Condemn the haters among us, not the dead and buried

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?

The editor of National Review writes:

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.)

Antifa tunnel

What if it had been a swastika? Antifa graffiti in Military Ridge bicycle trail underpass east of Verona Road and north of McKee Road in Fitchburg. — Photo by the Venerable Meade

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 BerceauLisa 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.

Now compare Phil Hands’ work to this pile of hate. Found it at Ann’s Althouse.

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.

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5 Responses to Condemn the haters among us, not the dead and buried

  1. Batman says:

    What I find most disturbing and aggravating is that elected officials continue to prevent the police from effectively taking on Antifa. That is the only requirement to neutralize these terrorists. Hopefully soon; enough officers will break rank, defy orders, and crush these bastards. Now that is something the MSM could not ignore.
    There has to be a way to coerce the officials directing police strategy at these rallies to withdraw the stand down orders. The alternative is ugly and will become increasingly so, not to mention the serious assault upon free speech.
    Great post David.


  2. Solving problems has not been one of this city’s strong points. Blaming others for its ills, not taking responsibility for its poor judgement, not listening to constituents, calling others racists, while wasteful spending and poor leadership rot at its core. Fixing the emergency detention problem could right one of their wrongs. Condemning Antifa is another way. But I’m not holding my breath. You can tell one’s future by studying one’s past. Any leader that honors Fidel Castro, who tears down American war vet head stones, who doesn’t listen or respond to constituent concerns and who can’t even TRY to fix the emergency detention problem will NEVER care enough to condemn Antifa. That is unless people scream for it, then the cheap leaders will puff up their chests and say they wanted to do it long before people screamed. These are true politicians, phony as three dollar bills, but clearly not the leaders we need here.And the media cover for them instead of calling them out. Nope, not holding my breath. Nice write-up, excellent points made, but when you have uncaring or lazy leadership and no one holding them accountable, good luck getting anything done!


  3. Sprocket says:

    If you follow events in Berkeley, it’s clear the mayor has been giving the wink and nod to Antifa and fellow traveler since the Milo riots. He wants these people to use violence against those he disapproves of. The truth is a not insignificant portion of the left believes anyone to the right of Assata Shakur is a fascist. The corollary to this belief being that violence is totally acceptable to oppose anyone on the right.
    We’ve seen riots an mob assaults on conservative gatherings for over a year now. You may remember the crowds of lefties attacking people attending attendees at Trump events during the campaign. The press and liberals (truly a distinction without a difference) have been entirely supportive of this; whitewashing the normalization of political violence by the left. When people trying to see Milo Yiannopoulos are pepper sprayed, kicked and beaten with clubs while leftists trash the city, the left is entirely indifferent. However, when a bunch of clowns want to march around a statute with tiki torches, it’s a national crisis.
    I disagree with David to an extent. The violence we are seeing is not the result of a failure of Democrats to condemn it. The violence is a result of the tacit, and in some cases explicit, support of the violence by Democrats. Though of late they seem to be trying to bring their anarchist house pets to heel. I suspect this may have more to do with a realization of exactly who’s going to wind up decorating lamp posts if things get out of hand than a true disdain for political violence.


  4. madisonexpat says:

    Anyone shows up with a mask gets a paintball in a tender place. It should be filled with something indelible and noxious and at a fairly high velocity.
    We could sell permits and tickets and give the proceeds to MPD.


  5. Gary L. Kriewwald says:

    It’s not my natural inclination to look on the bright side of things, but here are two (admittedly minor) silver linings in the otherwise dark clouds of current political and cultural discourse. 1) On last night’s “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah trashed Antifa for a solid 5 minutes, playing tape of a spokeswoman defending their use of violence (in this case, breaking the windows of shops that typify corporate America). Her insight: “Windows get broken all the time.” 2) Sixteen professors from Harvard, Yale, and Princeton wrote an open letter to college students returning for a new school year. The gist of their advice is to avoid the allure of “groupthink” (i.e., the dominant ideology, political, social or cultural), to embrace openmindedness, critical thinking, and debate, and above all to think for yourself.

    Of course, it used to be that college students (and professors) naturally assumed that this is what college was for, but thanks to decades of unchecked PC lunacy and the enshrinement of leftist ideology on most campuses, students need to be reminded that the core mission of college is to equip students with the tools to think for themselves. (When all other voices are stifled, how can one evaluate the validity of one’s own views with nothing to compare them to?) One hopes that toxic phenomena like Antifa and campus groupthink are beginning to feel the backlash that Democrats and the liberal media have protected them from for some time.


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