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RNC: Crowd control from both sides now?

Security recruiting for the Republican convention is beginning to sound like a bad scene ready to happen. Small-town deputies, volunteering to flush out the forces, bring to mind Marge Gunderson, the pregnant cop out of “Fargo” film fame.
Visualize another image … like a few overtly ambitious sheriff’s deputies who traditionally patrol Main Street, Minnesota — towns consisting of one cafe and four grain elevators beside a railroad long abandoned and covered with weeds. Bored cops may assume they are about to experience their day-of-infamy rounding up protesters — something they rarely saw or ever allowed in the dusty history of their village, population 400-1,000.

Anybody want to write another bloody film script for this scenario?

Searching for enough boys-in-blue bodies from across the state is about as credible as riding a grain truck down St. Paul streets, sans brakes. Picture small authority figures up against bigger authority figures, small powers bowing to greater powers, St. Paul cops … all to be programmed in less than a month?

Does anyone give up power easily, however limited? Will outstate cops conform dutifully to St. Paul’s finest? Will this create a secondary area of dissent to be concerned about?
Speculate also: Who will be sufficiently guarding the “general” store — or robbing it while small-town police are working the convention crowds?
Add the latest murmurings — the possibility of using police volunteers from other states. Does that include Southern sheriffs?
Is there an alternative, secondary security force to control the security forces? This could stir up one fine kettle of logistics, and but a month away.

If the St. Paul Police force can put together a working security crowd, to control the other crowds and make it function smoothly without any unexpected tragic incidents, then certainly they will have lived up to their name as St. Paul’s saints. They will have earned their wings, blue indeed.
The Blackwater boys haven’t been recruited yet, or have they?
Beryl Knudson is a writer from Duluth.

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 08/11/2008 - 03:10 pm.

    I have to give it to you Bernice.

    That was possibly the most creative obfuscation of the chaos being promised for St. Paul by the left that I have seen yet…and I’ve read some real doozies.

    Really, I doubt that Sunsara Taylor herself could have done better; well done!

  2. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 08/11/2008 - 12:46 pm.

    Thomas Swift’s argument that “leftists are determined to undermine the democratic process in this country” shows his ignorance of the Constitution AND his intolerance for views to the left, apparently, of the current occupants of the White House.

    The “rightists” have done more harm to our democracy in a short seven and a half years than any so-called leftist, a term used as a pejorative although it describes those who want the Constitution to be there for everyone as long as America exists.

  3. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 08/08/2008 - 01:57 pm.

    It’s a shame that we have so many leftists determined to undermine the democratic process in this country that is is necessary to “call out the troops” each and every election season.

    But unlike those selfsame lestists, I think that the majority of the delegates to the RNC would agree that ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to freely participate in the politics of their choice is worth the effort and the expense.

  4. Submitted by John Olson on 08/09/2008 - 06:39 am.

    I agree 100 percent Thomas…just remember that the worst of the lot are pure anarchists who have just as much contempt for the left as they do the right. They are the ones who are going to want to just smash and burn their way through downtown St. Paul without regard for anyone else’s safety.

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