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“I’ve drunk the red and blue kool aid before. Both taste the same but change the color of your tongue. It doesn’t matter, in 2012 Democrat or Republican – it’s the same body with different heads who forgets about the people to run a campaign. All I’m saying, if you attack another politician, make sure it’s relevant to politics and policy?
by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/ The Independent Business News Network
Minneapolis, MN (IBNN/Open-Letter-Editorial Opinion/July 22, 2012)…Dear Congresswomen Michele Bachmann: It has come to my attention that being from Minnesota is starting to get embarrassing. On a recent vacation to the bible belt (Branson, MO.), one very friendly older man born and raised in Branson struck up a conversation with me while at the gas station. I like meeting and talking to new people. He asked me, “Were are you from?” I told the 75-year old man name Rick that I was from Minneapolis, Minnesota. His reply, “You’re up their with that crazy lady Michele Bachmann.”
Rick admitted he was a Conservative and a Christian, but his point of view just didn’t gel with what you had to say Congresswoman Bachmann. He also felt you are an embarrassment to Republicans, Conservatives and those thinking to consider voting for Mitt Romney. (Most of us know Romney doesn’t have a snowballs chance in hell to win in 2012.)
This leads me to my next subject of concern: the attacks on Congressman Keith Ellison’s religion.
Congressional candidate Jim Grave’s says it best: “Even after fellow Republicans have condemned her ruthless attacks – accurately comparing her to Sen. Joe McCarthy – she’s taking her dangerous witch-hunt to a new level. She outrageously insists that people like Huma Abedin and Rep. Keith Ellison are part of a scheme to overthrow the government and institute Sharia law. The evidence? Sixteen pages of Rep. Bachmann’s conjectures and wild conspiracy theories. This isn’t the first time Rep. Bachmann has used these vicious and intolerant tactics to build her celebrity by appealing to the radical fringe.”
With this said, there are many other relevant issues you can attack Congressman Keith Ellison on without using what religion he is free to practice in the United States per the Constitution – something that you mention often in your skewed Christian Fundamentalist platform. I don’t always see eye-to-eye with the Minnesota DFL, even less with Congressman Ellison – but if you want to help your fellow GOP endorsed 5th Congressional District candidate Chris Fields, it’s time you danced to another tune when attacking Congressman Ellison.
Congresswoman Bachmann, I’m not a politician; and I’m not trying to tell you how to do your job – but I can give you a list of questions to ask Congressman Ellison that will not only make him squirm a little, but also put him out of sorts with voters in the 5th CD as well as the nation. If done right (no pun intended), you will still be the right wings media darling and keep yourself in the news.
- First, follow the money of the 2011 North Minneapolis Tornado. Ask Congressman Ellison what happened to FEMA and why the mostly renters of color in his district didn’t receive a penny. The tornado money and FEMA information will open a lot of moving parts – hold on, the ride is very bumpy.
- Secondly, Congressman Ellison’s office is inside the Minneapolis Urban League – a Black social service agency under fire by community members for not getting enough done. Just last week, the MUL laid off people that had been working there for 16 years (Ms. Reese). Ask the kind Congressman what has he done to assist the organization besides paying rent there
- Third, ask how was it so easy for a local foundation to “stuff away” $300k for 9-years, meant to be used for small businesses in the 5th CD? To find out more, call Target.
- Check Congressman Ellison’s record on Veterans – why is there over 3300 homeless veterans in Minnesota anyway? How did this happen?
- There are many more – just pick up the phone. I will be glad to guide you.
Congresswoman Bachmann, if the Minnesota GOP wasn’t so racist, bigoted and broke, they could come into the Black community, especially in north Minneapolis and ask “What do you need, and have you gotten it from the current DFL political plantation.” This would have an educational value for “Team Bachmann,” but also, it would also give you some ammunition to change your seditious attacks on Congressman Ellison religion to something relevant to the political infrastructure in Minnesota.
Best in success…