totalitarian ideology wrapped in the guise of religion.

This is why, in part, Minnesotans get stories like "Little Abdi, not your white child, may get the USA to Mars." Or fawning coverage over a woman dressed to repress on Sports Illustrated. It's called Clown World and by their honks ye shall know it.

It's also why criminal activity by Somali youth in Minnesota is rarely covered or, if forced to, given the once over lightly treatment. Somali gangs in the Twin Cities? They're thriving but you wouldn't know it from local media coverage. Only Crime Watch Minneapolis, on Facebook and on Twitter, covers crime like it should be, regardless of who is committing it.

Ilhan Omar being untouchable is proof positive that you're losing your country. We haven't lost it entirely yet but it surely hangs in the balance. Stop pretending the usual blandishments will work because they won't. The Cathedral has seen to this. 


Monday, December 3, 2018

On The Ballot In 2020: Identity Politics

Now that the Democrats have taken back the House, and Minnesota Republicans have been destroyed, likely reduced to a permanent minority party as the state slides toward becoming a cold California (which weirdly didn’t stop them from congratulating themselves), the upcoming presidential election in 2020 looms over everything. Certain issues will be addressed on their own merits, surely, but the overall political prism will refract much of what happens through the reelection campaign of Donald Trump.

For some time the Democrats have willingly abandoned not just the white working class vote but much of the white vote altogether. They anticipate the demographic changes that come from flooding America with low skilled, uneducated Third World laborers to form rote voting blocks for those who promise them government handouts, will tip the balance of power to them, possibly forever given the unasked for rate of change and deformation of America.

Identity politics is the phrase given to the behavior where only one’s immutable characteristics are relevant to elected office or even, really, the ability to address public policy issues. This started off glibly enough years ago: only women were said to be entitled to a view on abortion. The premise was madness but madness is upon us in full force, in ways we could never have anticipated back when that shibboleth was first unleashed.

This isn’t about shape shifting either. The Left used to call themselves liberals until that label proved politically fatal given their political and economic incompetence. Now they’re progressives although they seem to offer programs that only take us backward: the slaughterhouses of Chicago and Detroit, the poverty stricken, Third World state of California with its open sewer of San Francisco, government taxation and overreach without end.

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The hacks at Politico recently generated a story setting out the Democrats desire to double down on identity politics. What I thought was interesting about the reporting was not that the author thought identity politics was a bad idea per se--it is--but whether now was the time to adhere to it so strongly given that the Regressive Left hasn’t sufficiently reduced whites to strangers in their own land.

The story quoted Pocahontas: “Let’s just start with the hard truth about our criminal justice system: It’s racist.” Well of course: look at the OJ Simpson verdict. Only that isn’t what she was referring to. No, in a sweeping condemnation without substantiation, Warren slanders not just those working at all levels of criminal justice, but America itself. This is the new normal and conservatives had best wake up to it stat.

Breitbart revealed the progress of this systematic slander recently when it reported on a poll that showed more than half of young Americans believe this country is the most racist on earth. In their defense, young people are this stupid because Conservatism, Inc. neglected the Regressive Left’s long march through our educational institutions. No less than Charles Murray declared they have conserved nothing since 1988. Beliefs like this are the logical outcome of an organized conservatism that navel gazed, applauded itself and urged subscribers to their various rags to join them on cruises while America slipped away. It was all about making a living, as someone observed.

Lady MacBeth has gotten in the on the act as well (everything the Clintons do is an act). Hillary recently announced a contest to win attending a Broadway show with her (is “No Exit” playing? Or “Waiting For Godot” perhaps?). Hillary added that it would include chardonnay because of course. She’s doing this in support of Onward Together, a far Left progressive group run by women, primarily POC (people of color). You see how the game is played. Like many Democrats, the Clintons will use identity politics to their advantage. If they get power, no doubt people without qualifications necessary to the position will be promoted because they are of the right skin color. If you object to this style of governance, guess what you are?

* * * *

As practiced, only white people get in trouble in engaging in identity politics. Only then is a group “racist,” despite the fact that blacks in America vote 20 to 1 for a black candidate. When was the last time you saw an Hispanic person get in trouble for voting for a member of their tribe? In fact, minorities who vote for conservatives or Republicans are excoriated for doing so. The tribe mind is strong and the abuse routinely doled out to whites for engaging similarly is relentless.

