Eighteen Years Later and We’ve Learned Nothing

Minnesotans elected pro-wrestler Jesse Ventura as their governor in 1998. Ventura ran on the Reform Party platform, promising to cut the size and scope of government, class sizes and he supported public debate on legalized prostitution.

His governorship started out fine, but the economy took a downturn and the legislature turned its back on Ventura. Throwing a temper-tantrum, he started staying home, refusing to go to the capitol and badmouthing anyone who criticized him.

About two years later Ventura asked Donald Trump to run for president on the Reform Party ticket. Trump promised fair trade, universal health care and claimed Oprah Winfrey would be his ideal running mate.

Then in early February Ventura became angry with the Reform Party and withdrew from the faction. Shortly after, Trump ended his campaign as well.

The anger with Clinton Administration that brought Ventura to the governorship of Minnesota is identical to the anger American’s are feeling with the Obama Administration. They’re pissed at what’s happening and see nothing to lose by tossing out the old guard and embracing an untested one.

In the end, Ventura’s governorship didn’t work out because of the wish to seek some sort of retribution against those seen as having created the problem. It didn’t work then, it won’t work now and it will not work after January 2017.

As the saying goes, “A knight in shining armor is one whose metal has never been truly tested.”

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