Mau mauing common sense and responsibility = shooting in the streets

Can we start teaching discipline and responsibility in the schools?


The latest shootings in Madison, WI:

  • 10 p.m. Wednesday (03-28-18) in the 3500 block of East Washington Avenue. Victim hit by stray bullet(s), injured.
  • Earlier that day at 3:55 p.m. in the 500 block of Northport Drive at the Ridgecrest Apts. Targeted victim injured.
  • 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, two groups of three to four men shooting at each other on the 4300 block of Lumley Drive, on the SW side.

Where are the kids and their protests! Rescind the Second Amendment! Get Cops out of Our Schools, Our of Our Neighborhoods, and Out of Our Banks!

What you want to bet none of these losers made their beds that morning? Or any morning?

Make your bed? That’s the first of Admiral William H. McRaven’s 10 Life Lessons from Basic Seal Training: “Start your day with a task completed; start off by making your bed.”

If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.

It’s the culture, kids!

That kind of time-tested advice is, today, the smart set decrees, nothing more than a radical-right dog whistle. Blaming the “victim.”

“You should wait until you are older to date,” begins Wendy Wang, who will have none of the values shaming. She writes, in the Wall Street Journal, “Like many Asian parents, my mother stressed the importance of working hard and getting a good education before beginning a family.”

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman have been preaching this message, to ridicule from the Left, for whom the only answer is More Gummint.

Brookings scholars Ron Haskins and Isabel Sawhill call it “the success sequence”: Get a high school diploma, work, then marry before having children. In that order!

“Why do we fail to convey this message to poor young people?” Ms. Wang asks. Answering her own question, because “Liberals often dismiss [this prescription] as a right-wing notion.”

Dog whistles only liberals can hear

Just look at the trouble Penn Law School professor Amy Wax got into! Prof. Wax co-authored an op ed entitled  “Paying the price for the breakdown of the country’s bourgeois culture.” She discussed the resulting contretemps for Hillsdale College’s Imprimis. (Get on their mailing list!)

Thirty-three (or one-half) of her colleagues in the Penn Law school condemned her piece and demanded that students monitor Professor Wax and report evidence of any “stereotyping and biases” to university administrators.

What got their ire? First, her piece took inventory of today’s societal ills.

Too few Americans are qualified for the jobs available. … Homicidal violence plagues inner cities. Almost half of all children are born out of wedlock, and even more are raised by single mothers. Many college students lack basic skills, and high school students rank below those from two dozen other countries.

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Quit screwing up your lives (and ours)!

Wax calls it “the cultural script” — a list of behavioral norms “that was almost universally endorsed between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s”:

  • Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake
  • Get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard, and avoid idleness
  • Go the extra mile for your employer or client
  • Be a patriot, ready to serve the country
  • Be neighborly, civic-minded, and charitable
  • Avoid coarse language in public
  • Respect authority
  • Eschew substance abuse and crime.

(Blaska would add, Hike up your pants.)

These norms defined a concept of adult responsibility that was, we wrote, “a major contributor to the productivity, educational gains, and social coherence of that period.”

The blowback from the perpetually offended Left was immediate and vociferous.

A raft of letters, statements, and petitions from students and professors at my university and elsewhere condemned the piece as racist, white supremacist, hate speech, hetero-patriarchial, xenophobic, etc. There were demands that I be removed from the classroom and from academic committees. None of these demands even purported to address our arguments in any serious or systematic way.  … the charge that a statement is “code” for something else, or a “dog whistle” of some kind … is to silence speech deemed unacceptable. 

Can make steam

A family treasure is a postcard my grandfather J.M. Blaska made in 1906 showing the proud proprietor aboard a hulking black steam engine that he had acquired to run the threshing rigs that harvested oats for horses and barley for brewing. Addressed to the woman he loved, the young man announced that they could now get married, he having procured a means of livelihood.

How quaint. Today, the smart set demands that whatever job you have — if even you have a job — be a family supporting job rather than, maybe (ya think) working yourself up to a family supporting job. If you don’t have a job, that’s society’s fault, right?

