Having already elected the likes of Jesse Ventura and Al Franken, Minnesota voters continue to prove that elections do indeed have consequences.
The city of Saint Paul elected a far-left ideologue as mayor and he wasted little time abusing his position to propagandize, going so far as to disrespect the national anthem during his inaugural address by calling it an “ode to slavery.”
Mayor Melvin Carter III pointed to the little known third verse of “The Star Spangled Banner” that mentions “hireling and slave,” which the far left claims is an expression of racial hostility toward African-Americans. Historians argue the term was meant as a swipe at the British practice of shanghaiing sailors off the high seas and pressing them into service in the British Navy.
Progressives, looking to “fundamentally transform” the United States of America, are only too happy to run with their ignorance, as seen from Carter.
“We cannot ignore the painful reminder, written into our anthem’s third verse, of just how deeply injustice is rooted in the American tradition,” he explained. “Our national freedom song is an ode to slavery.”
Even worse, Carter blatantly besmirched America’s Founding Fathers, men who risked all they owned to include their lives, as little more than self-serving racists.
“This is the American paradox,” the mayor proclaimed, “passed from generation to generation, dating back to the noble group of rich, white, straight, male landowners who embedded into our founding principles a yearning for a set of God-given rights they sought to secure for only themselves.”
Sadly, St. Paul officials and residents sat silently on their hands as Carter spewed his racist vitriol.