The problem with the poison known as identity politics is that if one group gets to play it, everyone does, even though only whites will be singled out for shame, name calling and general derision. The hope of the Regressive Left is that with enough shaming they can fundamentally transform America into something other than as founded before white Americans can object sufficiently to prevent it. This requires reducing the number of white people here while praising all sorts of marginal newcomers with nothing to add except for the fact of their not being white or holding barbaric religious beliefs from the seventh century. Ilhan Omar comes to mind.

When Tucker Carlson questioned the banality that “diversity is our strength,” he was furiously attacked by the Left. When President Trump rationally suggested ending birthright citizenship, the hysteria by the same people was enormous. They tell us what the stakes are and how they plan to effect a demographic coup but when you merely point that out, you become the bigot. Weird.

* * * *

Emphasizing race, exploiting it thoroughly and viciously, will be the clear approach to whatever untalented politician the Democrats decide to run against President Trump in 2020. This is terrible for the country but the Regressive Left doesn’t care for the country, only power and it has shown that it will do anything for it. Anything. Brett Kavanaugh ring a bell?

Similarly, governor elect Tim Walz ran on a campaign motto of “One Minnesota.” This is top shelf gaslighting as the DFL is identity politics incarnate. Just look at the freak show that passes for the Minneapolis City Council, with, alas, Saint Paul’s trying hard to catch up. The Left doesn’t like America as founded nor most especially as currently constituted. This means subordinating white people and their interests to a polyglot melange of various hues and backwards religions without concern for what should be done and who should be doing it. Identity is all, their alpha and their omega.

Conservatives need to fully appreciate the dangers of identity politics and fight against it. I’m not optimistic because a college level sense of “more civics will do the trick” pervades their stale thinking. Different circumstances require different actions.

Let’s put it this way: the poll reported on by Breitbart revealed that six out of ten people under 37 (!) could not name any president on Mount Rushmore. When the country is this far gone, clucking about how people should carry pocket Constitutions with them will hardly do the trick of stemming the tide of transforming America into a Third World hellhole.

If it requires, and it does without question, whites practicing identity politics as strongly and as effectively as any other group, well, count me in.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Minnesota Business Partnership: The Unbearable Lightness Of Charlie Weaver

"It was all a game, or a way of making a living."
Joseph Sobran on the Conservative Movement

Below is the column I submitted to Alpha News, where I have a regular Sunday column. It was rejected on the title alone. I'm publishing it here because I write for myself and always will. 


The Minnesota Business Partnership is perhaps the premier business lobbyist outfit in Minnesota. Yes, the Chamber of Commerce is another group but the MBP is unique in that its membership is comprised solely of CEO’s and senior executives of Minnesota’s largest companies. The great unwashed have the Chamber, the business elites have the Partnership.

Charlie Weaver is the executive director of the Partnership and is paid handsomely, reportedly $700,000 or more, to shill for their interests which they pretend are yours. They are not. Weaver was Gov. Pawlenty’s chief of staff when he took the job he’s held for the last fifteen years. One feature of the Uniparty--or ruling class, take your pick--is its seamlessness.

A friend sent me a recent interview of Weaver by Liz Fedor of Twin Cities Business magazine. My friend knows me well because the interview is both appalling in its myopic corporate agenda and nakedly honest in its disregard for the concerns of the working class and middle class in Minnesota. Weaver’s ideology, for that’s what it is, has contributed to the hollowing out of America, the decimation of our manufacturing base and the continued stagnation of wages across many occupations.

This ideology is dressed in the rags of Conservatism, Inc., possessing the dulled patina of “free trade” and other nostrums that have benefitted corporations at the expense of average Americans. Until recently, you were expected to go along with the decline in your and your children’s life without noticing and, if you did, then without complaining.

* * * * 

In Fedor’s interview of Weaver, she touched on a number of subjects: business challenges, immigration and the fake labor shortage in Minnesota, President Trump & trade, education, transportation, taxes, preemption and the laughable “worker retraining.” What stood out among them all was Weaver’s single minded focus on cheap labor.

Big business' favorite fake mantra is that there is a worker shortage. The reality is they don’t want to pay higher wages. Their solution? Open borders and a flood of low skilled, low educated immigrants.

Weaver is explicit: “We also need immigrants in this state to successfully compete and provide talent for our companies to continue to prosper here.” What is meant by this is that wages can continue to stagnate or decline in order to keep corporate profits healthy.

