When you can’t win elections you throw sand in the gears

On a recent must-catch podcast (Madison Talkers) Mitch Henck defended retired teachers union boss John Matthews, saying he did his job and was good at it. Your Humble Squire agreed. John Matthews did such a good job advocating for his dues-paying teachers that he can fairly lay claim to be co-author of Act 10.

Wisconsin residents were already frustrated by the teachers’ me-first greed even before the unions doubled down with a temper tantrum at the State Capitol six years ago. Republicans have been winning by ever-larger margins since.

sandboxSo it is with the liberal-progressive-socialist movement today. Ya think Barack Obama’s pardon of Chelsea/Bradley Manning, the Army traitor, is making anyone second-guess their vote against his “third term” in the person of Hillary Clinton?

The Left is intent on doubling down on the riots that followed November 8 in cities from Portland, Oregon, to Philadelphia.

Throw sand in the gears of everything,” encourages Frances Fox Piven (who has been doing that for 50 years anyway) in the pages of (where else?) The Nation.

Not to be left behind, The Corporation That Speaks in the Progressive Voice revisits its long-ago glory on the way to promising: “As we resisted Joe McCarthy, we will resist Donald Trump.” Another example of cluelessness. Hey Capital Times, while some of us were fighting the man as best we could, you helped elect him!

As always, my alma mater resorts to name calling in lieu of facts or reasoning. Even as the Progressive Voice vows “This is less about personalities than about vision and ambition,” it smears Wisconsin native Reince Priebus as a “destructive political grifter” (Whatever that means) among those “who choose to advance their agenda by aligning it with Wall Street money.” (Did Priebus take $250,000 for chatting up Wall Street? Um, no. That was Hillary Clinton.)

So, The Capital Times vows to fight all kinds of bad isms: racism, sexism, homophobia, and religious intolerance. Tell that to a sizable portion of Muslims, with whom TCT stands “in solidarity.”

• The Capital Times was silent when UW-Madison placed anonymous complaint boxes around campus inviting career-threatening complaints with no opportunity to confront the accuser.

• Silent when the speech police invaded the homes of private citizens in pre-dawn raids and carted away the product of that speech.

• Silent when the local Black Lives Matter franchise demanded the release of an arbitrary number of jail inmates — only if they had the right skin color.

• Silent when Kaleem Caire bucked the teachers union and dared to propose a students-first charter school dedicated to improving black student performance.

Dare question the state university for offering junk courses like “The Problem of Whiteness” and liberal knees start jerking like frog legs attached to jumper cables. NOW they’re in favor of free speech, even if it teaches racism!

The Capital Times served as the glee club for the Act 10 intifada — the takeover of the State Capitol, disruption of the Special Olympics, and harassment of duly elected representatives. The rest of Wisconsin took notice and elected even larger Republican majorities. The publication promoted frauds and hucksters like Al Sharpton, fake-Indian Ward Churchill, Brenda Konkel, and Brandi Grayson. So why shouldn’t they champion a black Muslim extremist named Keith Ellison to serve as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Go for it, guys!

Bonus stuff just added — As The Capital Times resisted Joe McCarthy, it will resist Donald Trump. But it also resisted Ronald Reagan (in favor of Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale). It fought Tommy Thompson tooth and nail for the likes of Chuck Chvala. It fights Ron Kind, congressman from La Crosse, because he is not sufficiently Madison Marxist. Which is odd, because Kind is probably the Dems’ best hope to reclaim the governorship. Fair enough.

Our lib-prog-soc acquaintances have been throwing sand in the gears for years (rhyme, no extra charge) with increasingly diminishing returns, judging by election results. Why stop now?


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27 Responses to When you can’t win elections you throw sand in the gears

  1. Gari says:

    Years ago; the Cap Times was kaput. Gone. The WSJ remained. However, it seems that the CT staff REMAINED and the WSJ staff disappeared.

    And we wonder why the WSJ sounds like the CT (which could not make it!)



  2. Mark Porter says:

    Well…based on your supposition, then I’d think you’d be pretty satisfied with the status quo, no?

    Liked by 1 person

  3. madisonexpat says:

    John Nichols’, Paul Fanlund’s (insert favorite angry white Progressive here) daily schedule:
    8:30 – 9:45 struggle against racism
    9:45 – 10:30 learn appropriate pronouns for 21 sexual identities (more to come)
    10:30 – 10:45 break (optional on personal time – enjoy liberal guilt)
    11:00 – 12:00 document systemic racism then continue to struggle against it.
    12:00 – 1:00 avoid gluten, peanuts, sugar (processed). eat only Caucasian-vegan foods to avoid cultural misappropriation
    1:00 – 2:00 cast blame while congratulating self on boundless sensitivity and tolerance to everyone who thinks and feels exactly as we do
    2:00 – 3:00 find constitutional rights for next emerging minority (pedophiles?)
    3:00 – 3:30 yoga
    3:30 – 5:00 daily swoon. Suggested topics; Trump, Scott Walker, UW budget, borders. The possibilities are endless.

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  4. Madison Expat says:

    In regards to the Cap Times and Joe McCarthy…. in the 50’s Joe was a real threat but then the Cap Times was a real newspaper.
    Its masthead in the Time of Trump should be,…….. “Moping, Outrage, Impotence”


  5. Chris says:

    Just so I have this straight: The minority ought to shut up and get out of the way?


