The definition of insanity
After the annus horribilis of 2020, Madison WI will determine its direction come April 6. Voters should ask themselves one question: Is it working?
Bullets are flying in the homeless shelter. Downtown remains boarded up, awaiting the next pretext for mayhem; the George Floyd verdict is looming. Seven of every 10 businesses suffered financial reversals. Our public classrooms have been closed all year.
Kids are stealing cars out of our garages — 744 vehicles last year — up from 639 in 2019 and almost double the 381 reported in 2016. In many cases, running into trees, houses, or each other. The city is a shooting gallery, often in high-speed running gun battles. Madison experienced 250 shootings last year, compared to 144 in 2019. Eleven homicides compared to 3 in 2019. The mayor ordered police to stand down during the riots. City leaders demanded the immediate release of a BLM shakedown artist. Can’t even defend city hall — it got fire bombed.
Even The Capital Times admits the past year was “arguably the most turbulent time in recent Madison history.”
Aside from more cowbell, what is the cure?
“A strong, progressive Madison City Council,” answers The Capital Times. The hecklers at Blaska Policy Werkes observe that if city government gets any more Progressive we will rename our fair city after slain drug abuser Tony Robinson Jr. Why not? Everything else is being renamed.
In endorsing 11 aldermanic candidates, the “hard left” Capital Times (as former mayor Dave Cieslewicz calls it) incants the word “progressive” like a medicine man’s spirit dance. The other P word — “police” — is uttered but once. And that, only in the context of “police accountability” in endorsing a university campus kid. One must go to her campaign website to learn that young candidate wants “a police-free campus.” That sure is … “savvy.” Then again, her mentor, Ald. Mad Max, once posted “No good cops, no bad protestors.”
Same with Rebecca Kemble, another endorsee. The self-described “anarcho-syndicalist” is on record for abolishing police entirely. The CT tiptoes past that particular graveyard. Not a mention. Instead, “she informs debates on public safety … and a wide range of other issues with insights and a passion for justice that is inspiring.” We would say “terrifying” but that’s just how we roll.
What kind of justice does The Capital Times demand?
“Racial justice” (and you thought justice was blind!). “Economic justice” (aka socialism). “Environmental justice” (No idea). Don’t forget “Equity.” (No, not equality. Equity.) Three different kinds: gender equity, racial equity, and health equity. It’s a candy AND a breath mint AND a floor polish! (Read “Down with Equity” and call us in the morning.)
Discreetly not mentioned is the Progs’ demand for a full-time city council that would raise alders’ pay to over $67,000 from the current $13,570. (Read & Weep.) That’s before office space and paid staff. Even The Capital Times says it opposes that pay grab. But they endorsed sponsors Kemble and Furman just the same.
For the seat being vacated by moderate Ald. Zach Henak, the CT endorses Yannette Figueroa Cole, lauding her “new approaches to public safety.” Indeed, she got Progressive Dane’s endorsement by promising: “I want to redefine public safety.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Makes a certain kind of sense. If you can’t assure public safety, redefine it.