Perhaps you’ve heard – it’s been in all the headlines; a shooting in a Saint Paul bar left one dead and 14 injured.
It took place in one of the many bars along West Seventh that suffered horribly with the shutdown of all events at the XCel Center, Ordway and the Science Museum, and the concertgoers and hockey fans and general tourists that used to crowd the area on a beautiful evening.
And the crowd that replaced them, when they could open at all, was a little…edgier? More likelly to cause problems? Bars in the area, and up on Cathedral Hill, had a much different atmosphere. Charged. Jumpy. Ready to blow.
And at the Truick Park – across from Cossetta, where the Seven Corners Hardware store used to be – things finally blew up.
Now, most of the politicians in Saint Paul – a city controlled by the DFL for over 60 years, and where county prosecutors have all but given up, well, prosecuting, had the good common sense to shut the hell up.
Not Carlos Marianil, the DFLer who “represents” the neighborhood.
But the three perps that where arrested all had lengthy felony records – so they wouldn’t have taken any background checks, whether “Universal”, or for that matter ‘intelligent and meaningful”, or not.
And who would have entered a “Red Flag” order on them?
Rep. Mariani’s next statement wasn’t especially intelligent – but it was meaningful, albeit in a sinister way:
So here’s the message; if you start a business in Saint Paul, after the state tried to kill you off with the hamfisted lockdown, and the Karens that make up the majority in your neighborhood decide to keep hiding in their basements and not go to bars and hockey games and shows at the Ordway, and you have to take whatever clientele you can to stay afloat, and problems erupt, your government will try to stuff you under the bus.
But! If you see that the clientele might have the potential to cause problems, and they’re not conveniently politically neutral (like people wearing motorcycle “club” paraphernalia)? Well, then the locals in and out of government will stuff you, on the other hand, under the bus: when the late, great “Bar Louie” chain tried to see to its own security, in exactly the way Mariani demands, the Karens from the Non-Profit/Industrial Complex were waiting to stomp on that as well. If it walks like a gang member and talks like a gang member, apparently you’re a racist.
So to take Mariani, and both city councils and both county prosecutors at their words:
- if you try to pre-empt trouble, you’re racist.
- If you make the the best of things and the crowd causes problems, they’ll throw you under the bus.
- The county attorneys won’t touch the petty criminals, and even the not so petty ones can’t seem to get put in jail no matter how they try.
- And if you say that that you expect the government to which you pay taxes to see to public safety? That’s your privilege talking.
Starting a business here sounds like. a great bet, doesn’t it?
Fearless Prediction: The media will start running even more “thjink” pieces on how it’s “Racist” to demand law and order.