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Jan 24, 201406:13 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Civility is a one-way street on Madison’s isthmus

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Democrats took great glee in marginalizing presidential candidate Mitt Romney as a member of the despised One Percent two years ago. When Republicans returned the favor in the case of the Democrats’ candidate for governor of Wisconsin, the emeritus editor of The Capital Times (the corporation that speaks as if it were a person) cried foul.

“It signals how dirty they’ll play against [Mary] Burke.”

“But this is the state of our politics today,” my old boss Dave Zweifel sermonized. “We can’t discuss real issues without name calling. We can’t address society’s problems without vilifying someone who has a different view.”

If that is his only example — and it was his only example — I think the Republic (and Ms. Burke) will survive. Every so often, my old boss — one of the swell guys of all time — squeezes a newspaper column out of the lack of civility in public life. But his dander, when raised, is awfully selective — even partisan.

Neither Dave nor anyone else at The Capital Times (the corporation that speaks as if it were an individual) could work up even a pico-curie of umbrage over:

  • Partisan depictions of Rep. Ryan pushing Grandma’s wheelchair over a cliff
  • Drawing Hitler mustaches on Scott Walker’s photos during the unions’ intifada
  • Attempts to shut down a bank on the Capitol Square because some of its executives had contributed to Walker
  • Threats to gut and dress out the governor’s wife like a deer
  • The spokesman for the state Democrat(ic) Party likening the governor to serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer
  • An MSNBC host fantasizing about defecating on Sarah Palin, another mocking Mitt Romney’s interracial family
  • Anything that Segway Jeremy and his merry band of union protesters said and did, including mocking the death of newsman Dick Wheeler
  • State Rep. Christine Sinicki, D-Milwaukee, tweeting during Wednesday’s State of the State address: “OMG ... this speech is so full of [expletive]; I wish I could get up and walk out.”

The Capital Times (the corporation that speaks as if it were a human being) pulled the alarm cord when slo-mo replays of the State of the Union speech in 2010 revealed Justice Alito mouthing (inaudibly) the words “not true” when President Obama mischaracterized the Citizens United decision. Perhaps civility is a partisan issue at the First Amendment-protected corporation.

For shame, Gov. Burnham

In this, the local progressive party organ resides well within the news media mainstream. I quote from this national news source:

It is astonishing and cannot go unremarked that Mississippi’s Gov. Frank “Boo” Burnham, the conservative who won a 2011 landslide, gave an interview Friday in which he demonstrated all that is wrong in American politics — all its division, its intolerance, its ignorance and sickness.

Burnham damned and removed from the rolls of the respectable everyone in his state who is pro-choice, who is for some form of gun control, and who supports gay marriage. In a radio interview marked by a tone of smug indignation and self-righteousness, Burnham said “extreme liberals” who are “for abortion, who hate guns, who want homosexuals to marry — if that’s who they are they’re the extreme liberals, they have no place in the state of Mississippi because that’s not who Mississippians are.”

My source is the inimitable Peggy Noonan, who continues, “You guys know Boo Burnham doesn’t exist, right? And you know which other governor said remarks that were the same, except ideologically reversed, right?”


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Jan 24, 2014 10:55 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

What a one-sided look at the problem.

Jan 24, 2014 01:49 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

We have been exposed to the true rabid nature of liberalism over the last 5 years, as the Left has been completely insufferable ever since the coronation of America's first Marxist Emperor, Barack Hussein Obama.

No longer will my friends and I project any sense of decency or fair play upon the liberal sector, which has neither. No longer will we allow liberals to beat us over the head with our own superior values and good manners. The gloves are now off and we ask no quarter, nor expect any in return. Challenge accepted. And now we shall see who will prevail, the people that create jobs and built this nation or the whining permanent underclass of welfare parasites.

Jan 25, 2014 08:57 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

This is why I can't tear my eyes away from your blog. Either Anony 1:49 was satire, or your fans, your supporters, your fellow travelers, are delusional and more than a bit unhinged and without a hint of self awareness. It's like rubbernecking a car wreck.

Jan 25, 2014 02:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The discussion boards at Cap Times are symbolic of the intolerance of the left. They let the vile comments of the lefty posters get through but as soon as one conservative comment fires back at them or points out their lies, especially the lies of the editors, they yell and scream to the managers of the board and your comment is stricken or you are banned from posting. They are worse than Facebook. Apparently they are incapable of feeling shame. And that makes them sociopaths.

Jan 26, 2014 01:36 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Re: Anon 1:49
Liberalism is a mental disease, a cancer of the intellect. And like any cancer, you cannot reason with it, debate it, negotiate or bargain with it. You can only hope to eradicate the cancer before it kills the host.

In a country where it's okay with the Democrats that the Obama administration use the IRS to punish and harass political opponents and the NSA violate everyone's civil rights, we have indeed crossed a threshold. I agree it is a total waste of time to exchange words with people who suffer from a mental disease called liberalism.

Another great example of what thinking adults refuse to swallow would be the fairy tale of a You Tube video being the cause of 4 people dying in Benghazi. Yet this corrupt government doubled down on this fable and framed and imprisoned an innocent man. No big deal, what difference does it make?

Jan 26, 2014 01:38 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Make Chelsea Clinton the Ambassador to Libya. What difference does it make?

Jan 26, 2014 03:49 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Glad I'm not the only one that noticed the Communists are out in the open since Obama came to power.

Jan 26, 2014 05:32 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Wow!!, the hate is showing from anon 1:49 and anon 1:36. This is the kind of scary intolerance that I would wish upon anyone. Why does everyone have to be crazy right or crazy left. Where is the middle?

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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