  6. Madison Expat says:

    If I may, Chris, doing nothing and shutting up would be progress. I’m serious and I tell you this because we’re going to need an opposition party in a few years. DC power WILL corrupt.
    Quiet, honest introspection in the place of knee jerk, foaming at the mouth opposition for its own sake bolsters Trump.
    Too much of what we Conservatives hear is people like Progressive Dane saying,
    “All we have to do is figure out what the racist, stupid, redneck, bitter clingers are upset about then we’ll craft our message.”


  7. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    So far at least, Pocan is the only member of the Wisconsin Congressional delegation to boycott Trump’s inauguration. (He joins about 60 other House members, all from districts with safe liberal seats). Such courage, such idealism,such fearless conviction! Remember Sean Duffy’s broadside against Dane County a few weeks ago and the sputtering indignation it aroused from one end of the Isthmus to the other? More evidence about how accurate his critique of the lib/prog/socialist nirvana really was. Some say Sean is planning a run to unseat Sen.Tammy. (I’ve noticed she’s making regular cameo appearances in the media whenever Schumer and the pathetic remnant of Democrat “leadership” step forward to bleat about Trump’s cabinet picks.) Can you imagine the uproar in Madison if some yahoo from Trump Country replaced their favorite lipstick lesbian in the U. S. Senate?


  8. Dave, not B says:

    The democrats and their little hissy fits are sickening. There is no place for it in adult circles. Maybe someday one of them will be able to tell us who appointed them guardians of the universe. They show little understanding of human interaction. They expect us to be happy to have the fruits of our labor taken from us. They fail to learn that once you feed the raccoons, they will keep coming back for more. They fail to understand that disrespecting young human life will result in disrespecting all human life. And the Cap Times is the cheerleader for these losers? I’d be embarrassed to be associated with them. Glad you were able to escape their clutches, Dave.


  9. Tim Ford says:

    Long Time Reader, Several Time Poster


  10. Mark Porter says:

    Of course my first reaction was, on a national level, you mean like the Republicans did for the past 8 years? 🙂


  11. Madison Expat says:

    Just go BHO.
    As of noon today we are no longer an Obamanation.


  12. old baldy says:

    I saw the headline and thought dave was talking about McConnell, Ryan and the republican congress the past 6-8 years. Guess I was wrong and dave was under informed.

    Speaking of under informed, (or possibly willfully ignorant) does dave know the difference between a commuted sentence and a pardon? Obviously not, based on his statement: “Ya think Barack Obama’s pardon of Chelsea/Bradley Manning, the Army traitor”. Ignorance is bliss, right dave.

    Now are you going to censor this post just like my last one a couple weeks ago. So much for freedom of speech.


  13. davidblaska says:

    McConnell, Ryan, and the Republican congress were elected (and re-elected) to represent their constituents. The rioters Friday in Washington who busted windows (200 arrests) were not. Yet, you can’t see the difference. And you wonder why you lose elections.


    • AnonyBob says:

      And Trump was elected (by a minority of voters) to be President of ALL Americans. Did you see any of that in his dystopian speech? Are you proud of your President? He was not kind to your GOP leaders, either. I think you, and they, will regret what they wished for.


      • Madison Expat says:

        Blaska clearly did NOT want President Trump.
        YOU did.
        Well, perhaps more accurately, you wanted him as a candidate.
        But you wanted him bad.


      • AnonyBob says:

        Indeed I did want Trump as the candidate. I underestimated the effects of 30 years of hate-Hillary GOP propaganda complemented by the actions of a meddling, corrupt FBI director and the outright involvement of a certain former KGB agent. All the stunningly fake news lapped up by the less than critically thinking Trump voters didn’t help, either. Dave, on the other hand, has fallen in line since the nomination like the good little soldier he is, even praising The Orange One’s plutocratic cabinet picks. I’m still disgusted by Trump. Dave no longer is.


      • AnonyBob says:

        (The only consolation I have in these dark days is the schadenfreude of Walker’s playbook now being used at the national level while Walker sits at home in obscurity.)


    • old baldy says:

      Too proud to make the pardon/commute correction, eh dave? No surprise there, as facts have always been a burden for you.

      And you would think someone in a position of great responsibility like McConnell, elected by the entire senate (that includes you and me) would not be throwing sand in the machinery like he did for Obama. But since that notion conflicts with your world view you ignore it.


  14. Madison Expat says:

    Way to find the silver lining.
    Good thing you’re not bitter.


  15. Mark Porter says:

    Gosh Dave, I vote for my representatives to not only represent me but to govern this unruly nation of ours as a whole. I see precious little of that anywhere in our political system and I suspect at least some of that is due to partisan rhetoric of the sort you enjoy; that gives reps on both sides of the aisle cover when they don’t feel like playing ball. On the other hand, you now have exactly what you’ve wished for…and I will sit back, endure the insults, and wait to see how well one party can handle things. I’m unimpressed so far. Not to metion Wisconsin hasn’t exactly vaulted forward.


  16. davidblaska says:

    You’re new here, right? Just started reading me? What, exactly, did I wish for?


    • Mark Porter says:

      New here but not to your commentary. Followed and commented on your columns in InBusiness prior to your leaving. I do have you credit for having reservations about our new fearless leader. But my take is you tend to take potshots at the left while ignoring the right’s failures. But maybe that’s just me.


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