You have nothing to lose but your livelihoods
To Paul Fanlund, editor and publisher
The Capital Times
“Dane County’s Progressive Voice”
Regarding your latest editorial column: “Why many rich people keep a Faustian bargain with the GOP.”
You lost me when you labeled “conservative-leaning people among the educated professional class” as “boot-licking GOP toadies.” (Does that apply to moi?) That kind of crude Bolshie invective must thrill your fellow progressives, so often is it employed. (No wonder you defend Scot Ross.)
You can blame “rich people” and their Faustian bargains for the rise of Donald Trump (so why is Neiman-Marcus going out of business?) but we did not see you among the “Safer at Home” protestors April 24 on the Capitol grounds: barkeeps, waitresses, farmers, and hairdressers and, yes, plenty of homemade Trump signs. Any hedge-fund billionaires were well disguised.
Tale of two headlines:
“Pandemic could push 60 million people into extreme poverty.”
“Quarantined Illinois residents head for Wisconsin”
“In the first weekend that bordering states Indiana and Wisconsin largely were open for business, Illinoisans traveled across state lines, confident they won’t get sick.”
Perhaps those blue collar workers had succumbed (in your words, Paul Fanlund) to “naked self-interest at the expense of decency and the common good.”
Mayor Satya called them “stupid” and Mark Pocan ascribed their viewpoints to “fear, paranoia, or manipulation.” (More here.) These “Deplorables” are accustomed to disdain from politicians, publishers, and other elites who collect their paychecks, come what may.
All while their taverns and hair salons remain shut down and farmers dump milk. You might want to read Cameron Gillie’s letter to the WI State Journal today.
I’m a small business owner and this lockdown will likely end the business that I put 27 years of blood, sweat and tears into. … I am a Democrat and no fan of President Donald Trump, but this dismissive attitude by the far left that ignores the pain of millions of hard-working Americans is precisely what fueled [his] win in 2016.
A final thought: Outside of white collar and tenured Madison, Wisconsin voted Trump; silver-spoon Connecticut went solid for Hillary.