Sunday, August 3, 2008

A letter from: Anne Morse, Winona County DFL Chair and pretender to progressivism

Anne Morse is the Chair of the Winona County, Minnesota Democratic Farmer-Labor Party, She didn't appreciate what Alan Maki wrote about Al Franken... perhaps the term "dumb donkey" struck a little too close to home.

What is Anne Morse so upset about? This blog posting. Some cute pics of Al Franken:

My blog was similar to Alan's:

It seems Anne Morse doesn't think there is a primary for a purpose.

I find it interesting Anne Morse's response to every controversy is to try to silence everyone. This is a novel approach to democracy.

Silence Alan Maki. Insist that DFL leaders remain aloof of the Primary Election. Al Franken is anointed by the party hacks at the MN DFL State Convention.

Anne, do you still sleep with that other dumb donkey?

I know Anne Morse is into composting and concerned about waste. She might be interested in the design of the two story outhouse below.

I can't tell if Anne Morse is angrier about the Franken article or Alan's Obama article:

Oh, well, read them both. I think Alan has pretty much expressed how many Minnesotans feel about the state of politics.

Of course Alan Maki just had to respond to Anne Morse.

Read it all!


From: Anne Morse

Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2008 10:15 AM

To: 'Alan L. Maki' ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;

Subject: RE: Progressive, working class activists say: Dump the dumb donkey Al Franken


I'm sorry, but why is this message coming to what appears to be dfl leaders in the state? To describe our endorsed candidates, and members of our party as he does below, is in my mind entirely inappropriate. The DFL has endorsed Al Franken, fair and square, and as leaders in the party, one of our roles is to support our endorsed candidates. While there was a difference of opinion as to who was our best candidate, but we are still governed by majority rule, thankfully.

Not knowing Mr. Maki, I do not know if he holds a leadership position of some sort within the DFL any longer. If he does, however, I respectfully request that the party take immediate action to remove him from any such position.

Mr. Maki, please do not send me any more of this kind of blaming, name-calling, divisive garbage. I took myself off the DFL Central Committee listserve almost a year ago in large measure to get away from your hatemongering rhetoric. In my eyes, the way you present your argument is little better than Michael Savage's, and Bill O'Reilly's approach. I find your anger off-putting and destructive, and believe that treating people so disrespectfully is always wrong and typically counterproductive.


Anne Morse

Winona County DFL Chair, and a progressive, working class activist!

From: Alan L. Maki

Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2008 4:41 PM

To: Anne Morse ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;

Subject: Re: Progressive, working class activists say: Dump the dumb donkey Al Franken


Last I heard there is still a "Primary Election."

I hardly call a dumb donkey like Al Franken purchasing the endorsement winning anything "fair and square."

Maybe if you had to spend your life working in a smoke-filled casino without any rights as Al Franken and DFL "leaders," like you, repeatedly closed their eyes to the problem you would feel somewhat different.

I find it interesting that you are so arrogant that you think the DFL can send out all kinds of e-mails and campaign materials to me but you don't have to listen to what I have to say in return. I find it even more interesting that you would post your contact information on a publicly accessible web site and then complain when you receive e-mail.

I am somewhat amused that your idea of democracy is to "remove" anyone with whom you disagree.

Yes, dump this dumb donkey Al Franken... send him back to writing his filth for Playboy.

Alan L. Maki

Director of Organizing,

Midwest Casino Workers Organizing Council

-----Original Message-----
From: Alan L. Maki []
Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2008 12:55 AM
Subject: Progressive, working class activists say: Dump the dumb donkey Al Franken

Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Al Franken... Minnesotans now have a chance to dump the Dumb Donkey
With the entrance of Priscilla Lord Faris into the MNDFL U.S. Senate Primary, Minnesotans not only have a chance to dump another dumb donkey, they have a chance to demand some real accountability from politicians.

Chances are, not many of those who have already endorsed Al Franken are going to be jumping ship... although, if they were smart, they would.

Al Franken is the candidate of choice of the Indian Gaming Industry which employs some 30,000 Minnesotans in smoke-filled casinos at poverty wages without any rights under state or federal labor laws. Say no to this injustice against working people; say no to Al Franken.

This opens up a whole new opportunity for grassroots activism centered on the issues of concern to progressives. This is an opportunity to get Minnesota back to at least the liberalism of Paul Wellstone in support of many progressive issues.

Priscilla Lord Faris isn't going to get us to a political level of a Floyd Olson, Elmer Benson or John Bernard; but, if grassroots activists and rank and file trade unionists demand something from Priscilla Lord Faris in exchange for their votes we sure can start to rebuild on the firm progressive foundations of Olson, Benson and Bernard.

Priscilla Lord Faris really doesn't have much choice other than to work with us if she wants our votes; and, she is going to need our votes to win the Primary on Tuesday, September 9.

Priscilla Lord Faris can only win if she brings forward real solutions to the problems working people are experiencing. If Priscilla Lord Faris doesn't do this she won't win in the Primary on September 9, and can't win in the General Election, because no one is going to turn out to vote for her... although her very principled stand in opposition to the war in Iraq is more than enough for me to vote for her.

Priscilla Lord Faris' stand in opposition to the war in Iraq is light-years ahead of any other politician in Minnesota... and most in the Nation.

