Madison police, Dane County Sheriff’s Department, UW and Capitol Police — red alert. Be prepared to cancel leave at a moment’s notice. The Donald Trump resistance is going to get ugly.
Madison’s radical left is “Moving beyond marching,” according to its mouthpiece, The Capital Times.
It is a timely article, given the 75,000 who marched Saturday in Madison against the Trump regime and the 2.5 million said to have done so in Washington D.C. and in cities around the country. Well written and deeply sourced.
“Beyond Marching” serves unmistakable notice — No More Mr. Nice guy for Madison’s Radical Left. They mean business.
The byline is a new one but reporter Lisa Speckhard must have borrowed Comrade Nichols’ Rolodex for her article. She quotes a roll call of the perpetually discontented, old cranks, and downright dangerous hombres. The rogue’s gallery includes the local Black Lives Matter affiliate, various communist front organizations, UW identity politics junk scientists, the ACLU, and veterans of the Act 10 uprising in February-March 2011.
Including one Adam Schesch, whose name we had not heard in decades. Schesch is the familiar story of a 1960s campus radical who got faculty tenure. Fittingly, his field of study is “guerrilla warfare and counter-insurgency.”
What lies “beyond marching?” Reporter Speckhard occasionally uses the adjective “peaceful” but the examples of civil disobedience being contemplated will be anything but.
“People need to do whatever is possible to advocate for justice,” the reporter quotes one radical. Violence, The Capital Times suggests, is not off the table.
One idea: they’ll occupy Speaker Paul Ryan’s office and refuse to move “until Ryan backs off on his attacks on the public safety net.” That’s not peaceful. That is intimidation.
Something called 350 Madison (“the local branch of an international climate activism organization”) is prepared to physically block construction on the Enbridge tar sands pipeline in northeast Dane County. That is no more peaceful than pro-lifers blocking access to an abortion mill.
Voces de la Frontera may physically block deportations of illegal immigrants. That’s called vigilantism.
Schesch and others say that for real change to happen, people need to move beyond symbolic protests and start engaging in real resistance. They call it “putting their bodies on the line.” … breaking or refusing to comply with the law.
… Activists recognize the risks involved — a criminal record, fines, jail time.”
Does anyone believe that in this atmosphere, a few windows won’t be broken out, a cop car overturned, a store front spray-painted, ambulances blocked in traffic?
Why all this plotting? Because “nothing else is working.”
That’s what the Left does when it can’t win elections.
Blaska’s Bottom Line — The irony is that a few pages down from today’s (01-24-17) Capital Times, Comrade John Nichols ponders why Donald Trump carried rural America to win states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. What the Old Left doesn’t get is that Donald Trump IS a revolt against the Establishment. Frank Bruni in today’s New York Times:
You know how Donald Trump wins? I don’t mean a second term or major legislative victories. I’m talking about the battle between incivility and dignity. He triumphs when opponents trade righteous anger for crude tantrums. When they lose sight of the line between protest and catcalls.
When a writer for “Saturday Night Live” jokes publicly that Trump’s 10-year-old son has the mien and makings of a killer.
“Barron will be this country’s first home-school shooter,” the writer, Katie Rich, tweeted. I cringe at repeating it. But there’s no other way to take proper note of its ugliness.
Many people I know thrilled to BuzzFeed’s publication of a dossier with unsubstantiated allegations about Trump. But that decision bolstered his ludicrous insistence that journalists are uniquely unfair to him. It gave him a fresh weapon in his war on the media.
Bruni forgot the broken Starbucks windows, the burning limousines, the injured police and harassment attending the presidential inauguration.
Will Mayor Soglin and the State Journal editorial page find their voice? Will the city’s Democrats urge calm? Not holding our breath. They are reaping their own whirlwind.