Did we say the liberal hand-wringing over the historic Confederates Rest at Madison’s Forest Hill Cemetery was civil rights on the cheap and easy? Legal Insurrection’s cartoon can speak for itself, as the best political cartoons do.
How about the Madison Common Council? How about Mayor Soglin? You want to speak brave words against the haters? Not too many Confederates left above ground in Madison any more. How about trying something more front and center: like Antifa. Who do you think disrupts those speeches on the University of Wisconsin campus?
Too many people were willing to perfume Antifa in the wake of Charlottesville, where it clashed with Nazi thugs who caused, and deserved, a wave of national revulsion. But Berkeley demonstrates once again the true nature of this left-wing movement, which is thuggish in its tactics and totalitarian in its sensibility. Anyone who at this point makes excuses for Antifa — or worse, justifies it — is participating in its moral rot.
When even Nancy Pelosi condemns Antifa …
Alders and mayors, if you want to stop hate, get serious about crime. Quit your social studies experiments with neighborhood safety — that’s when we’ll know you are serious about civil rights: the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, not fear.
For too long, we have allowed our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances to play the Race card. Now they’re augmenting it with the Hate card. When a Madison citizen asks Ald. Matt Phair if he’ll vote to put more police on the streets, the progressive alder responds, “Why the hate?”
Suggest that folks follow the middle class script: study hard, stay clean and sober, be a father to your children, save for tomorrow, contribute to your community and quit making excuses — well, you must be a hateful racist.
RightWisconsin wonders how many Democrats will complain about State Rep. Jim Steineke’s resolution condemning the Antifa hate group before they actually (cough, cough) vote for it. (Steineke, of Kaukauna, is Republican majority leader in the Assembly.)
Two weeks ago, the Wisconsin Assembly unanimously passed a resolution condemning racism and violence after the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.
Then on Sunday, 6 people were injured and 13 arrested when Antifa protestors interrupted a peaceful anti-hate rally. Which is what Trump was talking about when he condemned hate on both sides of the aisle after Charlottesville.
“After spending the last year defending disruptions and even violence to stop conservatives from speaking on college campuses, the Left is slowly beginning to realize that they have a problem. Having unleashed the violence by not condemning it early and often, what will Democrats do now?” RightWisconsin notes:
The threat of violence from Antifa is causing Berkeley’s Mayor Jesse Areguin to ask the University of California-Berkeley to cancel “Free Speech Week” scheduled for September 24-27. “I am concerned about these groups using large protests to create mayhem,” Arreguin told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Tell State Reps. Melissa Sargent, Chris Taylor, Terese Berceau, Lisa Subeck, Dianne Hesselbein, Sondy Pope, Jimmy Anderson, and Gary Hebl (all Democrats, btw) to support the Steineke resolution against Antifa hate.
While we’re on the subject of cartoons, love and hate, a special shout-out to Wisconsin State Journal cartoonist Phil Hands. He is a Madison treasure. Love his stuff even when he twirks conservatives. (We DO have a sense of humor.) His cartoon today (8-30-17) deserves special praise for where it is published: Madison, WI.
The frenzy over Melania Trump’s high heels (worn to the White House helicopter, exchanged for tennis shoes on the ground in Texas) only highlights that the government emergency responders — local, state and federal — must be doing a good job. But some people can’t let go of their Trump hate for even a national emergency. Sad.
For further study: Harvey awakens a divided America’s better angels.