McFadden’s address to the nation

Hoping to move Minnesota up on the list of potential U.S. Senate takeover targets, the national Republican Party gave Mike McFadden the honor of delivering its weekly four-minute address to the nation, which aired this past weekend. Here it is:

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  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 08/11/2014 - 09:24 am.

    That was a lesson in how to deliver a speech, right there.

    Most, if not all large cities in the US are governed by Democrats and run by public employee union bosses. No where is that recipe for steaming failure better illustrated than the public school system.

    Many people are not interested in politics, but everyone cares about their kids. McFadden deftly thrust a knife into the bag if lies that has doomed tens if thousands of kids to lives of poverty. Bravo sir!

    The Democrats wont let Franken address the Senate any more, less a national audience. McFadden is clearly ready for the job he aspires to.

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 08/11/2014 - 09:48 am.

      George HW put it best

      Voodoo economy.

    • Submitted by David Koller on 08/11/2014 - 01:30 pm.

      Very Slick

      It was a great lesson in how to deliver a speech. McFadden was misleading to promote his point of view. While we could argue about the speed of the economic recovery, in Minnesota it has been very good. McFadden deliberately confuses America with Minnesota to make it seem we think the recovery from Bush economic policies and wars has been slow. Not so, our governance has improved tremendously from the disastrous policies of our Republican predecessors. What has committed “thousands of kids to lives of poverty” are Republican policies and lack of regulation. Let’s be clear, as Mike Myers said you can sum up Republican ideology in one phrase, “gun-stroking, Bible-belting, tax-bashing, ACLU hating, fossil-fuel huggers to understand: Regulation, bad; unbridled capitalism, good.” America suffers not from too much regulation, but from too little.

      Take a deep breath and praise the heavy hand of government. The BWCA will thank you.

    • Submitted by John Ellenbecker on 08/11/2014 - 05:22 pm.

      Public education

      And yet the states with the best public education outcomes also have strong teacher unions, and the states with the poorest public education outcomes have weak teacher unions.

      • Submitted by Thomas Swift on 08/12/2014 - 10:03 am.

        That contention is simply ludicrous. As NEA bosses have assured their membership time and time again, the teachers union does not exist for the benefit of anyone other than the teachers.

        Second, while you can certainly pick the least rotten apple out of the barrel, it doesn’t recommend eating any of them. The performance of US public schools differs only in the degree of failure when compared to the much of the industrialized world.

        • Submitted by Rachel Kahler on 08/14/2014 - 10:05 am.


          What’s ludicrous is that you can make such a statement without any support in the face of true evidence to the contrary.
          Second, I’m not sure why you can’t eat good apples when the rotten one was removed. Are you advocating waste, Mr. Swift?
          Finally, if you want to compare the performance of the US public school system compared to much of the rest of the world and claim that we’re failing, does that mean you’re advocating what the rest of the industrialized world does for education? China is a communist country, Mr. Swift–the state has pretty strong control over schools. They do tend to excel in math and science… We could go that route. Much of Europe guarantees a public education (at least for certain people) well past where we do on the public dime. Are you suggesting that the public pay for college, too? Some countries pick and choose what you get to study, based on your aptitude. Do you advocate the government choosing what you study, Mr. Swift? Personally, I’d be ok with such limitations if we could improve our system as a result. That being said, though, products of American education are still succeeding beyond what you would expect if our system was so horrible. Interestingly, the proof that it’s not the educational system that’s failing our kids, is the link between socioeconomic class and success. That is, it’s our socioeconomic system that’s failing our kids. The same socioeconomic system that the GOP wants to direct toward even more inequality.

    • Submitted by jason myron on 08/11/2014 - 05:25 pm.

      I’m sure his concession speech

      will be just as memorable.

  2. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 08/11/2014 - 09:26 am.

    Nothing better to invigorate the mining industry in Minnesota that a dose of free-market steel from China for the XL line?

    Stagnant wages–absolutely nothing to do with a world market in virtually everything.

    And whether Polymet employs 500 people or none, it’s success depends entirely upon the world market for what they mine.

    Poor education outcomes just disappear when you get to choose the most motivated students and parents.

  3. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 08/11/2014 - 09:34 am.

    Four minutes more…

    Than I’ve got to donate.

  4. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 08/11/2014 - 09:47 am.

    His address

    is somewhere between
    Lonely Street
    Heartbreak Hotel.

  5. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 08/11/2014 - 10:21 am.

    Why would anyone listen?

    Here is all you need to know about Republicans. George W. Bush, Tim Pawlenty, Michelle Bachmann, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, etc., etc. None of them can put two sentences together and make any rational sense that is based in fact not fiction. None are leaders. They are only the Republican noise machine. McFadden is not a leader either, he is just a new voice in the noise machine. Bush and Pawlenty have accomplishments no one would want to advertise. That is why Republicans act like Bush and Pawlenty never happened. Pawlenty actually left the state after he created the mess he left us with. There is nothing to vote for in the Republican Party, top to bottom.

