The Emerald City has a bad case of progressive envy. If Berkeley shouts down a conservative speaker one can be certain the hecklers will heckle at UW-Madison. After Ferguson, the local Black reparations movement signed its e-mails “Ferguson to Madison.”
After Charlottesville, Mayor Soglin cast about for a statue to trash and found a memorial to the mouldering remains of the long dead Confederate soldiers at Forest Hill Cemetery who died at Camp Randall as POWs.
This petty little affront to the dead and defeated will no doubt solidify his status as a paragon of civil rights. But it saves no black lives, if that really matters. And if civil rights truly mattered, Hizzonner might have spoken out for the victims of the John Doe speech police raids, or kicked brutal dictator Fidel Castro in the cojones when the worshipful mayor met with him back in the ’70s.
Speaking of Communists, the mayor may wish to pull down Madison’s monument to that totalitarian ideology. That one squats at James Madison Park. It is dedicated to the Orwellian-named Abraham Lincoln Brigade, a band of Communists that fought for Communism in the Spanish civil war. Notable among their number was one Clarence Kailin, who never in his 90-plus years repented his Stalinism.
Let there be no mistake: no matter how benevolent the slaveholder, the “peculiar institution” could not have prospered without the whip and the chain. Communism survived as long as it did because of the secret police, barbed wire and brick walls. The same folks who cheer black-hooded Antifa terrorists wear Che’ Guevera T-shirts. They’re against hate, don’t you know.
Hate is the new term for that speech with which you disagree. If you hold that government-mandated affirmative action has run its course, you are a hater. If you believe the vote is sacred, you are a hater for requiring the voter to be a real person. If you believe porous borders are a threat … well, you get the drill.
So when a citizen of Our Town asked Madison’s uber-Progressive alders if they would hire more police to combat the largely black-on-black mayhem, guess the response she received from one alder:
“Why the hate?”
Here is the e-mail sent by neighborhood watch leader Paula Fitzsimmons on August 15:
You’ve all been rather quiet, lately. Does this mean you finally realize that Madison PD is not the problem, and that you’ll be funding more police officers? If not, can I call one of you late at night when someone’s breaking into my home and the cops can’t get there fast enough? Or when this freak of nature or others like him terrorize innocents?
Alder Matt Phair responds:
From: Phair, Matthew [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 1:36 AM
To: Paula Fitzsimmons
Subject: Re: Who will protect us against our worse nightmares?
Why the hate, Paula?
A citizen who was manhandled when she spoke at city council a year ago, who has legitimate concerns about the harassment of the chief and the police — you call that hate? I know Paula Fitzsimmons. She is not a hater. Frustrated by the council’s war on police, for sure. Angry? You bet. While the City was spending $400,000 to study the police, prosecuting the chief on trivial charges (he called a volatile person a name), and yielding the pulpit to the Black Lives Matter disrupters, bullets are flying in the city. Shootings are up 75 percent.
Object to the liberal agenda and you are labeled a hater just as Paula’s husband was smeared with the racist brush (wielded by Alder Dave Ahrens) for running against an incumbent alder who happens to be African-American.
So, yes, Paula Fitzsimmons is angry. Call it “justified anger.”