Is the city intervening in gun litigation?
Further defined: it is an issue that doesn’t translate into billions of dollars of give-away government spending. That is what keeps the Woke awake at night. Elizabeth Warren cries that Joe Biden has to pass the $2 trillion Build Back Better while there’s still time. That’s the problem with us conservatives: we’re not looking for handouts.
An even finer point: Calling it a wedge issue is the Left’s way of telling voters like us we’re stupid without getting socked in the kisser. Here is Charles M. Blow in the New York Times with a side garnish of racism:
Republicans are using white parental fear, particularly the fears of white moms, worried about harm coming to their children, to attract suburban white women and get them to the polls.
The Werkes, however, remains decidedly un-fooled by education reporter Elizabeth Beyer’s response to the Werkes that “If scholars are studying and discussing the application of critical race theory in education policy, that doesn’t mean it’s automatically adopted into to K-12 classroom lessons.”
What does it mean, then, this scholarly ruminating on CRT? Is it like a faculty pick-up game of pickle ball after class? Just for funzies? Yet these academics write books and conduct seminars on the CRT. Schools of Education, after all, have no purpose other than the K-12 classroom. Not like the pure sciences, which can study a subject for its own sake.
Note the date: July 2020
Speaking of wedge issues
Ross Douthat tiptoes on treacherous terrain where Bari Weiss and other cashiered NY Times employees dare not in his carefully worded Sunday essay: “How to make sense of the new LBGTQ culture war.”
You will notice that I have written this essay in a studiously cautious style, on the theory that as I am in fact a known social conservative, my too-vigorous prosecution of the skeptics’ case would serve only to reinforce the current progressive orthodoxy — enabling the response that, see, to doubt the wisdom of puberty blockers or the authenticity of teenage self-identification is the province of Catholics, religious conservatives, the out-group.
But of course this is also a theory of conflict-avoidance, shading into cowardice. So to end more straightforwardly, I will make a prediction: Within not too short a span of time, not only conservatives but most liberals will recognize that we have been running an experiment on trans-identifying youth without good or certain evidence, inspired by ideological motives rather than scientific rigor, in a way that future generations will regard as a grave medical-political scandal.
Tonight’s Madison Common Council agenda
With instructions on how to register to speak on this virtual meeting. It starts 6:30 p.m. today 04-19-22.
• How is it that Madison’s mayor STILL has taken no position on police body cameras? It’s item #114 on tonight’s agenda. File 68625.
• Agenda Item #93 is the recycling fee. File #70344.
• Also take note of Agenda Item #130 (introduction only) which “authorizes the city attorney, in consultation with the mayor, to join the City as amicus in cases supporting reasonable and effective firearm regulation.” File #70882.