Dave Cieslewicz (pronounced exactly as spelled) has all the vowels (and more than enough consonants) but cannot seem to solve the puzzle. To date, Dave is the only Madison personage with liberal bona fides who has called out the chaos. But the former mayor says he won’t put his name to the Mayor Satya recall petition.
Citizen Dave, as he calls his column, is on-line at Isthmus with another brave dissent from Madison’s surrender to racial violence. He decries the smashed windows, the looting, the traumatic destruction of statues, the beatdowns of legislators and common citizens alike, the epidemic of gunfire throughout the city. * He even uses the forbidden (on the Left) term “personal responsibility.”
But he just can’t get home.
“The recall effort against Mayor Satya Rhodes Conway is, in my view, inappropriate and probably doomed to failure. I seriously doubt that organizers will get 36,000 signatures in 60 days and I certainly won’t be one of the signers,” he writes.
You can use my pen, Dave!
Dave Cieslewicz needs to explain what is “inappropriate” about the recall. It is certainly not illegal. Dave needs to define this notoriously imprecise word. As for “doomed to failure,” that is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Someone needs to stick their heads out of their foxhole and expend a little moral capital. Show a little courage. Dare we say, “leadership.”
Because Dave has all the pieces to the puzzle. Quit trying “to micromanage one of the most progressive, thoughtful police departments in the nation.” He writes further:
The police did not start a riot. The police did not loot stores on State Street. The cops didn’t tear down public property and beat up a state senator or toss a molotov cocktail into the City County Building. The council has expressed little concern about the actions of groups and individuals during what can only be described as nights of mayhem. It seems to me that a resolution condemning the destruction of local businesses, the defacement of public property (and the danger posed by pulling heavy statues off of pedestals surrounded by a crowd), and violence against individuals would be appropriate.
Neighborhoods (all of which have substantial populations of people of color) are being terrorized, innocent people are endangered and the police themselves are at risk. The answers aren’t simple as this is part of a national spate of similar incidents, but it would be helpful if the same council that is so concerned about the actions of police would express a healthy sense of outrage over the shootings.
… It also won’t be forthcoming, I expect. …
* Posted by “Heidi” on NextDoor social media this morning “For the last three nights I’ve heard and called in gunfire at Greentree [neighborhood]. Anyone else hear or call this info in?”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Past time for good Democrats like Dave Cieslewicz to wrest the City of Madison back from the Progressive Dane crazies led by Satya Rhodes Conway and Madame Brenda Konkel.