A Blade of Grass Grows in Saint Paul (and Minneapolis), Part III

So we’ve determined a few things so far in this series:

  1. It can be frustrating, being a conservative in the city.
  2. Tossing “warm body” candidates out there to take their shots at Congress, State Legislative and city/county offices can feel pretty futile.
  3. It’s largely because the Democraticicicicic party has spent several generations and four decades patiently insinuating itself into every facet of urban life.  The entire infrastructure of the city is tied up in the DFL; many of the inhabitants of both cities are either government employees or – after several generations of using the city as a warehouse for the poor or an unloading point for immigrants – beholden to the government.  (It’s not entirely a bad, or at least malicious, thing; Bruce Vento was instrumental in bringing the H’mong from refugee camps in Thailand to Saint Paul.  Did the late congressman do it to earn the loyalty of thousands of future voters?  It was Bruce Vento, for crying out loud; he didn’t scratch his nose if it didn’t benefit the party.  But no sane person begrudges the H’mong their place in America; they earned it, and, if you leave out the whole “patronage” thing, it was perhaps Vento’s greatest achievement). 

So how do we – Republicans who live in the city, and/or Republicans who know this state’ll never be a “red” state until we can at least contest Saint Paul and Minneapolis – start to put the city in play?

There are a couple of options:

  1. Wait for a Ronald Reagan or a Brett Schundler.  You might be waiting a long time.
  2. Keep throwing candidates at offices they’ll never win, barring a visit from a Democraticicicic-seeking virus that leaves the entire DFL electorate flat on its back on election day.
  3. Start building some real grass roots in the cities.

We’ll talk about #3 on Monday.

14 thoughts on “A Blade of Grass Grows in Saint Paul (and Minneapolis), Part III

  1. How about . . oh know here goes . . compromising . . instead of always negotiating with a take it or leave it attitude.

    as for this “after several generations of using the city as a warehouse for the poor”

    Only you, and a handful of blind GOP loyalist actually believe that. And once you actually choose to participate in the process, instead of thumbing your nose at it, will you begin to make headway . See Highland Community Council (or whatever its called, you know what I am taking about) as an example.

    As for me, I am as disgruntled with the Blue stranglehold on the City and have not voted for a Democrat to either the House or Senate in the last several elections.

    I did vote for Kelly the first time, but after how he screwed up the city I had no choice but to vote for the person who actually had a vision for the future. And, frankly, he is doing a much better job than I expected. But that would take an open mind for you to see.

    Flash

  2. How about . . oh know here goes . . compromising . . instead of always negotiating with a take it or leave it attitude.

    Like the DFL does?

    Only you, and a handful of blind GOP loyalist actually believe that.

    And sociologists. And economists. And…

    And once you actually choose to participate in the process, instead of thumbing your nose at it, will you begin to make headway . See Highland Community Council (or whatever its called, you know what I am taking about) as an example.

    You’re jumping a tad ahead of me, here, although you won’t know exactly how for a bit here. I have quite explicitly supported Bill and Georgia and company at the HCC – and pointed out how the machine tried to kill that movement.

    I had no choice but to vote for the person who actually had a vision for the future. And, frankly, he is doing a much better job than I expected. But that would take an open mind for you to see.

    Right, no ad-homina there. 

    I don’t care for Chris Coleman, except that he was better than Jay Benanav or whatever other whackjob the DFL was going to anoint; the local DFL extremists used to gargle and phumpher about what a tool of the Chamber of Commerce he was, so he must not have been all bad.

    But I’m going to try to explain this, Flash, and hope you see the distinction; this is my blog.  This is a post in a series which I’m positing a vision for how the GOP can start to make some headway.

    It is not, in fact, a negotiation. 

    And the fact that I have strong beliefs don’t mean I don’t have an open mind; merely that I have a good bouncer at the door.

  3. “”Like the DFL does?””

    Exactly, like any true leader would, in this case, the DFL.

    “”You’re jumping a tad ahead of me, here, although you won’t know exactly how for a bit here.””

    Ahhhhhh, I see were you’re going. now. Sorry to blow the punchline.

  4. Exactly, like any true leader would, in this case, the DFL.

    So – the DFL gets to act like “True Leaders”, while the GOP is supposed to “negotiate”?

    Gotcha!

  5. Mitch, you got the message: DFL = true believers, GOP = gotta roll over and take it.

    Strangely, that’s true in Congress. As much as the Demoncrats want you to believe otherwise, they’re far, far more likely to vote party line than the GOP.

  6. I think on of the biggest problems with the lack of diversity in Mpls and St Paul is the intolerance it creates. The thing I’ve mentioned before is all the nasty hatefilled bigoted bumper stickers I see. I geuss if everyone you come in contact with is a clone of you, you don’t see a problem with advertising your hatred towards Republicans or Christians.

    Heh, on Monday I stopped at a Mpls liquor store. I parked behind a car with a large 950 AM Air America bumper sticker. They also had a sticker the said “Facism comes carrying a Bible”. Ah yes, tolerant Minneapolis.

  7. I still say “the DemocratIC party” is grammatically incorrect. Democrat is a noun, Democratic is an adjective. If it weren’t then we should be calling the GOP the “Republicanics” or “Republicanistics”.

    For the party that views themselves as the annointed intellectually superiors, you’d think they’d have a better grasp of basic English grammar.

  8. “And once you actually choose to participate in the process, instead of thumbing your nose at it, will you begin to make headway .”

    Sure. Kind of like joining the PTA to improve public education, right Flash?

    Pfft.

  9. “But that would take an open mind for you to see.”

    No Flash, you mean an open wallet.

    I voted for Kelly the first time too…the first Democrat vote I’ve cast since I was 18 and voted for Carter because I thought it’d be cool to have a President Jimmy.

    Talk about your cold shower.

    The city council is leading SP right down the sewer, and Coleman is holding the flashlight to show the way.

    Enjoy your 15.6% increase….when next years take is announced it will look like $1.00 a gal. gas to you poor boobs.

  10. And don’t forget to turn your Sugar Glider in to the Sugar Glider Rescue Station, coming soon to a neighborhood near you!

  11. Do moonbats hate America as much as they hate Sugar Gliders; do ya think?

    Vote for Ron Paul or Dave Thune is going to move in next door and your lawn will die.

  12. Mitch, I have said the same thing about Minneapolis for a very long time. But, if you try to organize Republicans in the city, you are in for a real eye opener.

    Many conservatives won’t come out to work and the politically motivted ones left for the burbs years ago. What you do get are some seriously strange people that do fit almost every bad Republican stereotype.

    Now, try telling the ones that do turn up that you don’t want to wage a campaign to ban abortion or over throw the IRS and see how popular you are. I worked with some Republicans in Minneapolis and it was one of the most depressing experiences of my life.

    Also, remember that it dangeous to have R yard signs in Minneapolis. The “tolerant” liberals have stolen or trashed many of mine and have keyed and urinated on my Jeep for the bumperstickers. I know what Facism is as I have lived in Minneapolis and San Francisco.

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