Speaking of torture, the Republican National Committee announced today that they've chosen our little old burg on the prairie for their 2008 national convention. Boy, they really know how to kick us when we're down. "Hey, we're gonna make it legal to torture people in America and by the way, we're bringing our dance of death to Minnesota." Can we sign up for some waterboarding instead? How many Dems on a board would it take for them to call this trip off? I offer myself.
Not funny. Minnesota is home to some of the most decent and ethical politicians this country's ever seen, including some great old style Republicans. To have this new breed of torture-touting, crony-coddling, bible-toting, tax-cutting, profit-stashing, corporate-kissing, self-righteous profligate jackals yapping through our streets is like letting the KKK rally at Martin Luther King's grave. Okay, I'm a little wound up.
I'm sure they'll spend lots of money and wear their funny spangled elephant hats and appear on the streets to be no more annoying than their donkey-decked-out counterparts, albeit a little more -- latte than mocha, as Mayor Ray Nagin might have put it.
But really, getting this news today and knowing that the House Republicans voted 219 to 7 for torture, these are not the kinds of people I want in my town. By the way, did anyone tell them that there are lots of gays here, and that we're a much better place for it? Didn't Michelle Bachman warn them off?
I love the Twins and I'm pulling for the Vikes and I'm want my cities to prosper. But I don't see how attracting the folks who promote a flag-burning amendment as they shred the constitution -- a metaphor for so many of their other smoke screens -- can be considered a coup. Coup? Now there's an idea. Just joking. Sort of.