Once again, the white lab coats here at Blaska Policy Werkes (and Tanning Salon) derive inspiration from one of the great political movies of all time, Animal House.
Expelled from school, their fraternity charter revoked, Otter — himself battered and bruised — proposes one last desperate recourse: “I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part.”
As Bluto Blutarsky might have rejoined, “Scot Ross is just the one to do it.”
For that is the rallying cry of the execrable One Scot Ross, the ill-tempered major domo at One Wisconsin Now, the Democrat(ic) party’s designated, dark-money attack dog.
His bilious jeremiad in (where else?) The Capital Times is titled: “Let’s say and do something.” (Even if it is really futile and stupid.)
Give a listen to his spittle-flecked invective, wherein he excoriates …
the madness and recklessness of Donald Trump. … the lapdog Congress led by Trump allies Paul Ryan in the House and Ron Johnson in the Senate … the pathological failure and incompetence of Scott Walker.
Um, yeah, that’s pretty much the whole ball game, One Scot. What you’re really saying is “we can’t win elections.”
Now, a rational human being, a dedicated citizen, might suggest broadening the base, revising the message — maybe quit insulting the Deplorables. But One Scot Ross is none of the above.
No, his prescription is simple (and similarly minded): “We must rebel.”
“On a weekly basis” One Scot wants “to build upon the protests, marches and dedicated progressive across Wisconsin and across the country who are standing up against this tyranny we face.”
Sign up for the training session. Yes, trained protestors will fan the fires.
Hey, it worked during the Act 10 intifada. NOT!
Did we say the Left can’t win elections any more? Then a pox on elections! In this, One Scot has national cover, thoughtfully provided by Comrade John Nichols’ other publication, The Nation.
The headline gives away the game. “Our addiction to elections is killing American Democracy.”
Now, if that isn’t Orwellian, his name wasn’t George.
“It’s time to embrace other avenues of political engagement,” the subhead advocates.
For nearly 200 years, we have defined the democratic character of our system through elections. We are an election-crazed nation …
There is no clearer evidence of the shrinking utility of elections than the success of Donald Trump.
One Daniel M. Shea takes an awful lot of time and ransacks history before getting to what the subhead on his screed promises. Buried deep into the story is the money quote:
Wise activists understand the power of the courts to thwart recalcitrant, poll-driven elected officials. Demonstrations, sit-ins, protests, boycotts, lobbying, and an endless variety of civic actions have helped paved the way toward a more perfect union.
Just ask the Act 10 protestors.