He goes on: “We do need open borders. We need immigrants in this state. It’s all across the spectrum. It’s the doctors who come in and work at the Mayo Clinic to the person who is working in a slaughterhouse for Hormel to the construction workers for Mortenson and Ryan. An immigration policy that promotes legal immigration and getting to a place where those who are here illegally can get to legal status is really important.”

Weaver never deals with the quality of current immigrants, which on balance is low because chain migration is the mechanism by which they get here. Why should future Americans be imported simply because they have a relative already here? No serious discussion of the issue will be found in this interview of Weaver.

He does get points, though, for sheer brass. Open borders means the extinguishment of nations. As long as people exist who can be moved like so many pieces on the corporate playing board, all is well.

A nation’s culture? Its traditions and unique history? None of this matters to Weaver and those whose interests he shills for. One homogenized mass of people working for substandard wages is what the globalist, corporatist task masters demand and he’s in Minnesota doing his bit to bring it about.

On trade, Weaver is laughably unserious. He says “open and free economies across borders to trade goods is vitally important” and goes on to claim that Trump refusing to join TPP as well as renegotiating NAFTA is “troubling,” adding “[u]ltimately it hurts Minnesotans and it results in fewer jobs.”

Plainly put, this is a lie. Poor trade deals are not free trade and have hollowed out America. Weaver thinks this is just fine because cheap labor above all other social good is his core principle.

President Trump’s forays into trade have already met with remarkable results, despite clucking and bleating from the usual swamp creatures. South Korea is opening its markets more to of our cars, China blinked and is reducing tariffs on our goods, as well as promising to reduce its enormous theft of our intellectual property and NAFTA seems to be on the verge of being renegotiated to the betterment of America. This is what winning looks like.

Weaver returns to unfettered immigration because bad trade deals go hand in hand with it. “Given the challenge of increasing our workforce from within Minnesota, we need immigrants. We need their talent, skill, brainpower and hard work. So anything that would limit that, whether it is building a wall or just arbitrarily kicking them out of the country, would be devastating to Minnesota’s economy.”

Again, this is false and the data do not support this rosy approach. It’s bad for the average American to have low skilled immigrants compete for jobs on the lower rung of the economic ladder. But they aren’t Weaver’s concerns and never will be. "The presence of foreign-born workers in the local labor force is correlated with a higher likelihood of native-born less-educated workers dropping out of the labor force or moving across state lines." This, from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

Weaver knows all this, he simply is advancing a narrative in the service of his paymasters. The veneer of non or bipartisanship should fool no one. Of course there is unanimity among the ruling class.

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Every year we’re treated to an annual dinner of the Minnesota Business Partnership. As kabuki, it’s surely of a higher grade than the embarrassing parade of paid D-list celebrities trotted out to praise L. Bill Austin at Starkey Hearing’s annual “gala.” But it remains just as manufactured and inauthentic. Local republicans tend to preen & clap, their forte really, over both the speaker and the execution of the dinner. As to the substance and whether the MBP’s agenda helps average Minnesotans, there is silence.

Minnesota big business has every right to band together and advocate for their agenda. The problem comes with Minnesotans believing, mistakenly, that they do so on behalf of their economic and cultural interests.

Reduced to his essentials, Charlie Weaver is Minnesota’s George Soros.




Photo credit: Twin Cities Business magazine

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Trump & The Transfiguration Of American Politics

The Emperor & the Empress at his Inaugural Ball. 

I've been asked to contribute to Common Sense, a quarterly publication of the non-profit organization Action for Liberty run by Jake Duisenberg. The magazine is currently not online. Consequently, I have posted my debut article here, submitted September 26, so some references are dated as to then.




Donald Trump is president. That short, four-word sentence belies the enormity of what it represents for American politics. Last year’s primary and then general election was unlike anything we’d seen before and for good reason. The political rot of both parties had set in so deeply that a singular candidate like Trump could sweep them both away. Remember, the man hadn’t run for anything before, fatally putting the lie to the need for parasitic consultants and career politicians of stunning mediocrity.

Republicans were aghast to learn that the “base” didn’t care to eat the dog food it arrayed before them last year. “The deepest bench” of candidates turned out to be simply a large number of political apparatchiks, eager to continue to do the bidding of their donors, only this time from the Oval Office.

Democrats were horrified to see--even in the primary--Trump steal what used to be considered their issues and were then flattened when they realized he had stolen their voters in order to beat the deeply corrupt Hillary Clinton. Like Republicans, Democrats had long abandoned their traditional base while paying only the most disingenuous lip service to them. People aren’t stupid.

