Madison’s elected officials are moral cowards.
They are enabling the riots
Tells police to stand down!
There is something truly sickening about the mayor of Madison WI groveling before the likes of M. Adams, Brandi Grayson, and the lunatic Left.
But there she was, Satya Rhodes Conway, playing the guilty white progressive, kowtowing before self-appointed, unelected social justice warriors Monday (06-01-2020) who were shutting down John Nolen Drive, a major artery into the heart of her city. All four lanes. For six hours.
“Thank you for being angry,” she said.
“Thank you for being angry”?! Please, sir, may I have another!
What was her reward? More violence Monday evening. More rioting. More vandalism. More looting. Busted glass. Molotov cocktails. Police and citizens injured. The Veterans Museum, the statute of Miss Forward Wisconsin, the civic center — defaced. (Police Chief Wahl recounts it here.)
Arrest the ringleaders
It is theater of the absurd to even consider “demands” that are unachievable. Immediately release jail inmates into the community? Disband the police? Throw millions of taxpayer dollars at professional grievance mongers like Freedom Inc., Urban Triage Inc., and the Party for Socialism and Liberation? (The party of WHAT?!) (We published their “demands” early Monday.) Those demands cannot be met. They are impossible, unachievable, and thus can continue to fester.
We’ve written about two local racist groups, Freedom Inc. (M. Adams, Mahnker Dahnweih, and Bianca Gomez) and Urban Triage (Brandi Grayson). The third is new to us. It is the Party for Socialism and Liberation, which Wikipedia describes as “a communist party established in 2004.”
We understand protest. We did a fair amount of it back in the day (Vietnam, equal rights). We expected and many of us were arrested. But today, if you claim victimhood, you can close down a busy highway for six hours and not even get a municipal citation!
It gets worse. The urban terrorists explicitly condone the riots that wrecked State Street and the Capitol Square over the weekend. “All actions against racist state violence are justified,” M. Adams says. Which is why they “demand” charges be dropped against the rioters.
Madison progressives blame the police
The mayor and her staff are now “working around the clock to establish programs and move funds to support the Black community and other communities of color.” She also had “multiple long conversations” with Police Chief Vic Wahl about … about … about … “about the need for de-escalation and restraint.”
Maybe that’s why police hid from sight last night until all hell broke loose. (Recounted here.) The president of the Common Council and seven other alders are also offering political cover to the looters and arsonists. They issued a statement expressing solidarity. Not one of the eight called for an end to the destructive riots.
Progressive Dane goes a step further. Alds. Marsha Rummel, Donna Moreland, Max Prestigiacomo, Arvina Martin, Tag Evers, Grant Foster, and Rebecca Kemble denounced the police for “a gross and unnecessary display of force.” She wants to punish police with a thousand paper cuts, demanding “information on the equipment and uniforms officers were wearing, the weapons they used, including manufacturers, number of people insured, description of each injury, source of injury, medial treatment provided, etc. etc. etc.
Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes:
“Those who are protesting this injustice are doing so in order to save this nation, and they should be protected. To see a city burn on the outside is devastating but hardly compares to the implosion brought by systemic inequity and injustice.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: At some point, merchants are going to station themselves outside their store fronts bearing weapons. Other Madison citizens are arming themselves.