Intimidation trumps persuasion
We now know why Chancellor Rebecca Blank caves to the handful of social justice warriors scouring the UW-Madison campus for sources of umbrage. She wants to pee in peace.
Because the shock troops of Woke progressivism will follow you into the loo shouting their slogans, then post your humiliation on social media. Like they did with U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema.
These are not voting booths
“Leftists videotape Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in bathroom.
No outrage in mainstream news media.”
“At the Washington Post, the key takeaway was that “frustration over Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s refusal to fall in line with other Senate Democrats and pass legislation central to President Biden’s agenda” had “boiled over.” …
“If, instead of a left-winger berating a moderate Democrat in the loo, a right-winger had berated a moderate Republican, it would have been the biggest news of the year. … It would have been deemed to be representative of everything that was wrong with the American Right — and with the United States itself.” — National Review.
Bullying is the Left’s bloodsport
… Erick-Woods Erickson affirms. Freedom Inc. F-bombed the school board president through bullhorns late at night at her home (Where her children play with their toys!) until Gloria Reyes relented and voted to expel police from Madison’s public high schools. That was after they sent all seven school board members scurrying into the night as they shouted down the annual budget meeting.
Dane County’s district attorney and its sheriff got the same treatment. Result: BLM can shut down rush-hour traffic and get not so much as a ticket for an ordinance violation.
It weren’t Trump supporters who trashed statues of an abolitionist and of early feminism on the Capitol Square. Or administered a beat-down of a gay Democrat(ic) state legislator. Or banished a 42-ton boulder in the name of equity!
John Nichols accusing Republicans of punishing dissent is, itself Orwellian. (Nichols recycles the argument that critical race theory is taught only at the college graduate level, ignoring that it is practiced in K-12 schools throughout the nation — nowhere more so than right here in Madison WI. Or that “structural racism” and “white privilege” are not CRT precepts. You don’t think banning police from troubled high schools is CRT?)
The progressive Left — represented not just by Democratic politicians but by activists, aligned groups, institutions, cultural figures, and certain journalists — operates on the mentality that anyone who stands in the way of it getting what it wants must be destroyed.
Joe the Plumber, Brett Kavanaugh, the Little Sisters of the Poor, Brendan Eich. And right now, Kyrsten Sinema. … Sunday morning Politico’s Playbook newsletter thought the biggest story of the day was that Saturday Night Live was making fun of Sinema. —“The piranhas come for Kyrsten Sinema,” Jim Geraghty, National Review.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: We have our own doubts on the efficacy of a statutory ban of CRT — not that it shouldn’t be banned but in nailing it down in court. We prefer an enlightened electorate voting in a new school board. John Nichols and other progressives can pose for holy pictures only when they condemn the Stalinist cancel culture that renders Fredric March a non-person at his alma mater. Instead, Nichols, the Nation, and The Capital Times have acquiesced in the Left’s bullying of the public square.
It’s because of leftist bullying and double standards that decent people won’t run for office. We need strong people in leadership positions who won’t be cowered by bullies, but these are hard to come by. Locally, you were one of the few willing to withstand the abuse.
What motivation is there for bullies to stop their behavior? These rejects of society are cheered on by other rejects, some of them politicians, and are blinded by their social media “star” status. They know they likely won’t face punishment from the police, who are also afraid or who are told to stand back.
What happened on January 6 for those few hours is how leftists act on a regular basis, especially last summer when they had their months long violent temper tantrum. Yet they refuse to acknowledge their own culpability. Low self-awareness? Arrogance? Stupidity? These are the people who are getting elected and making important decisions for the rest of us. Orwellian.
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The violence, bullying, harassment, and destruction are always acceptable when it’s leftists who are doing it. Yet if one conservative hair is out of place, it’s the crime of the century and worthy of headline news for the next year.
“At the Washington Post, the key takeaway was that “frustration over Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s refusal to fall in line with other Senate Democrats and pass legislation central to President Biden’s agenda” had “boiled over”
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President Biden actually said that hate crimes against women Senators are “part of the process”.
Illegal immigrants invaded Sen. Sinema’s classroom AND followed her into a restroom where a male stood outside her bathroom stall filming her. IT IS A CRIME TO FILM SOMEONE IN A RESTROOM.
Where is the outrage? Why are these people permitted to commit these crimes against a US Senator with no repercussions? And why does a President say that it is “part of the process” for a female US Senator to be harassed in her classroom, followed into a bathroom and screamed at there whilst being illegally filmed in a restroom?
Just like he thought the high-tech lynching of Clarence Thomas was “part of the process” (of which he was in charge).
” into a restroom where a male stood outside her bathroom stall filming her.”
If xe “identifies” as a “womxn”, it is OK, after all, “No Justice, No Pee’s”.
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Me thinks you doth protest too much.
Your obsession with Derrick Bell’s obscure 40-year-old third rate theory that tries to explain how racism is embedded in legal systems and policies tells me that you are desperately searching for an issue that can unite your tenuous coalition.
