The hoary ‘speaking truth to power’ cliché
“Please note that the corrupt, crooked, c***s at The Tavern League do not represent the interests of all bars and restaurants.” — Francesca Hong, Democrat(ic) candidate for State Assembly, Madison WI.
No enemies on the Left — What did we say? In September, The Capital Times demanded the Common Council call out “the culprit in its midst” so that s/he could be properly canceled, shunned, and shushed for uttering the C-word. Unless, of course, the culprit is in someone else’s midst. (More here.)
But Sunday 10-18-20, the Voice of Progressivism won the gold medal in the Olympic political gymnastics event. Associate editor John Nichols did a double backflip to cover for Francesca Hong, the Democrat(ic) heir apparent to a Madison assembly seat who spat out the C-word at the Tavern League of Wisconsin.
Comrade Nichols, Bernie bois that he is, actually praises Hong! “A new legislator speaks truth to power and upsets the defenders of a broken status quo.”
Who actually wields power?
Seems to the Werkes that Hong is the one who soon will wield power as a state legislator. They write the laws. Wisconsin taverns, on the other hand, operate at the mercy of politicians like Hong. Only nuclear power plants are more government-regulated than your favorite watering hole. Nichols, like that broken clock, is right about one thing: The growing casualty list of boarded up mom and pop taverns and restaurants are, indeed, “a broken status quo.” (Just one example: “Old Fashioned restaurant turns to GoFundMe.”)
⇒ UPDATE: It’s an almost daily occurrence. The latest bar/restaurant to go out of business is the Village Green, a Middleton institution after 44 years!
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Take a stroll down State Street, John Nichols. Your F-bombing progressives boarded it up while the Covid police continue to bleed the survivors. One more thing: we noticed that you did not use the full C-word in your Sunday editorial column. Afraid to speak truth to power?