President Trump represents what Marine Le Pen said the day after his victory: “the free people of the United States.” We didn’t vote as commanded. Media worked nonstop to disparage him and felt free to denigrate his supporters in ways not seen in modern politics. No one, someone said, deserved to lose the election more than the media.

* * * *

Trump is a political force of nature; he creates his own weather. Yet he both is and isn’t the story. As a supporter, people mistakenly think I blindly support him at every turn. I don’t: no one should blindly support any politician. But given the epochal changes he is bringing, I’m more than happy to push back against the laughable narratives that a Rubio, or a Jeb, or even a Cruz would do as well or better. Sorry, those men are the product of the system against which the American people just rebelled and it shows, painfully so at times.

Roger Simon recently wrote that Trump is reinventing what it means to be a politician and I think that’s exactly right. Mark Steyn said just last month that Trump revealed the “sheer artificiality” of modern politicians. Go back and watch the Republican presidential primary debates. Almost all other contenders look like something from a political antique store; canned, programmed and fake is what used to pass for good political skills. Those days are gone, never to return.

Simon notes “these days Donald’s getting better and more precise at his core strategy--saying things that many, often most of us think but don’t have the courage to utter.” His comments about kneeling at football games are just the latest example of this instinct to say what he believes is right. The Regressive Left and its media allies are wholly dependent on name-calling and general abuse toward others with whom they disagree in order to stay in power.

Trump’s election, I’d suggest, shows the limits of that power. How many names, over how many months, were his supporters called? Media power depends upon enforcing political correctness. Trump mortally wounded that in the course of his campaign and now we see the death throes.

Simon correctly observes, “Trump has completely reinvented the template of what it means to be a politician and it’s no surprise that so many other politicians (not just John McCain) are publicly or privately appalled. He has unmasked them.”

This unmasking is likely to continue throughout the eight years of Trump’s presidency. Yes, eight years because no one who is paying attention honestly thinks the Democrats have a candidate that can provide a credible alternative to Trump. Put it another way: what Democrat can win Michigan, Wisconsin or Pennsylvania after Trump’s historic win of them? The economy is already set to have a GDP of 3%, something the experts said wasn’t possible. The Trump administration is only eight months old.

* * * *

As important as Trump is, it’s essential to look past him in order to obtain a fuller understanding of the current political environment. That’s because, I believe, he represents conditions that have existed for some time but which no one before had the ability to see or, if they did, the courage to act upon. He saw and acted and is now President.

The culture wars used to be important to Conservative, Inc. until Trump joined them and routed the opposition, as he is doing currently with the national anthem and football games. Kurt Schlichter has called out the frauds on the right: “It was all a scam, a lie, a pose for us rubes. The Tru Cons didn’t actually mean it.”

The breathtaking incompetence--if not outright dishonesty--of Congressional Republicans has been on daily display for all to see since January 21, 2017. Who really knew though, before Trump, that it was this bad? Probably only those members in good standing of The Swamp who likely were pleased with themselves for keeping the deception going for as long as they had. With Trump, that corrupt jig is up.

Again, though, the point is larger than Trump. “Conservatism has become a racket,” Schlicter correctly says, “and everything happening now is a result of its members hoping to wait out Trump and the demand for change he represents. Maybe if they do nothing, but say all the right things, we normals will get tired and go back to our jobs and keep providing those votes and renting those cruise cabins. But that’s not happening. We aren’t going away; business as usual is over. We aren’t just giving up, tossing away our country, and submitting to the ruling caste. We were nice with the Tea Party. Trump’s not as nice. What’s coming after is going to be much, much less nice.”

Nice or not, everything has changed and there’s no going back. Democrats have marooned themselves on the Island of Identity Politics from which no rescue apart from themselves changing is possible. There’s no evidence that they are capable of such change and their doubling down on divisiveness that suggests the condition of electoral powerlessness will last for some time.

Similarly, Republicans have been unmasked as so many servants to their donors. The spectacular, ongoing failure to repeal Obamacare isn’t the only indication of this but surely it is the best, the most obvious and the most disgusting, given they ran for eight years on that promise. As Johnny Rotten, of all people, famously said long ago “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?”

* * * *

The political class of America has failed the American people for decades while pretending they were serving its interests. This masquerade was finally undone by a person who didn’t need the job and hadn’t spent his life pursuing it according to the dictates of endless focus groups. Given the chance to vote for someone who would put them truly first for a change, and despite obvious flaws and imperfections, the American people took courage in both hands and elected Trump.

