Remember when protestors were all about ‘shut it down’?
Open It Up!
After much internal debate, the cold-hearted bastid running Blaska Policy Werkes is sending his urban assault vehicle to “Reopen Wisconsin” rally in order to witness history. The event is a protest against Gov. Tony Evers’ extension of the coronavirus quarantine and shut-downs mandated until May 26 — a good month longer than surrounding states.
The rally begins 1 p.m. Friday, April 24, on the WI State Capitol grounds, by which time the state of Georgia will be largely opened (outside, perhaps, some of its larger cities). The WI Supreme Court will not have ruled by then on the Republican legislature’s challenge.
We’ll find out if it’s Trump or Evers who runs the police state.
Reopen Wisconsin organizers applied for a permit (unlike the Solidarity Singers of unhappy memory) but were denied. Event is on, anyway, much as the Act 10 protests carried on without official sanction. So we have again this tension between the First Amendment and the police powers of the state in a health emergency. Interesting times, indeed.
This, we fondly hope and fervently pray:
- That participants wear face masks and perform social distancing;
- Rip down any Stars and Bars flags and tell the bearer to go back to his basement;
- Conceal any 2nd Amendment self-protective devices — this ain’t Dodge City, needy man-boys.
Let’s rewind this clock!
Gov. Tony Evers tried to stop the April 7 election. Now 14 days on, even his health secretary acknowledges, “We have not yet seen indications of an impact from the election.” (Reported here.) Seven possible infections (not deaths) attributed to voting occurred in Milwaukee. That fact exercised this Facebook sage:
The old “everyone” hyperbole. Why don’t you volunteer to trade places with one of the seven suspected cases, so far? If only one dies from this forced exposure, is that okay with you? What if it was one of your loved ones, if there is such a thing? Will that be a big enough spike?
The old “If It Saves One Life” hyperbole.
By your reasoning, we would ban automobile travel. We would never leave home in the morning. There is such a thing called acceptable risk. … We are self-quarantining, wash our hands, voted by mail.
Election workers wore medical-grade protection. It was Milwaukee that closed all but 5 polling places; Madison (less than half the size) managed to open 66. Green Bay’s mayor refused National Guard assistance and opened only 2.
That said, closing state parks? Restricting the Merrimac ferry to “essential travel”? (Just remain in your vehicle!) We also go grocery shopping at Woodman’s amid 100 or more people in the same store, but wear hardware store face masks (not N95).
The WI State Journal today reports that 35% of Wisconsin businesses could close permanently if shutdown continues for three months. Even the hospitals are laying off medical workers. We have a friend whose husband’s life-sustaining organ replacement surgery is on hold because of the pandemic.
⇒ For further study: “Time to consider possibility that coronavirus lockdown was colossal public policy calamity.”
Have you been reported?
Blaska used to be a guest panelist on WI Public Radio’s Week in Review program, hosted by Joy Cardin, truly a Wisconsin-nice person. Put out cookies for her in-studio guests. Now retired, Joy is active in the League of (Liberal) Women Voters, which brought suit to stop the election. Joy is telling her Facebook friends (of which I am privileged to be one) that she is …
… reporting this [Reopen Wisconsin] event to FB … when I see the invite in posts from friends/followers. I am also blocking anyone who is promoting the rally. I won’t tolerate people who want to harm me, my loved ones, and my community. A FB exec said this week that they would take down posts promoting rallies like this (because of the risk to public health) — but I still see the Madison invites.
“Call out the National Guard,” encourages one of Joy’s supporters.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Will the Guardsmen be wearing face masks? I do not want to infect or become infected. Just want some reasonable accommodations.