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Jul 27, 201604:09 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

No flags, no police widows at the Democrats’ house of despair

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The news today is that charges have been dropped against the last three defendants in the political prosecution of six Baltimore police officers for the death of Freddie Gray.

This news alert comes at an inconvenient time for our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances now convening in Philadelphia. Just last night (Tuesday) the Democratic Party hosted “Mothers of the Movement.” (What? No fathers?) The movement referenced is Black Lives Matter, whose sloganized bumper sticker states that the police are killing the young black men of America, despite the overwhelming statistical evidence that other young black men are the killers.

The Mothers of the Movement are parents of black adults killed by police. Tellingly, only weeks after the assassination of eight police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Democrats invited to their unflagged stage not one grieving mother, brother, child, or spouse of dead police officers. They could have been called “Victims of the Movement.”

“We certainly wish there was a place on the DNC stage for the families of the police officers who died doing what they loved, protecting their communities,” a police union official told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“It is sad that to win an election, Mrs. Clinton must pander to the interests of people who do not know all the facts, while the men and women they seek to destroy are outside protecting the political institutions of this country,” the Philadelphia police union agreed.

Mothers of the Movement could be said to be the Democrats’ tribute to bad parenting. Let’s just take one of the mothers: the mother of the late Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo. Young Michael was shot dead after he attacked police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014, after roughing up a storekeeper he had just robbed. This incident gave rise to the Black Lives Matter movement and its now disproven meme, “Hands up, don’t shoot.”

Young Michael was reportedly on his way to his grandmother’s house, which evokes images of gingerbread houses, until one learns that he lived with the old lady because he could not abide his troubled mother.

Riots ensued over the next three months. BLM burned down two-dozen businesses, torched police cars, shot at firefighters who responded, shot and wounded police officers, and liberated large quantities of Stoli and orange soda pop.

Good policing should not be partisan

It is tragic that the wonderful speech Ted Cruz gave Wednesday last week at the Republican National Convention will be remembered for failing to endorse Donald Trump. For the Texas senator had the audience in his grasp as he gave a moving tribute to a young police officer named Michael Smith, the concept of duty to your fellow man, and the meaning of freedom itself.

Just two weeks ago a nine-year-old girl named Caroline was living a carefree Texas summer. Swimming in the pool, playing with friends, doing all the things a happy child might do. Like most children, she relied upon the love that she received from her mom, Heidi, and her dad, a police sergeant named Michael Smith.  

That is until he became one of the five police officers gunned down in Dallas.  

The day her father was murdered, Caroline gave him a hug and a kiss as he left for work, but as they parted her dad asked her something he hadn’t asked before. “What if this is the last time you ever kiss or hug me?”

… [Michael Smith] protected the very protesters who mocked him because he loved his country, and his fellow man. His work gave new meaning to that line from literature, “To die of love is to live by it.” (The transcript here.)

His message was well received because Cleveland was heavily policed, not only to protect free speech of BLM, Westboro Baptist Church, and the Revolutionary Communist Party but against ISIS terrorism to destroy that speech. We saw police on foot, police on bicycles, police on horseback, police on motorcycles, police in camouflage, police in Kevlar vests, police from other cities, counties, and states, Secret Service, U.S. Postal Service, and police lugging automatic weapons in plain sight.

From left: Vicki McKenna, the Squire, Sheriff Clarke, and Billie Johnson, doing WIBA-AM 1310 radio from the RNC in Cleveland.

One of the biggest applause lines last week in Cleveland was Sheriff David Clarke’s exhortation that “Blue Lives Matter in America!”

Sheriff Clarke said, “I want to talk with you about something important, indeed a concept that five law enforcement officers were murdered and nine more were wounded earlier this month in Dallas, and for which three more were murdered yesterday in Baton Rouge: that is the importance of ‘Making America Safe Again.’”

What we witnessed in Ferguson, in Baltimore, and in Baton Rouge was a collapse of social order. So many of the actions of the Occupy movement and Black Lives Matter transcend peaceful protest, and violates the code of conduct we rely on. American law enforcement officers understand that race is and has been a heated issue in our country. Most appreciate the vital need for thoroughness and transparency in pursuit of the greater good in their actions, and in their investigations.

The Milwaukee County sheriff spoke to the Wisconsin delegation the next day and encouraged delegates to show they supported their local police. Your humble scribe walked Sheriff Clarke out of the hotel conference room and described what we are doing here in Madison.


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Jul 27, 2016 10:15 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

If you believe, honestly, that your efforts to make everyone feel awful about America in Cleveland is somehow more noble than what's happening in Philadelphia, then how are we supposed to trust your judgment on the color of your own socks? Hashtag delusional.

Sheriff Clarke, D-Cable TV, is not a law man. He's a self aggrandizing bomb thrower, just like your candidate for president. No plans, just jabs. What is one program he has implemented to put away more bad guys?

Jul 27, 2016 10:22 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Are you really going to strut about being a Republican because your party put Clarke on the stage, even after what your candidate was up to today?

Ronald Reagan called America a shining city on a hill. Donald Trump called it a divided crime scene. It's obvious which narrative you're sticking with on this blog.

Jul 28, 2016 11:54 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Clarke has apparently cleaned up all the crime in Milwaukee County if he had time to glad hand with the goopers in Cleveland. Thank you for your service, sir!

Jul 28, 2016 02:33 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Well done, David! This is the kind of thing that moves moderates a little bit closer to the right.

Jul 29, 2016 12:18 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

To Anony's above: Zzzzzzzzz.

Jul 29, 2016 09:01 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Full of despair were the Dems last night as they nominated Hillary. One party is full of happy warriors this year and it's obvious which one. The party of Tommy Thompson and Ronald Reagan has embraced pessimism and causticity.

Maybe it will work, but don't try telling us that the Democrats are full of despair. They celebrated America 10 times more than the GOP did at their convention.

Jul 29, 2016 05:08 pm
 Posted by  AnonyBob

Gee, Dave, I guess you jumped the gun a bit. Last night's final night of the convention made this entire column WRONG.

Aug 1, 2016 09:58 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Thank goodness the Left has recovered from their collective swoon over plagiarism and exploited grieving parents and has moved on to the wrath of Khan.
Dave Barry, my favorite journalist, captured the entire Democrat election strategy,
"Donald Trump, booga, booga, booga."

Aug 1, 2016 10:03 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

On another note, President Obama has become the first president to spend nine trillion borrowed dollars and never get to three percent growth in GDP during his two terms.
Four more years Hillary!

Aug 1, 2016 02:11 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What poetic justice and pure karma that Trump is getting filleted by a Muslim immigrant. When you've lost the VFW.........

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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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