The fear you will generate is an effective election strategy and the only way you can generate enthusiasm within the entire party. Nixon did it in 68 and Bush did it in 88 and it will become a major issue in the 2022 midterms.
The fear obscures the fact that you were the first major party in American history not to have a party platform in 2020. Your party is a Rorschach test. Believe what you want and we’ll take you in, but, by the way, we are all against critical race theory.
The real irony here is you’re expressing your disgust with a theory that is just a subset of something you have heard from the pulpit since you were baptized. Critical race theory is just a cheap rip-off of the doctrine of Original Sin.
Yes, original sin. We inherit all the sins of our predecessors and we pass on all of our own sins. Because Adam and Eve did something stupid, we are all vulnerable to the power of evil. Surely you can accept that slavery was evil.
I have the solution. Why don’t we replace the teaching of critical race theory in public schools with teaching the concept of original sin. Both sides win in this battle destined to become a footnote in history.
Slavery was ended by England and the U.S. nearly 2 centuries ago. The first countries to do so since slavery was part of all recorded human history.
Please go peddle your theories elsewhere. I suggest you begin with current-day Africa where nearly 1 million Africans are held as slaves — TODAY — by other Africans.
Then, after you go there to deliver your message in person, please proceed to China which practices forceful human oppression.
Let us know how that works out.
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No need to worry. Now that the Wis. gop has banned all the “bad” words things will be all good in the hood.
Know who protests too much? White limousine liberals and virtue signaling social justice warriors. They can’t blurt out a sentence or thought without it somehow including the topic of race. Even milk and math are racist in their warped view.
Just a thought, but perhaps the reason they’re so consumed with this issue is because they are projecting THEIR OWN racist feelings onto the rest of us?
Blaska doesn’t need to generate fear. People can see for themselves what the left is doing to the country.
Critical race theory is actually a cheap ripoff of Marxist critical theory. Original sin states that we’re all imperfect, which is true. It’s equal opportunity in that respect and teaches humility. Critical race theory and its offshoots preach that white people are oppressors and black people are victims of white oppression. Not seeing any similarities here.
Like all bullies, leftists have a sidekick who’s willing to run interference for them, in this case, the media. Lefties are just doing what Maxine Waters urged them to do. If Marjorie Taylor Greene had urged her followers to harass Elizabeth Warren, the media would have a major meltdown.
It is always funny to me that people like John Nichols can be so critical of those of us who are of any color when we question the socialist programs like CRT and others when good ole John attended Columbia University and in fact got a Masters Degree from that institution. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Nichols_(journalist)
Must be nice to have the advantages of getting a Masters Degree from a university like Columbia. Really opens some doors that otherwise would remain closed to most folks.
I attended the university of hard knocks. I’m a 63 year old working class stiff who gets his hands dirty every day in order to make a meager living.
I know what; let us take this diversity shtick to a whole new level. Let us demand that ONLY STUDENTS OF COLOR be allowed to attend universities. That way, we can really level the field of racial disparity.
Let us also demand that newspapers, radio and television stations, social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and so forth are staffed by and run by people of color.
Oh, and John, you should sell your house and get an apartment on Allied Drive or Badger Rd. so you can better know the lived experience of those who are living in those areas of Madison.
Love what you just wrote!
I feel for any person of color who is ALSO conservative or who dares to challenge the Progressive mindset. It takes a lot of courage to stand up to that.
Bill, great ideas and insight. You are proof positive that one need not be college educated to be smart!
Bill’s posts are pure gold and stand in stark contrast to lazyhack’s posts which are nearly always ready made for the landfill.
Who would have thought that none other than John Nichols is perfectly willing to throw a civil rights champion under the bus. That letter from the NAACP to Rebecca Blank should have landed like a bombshell at The Nation.
You had the premier civil rights organization of the 20th century, rightfully incensed that history was being re-written by some numbskull activist who didn’t even bother to learn that the Ku Klux Clan (as opposed to the KLU Klux Clan) at Wisconsin in the 1920’s was essentially a drinking club that made an unfortunate name choice (corrected after a couple of years.)
As the letter stated. March was an active and open supporter of the NAACP and civil rights for his entire life, but John Nichols is perfectly willing to stay silent while his name and reputation is slandered by know nothings. How much of a coward are you when you won’t stand up to people you know are absolutely, 100% wrong? I’d say a total coward. And for what? Apparently he doesn’t want to discredit the idiot activists, who didn’t bother to do any research. But they got March’s name and Chamberlain Rock removed. It’s surprising that Abe Lincoln got to stay.
Of course John Nichols stayed silent. Admitting a mistake or changing his position to be consistent with facts as they become available would make him an actual journalist, which he hasn’t been in the 25+ years I’ve been reading him. Real journalism doesn’t exist at The Nation.
Don’t speak too soon about the Lincoln statue. I’m convinced the mob will come after it again, especially given how easily Blank caved to them recently.
Don’t worry–Abe is on the chopping block. Just wait for the next round of riots over some media-hyped racist cop episode and the “justifiable anger” it generates, and there’ll be an empty pedestal in front of Bascom Hall.
And the spineless “leaders” who know better will allow it to happen.