Civility is not only wrong; it’s WHITE!
The drink’s on me, Dave. Literally
The verdict is in and it’s not just Maxine Waters who encourages harassing political adversaries. Antifa enablers like Capital Times emeritus editor Dave Zweifel have officially sworn off civility. You want to throw that drink in that kid’s face for wearing a Make America Great Again cap at a burger joint? Have at it!
After years of tut-tutting over micro-aggressions like the occasional disparaging political label, Mr. Zweifel has given his blessing for in-your-face drink throwing. Humiliating, hounding, heckling and harassing. As long as you target the right victims, those being those with whom he disagrees, which is to say, Republicans.
Talk about situational ethics! For years, my old boss wrote an annual sermon on civility. In an August 2017 column, he claimed that “the political low road runs through Wisconsin.” Given that the only two examples he cited came from the state Republican party, one could be forgiven for concluding that the low road took only the right lane. The party called one Democratic gubernatorial candidate “an out-of-touch con artist” and another a “phony.”
As we said at the time, “Wow! Rough stuff!”
“But this is the state of our politics today,” Dave sermonized back then. “We can’t discuss real issues without name calling. We can’t address society’s problems without vilifying someone who has a different view.”
That was then, this is now
Now that his people are assaulting Trump supporters, Dave Zweifel has come out four-square against civility. It’s over-rated. Today’s party line?
“Change-makers know civility isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.”
I need to applaud New York University history professor Thomas Sugrue for setting the record straight. Sugrue’s column, published by The New York Times, takes issue with what he calls “white America’s age-old, misguided obsession with civility.”
One marvels at how dexterously the race card is played! Civility is not only wrong, it’s white! Zweifel and Sugrue are channeling what has become consensus on the Left.
- The on-line magazine Slate makes “The Case for Incivility.”
- “F-bomb Trump” got Robert DeNiro hearty cheers at the Tony Awards ceremony.
- Kathy Griffin is cashing in on the image of holding Trump’s severed head with her “Laugh Your Head Off” world tour.
A little history, please
The usual suspects will make the playground claim that Trump started it. A little history, courtesy of “The Left Tries to Blame Trump for their Own Hate Mongering.”
Protesters regularly carried signs saying things like “Save Mother Earth, Kill Bush,” “Hang Bush for War Crimes,” “Bush = Satan,” “Bush is the only Dope worth Shooting.” They burned Bush and other administration officials in effigy countless times. Jonathan Chait wrote a 3,600-word word piece for the New Republic in 2003 on “the case for Bush hatred.”
Remember Graeme Zielinski’s heyday as official spokesman for the WI Democrat(ic) party who tweeted: “It’s Medicare’s 45th Birthday. Celebrate by punching a Republican.”
Not to mention the little Hitler mustaches that the Act 10 protestors drew on Scott Walker’s photo. The nooses. The death threats. Dressing out Tonette Walker “like a deer.” Mr. Situational Civility never condemned that hate speech nor did his newspaper nor did his political party. Which is why Leah Vukmir’s ad is spot on.
Silence is complicity
Thursday on her essential radio program, Our Ms Vicki McKenna related her own harassment that forced her, as a single woman and outspoken conservative, to flee Madison for a safer residence outside the city. The liberal radio jock announcing her home address. The Isthmus Forum thread subjecting Vicki to their porno movie fantasies.
The disruption of conservative Ben Shapiro’s speech on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Your Humble Bloggeur shouted down by social justice warriors at a school board committee meeting last month. Of course, they tried to smear Blaska as a white supremacist for supporting police in schools. The same people defeated democracy when they shut down the Dane County Board of Supervisors.
Nothing from Dave Zweifel, that ol’ change maker. Silence from The Capital Times, “your progressive voice.” Omertà from the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Tammy Baldwin, Mark Pocan, Chris Taylor et al. Perhaps they were afraid of being called WHITE.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: With their self-righteous and petty acting out, our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances do appear intent, however unintentionally, on re-electing Donald Trump.