At TakeAction Minnesota’s annual convention today, U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison exhorted progressives to return to 2007-08, after which the “yes we can” spirit degenerated into “yes he can.” Ellison was the closing speaker at TakeAction’s 2011 annual convention, at which approximately 350 people, including many Hmong veterans of the Vietnam War, gathered in the Eagan Community Center to plan and deploy a newly revitalized agenda of progressive politics. Ellison didn’t minimize the obstacles to our mutual welfare, but he claimed we can do it again if we stick to our principles and continue to work hard to make our voices heard.
Earlier, Paul Thissen, the newly elected minority leader of the Minnesota House spoke to TakeAction Minnesota. He reminded everyone of the last six words of the Pledge of Allegiance, and he argued that this idea has to be the basis for all government action.