Blaska’s Bottom Line: A black delegate to the 1988 Republican National Convention in New Orleans told this scribbler, “poor people have poor ways.” If our schools were allowed to teach Discipline and Responsibility, first, all the rest would follow.

 

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33 Responses to Mau mauing common sense and responsibility = shooting in the streets

  1. madisonexpat says:

    How long until Progressives subsidize ammunition realizing that is an unmet need?

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  2. This “black delegate to the 1988 Republican National Convention in New Orleans”

    Was/is he/she been branded a sell-out, race-traitor, House N****r, Uncle Tom, or much worse, as have Dr. Ben Carson, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, SCOTUS Justice Clarence Thomas, Senator Tim Scott, Jason Riley, Michael Powell, HoR Will Hurd, Herman Cain, Allen West, Janice Rogers Brown, Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Steele, Antonio Williams, Deroy Murdock, Lynn Swann, Dr. Thomas Sowell, HoR Mia Love, Starr Jones, Ward Connerly, L.L. Cool J, J. C. Watts, etc., etc., etc.?

    The Gotch

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    • richard lesiak says:

      snowflake

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      • @richard lesiak;

        “snowflake”

        Proof positive why every internet connected devise should be factory-equipped with a breathalyzer.

        Dare I ask how the court-mandated Anger Management classes are going?

        The Gotch

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      • old baldy says:

        The word is device. Better have that breathalyzer at your desk.

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      • @hankdog/old baldy;

        “The word is device.”

        This much I know, thanks none the less. Please note the s key is near the c key.

        A surfeit of knocks against youse with which to begin, and youse want to add Grammar Nazi to the mix?

        Whoever has yer ear…?

        The Gotch

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      • old baldy says:

        I don’t normally concern myself with spelling errors, but the opportunity to point out an obvious error by the infallible (self-proclaimed) herr gotchberg was too great to pass up. Keep on mumbling..

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      • @hankdog/old baldy;

        “I don’t normally concern myself with spelling errors”

        True enough, you generally lob feebly flaccid idiocy from the safe confines located behind mommy’s apron.

        However, it would logically follow that the moronically meddlesome tendency that suited youse so well for DNR work would seep into other aspects of yer troubled existence as well, am I right?

        “the infallible (self-proclaimed)”

        Cite where I “self-proclaimed” or STFU!

        The Gotch

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      • AnonyBob says:

        OB, “youse” seemed to strike a nerve there.
        Why do so many of these conservatives LOVE to hear themselves dish it out, yet get SO prickly when they have to take it?

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      • old baldy says:

        Bob:

        I have also wondered that as well. I have several theories:

        -Were and still are schoolyard bullies. Probably still get a charge out of pushing around those folks they see as prey;
        -Insecure with their station in life, and thrive by putting down those above them;
        -Not as smart as they think they are, and use all means possible to prove that they are smarter than we know them to be;
        -Genetically disposed to thin skin and thick skulls.

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      • @AnonyBob & @hankdog/old baldy;

        The weak gather round to pull down the strong.

        Nothing reeks of desperation more than a couple of numb nutz teeming up with their whiny fragility on full display and prattling on with their laughably flaccid amateur psychologizing.

        You’s should get a room and…um…explore you’s similarities.

        The Gotch

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      • old baldy says:

        Bob:
        Looks like ol’ cg proved me right. He/she just can’t help him/herself.

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      • AnonyBob says:

        Fer sure.
        Thin skin and thick skulls. I’m going to steal that!

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      • @AnonyBob & @hankdog/old baldy;

        Have you’s established a gofundme page to assure you’s kneepads are always up to spec?

        The Gotch

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      • AnonyBob says:

        Very crude.

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      • old baldy says:

        Bob:
        True, that is part of the result of genetics.

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      • @AnonyBob & @hankdog/old baldy;

        Touch a nerve, did I?

        Sheesh; talk about snowFLAKES!