So far, for the most part, Priscilla Lord Faris has only pitched the same meaningless messages we get from Obama; she is going to have to do better; she can do better. To win the Primary Election, Priscilla Lord Faris, is not only going to have to properly frame the issues, she is going to have to bring forward real solutions to the problems working people are experiencing where they work, in their communities and she is going to have to be as tough as her dad, Judge Miles Lord, on the corporations, especially when it comes to environmental issues.

Will Priscilla Lord Faris take on United States Steel and the peat mining boon-doggle in the Big Bog? Will she stand up and oppose the sulfide mining operations and the land-give-aways being pushed by Jim Oberstar and Amy Klobuchar in the Arrowhead?

Will Priscilla Lord Faris push for a minimum wage that is a real living wage based upon the calculations of the United States Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics for what a real living income is based upon the actual cost of living factors?

In fact, Priscilla Lord Faris has a great opportunity to show the Obama campaign what it will take to defeat big-business as you win an election.

If Priscilla Lord Faris fails to take up real solutions to the problems of working people like socialized health care; or, at least, the first step on the road to socialized health care--- single-payer universal health care--- by supporting House Resolution 676 (HR 676), chances are she can't defeat this Dumb Donkey the Summit Hill Club and Cadillac Liberals have brought forward in the form of Al Franken.

This would be a good time to get a commitment from a politician about saving the St. Paul Ford Twin Cities Assembly Plant, also.

Priscilla Lord Faris will have to confront the corrupt Minnesota Democratic Farmer-Labor Party machine if she intends to win, too; and this is good news for Minnesotans.

Already Brian Melendez and Andrew O'Leary along with their AIPAC funded entourage of Palestinian hating warmongers are trying to harass and strong-arm members of the Minnesota DFL State Central Committee into maintaining an allegiance to the Dumb Donkey--- Al Franken.

Melendez' and O'Leary's strong-arm tactics aren't sitting well with many people and using this kind of approach to politics is losing more friends than winning new ones which is not good this close to an election.

Look at this guy... do you really want him representing you in the United States Senate? Between the President, the House and the Senate, Washington D.C. is already a three-ring circus.

My advice to Minnesotans is: Don't rush to support Priscilla Lord Faris until we get a commitment from her that she will support H.R. 676... we need to start getting something for out votes because otherwise we don't get much from these Dumb Donkeys other than what the sparrows leave behind.

We shouldn't have to make a choice between a Dumb Donkey and a Dumb Cluck:

Let's find out if we have a real alternative in Priscilla Lord Faris...

At least she is intelligent.

See and hear her for yourself:

Priscilla Lord Faris is the very first MN DFL politician to come forward, bucking the worthless DFL party hacks, demonstrating a complete understanding of what this war in Iraq is all about--- oil--- and for once we have a politician demonstrating an empathy for the suffering people in Iraq as well as the American families suffering deaths of loved ones, along with understanding that this war is wasting our precious resources that could be going to socially useful programs... reason enough, in my opinion, to vote for Priscilla Lord Faris in the Minnesota Democratic Farmer-Labor Party Primary Election on Tuesday, September 9... mark your calendars... this is a chance to send a real message to the politicians.

I would suggest working people should start communicating with Priscilla Lord Faris on the issues of real importance.

Here is her e-mail address:

Contrary to the lies of the political pundits, most of whom are employed by the corporations, progressive politics is winning politics in Minnesota.

Now Minnesotans really have something to discuss around the dinner table.

Alan L. Maki

Director of Organizing,
Midwest Casino Workers Organizing Council

Posted by Alan L. Maki

Sunday, July 20, 2008
Obama needs to offer solutions to get working-class votes

Link to article in Capital Times I responded to:

Link to my Letter to the Editor:

Alan Maki: Obama needs to offer solutions to get working-class votes

Alan Maki — 7/17/2008

Dear Editor:

I agree with the AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka that "labor must battle racism"; however, I don't think racism is the main obstacle to Obama getting the votes of working people.

Trumka recently eloquently rattled off the list of problems working people are experiencing. The problem Obama is having convincing workers to vote for him is that he has not put forward one single solution to any of the problems Trumka listed: "when it comes to protecting jobs, when it comes to protecting pensions, when it comes to health care, child care, pay equity for women, Social Security, Medicare, seeing to it that people can afford to go to college and buy a home -- and restoring the right to collective bargaining ..."

Until Obama clearly brings forward real solutions to the problems of working people he is going to have a very difficult time getting our votes -- and this has nothing to do with racism.

For some reason, Trumka conveniently made no mention of the need to end this war for oil in Iraq. Why not? We cannot have an economy of guns and butter.

Trumka also failed to note the other twin evil of racism: anti-communism.

Anyone who looks at the conservative and right-wing bloggers supporting John McCain sees that the attacks on Obama are both racist and anti-communist.

These attacks center around Frank Marshall Davis, the deceased black journalist and Communist Party member who Obama says was his "mentor." Apparently Joe McCarthy has risen from the grave and intends to go goose-stepping backward over the dead body of one of this country's most courageous working-class journalists.

Richard Trumka had better concern himself with both racism and anti-communism, pernicious forms of hate and bigotry which feed on each other and spell a doomsday scenario for progressive working-class politics.

Alan L. Maki
Director of Organizing,
Midwest Casino Workers Organizing Council

Warroad, Minn.

Posted by Alan L. Maki at 6:40 PM

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