In turn, Trump has governed thus far as our first independent President. Willing to give the Republican establishment first dibs on making good his campaign promises, Trump recently made a deal with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to raise the debt ceiling and put an end to the stale kabuki of a threatened government shutdown. That’s the old order and it is passing away.

He gave notice of the new order immediately after being sworn in as our 45th President. Among other things in his inaugural address, he said:

“Today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.

Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.

Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.

The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.”

* * * * 

A government that genuinely belongs, once again, to the people represents the transfiguration of politics as we have known it. Having given themselves this necessary gift, the American people will not readily give it up again.

That’s because they know, as Trump said, “What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.”


Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Minnesota Republican Senate Disgraces Itself


Female genital mutilation (FGM) has come to Minnesota and the silence from the Regressive Left could not be louder. Blowhards like Rep. Melisa Franzen (DFL), local media darling, are silent, as are the usual raft of Minnesota "feminists," including that special brand of cucks, Minnesota men on Twitter who have feminist in their pathetic bios. Local media have reported in their trademark fashion of "once and done" with not a single Minnesota newspaper running an editorial against this horrific, backward, misogyny-incarnate practice.

Remember, when President Trump called out fake media as the enemy of the American people (not media per se) local media responded by tweeting that they were all brave Daniel Pearls. No, seriously.

In the Minnesota House, Rep. Mary Franson (R) has introduced legislation that rightly characterizes this as child abuse and allows victim children to be permanently removed from the monsters who call themselves parents that allow it. Senator Karin Housley (R) has introduced parallel legislation in the Senate. Franson's bill has passed all committees and is scheduled for a floor vote on Monday, May 15th. Housley's bill hasn't received so much as a single committee hearing.

What on earth is wrong with the Minnesota Republican Senate? Speaker Kurt Daudt and others in the House have shown true & genuine leadership and are to be commended for fast tracking the Franson bill so that a floor vote may be had by the end of session.

* * * * 

FGM is not the same as male circumcision, in which the foreskin is cut from a perfectly intact penis shortly after birth. CAIR, the terrorist affiliated group that presumes to speak for all Muslims (see my prior piece here: "The Islamization of Minnesota Media") attempts to conflate the two by calling FGM "female circumcision."

No. 

In order for FGM to be the equivalent of circumcision, the head of the penis would have to be chopped off. Has that got your attention? Can someone clue in the dude from Nisswa?

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a heroine for the world in our time and herself a victim, has delineated several types of FGM: 1. The Nick 2. "Female Circumcision" 3. Intermediate Infibulation 4. Total Infibulation 5. Vaginal Fusion

Ayaan is the world's most famous Somali but Minnesota media ignore her entirely. They are Servants Of CAIR™. You can read her full article here.

All this in the happy clappy, relentlessly insecure, mindlessly progressive state of Minnesota. Take a bow, cultural enrichment, corrosive diversity types. Most of all, stay silent.

Enter the cowards of the Minnesota Republican Senate.

* * * * 

It's possible that the Senate prefers the Franson bill to pass on the House floor and have it included in an omnibus bill that Governor Dayton won't veto. So far legislative republicans have made a hash of this session, negotiating amongst themselves while moving ever closer to Dayton's budget marks while he stands pat. What's galling is that they think they're doing a fine job.

Even so, that's no excuse for the lack of any hearing on the Housely bill nor for Senate leadership being silent on the matter of female genital mutilation. And to be fair, there may be senators who want this matter addressed and about which I don't know. In fact, that's likely and here's to them, even if we won't know those names publicly.

The end result of Senate inaction is to lessen the chances of protecting vulnerable girls in this state who come from backward, misogynist cultures. That's not who we are but you wouldn't know it from the failure of the Minnesota Republican Senate.







Thursday, April 27, 2017

Paint It Black: Ellison At The Humphrey School


I attended Keith Ellison's appearance at the Humphrey School last week, where he was cosseted under the guise of being moderated by Larry Jacobs, who runs the school, along with Rachel Stassen-Berger of the Pioneer Press. The Cowles auditorium was full and, even though I obtained a ticket the day the event was announced, was forced to take a second row seat, on the right naturally. To borrow from V.S. Naipaul, I was among the believers.

