Deep Thoughts From Minneapolis’ Next Mayor

With Betsy Hodges’ administration rolling downhill faster than Creed’s career bell curve, Minneapolis looks likely to swerve hard left.

As hard left as Ray Dehn?  Maybe not – maybe Jacob Frey appears like a sensible moderate in comparison with the other frontrunner in the mayoral race.  Maybe.  This is Minneapolis.

But Dehn’s remarks in the wake of the Noor shooting, the resignation of chief Harteau, and the pandemonium at Hodges’ press conference gives Dehn a yuge platform, at least for now.  And he’s using it – for better or worse:

Crime is not a product of individual morality but the consequence of scarcity in our society. We must divest resources, disarm officers, and dismantle the inherent violence of our criminal justice system which continues to uphold white supremacy. Our approach to public safety must reflect a belief that our communities are safer when they have housing, clean air and water, access to education and employment, and quality healthcare.

“Like if you took away Thurgood Marshall’s bank account, you  think you’d see him selling crack at the Union Station bus terminal?”

– P. J. O’Rourke

Is Minneapolis anywhere close to hitting “Peak Left?”  A moment like the 1977 New York Blackout, prompting New Yorkers to stop the insanity?

I don’t think so.  Minneapolis’s DFL establishment is controlled by people who aren’t affected by the city’s collapse; people in Kenwood, Nicollet Island, Minnehaha Parkway and the like, who can and do remain above it all – or, like Alondra Cano, dabble in “it all” for effect.

Remember all the Democrats who rode Detroit, Camden, Oakland, Newark and New Orleans straight into the ground, bleating about peoples’ “best interests” all the way.

It’s gonna get worse before it gets better, Minneapolis. Smoke ’em if you got ’em.


16 thoughts on “Deep Thoughts From Minneapolis’ Next Mayor

  1. Minneapolis needs a Mayor who will represent the Middle Class and those who actually pay taxes .

  2. “Crime is not a product of individual morality but the consequence of scarcity in our society.”
    Even Dehn does not believe this. Do you think that he believes that the crimes of millionaires and businessmen are not a consequence of their morality? Hold these guys to their words, it’s the easiest way to demonstrate that our would-be ruling class is populated by fatheads.

  3. Life is too short to spend time surrounded by people you wouldn’t pee on if they were on fire. There are plenty of places where decent, Real Americans are in control; we should concentrate in them, strengthen them and raise our kids in them.

    Let the reprobates have the cities. They are cultural and intellectual wastelands, on schedule for demolition, and there is nothing of value they offer you can’t find elsewhere.

  4. Disarming the police to end White Supremacy sounds like a great idea but it might take some time to work out the details. Maybe they could try a pilot project? How about painting a bright orange line down the middle of Broadway from Lyndale to Penn, up Penn to Dowling, over to Penn and back to the start. Couple of hundred blocks, mostly residential, predominantly persons of color, should make a great place to try out the idea. Pull out the cops and watch peace and love bring joy to the neighborhood. They sorely need it:

  5. Ian – now that the Minneapolis cops are shooting middle class white women, we will surely find out.

    NW, keep in mind that to have her there, they had to import her. Just sayin’.

    Seriously, I am holding out hope that Noor goes full Obama on the MPD and completely throws them under the bus to get a lighter sentence, overturning half a century of liberal dogma in the process. With a bit of luck, it could even send Scott Knight on his way.

    And Dehn? If poverty completely explains crime, please explain to me why I felt so safe everywhere I went in Malaysia, where engineers earn a wage equivalent to minimum wage here, and hourly workers far less. Please explain to me why I have been so safe interacting with people so poor, they live in trailer parks.

  6. When I think of Mpls I think of the Gun “N Roses song “Welcome To The Jungle”. Is it a coincidence that +90% of the police force lives outside the city?

  7. Surrender the inner cities. They’re lost causes anyway. Free passage to the suburbs for those who want, but only if you agree to help put up fences and shuttle ammo to the front lines.

  8. According to Wikipedia, Dehn’s father was a mobster and his mother was a war criminal:

    Early life and education[edit]
    Dehn grew up in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota in a working class family. His father was a teamster, operating a forklift at a factory. His mother worked part-time at a company making toilet-paper wraps for American soldiers in Vietnam[1].

    Not a stretch, I’m just using the standards implemented by the MSM on Nov. 10, 2016.

  9. Ian in Iowa on July 24, 2017 at 11:30 am said:
    Minneapolis needs a Mayor who will represent the Middle Class…

    Are there any middle-class left in Minneapolis?
    Lileks is middle-brow.

  10. I’m with Joe Doakes. Given that the police are a corrupt, inept, brutal, and racist army of occupation in thu communiteh, pull them out. Let’s see thu ppls justice in action…

  11. Ian – now that the Minneapolis cops are shooting middle class white women, we will surely find out.

    NW: It just shows a level of committment on the part of the Minneapolis government: They couldn’t drive all of them out with crime, taxes, burdensome regulation, etc. Eventually, you just have to send a message to the other “undesirables” that you don’t want them in your fair city.

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