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American Experiment event celebrating free speech protected by police while police union protested outside

The Teamsters are certified under the law to represent police officers all over the state. The Center had to hire police to protect us while the Center and our guests exercised our right to gather and speak. We had to hire police to protect us from possible interruptions, or worse, from the police union and other public-sector unions and protesters. ...

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“Happy Constitution Day, if You Can Keep It: The long-term survival of the Founders’ design depends on people, not parchment.”

The Center is celebrating the Constitution today by hosting Mark and Rebecca and their legal victory in June (Janus v. Afscme) at a luncheon in Minneapolis; they fought for and won the right of public employees to choose for themselves whether to pay dues to a union.We have been told that Teamsters are going to show up to protest this First Amendment victory. While I have some thoughts about a union that represents our women and men in blue using union dues to protest the Janus case, I note today that our great country honors and defends our right to...

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1968 around the world

Fifty years ago this week the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia to crush a pro-democracy political movement. Five days later, protesters gathered in Chicago to demonstrate at the Democratic convention there. Waving communist flags, these mostly middle class kids claimed to be living in a fascist state. One wonders what the Czechs would have made of that.  ...

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What Does Botched Fireworks Cancellation Mean for St. Paul?

Apparently the staff at City Hall didn't get St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter's memo on cancelling the annual July 4 fireworks show due to budget concerns.  Columnist Joe Soucheray, a longtime mayor himself of Garage Logic, had a field day in the Pioneer Press. Possibly because there are too many people in too many layers of city government, that word apparently did not reach the people who are responsible for the city’s official website. Right there on a featured page of the city of St. Paul — I saw this July 5 — is a photograph of exploding fireworks and the...

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Independence Day, 1918

100 years ago today, and 142 years after the Declaration of Independence, American and British troops fought together for the first time at Hamel, in France. In the century since that battle, the United States, Britain, and their allies went on to face down the great twin evils of the twentieth century; Nazism and Communism. Today marks the anniversary of the separation of Britain and what would become the United States. But when those American Doughboys and British Tommies were toasting the Declaration of Independence 100 years ago, they were ushering in one of the greatest forces for good the world...

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Today’s Public Libraries: No to Little House on the Prairie but Yes Drag Queens?

According to National Public Radio, “A division of the American Library Association voted unanimously Saturday to strip Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from a major children's literature award over concerns about how the author referred to Native Americans and blacks.” So let me get this straight: public libraries across the country are enthusiastically hosting “drag queen story hours” for small children this summer but they will not recommend Laura Ingalls Wilder to children.  So now librarians are cleansing literature. May I suggest you go out and buy a set of  Little House in the Prairie today in protest? And read it to your children and...

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From One Nightmare to Another 50 Years Ago

A few hours after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, I met with several other Binghamton University students to plan a memorial event of some kind.  I don’t recall how many faculty were there, but I vividly remember one, Ed Wilson, a sculptor.  After deciding to hold a (needless to say) peaceful march that weekend, we came up with language for posters and, as was the practice back then, waited for a mimeograph machine to make copies. As we waited, Ed told of how he had met with Sen. Robert Kennedy a short while earlier, getting his...

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MN Rep. Keith Ellison boycotting NFL over new national anthem policy

In an attempt to neutralize the polarizing controversy over NFL players kneeling or sitting during the national anthem, NFL owners approved a new policy requiring players to stand for the anthem if they are on the field and if they do not, they will subject their teams to a fine. The policy gives players the option to remain in the locker room during the anthem if they prefer. Rep. Keith Ellison said he will boycott the NFL this year because of the “unfair cowardly and idiotic kneeling ban.”...

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This Memorial Day, remember the men of the Mi Amigo

In Endcliffe Park in my hometown, Sheffield, there is a memorial to Lt John Kriegshauser, John Humphrey, Robert Mayfield, Charles Tuttle, Vito Ambrosio, George Williams, Lyle Curtis, Melchor Hernandez, Harry Estabrooks, and Maurice Robbins. They were the crew of the Mi Amigo, a B17, which crashed there on the afternoon of February 22, 1944. Remember them today. ...

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