Democrats need to understand that we are a big tent party. In fact, we are THE big tent party.
So, when Colin Peterson, representing Congressional District 7 in Minnesota votes in favor of environmentally irresponsible mining, or against health care reform, or against sensible gun control, or against a woman’s right to choose, he looks like a Republican, acts like a Republican, and smells like a Republican, but we accept that because we are a big tent party and he represents a very conservative district.
When Colin Peterson votes in favor of mining-influenced labor at the expense of the regional environment that supports business and workers in the very important tourist industry, we somehow manage to accept that because we are a big tent party and we recognize that he is representing the anti-environmentalists who are apparently in the majority in his district.
But yesterday, Colin Peterson voted to protect Donald Trump from justice. He voted to place Donald Trump above the law.
If that vote is not a career ending vote with the Democratic Party, the the Democrats that choose to put Peterson up for election have a reckoning before them.
The big tent should not be a cover for rape or rapists. When Colin Peterson comes to the defense of Donald Trump he is supporting a rapist. The DFLers of the 7th District should not endorse a candidate who favors rape over the law.
The big tent should not include white supremacy. When Colin Peterson comes to the defense of the white supremacist in the White House, he is attacking every Minnesotan including those in his own district whether they realize it or not. The DFLers of the 7th district should not stand for this.
The big tent should not include criminal behavior. When Colin Peterson comes to the defense of a president whose associates are in prison for things that president himself is done, he is attacking the rule law and telling us that Trump is above the law, and thus, above all of us as, effectively, a dictator. The DFLers of the 7th district can not possibly think that Donald Trump is above the law. Right?
The big tent should not include people who throw our allies under the bus, and use the military as a political tool. When Colin Peterson comes to the defense of Donald Trump, he is throwing the military, our veterans, our national security and our foreign policy under the bus. Is this what the DFLers of the 7the district support?
The big tent does not include the Kremlin, or Vladimir Putin, or Russian foreign policy. When Colin Peterson comes to the defense of Donald Trump he joins an attempt to overthrow our democracy. He joins an attempt to end our civilization. He joins and attempt to ruin the futures for our children and grand children. I simply can not believe that the DFLers of Minnesota’s 7th district want to throw our democracy away.
There is no Democratic Party or DFL tent that includes Donald Trump and his followers. Colin Peterson is an accolade of Donald Trump. Colin Peterson carries Trump’s water. It is appalling that he represents the DFL.
I hereby call on Representative Colin Peterson to resign from the DFL and name himself as what he is: A Republican. Following his vote against progressing with an impeachment inquiry, he is no longer of sufficient moral standing to be a Democrat. There is no tent that includes him.
I’m hearing the “oh, but we are a big tent” excuse from many DFLers in the 7th district. Some seem to not realize that there are limits to that concept, and that opposing an impeachment inquiry is, at this point, beyond that limit. DFLers of Minnesota’s 7th district: now is the time for you to stand up for what is right. Endorse someone else, and if we lose the seat, so be it. But above all, stop trying to convince yourselves that we can’t win with a real Democrat. Maybe we can, maybe we can’t, but we never will if you don’t even try. And, if Colin Peterson is all you’ve got, it is not worth it. Put your shoulder to some other task and win there.