I'd never seen Ellison in person before and was unprepared for my shock at what an astonishingly mediocre fellow he was. Unimpressive by almost any measure, his being in Congress perfectly represents the degradation of politics on the far left. And on the far left he is: banal, badly educated, badly spoken, not in the slightest bright, indeed quasi-thuggish, a pencil tucked behind his left ear as he took the stage to much applause.

Democrats are a long way away from the intellect and grace of my home state's senator, George McGovern, no matter how out of sync his politics were in 1972. The man was not an embarrassment but Keith Ellison is, perfect for a state that doesn't know how to stop embarrassing itself nationally.

* * * * 

The putative topic of the event was "What is the future of the Democratic Party?" It's a question that Jacobs & Stassen-Berger never got around to asking, which shows the degree to which this was a liberal gathering and not an actual event of substance. Everyone on the stage being steadfast democrats, of course, might have had something to do with that.

Still, at times, Jacobs surprised me with his questions. So too, Stassen-Berger but only once, when she said Ellison's congressional district, CD 5, had come in 7th out of 8 with respect to voter turnout. Ellison instinctively (and instincts, as befits a thug, are all he has) pushed back immediately. Oddly, the reporter had nothing on hand to back her up, bleating in response that she'd checked the website of the Minnesota Secretary of State for her blasphemy. 

They agreed to disagree, with the reporter saying that she'd tweet if she was wrong, obsequiously including Ellison's handle in her tweet. From that point onward, she nodded, Hillary-like, at any and everything he said, including when he was turned toward Jacobs, leaving only the back of his head at which to nod. I became grateful for my second row seat.

* * * * 

The particulars of Ellison's appearance were excruciating and, of course, never reported upon by local media in attendance. The headlines were: Ellison thought Tim Walz would be the next governor and Betsy Hodges would win reelection as the mayor of Minneapolis. For a lazy press, that was more than enough. I happen to agree with the first prediction but not the latter. 

* * * * 

Yet only by attending were the particulars of this event available and therein lies the substance. Imagine, the substance of a story not being conveyed to you by our media, local or national.

Ellison never answered what the future of the Democratic Party was, not only because he wasn't asked by the ersatz moderators, but more surely because he had no sound answer. What did he say? 

He talked about Planned Parenthood, more than once, saying "it gets clear to you." Right. At one point he said PP was threatened "with repeal." This is an ignorant man. The clear cut case of PP selling fetal body parts was "doctored videos." 

What does his party stand for? Ellison quoted the Pledge of Allegiance, saying it stood for "liberty and fairness for all." Those words don't appear in the Pledge and neither moderator corrected him. Liberty and justice for all, of course, are the words in the Pledge. 

Ellison said the Democratic Party stood for: 1. Economic fairness "there's enough money" and 2. Fairness: "Government helps things get better" or words to that effect. He wanted people to be able to retire and wanted better schools, so that "parents can aspire for their children." That's an exact quote. 

The closest he got to answering the question of the event was that democrats focused on presidential races too much and not on local ones, focused too much on likely voters instead of other voters. Who those other voters were he didn't say and there was no follow up question. Indeed, a lack of follow up questions defined this event.

Painfully to me, but honestly, Ellison said Minnesota democrats held every statewide office and two US Senator seats. Mercifully, he wasn't astute enough to drive the point home and say that the DFL has held the state Attorney General's office for fifty years. He claimed, not implausibly, his turnout in CD 5 kept the republicans from winning those races. That might be true but I'd add the sustained political incompetence on the part of MNGOPe is no small part.

* * * * 

There was a great deal of chaff I had to separate in order to find the occasional grain of wheat in Ellison's remarks. Nevertheless, I persisted. To fairly summarize the balance of Ellison's remarks, he doesn't mind demonizing people when they're wrong; repealing the ACA would hurt people; Trump will lose in 2020 because he will damage the economy and increase unemployment unless he doesn't and is seen as a reformer (all said in one breath, and, again, unchallenged by the moderators); progressive politics can win; Minnesota democrats are indebted to WIN Minnesota, the Kaplans, Vance Opperman, Take Action, NOC, Indivisible, the DFL's coordinating committee, and Hubert Humphrey, saying "we're beneficiaries from history." From. 

Explaining the rural/urban divide in Minnesota that favored President Trump, Ellison reassured the assembled hive mind that it was worse in Michigan. "But Trump won Michigan," didn't say the moderators. This was what I had to process in real time. It was all I could do to take twelve pages of notes, from which much of this post is taken.

