The MN Tower of Babel

We are getting really close to the primary, August 10th to be exact. I saw the results yesterday of the KSTP/Service USA poll and it showed that Mark Dayton had around 43% of the vote and Margaret Anderson Kelliher had 27%. Leaving Matt Enteza with 22%.

When you look at any type of poll, you need to be careful. Think about it as a sports game. My dad taught me to never bet on sports because you never know who is going to win. I don’t know about you but I didn’t participate in this poll and I think a lot of other Minnesotans didn’t either. It will be interesting to see what happens on August 10th, it should be an exciting day for all three campaigns.

I think the best thing for the campaigns, is to start some type of grassroots movement. First, get your base out in the streets, door-knocking spreading the word. Second, have organized phone banks that have volunteers calling specific groups (ex. seniors calling seniors, veterans calling veterans). Third, be visible in the community and get the entire state of Minnesota engaged about the primary and election.

I have seen one campaign doing this, the Margaret Anderson Kelliher campaign. She is all over Facebook. She has been coming out with television ads. She holds her own at debates. I get campaign literature in the mail almost every other day. She participates in events all over the state and with different groups. She holds press conferences and rallies. She also has targeted phone banks scheduled daily.

Starting a grassroots movement makes me think about the construction of the Tower of Babel. It was a massive public building project started after the great flood by an unknown ruler, lasting an unknown period of time. No one knows the exact location of the tower but it’s somewhere in the Middle-East, possible by the Fertile Crescent. God came down to check out the project and decided that it must be stopped at once. So with a snap of His fingers, a people that spoke one language began speaking multiple. They had to stop building because no one was able to work together because they couldn’t understand each other.

I don’t think that’s exactly what happened. Lets say this building project had been going on for 50-100 years. The population was growing, people were moving up, and also moving out. Who would want to be a physical laborer for the rest of there life’s? People probably wanted pay raises and better work conditions, but weren’t getting them. The ruler in charge was probably out of touch with his base and began losing his workers to other kingdoms. Leaving open positions for anyone to fill. People were already migrating in from the east, west, south, and north. The project managers needed to replace the old employees with new employees but didn’t want to inform the ruler of what was going on. Of course the new employees didn’t speak the language and once the ruler found out it was to late to correct. They didn’t have access to Rosette Stone. So eventually the building project came to an abrupt halt because it no longer had the support of the public.

It takes an extraordinary individual to be able to govern justly & responsibly over a large group of people and it seems like Margaret has what it takes to get the job done. We don’t want  a governor who has millions in the bank and is out of touch with everyday Minnesotans. We don’t want our state to become a construction site of a never ending building porject, that eventually comes to an abrupt halt because of a collapse in leadership.