Is Madison taking back Capitol Square?

It’s a beautiful weekend

Madison’s Capitol Square has been the scene of terrible ugliness the past week. Of busted statues, fire bombs, and beatings. Perhaps, with a spate of recent arrests of some of the worst of the rioters, the fever has abated.

This beautiful Sunday morning in June, Ann of Althouse and the Venerable Meade came upon a quiet scene. In the very early dawn, a solitary man erects a Christian cross on the plinth from which the iconic Miss Forward statue was torn down.

How truly touching. The Werkes will not poach their fine work. Step on over to Ms. Ann’s shop to take a look and, perhaps, say a little prayer for Madison and our nation. Then come on back to the Werkes. We’re open!

Yard signs only

Like a thousand flowers blooming

Only the day before, an equally beautiful Saturday 06-27-2020, some miscreant(s) erected 50 signs declaring We Support Our Madison Police on the lawn nearby the statue’s base, that being on the State Street side of the Capitol. The mischief-makers, it would appear, do not believe that Madison police are institutionally racist. (In contrast to the folks who put up this ugliness on the boarded-up window of the State Historical Society directly across Carroll Street. We will not blot an otherwise beautiful blog post but you can see it here. Parental discretion advised. N.S.F.W.)

We surmise that the planters of the Support Police yard signs — like the performance art of Christo —  never expected a permanent installation. (Then again, who knew that the statues of the Union soldier and Miss Forward were only temporary?) The signs have been taken down and the grey lab coats at the Werkes are curious to know whether in anger, by administrative duty — perhaps by souvenir seekers.

Blaska’s Bottom LineThe small miracle is that they remained standing for at least four hours — like the raising of the cross, a rare and quiet voice of dissent in a city of shouted epithets, breaking glass, and bodily harm.

Is Madison on the mend?

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14 Responses to Is Madison taking back Capitol Square?

  1. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Post your best shot to neighborsnextdoor; it’ll give those weepy, hand-wringing Lefties something to fall back on after the Althea Bernstein thing blows up in their sorry pusses!

    The Gotch

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  2. Rich says:

    I apologize for not helping. My wife pleaded with me not to go. She’s aware of the looters and punks and doxing and asked me not to go 10 times. It looks awesome!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jeffrey Nihart says:

    God Bless our men and women who serve as police officers and thank you all for your service

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      Practice Random Acts Of Gratitude, LEOs hear enough crap and enough lack of support from worthless, local, do-nothing, no account PsOS; whenever The Gotch sees an unoccupied LEO, he saunters up and genuinely thanks them for their service.

      Did just that yesterday afternoon on the way home from Woodmans after securing the…um…refreshments for the upcoming holidays.

      While heading east on Watts Road, I passed an idling patrol SUV. I stopped and walked back to the vehicle; it turned out to be a former neighbor.

      He greatly appreciated the thanks, and in the understatement of the month, intimated it’s been a little crazy and he’s been working 12 hour days.

      Stop and thank one the next opportunity you get; you’ll both feel better that you did!

      The Gotch


  4. Mary says:

    Nice job!

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  5. Mary says:

    People are rightfully afraid of placing these beautiful signs on their lawn, for fear of some degenerate lunatic vandalizing their home. And all MPD would be able to do is fill out a report.

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  6. A whole four hours. In today’s world where the lunatics are in charge of the asylum that’s pretty good.

    Statement made.

    I hope the Madison police officers got the message.

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  7. Alan Potkin says:

    Slightly OT, but Steve Sailer’s post this evening on the astonishing coincidences between the lighter fluid attack on Althea Bernstein in Mad Town just after midnight Tuesday 24th, and only a few minutes earlier —and in the same neighborhood!— on the City-County building, is absolutely essential to unpacking what sure appears to be yet another hate crime hoax… See

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      Excellent link; thanks!

      First, that’s a story so implausible that you’d have to be as dumb as Princess Meghan to believe it.

      Now THAT’S a keeper!!

      The Gotch


    • David Blaska says:

      I am working this story hard. Steve Sailer, unfortunately, is a little “gamey.” But he is on the right track. I am hearing that authorities simply cannot find video of this occurrence at W. Gorham and State Street and there’s a traffic camera at that intersection.


      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        ”I am working this story hard.”

        Not nearly as hard as the hand-wringing, deeply furrowed brow SJW crowd over @neighborsnextdoor. Heck, they believe they’ve latched onto the Lefty Holy Grail/Triumvirate:
        1)White Supremacist/Privileged Frat Boys,
        2)Delicate mixed race ingénue, and the coup de grâce/kill shot,
        3)RAYcist violence!

        One’s waxing philosophical by quoting MLK, Jr., another’s ready to deny even one thin dime to LE, most of the others have lit the Tiki torches, secured a rope, and are looking for a tree for the as yet unidentified White Supremacist Frat Boys.

        If, a BIG IF, it turns out that Bernstein’s story is on the level, The Gotch will issue and appropriately groveling and contrite apology; until then, he’s calling BULL$#!T!

        The Gotch


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