Some national media picked up on a key point that Ellison made but the moderators certainly didn't when he said it and local media ignored it altogether. Quelle surprise. That key point was that Obama, in his view, didn't do nearly enough "for the party." He went on to say "his legacy is in danger," apparently not realizing that Obama himself said he was on the ballot and America comprehensively rejected it last November. Again, the moderators weren't there for an injection of reality and let most of his comments pass unremarked upon. To be fair, perhaps I misunderstood their role from the outset.

Remarkably, Jacobs brought up Ellison's abysmal voting record in Congress, suggesting to me he's been taking testosterone supplements. Ellison was clearly shocked, if not offended, when facing actual facts and squirmed away from his record by saying he'd had a torn something tendon and once had a child graduating, ending with the fake statement "I have an excellent voting record."

There was, of course, a good deal of Trump trashing by Keith E. Hakim that received rote applause from the assembled seals. Laughably, he said that Trump was "openly hostile to core American values." Ellison claimed Trump stoked "economic and racial resentments," which belied the naked anti-white messaging from the left as well as mockery of anything rural. Ellison's solution? "We need more healing."

My translation: America rejected our force fed agitprop of cultural Marxism and democrats are SOL.

In a moment of what he thought passed for lucidity, Ellison said that Trump voters shouldn't be called suckers but instead be told he isn't delivering. Somewhere Justice Gorsuch, ICE and Trump voters are laughing.

* * * * 

The low point of the gathering was Ellison not being asked about the appearance in Minnesota of the horrific Muslim practice of female genital mutilation. I've been told that I shouldn't have had any expectation he would be, leaving me at a loss to know which was worse: the failure of moderators who think highly of themselves or a citizenry used to the Regressive Left's dominance of politics and culture in Minnesota.

* * * * 

Over this past weekend we gained more information, if such were needed, about the abysmal future of the Democratic Party.

In a newly released Washington Post–ABC News poll, Democrats have plummeted on the question of relatability with the middle class.

“The Democratic Party is viewed as more out of touch than either Trump or the party’s political opponents. Two-thirds of Americans think the Democrats are out of touch—including nearly half of Democrats themselves.”

The "democracy dies in darkness" Washington Post waited until the penultimate paragraph of its very long story to reveal the worst of it: Trump would win the election if it were held now, including the popular vote.

Providing a finishing salt of insanity to this already unappetizing dish, DNC Chair Tom Perez recently stated flatly that pro-lifers were not welcome in the party. Approximately 30% of democrats consider themselves pro-life.

* * * * 

Democrats haven't wielded this little political power at the state level in 75 years. The Senate is very likely to be more republican after the 2018 elections. Both Camille Paglia and Michael Moore have recently predicted Trump will win reelection in 2020.

Ellison at the Humphrey School was an exercise in group delusion and the future of his party is dire in the extreme; paint it black. Minnesota republicans would do well to wake up to this new reality, because although it wasn't reported this way, it seemed like what I witnessed was a political Heaven's Gate.









Monday, April 17, 2017

The Davids: Hann For Chair, Pascoe For Deputy


Does the Republican Party of Minnesota matter? I hear this question all the time and understand why it is asked. But turn it around: would you ever hear a democrat, in or out of media, ask whether the DFL matters? You wouldn't but here we are and it's a sign of the state of republican politics in Minnesota that it is asked on one side of the aisle and not the other.

The answer to the question, of course, is that the Republican Party of Minnesota does matter because it should matter. Ken Martin, chair of the DFL, has his detractors but I don't count myself among them. We've met approximately once, at lunch, but my esteem is hardly earned over vegetarian Japanese food. No, Martin understands in Minnesota the essential role--still--of the party in our politics. This is not nothing.

The Minnesota Republican Party to date is a limp thing, ad hoc at best, usually adrift with appallingly bad messaging when, if it comes at all, is late to the news cycle. Going on offense is a concept wholly foreign to it. Some blame exiting Chair Keith Downey, who, to be sure, deserves a healthy portion of it, yet making Downey the scapegoat for what ails the party elides what truly ails it. And what ails Minnesota republicans I've written about ad nauseum. This is not the time for recapitulation.

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A number of diagnoses have been made about the party and any number of treatment options offered by those running for Chair & Deputy Chair. I'm not currently a member of the State Central Committee that will vote to fill these positions on the last Saturday of this month. I held a roundtable podcast on Gilmore & Guests for the Chair candidates that can be heard here. I held a similar roundtable podcast for the Deputy Chairs that can be heard here. I did both shows in order to help delegates decide for whom to vote. In both shows I was scrupulously neutral. Now, I want to endorse.