        The Gotch

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      • old baldy says:

        Bob:

        I’ll bet you a good craft beer that cg just can’t stop himself. The feeble insults, name calling, and threats will keep coming long after our point has been made. You on?

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      • AnonyBob says:

        It can’t be a bet if we both take the same side.

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      • @AnonyBob & @hankdog/old baldy;

        What say, and I don’t think I’m alone on this, you’s two snowFLAKES get a room and continue you’s mutual admiration bromance by swapping spit in the shower instead of dragging this thread down a rathole?

        The Gotch

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      • old baldy says:

        Bob:
        True, we can’t. But the offer still stands. I am fond of Potosi Pilsner.

        And catch this definition from wikipedia: “snowflake: a person who has an inflated sense of their own uniqueness, has an unwarranted sense of entitlement, or is easily offended and unable to deal with opposing opinions”. Fits cg to a Tee.

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      • @hankdog/old baldy;

        Potosi Pilsner, the favorite of @hankdog from madison.com. Too freakin’ stupid to not let slip a clumsy tell.

        @AnonyBob;

        Check out this definition of Hankdog (definition # 2 from my pal @Zoltar Speaks!) @The Urban dictionary.

        https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Hank%20Dog

        Definition # 1 hits the mark, too: “Also see ‘lazy as f**k.’ ”

        It fits @hd/ob to a Tee!

        The Gotch

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    • old baldy says:

      So two smart guys can’t like the same excellent brew? That is pretty silly.
      The rest of your post, as usual, is just nonsense.

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      • @hankdog/old baldy/the hanker;

        “So two smart guys can’t like the same excellent brew?”

        Not two smart guys, just one breathtakingly stupid one that thinks he’s pulling (or ”hanking” if you prefer) a fast one.

        Don’t youse think yer time would be better spent wooing the attention of @AnonyBob?

        The Gotch

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      • AnonyBob says:

        CG: still crude. Can’t you argue any better than that?
        Dave: this place is sinking.

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  3. Tom Paine says:

    Sustainable dysfunctionalism………or dysfunctional sustainability?

    No need to deal with any of this…………Just take a trip to St. John’s-Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, WI. At one time, this institutional setting provided the cure.

    Teachers in public school systems have no military backgrounds. Most subscribe to the “feminist,” nurturing cesspools of those who have no idea of alternative methods. Notions of discipline and self-discipline have become foreign constructs. Obvious that MSD educational leadership has failed on this account,Their worlds of experience are trapped in the bubble of liberalism.

    Why bother to even posit an alternative? None, really.

    Just continue down the road to Cuban-style of Progressivism. No person is accountable; Free choice is a myth; As prisoners of myth, let them continue to suffer the externalities of social violence. Those in control shall remain clueless.

    Move out of the swamp culture. Madison, like Milwaukee and East St. Louis, Oakland, etc., is now toast. Don’t fight it. Don’t question it. Just go along to get along. Accommodation at any price.
    “OMG, I am NOT a wascist.” YOu’ll feel better even ans the world rushes to Armageddon.

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  6. geo_ says:

    Where are the “Law and Order” conservatives? Where are the fiscally responsible republicans? We have a President breaking his oath of office and here in Wisconsin we have a Governor who’d rather try and break the law then work for American democracy. Yes, now thanks to party before country republicans an election that could have occurred for free will now cost taxpayers a couple of 100K, plus the cost of a senseless defense by our own Schlimiel Schimel.

    Hi Gotch

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  7. richard lesiak says:

    FAKE NEWS. WITCH-HUNT. ANOTHER MEDIA HIT JOB. HILLARY DID IT. GUN CONTROL FOR EVERYONE EXCEPT WHITE GUYS. PARKLAND STUDENTS ARE LIARS. THE FBI DANCE NAKED IN THE BASEMENT OF THE DOJ. SANDY HOOK WAS A FAKE. NO ONE LANDED ON THE MOON. THE EARTH IS 4000 YRS OLD. SEND ME A CHECK AND YOU WILL BE SAVED. RYAN SPENDING EASTER IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC ON MY DIME. Only a few of the things that “offend” me.

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