NPR featured an interview with Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes that I thought was too important to ignore.
As you know, I've been harping endlessly to our clueless Democrats that they should focus on telling the story of how state Republicans are incapable of solving any and all state problems. Republicans have for years starting with Scott Walker. The GOP formula; (acknowledge problem) + (ignore solution) = life goes on.
Here's an audio clip featuring the two important points Barnes makes:
Q: Gov. "Evers called for a special session of the Legislature on Monday to address police reform, but Republicans didn't show up. To get legislation through, you need Republican support. Do you have a plan for how to do that?"Barnes: "It's unfortunate that we get asked what's our plan, when the Republicans in the Legislature don't get asked why they continue to ignore people. It took them forever to respond to COVID-19. They haven't responded to the health care crisis. They haven't responded to the dairy crisis that our family farmers are dealing with in this country. They haven't responded to gun violence prevention. They haven't responded to the climate crisis. Every issue, they continue to fail and ignore the people of this state."
I think that it's important for people to realize that, again, the people who were killed in Kenosha were protesters. They were killed by people who felt that they had a responsibility to help things, to help matters, to assist. Now law enforcement was already there. National Guard was already there. They didn't need help. Yet these people were free to just walk the streets with long rifles, intimidating people. I think that is the important thing that people need to realize. And I hope that folks do understand that Republicans continue to enable this sort of behavior, the sort of behavior that actually leaves people dead.