DAVID HANN

David Hann represents the best choice for putting the Republican Party of Minnesota back onto the path of political relevance. Hann single handedly brought Minnesota a republican majority in the state senate, despite overt undermining from other republicans, especially those in House "leadership." He lost his own seat, true, but there's something to be said sacrificing for the larger good that should appeal to State Central delegates.

Hann is strongly pro Trump, despite a whisper campaign to the opposite. I know who doesn't support Trump in this state, believe me. When a political phenomenon like Trump wins both the city of Hibbing as well as 78 out of our 87 counties, Hann pays attention. In short, he gets it. 

Ken Martin & the democrats are already out of the gate trying to win those voters back. David Hann knows what to do in order to keep them, something our House and Senate majorities seemingly do not. 

Hann, it seems to me, will also message on behalf of the party instead of on behalf of whichever faction in our endlessly factionalized party is ascendant in either legislative chamber. This is to the good. Someone in the republican firmament in Minnesota had best speak for the average voter. 

David Hann is that man & I encourage delegates to make him our party chair.

DAVID PASCOE

I'd heard of David Pascoe but not much and met him for the first time when he came to the studio to record the Gilmore & Guests podcast for the Deputy Chair race. 

Pascoe impressed me greatly with not only his previous record of service, but his keen understanding of the role the Deputy Chair should play within the party. Cogent, forward looking, realizing the political landscape has changed, even in Minnesota, Pascoe would be the best candidate to serve any chair the State Central delegates elect.

I hope they elect David Pascoe.





Sunday, April 2, 2017

Is 2018 Already Slipping Away From Republicans?

Last month, Lt. Governor Tina Flint Smith announced on Facebook that she would not run for governor in 2018, but not before leaking it to Ricardo Lopez of the Star Tribune. (I'm a bit concerned Hispanics are overrepresented at the Strib relative to their (legal) numbers in the population. Am I doing identity politics right?)

Everyone was shocked or so they pretended. I wasn't, particularly, having written previously that Trump's strong showing in Minnesota hurt her the most among potential DFL gubernatorial candidates. A hot house flower of urban, ultra-liberal elites, tied to a mediocre record of her Governor boss wasn't going to win statewide where Trump had carried 78 out of Minnesota's 87 counties.

This week Congressman Tim Walz of Minnesota's First Congressional District entered the gubernatorial race, showing up replete in a red flannel jacket when filing his papers in Saint Paul. Optics: something Minnesota republicans rarely demonstrate they understand. He had signaled his intention for a few weeks and followed through. DFLers were ecstatic. For good reason.

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Minnesota republicans currently are stuck with either House Speaker Kurt Daudt or Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek as their leading contenders for the republican endorsement for governor. Others will surely enter the race and they should, if for no other reason than to give the faithful the pretense of a competitive race. Kabuki is what passes for real political struggles on that side of the aisle, cycle after cycle. 

The problem is that the entry of Walz demonstrates in real time my thesis since November 8th: Minnesota democrats understand Trump's strong showing here far better than the petri dish, donor based and fed Minnesota republicans, especially the fetid House caucus. Of course it's not a sure thing that Walz will be the DFL nominee but that hardly contradicts my point.

Indeed, the legislative session thus far not only gives no sign of contradicting it but instead confirms it. Budgets released by each republican controlled chamber show no meaningful difference between republican control and DFL control: the differences are of degree, not of kind. How much money should republicans shell out and to whom is the order of the day. Please clap. 

Governor Dayton wants a 46 billion dollar budget, republicans hold the line at 45. The number 500 million comes to mind. Both sides will declare victory and republicans are sure to cue the usual suspects pretending to depth & substance on "Almanac" or any other local political television show I don't watch because they insult my intelligence. Republican lobbyists, a jilted lover seeking media redemption, political hacks: no thanks. 

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I recently had a high ranking MNGOP party official tell me flat out that "candidates don't matter." I'm not sure I've recovered. 

But that's the mindset of too many in the Minnesota republican establishment: mouth the right words (which are?) and run against the democrats (how, precisely, given "our" proposed budgets?) and we'll win. The political love that dare not speak its name is Trump but here we are: not Oscar Wilde but the dumbest republicans in the nation. 

Settle in. 

All of this is the consequence of a party that doesn't know what it believes. After the House budget came out, I tweeted: "What is the case for a republican governor in 2018?"

The question remains unanswered.