City won’t defend you and won’t reimburse you
Day 53 of the smashing and burning of downtown Portland by urban terrorists and the progressives who run America’s chaotic cities are criticizing … the President for protecting federal assets.
(Chicago mayor Lauri Lightfoot is also telling Trump to stay out of her city, which is one big crime scene — 414 homicides so far compared to 275 at this point last year. She can handle it.)
If self-assured Progressives in Madison WI ask one question it is “how do they do it in Portland?” so deep is their envy of the slightly larger city in Oregon.
Time to board up city government
It’s also been 53 days since 75 retail shops and restaurants were smashed and looted on Madison’s State Street. (You don’t really think that is a coincidence!) A de facto Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone like the original in Seattle, another progressive fiefdom. Boarded up windows? The murals claiming racial victimhood? Indictments of institutional white perfidy? Get used to them. They’re not coming down any time soon.
The soup nazis on the Common Council Tuesday night declared “No recovery money for you, boarded-up businesses.” Why? You’re too white.
After first proposing $500,000 for business recovery, $250,000 was carved out for Black business “equity” development. Not enough “equity” harrumphed Ald. Rebecca Kemble (Progressive Dane) and too much for the Downtown, which she called “the whitest neighborhood in the city.”
“This is quite literally institutional racism,” Kemble said of the focus on Downtown businesses. [Speak for yourself, Kemble.]
Ald. Max Prestigiacomo (Progressive Dane) said a vote for the recovery program would be valuing “property over human lives.” [The distressed retailers aren’t alive?]
“You guys are burying us,” cried the Syrian immigrant who is trying to make a living running an ethnic restaurant on State Street, according to the account in the Wisconsin State Journal.
⇒ Of the 20 alders, only these 6 voted to help businesses that the City failed to protect. They are: Alds. Paul Skidmore, Michael Tierney, Mike Verveer, Samba Baldeh, Sheri Carter, and Barbara Harrington-McKinney. Irony? The last three are Black.
Your money and service are no good
Military service veterans dug into their own pockets to restore the Veterans Museum at the corner of State and Mifflin Streets, also defaced by BLM/Antifa/socialists with “inflammatory graffiti,” according to a Marine veteran who organized the raising of $20,000 for the clean-up.
But the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation Board voted 6-3 against it. Veteran Affairs Secretary Mary Kolar, a Tony Evers appointee and former Dane County supervisor, won’t talk to the veterans who want to repair the damage, the WI State Journal reports.
Now the building’s private-sector owner won’t support an independent clean-up for fear that removing the mural and graffiti would invite retaliation and more damage.
For Extra Credit: The Federalist unpacks the separation of powers issue in Portland, Oregon.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: When will Zach Brandon and the Chamber of Commerce speak out? Will former Mayor Dave Cieslewicz summon the nerve to end the intimidation? Recall Mayor Satya Rhodes Conway!