When will Madison’s mayor demand National Guard protection?
Why isn’t Tony Evers in Kenosha today?
Madison’s State Street having been boarded up in the June riots, the smash and grabbers demolished Capitol Square Monday night. That left University Avenue last night (Tuesday 08-25/26-2020). At this rate, BLM/Antifa/ and the Bernie Sandernistas will have turn to Microsoft to find any windows to smash.
Or your neighborhood. There’s good reason the Republican national convention this week featured that St. Louis couple defending their home.
There may very well be no good reason for the police shooting (seven times!?) of Jacob Blake, a black man, but one injustice does not justify more injustice. Two men were shot to death overnight last night in Kenosha and another injured. If it was vigilante violence, it was only a matter of time. (Video here.) Entire blocks of the city, including a church. (Its “Black Lives Matter” sign still stands.)
If we have learned anything this Summer Horribilis, it is that “mostly peaceful protests” start with inflammatory speeches followed by a loud and angry march in the middle of the street, during which sidewalk diners are harassed and F-bombed. As night falls, spray-painted obscenities, bricks thrown through windows, dumpsters set afire and pushed down the street. A little looting and now some shooting. Daybreak brings more plywood, push brooms and shovels, and the ritual denunciation by social justice leaders while agitators “refuse to judge people’s anger.” Rinse & Repeat. What have we learned, class?
- We have learned that protest chant must be turned on its head: If there is no peace, there is no justice. I.E., the hooligans thrive when police are at bay.
- Tear gas, rubber bullets, and armored vehicles may “militarize” the police but by gawd are they ever essential!
- You do NOT negotiate with terrorists. You put boots on the ground and the smashers and grabbers in the paddy wagon. (Ooh, there’s a racist locution!)
⇒ Community control over the police? The “community” can’t even control itself. — We Stand With Madison Police.
There’s a leadership vacuum. Does anyone think Scott Walker would put up with this nonsense? Vicki McKenna reports that Gov. Evers refuses to indemnify other police agencies who might be deployed to Kenosha.
“When you refuse to assist law enforcement because you want to protect a political lie and let citizens fend for themselves amid widespread violence, his blood is on your hands,” Our Mizz Vicki says. (Blaska will share her microphone 4 p.m. today 08-26-2020.)
Gov. Evers, tepid?
You don’t say! “Wisconsin’s governor and lieutenant governor are holding the rhetorical matches,” says Dan O’Donnell at the MacIver Institute.
At 10:35 pm on Sunday night, just … five minutes after a widely shared Facebook message indicated that rioting was to begin, Governor Tony Evers put out a statement preemptively justifying and all but encouraging the violence. …
“While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country.”
The governor sent only 150 National Guardsmen to Kenosha when ten times that many were needed. Boots on the ground. The surge. Be as angry as you want but you will not burn this city.
A final thought: developer Brad Binkowski of Urban Interests has got to be wondering why he’s building in Downtown Madison. Even the windows on Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes state Capitol office were smashed. Which is why many business people are gearing up to clean house in next Spring’s aldermanic elections.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: You can be more BLM than Brandi Grayson; you still won’t be spared.