    • Submitted by Ron Gotzman on 08/11/2014 - 09:33 pm.

      DFL response

      I heard the Al Franken and Mark Dayton responded by saying “…and ah,ah….well..dah…we must raise taxes….ah”

      • Submitted by Logan Foreman on 08/12/2014 - 08:42 am.


        Money from schools is so much better

      • Submitted by Tom Christensen on 08/12/2014 - 09:00 am.

        Minnesota is in disaster recovery mode.

        Yup, we are still recovering and repairing from the Pawlenty/Zellers disaster. How is your Republican party doing on recovering from their own $2,000,000 disaster brought on by a previous Republican leader, Tony Sutton? Face it the Republicans just are not fiscally responsible, despite all their baseless claims. There is just too much evidence to the contrary. Living in the world of fiction will not make the Republican story any better.

  6. Submitted by Dan Kaufman on 08/11/2014 - 12:30 pm.

    According to YouTube counter

    this “address to the nation” has been viewed 568 times.

    I think this reflects the excitement of the McFadden campaign and the overwhelming interest throughout the country in what McFadden has to say.

  7. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 08/11/2014 - 01:22 pm.

    Nice speech

    Nothing wrong with the tone and delivery of Mr. McFadden’s speech. A good job of presentation.

    Unfortunately, what’s being presented is not substantive, and suffers from intellectual and economic bankruptcy.

    He devotes quite a bit of attention early on in the speech to stagnating wages, yet it’s the GOP that has fought the hardest against increasing the minimum wage, both via the usual Chamber of Commerce hysteria over well-paid employees destroying the economy and the more localized “gotcha” of the Oasis in Stillwater trying to make minimum-wage employees into villains. There’s no suggestion in McFadden’s speech of policies that would specifically address wage stagnation.

    Republicans always make a fetish of over-regulation, and there are, in fact, plenty of examples of bureaucratic stupidity in this area. Too bad that some of those regulations were put in place under Republican presidents with the full cooperation of Republican members of Congress. Moreover, Mr. McFadden, having brought up an issue he might run on, says we need “smarter” regulation, but provides not a single example. What would have moved the PolyMet project along more quickly? If the holdup has essentially been over environmental protection, what’s his solution?

    Forgive me for gagging over “Because we care” as a method and solution for all the problems of public schools and low-income children. Everyone I’ve encountered in the area of K-12 education over the past half century cares about children. If we’re going to rely on gross generalities, yes, it’s true that private and parochial and charter schools staffs care about their kids, but they do not care about them more than their public school counterparts. And, if “caring about kids” was all that was required for universal academic success, we should be surrounded by Rhodes Scholars. “Caring” does not solve the multiple problems of educating children in a culture hostile to education.

    Finally, on a national level, if we’ve been “running in place,” whatever that means, it’s because the GOP has made obstruction – of whatever it was that Obama might have wanted to do – its primary objective. Since Obama took office the derisive label of “The Party of ‘No’” has proven its accuracy, and “The Party of ‘No’” still has failed to propose its own solution to the ongoing issue of access to, and cost of, health care in this country.

    Given an opportunity to provide his audience with something on which to chew, Mr. McFadden has instead served Pablum.

  8. Submitted by beryl john-knudson on 08/12/2014 - 12:19 pm.

    Primed Candidate, what’s next?

    Primed Candidate…”How about a series of fireside chats?”

    PR person “Sounds great! But we don’t have a fireplace.”

    PC…”No matter.”

    Camera crew arrives all set up for latest commercial.

    Setting: Small fire in middle of the room…flames rise to give a certain ambiance.

    PR “What you gonna’ talk about this time?”

    PC “Well first bring in the kids again. Let ’em roast marshmallows and sing some scout songs around the campfire. Or better yet make it God bless America in the background?”

    “Okay,okay here we go!”

    Everybody is sucking on roasted marshmallows even PC and with sticky marsh stuck in his throat speech begins…” My fellow Americans minimum wages can’t be raised. Freeze ’em as is. Let them climb the ladder like me and all us successful Americans blah,blah,blah…”

    There is the sound of sirens coming down the avenue. Now a ladder leans against the windows below.

    “My fellow Americans” as the flames go higher.

    There is a chorus of respectable men in red rubber suits below the window but they won’t climb the ladder.

    They sing loud…”Start at the bottom climb to the top, who’s going to want to be part of this photo hop; NO Way, NO Way”.
    Like a lyrical mantra as the flames rise and the kids and camera men run for the exit…Primed Candidate scurrying behind

    • Submitted by Richard Helle on 08/12/2014 - 08:27 pm.

      spot on

      All but the last stanza. This primed candidate would be knocking over children and running over anyone in the way to be the first down the ladder.

  9. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 08/12/2014 - 03:33 pm.

    He may be primed

    but he still needs a finishing coat.

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