Madison’s Left needs enemies to explain its failures

The Left needs enemies to explain its failures. 

Joe StalinWhen Stalin’s latest five-year plan failed, as inevitably it would, he rounded up the usual suspects for show trials. The Kulaks (wealthy peasants) were rounded up beginning in 1929. Millions of Ukrainians were starved to death in 1932-3, suspected Trotskyites met their doom in 1936-8 and, finally, the “Doctors’ Plot” of the late 1940s.  

So it is that Black Lives Matter, Progressive Dane, Freedom Inc., and the International Socialist Organization have declared war on police for the failures of liberal-progressive-socialist policies. Their allies in the Democrat(ic) party are complicit with their silence, if not actual acquiescence.

Name the office holder who demands police patrol Madison’s troubled high schools. (We’ll wait.) Did Mayor Soglin, County Executive Parisi, Common Council president Baldeh, State Reps. Subeck and Taylor dissent from the ban on police marching in Sunday’s Gay Pride Shame parade? No they did not. 

After 50 years of Great Society giveaways and landmark civil rights legislation, a disproportionate number of people of color are arrested for criminal behavior, fail in school, under-achieve in the workforce.

Only answer must be racism. Blame the police. Blame the rest of the criminal justice system. Blame the schools. Blame employers. Blame Scott Walker, Donald Trump, various Koch Brothers, ALEC, and the Bradley Foundation. But do not blame 45 years of liberal hegemony in Madison or even longer in Milwaukee, Chicago, Oakland, Baltimore, or New Orleans.

Instead, blame white privilege and implicit racism. Instead, play identity politics.

“The left’s obsession with identity politics was founded not in reason, but in the discovery of its power to induce fear, a power that has proved irresistible and addictive.” That is Holman W. Jenkins Jr. in today’s (08-22-18) Wall Street Journal. He relates the Left’s frenzy over the handful of white supremacists who marched Sunday in Washington D.C.

Phil Hands cartoon

If neo-Nazis didn’t exist, the left would have to invent them. And to some extent have … where few or no white supremacists showed up and activists battled solely with police. Meanwhile, the press has contributed by letting itself be terrorized into silence about the left’s predilection for violence. 

When people who palpably have no desire to give offense are being strung up, and their employers are too chicken to defend them, it’s no wonder workaday reporters and editors collapse into incoherence. The antifa left is ready to attribute racism to anybody who defends the right of racists to speak. To its discredit, the press has gone along.

Except for WI State Journal editorial cartoonist Phil Hands, who bravely took on the cop hate engendered by identity politics. Ms. Emily Mills (your standard Madison liberal-progressive-socialist) is up with a letter to the editor today chastizing Mr. Hands for “grossly misunderstand[ing] the players, positions, conversations, and controversies involved.”

Except that Ms. Mills never corrects the record. Because she can’t. And THAT is Blaska’s Bottom Line!

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7 Responses to Madison’s Left needs enemies to explain its failures

  1. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    “Blame the police. Blame the rest of the criminal justice system. Blame the schools. Blame employers. Blame Scott Walker, Donald Trump, various Koch Brothers, ALEC, and the Bradley Foundation.”

    Youse letting FoxNews off’n the hook?

    It gets worse.

    Are raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacist White cops murdering Black children, as FreeDUMB Inc claims, and is there rampant White-on-Black crime?

    Not exactly.

    To no one’s surprise, the following video was banned from YouTube after just one view.

    Bet you’s’ll never guess why?

    Talk about you’s Inconvenient Truth!

    The Gotch


    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      While I was yelling “Haters” at the cop-hating contingent in the Gay Shame parade, someone yelled back, “Black Lives Matter!” To which I responded, “So do blue lives.” She gave me the finger and I responded in kind. (Not exactly a stellar moment in the history of civilized discourse, but I was operating on the principle that if you don’t answer the haters in language they understand, they’ll think they won.) The only thing missing from their little spectacle was tiki-torches. Maybe next year.

      A suggestion for the upcoming school board meeting, Dave. Ask the smug Madison liberals on the board why they listen to groups like Freedom Inc. when they’ve demonstrated beyond doubt that they’re a hate group. (What else do you call people who band together for the sole purpose of berating and marginalizing another group using false accusations, innuendo, intimidation, and smear tactics?)


      • AnonyBob says:

        Really now, Professor. “Not exactly a stellar moment in the history of civilized discourse…”
        I can appreciate that you made your views known, and you’re certainly entitled to, but do you really feel good about operating on this level?


        • Gary L. Kriewald says:

          One of the most exhilarating moments I’ve experienced in a long time. The expressions on the faces of the haters–the look of utter disbelief that someone IN MADISON had dared to call them out–was a greater reward than I’d dared to imagine.


  2. Tom Paine says:

    Listen to any number of AA rappers. Listen to AA music. Anyone seriously believe the gangsta element will go away or be rejected in the future, even as each successive generation strives to acquire “street cred” ?

    Where, within the last 3 decades, has any school system or city achieved major advances against the continuing themes of drugs, gangs, more drugs, and truancy?

    Ya think the majority of Texans are about to sing Opera around their campfires? Ya think those who profit and promote da gangsta-way-of-life are about to join the Boy Scouts?

    Let’s be honest here. There is no hope. Criminal cultures will continue to grow, as will social and educational dysfunctionalism. Pointless to assume the future is not already as clear as the recent past. Piddy da fools who don’t understand. Some, at least, won’t have to live through the 55th showing of the movie to figur it out. Only solution is self-deportation to gated communities or ethnic enclaves where uncivilized behavior is not tolerated.,


    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      Speaking of “educational dysfunction,” you can earn credit at UW-Madison by taking a course in (where else?) the African American Studies “department” in the history of hip-hop. Speaking as someone who’s seen the system from the inside, it’s easier for a college student to enroll in a course in African folklore than in a course that teaches the foundational texts of Western culture Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Descartes, Locke, etc.)


  3. madisonexpat says:

    The Left had kulaks. Now they have deplorables.


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