Cowards of Hennepin County
Without firing a shot, the Board of Hennepin County
Commissioners has surrendered to the wingnuts in the Minnesota Republican Tea Party, and to Bully Boy Tom Emmer, the right-wing standard bearer who was the 2010 candidate for governor of the
But logic and common sense are not involved when jackasses come to bray: “The issue for me is there shouldn’t be a U.N.! And get rid of the darn flag!,” Emmer screeched. Reason No. 432 why we should be grateful he didn’t win in 2010. The man is an embarrassment to Minnesota, a state which played a prominent role in the establishment of the United Nations and the development of the U.N. Charter. In fact, it was a former Republican governor, the late Harold Stassen, who was instrumental in helping the United States get the United Nations on its feet. Of course, Stassen belongs to the ranks of what I call ODRs — Ordinary Decent Republicans — of a kind that Emmer and his ilk have thrown out of their party as they have crawled deeper into their bunkers along with the Tea Party types who see black helicopters and jackbooted U.N. Storm Troopers in every closet.
(If you want to get a glimpse of the paranoid mentality, check out this YouTube video about Hennepin County’s U.N. flag)
Another Minnesota connection: Former U.N. General Secretary Kofi Annan is a graduate of Macalester College, where the U.N. flag still flies. But the one that has flown outside Hennepin County headquarters for more than 25 years came down last week, with virtually no discussion or notice, because the Hennepin County Board of Cowards folded like a cheap card table when the bullies started braying. Jeff Johnson, the Tea-Party pandering commissioner from the mean streets of Plymouth proposed removing the flag, and the rest of the board hurried to get on the good side of the mouth-breathers, with Commissioners Mark Stenglein and Mike Opat quickly signing on. The U.N. flag was struck down by a unanimous vote, with not a single commissioner having the balls to stand up to the mob. (Opat, the board chair, ended up authoring the resolution, proving that he loves America the most! Or that he has the weakest knees on the board. I am leaning towards the latter: He hid behind his concern that those gosh-darned flag protocols are just too complicated to understand. This is what happens when proto-fascists are ruling the conversation).
What a sad, shameful episode. Minnesota is going backwards faster than I can keep track. And stupidity is winning the day.