On October 16th, I asked several fellow veterans about a comment the Republican Candidate for Governor in Minnesota – Tom Emmer – said to the Marshall Independent newspaper on 9/26/09. That quote by Emmer – “I don’t believe you can be a freedom-loving American and be a Democrat” was not widely reported in the allegedly “liberal” mainstream media.

This video documents a few Veterans responses to Emmer saying, essentially, that Democrats, even military veterans, can’t be real patriots.

I’d like to remind everyone that on 07 April 1775, Samuel Johnson said that “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”

On 26 September 2009, Republican Candidate for Governor Tom Emmer demonstrated that he indeed is a scoundrel.

I paid for this with my dime. It’s not not approved by any candidate nor is any candidate responsible for it. It’s my deal and my deal only. Let’s look!

(YouTube direct link here)

(cross posted from MnProgressiveProject.com, please post comments there)

OK, I read the article in the PiPress; it’s about GOP State Chair Tony Sutton calling the 13 former GOP state Legislators “quislings” and saying – and I quote – “there’s a special place in hell” for them. Two of those 13 are veterans – former GOP State Sen. George Pillsbury (World War II) and former GOP State Sen. Bill Belanger (Korean War).

So I wrote the following, in the PiPress comments section:

In June 2009, in this very paper (the PiPress), Colonel Joe Repya states exactly why he is leaving the GOP; in the comments the GOP Deputy Chair (Nathan Hansen) of CD-4 writes in the comments of Repya’s opinion piece that Repya is a “Communist” and essentially calls Colonel Repya a baby-killer. Hansen is subsequently awarded a plum position at the GOP State level, chairing the Bylaws and Constitution Committee. Later, the GOP endorses Hansen as candidate for Sate House 55-A.

In September 2009, Candidate Tom Emmer told the Marshall newspaper: “I don’t believe you can be a freedom-loving American and be a Democrat.” Emmer essentially calls all DFL and IP veterans “un-American.” The GOP subsequently endorsed Emmer.

A couple of days ago, State GOP Party Chair Tony Sutton calles two former GOP Legislators, and veterans, “quislings” and says there’s a special place in hell for them. Later, Sutton backs off and says he didn’t mean to compare these two veterans, one from World War II; the other a Korean War vet — he simply meant to call them “traitors.”

Now, Sutton is saying these veterans are like Benedict Arnold, from the Revolutionary War.

Neither Hansen, nor Emmer, nor Sutton served; all three have maligned the integrity and service of all veterans in all parties. All three were elected by party activists to their leadership positions.

It’s abundantly clear today’s Republican Leadership and many GOP activists have great disdain for veterans that refuse to bootlick for the leadership of today’s Republican Party.

Actually, today’s Republican “leadership” has great disdain for ANYONE that doesn’t bootlick for them; locally, in Eden Prairie, they’re trashing former Republican Mayors and City Council Members as “liberals.”

For example, here’s a line from a Letter to the Editor of the Eden Prairie News on 30 September 2010:

“The two prior budgets under Tyra-Lukens and the liberal majority …”

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Eden Prairie City Council has never – NEVER – had a “liberal” majority.

Apparently, this letter writer, and today’s Republican Leadership, forget that in 1990, Republican candidate for Governor Doug Kelley picked former Eden Prairie Mayor Dr. Jean Harris (1996 – 2001) as his choice for Lieutenant Governor on the GOP ticket.

Even if that letter writer was correct – and he isn’t – that previous City Councils was dominated by “liberals” it was those so-called “liberals” that earned the City Of Eden Prairie’s top rating from Moody’s Investors Services – in 2003.

Then, there’s GOP State Party Deputy Chair Michael Brodkorb’s blog trashing Lakeville Mayor Holly Dahl as a “Democrat.”

Of course, if you believed GOP State Party Deputy Chair Michael Brodkorb’s blog, you’d also have to believe Eden Prairie’s disgraced Republican Mayor, Phil Young, is a “Democrat” too.

Reasonable people can no longer reasonably believe anything today’s GOP “leadership” says.

(cross posted from MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

“Get Out Popcorn…”

On August 6, 2010, in Emmer, Media, ol' Smokescreen, Videos, by tommy

OK, if you saw this tweet:

@dbrauer Cullen Sheehan might be coming back to rescue Emmer? Get out popcorn for first good @rachelsb grilling! htp://bit.ly/baFi1j #everygiftever
about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

This just might be what MinnPost’s David Brauer was referring to – let’s watch!

As MPP’s very own The Big E tweeted:

@eric_pusey Cullen Sheehan in as @tomemmer campaign mgr? htp://bit.ly/cd7GIN #facepalm #fail please please please please please please please please?
41 minutes ago via HootSuite

Sheehan, joining Tom “I don’t think you can call yourself a freedom-loving American and be a Democrat” Emmer?

#facepalm #fail please please please please please please please please?

(cross posted from MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

Whether the story broke here on MPP or over at The UpTake.org, clearly videographer Bill Sorem’s YouTube of Randi Reitan’s personal boycott of Target Corp has gone viral. Personally, it seems to me that it was Mike’s Blog Roundup that lit the firestorm:

MN Progressive Project: A Minnesota grandmother cut up her Target Card to protest Target giving $150,000 to RightWingNut candidate for governor Tom “I don’t believe you can be a freedom-loving American and be a Democrat” Emmer.

Traffic was heavy here all day while more and More and MORE places picked up the story and linked to the YouTube (many embedded it); at last check the YouTube has been viewed 59,089 times. The story has gone far beyond local, like the and been picked up all over; from ABCNews.com and CBSNews.com.

Some bloggers (such as LavenderLiberal) noted – and listed – those corporations donating to Emmer-backing MN Forward. Another interesting read is San Francisco Weekly’s take, which noted:

So, what about San Francisco? Are we still excited about the prospect of having access to discount prices, low-wage jobs, and tax revenue in light of what we are learning about Target? The development of this story is like licking the outside of a Tootsie pop and getting to the middle only to discover a turd has taken the place of the delicious chocolate.

To be sure, this is not a new phenomenon and it’s also one that we can get used to hearing more of now that the U.S. Supreme Court has opened the floodgates to even more corporate involvement in politics.

But that doesn’t mean we have to accept every chancre-ridden Trojan horse that pulls up to the gates of our city promising to bring us bargains and jobs and tax dollars. This story is about more than whether or not politicians (or a CEO) supports same-sex marriage. This is about associations much worse than simple bible thumpers.

The leader of the You Can Run ministry, Bradlee Dean, applauds the execution of gays. The group is closely associated with the Minnesota Republican Party and has attracted the support of the Party’s candidate for governor. These people aren’t just political hacks being provocative — they are spewing some rabid, hate-filled rhetoric that has consequences for LGBT people; not just at the ballot box but also on the street.

Target gave money to a PAC that ran ads for the supremacist politician who keeps company with a right-wing fringe group; a group whose rhetoric is more KKK than it is Carrie Nation. Two days ago Target defended its contribution.
(San Francisco Weekly)

OK, listings of “who gave” and a weekly that notes ties to the Minnesota state GOP….


Who is missing from that list of donors?

FEC Tony’s tacoteria!!!

So, why did Target pony up $150,000, but Tony Sutton’s Baja Sol didn’t?

Not sure.

One guess is “leadership” – or, more specifically, lack thereof.

Was FEC Tony waiting to see if there was any carnage before he put his money where his mouth is?

IMNSHO, yep.

After all, ChickenHawks are virtually all republiCons, and if anyone is a republiCon, it’s FEC Tony.

(cross posted from MnProgressiveProject; comments welcome there)

A Strib Front Page Story

On May 3, 2010, in Candidates, Media, rightwingnuts, by tommy

It’s no secret to people closely following politics that the extreme right wing GOPer named Tom Emmer was quoted in the Marshall Independent newspaper on September 26th, 2009 as saying:

“I don’t think you can call yourself a freedom-loving American and be a Democrat.”

That quote, by Emmer, was used against him by supporters of his opponent for the endorsement for Governor in The Small Tent Party, Marty Seifert. Seifert, it should be noted, was nominated at the Convention by former GOP Chair Bill Cooper, who called Seifert a “radical conservative” – so, calling Emmer “extreme right wing GOPer” is something the Delegates were looking for, and Emmer fits that bill.

Last Saturday’s Strib ran a front page story about the endorsement of Emmer, at the Convention. When I read this:

Emmer, who had to confirm his conservative credentials again and again to win endorsement, said he could easily appeal to Democrats and independents in a general election.

“We are going to get to know Minnesota, we’re going to let Minnesota get to know us better,” he said. “We are going to talk about values we believe are important for the state, and that’s smaller government, individual liberty and economic freedom. And we will win.” (Strib.com)

I paged back to the front page, to see who wrote that. Because, how does Emmer tell that to a reporter, when said reporter should dam-well know about:

“I don’t think you can call yourself a freedom-loving American and be a Democrat.” — Tom Emmer, 9-26-09 (MarshallIndependent.com)

When Emmer said he could “easily appeal to Democrats and independents ” – that reporter should have immediately followed up with that quote, and asked how Emmer could square “easily appeal” to voters a few months earlier Emmer dam-near called traitors.

Emails to the reporter, and a Twitter DM, were not returned.

Over at The Cucking Stool, Spotty has a piece on how Emmer can “easily appeal to Democrats and independents” — Emmer stabs those that endorsed him in the back.

At the Strib, not challenging Emmer with such a divisive comment, is stabbing readers in the back.

I often say that the reason politicians – and especially politicians in the GreedOverPrinciples Party – lie to reporters, is because they can.

Emmer, with his “easily appeal” comment, got away with that one.

Because it’s not going to be easy getting votes from people Emmer thinks don’t love freedom (i.e., Democrats) – unless, of course, they don’t know about what Emmer said.

Sure, Emmer’s quote was buried elsewhere in the paper – but it wasn’t in the story that started on the front page.

It should have been.

(cross posted from MnProgressiveProject; comments welcome there)