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May 30, 201409:27 AMBlaska's Bring It!

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Scott Walker will not deal with the speech nazis

What to make of the seismic Wall Street Journal editorial Wednesday warning (that word is not too strong) Scott Walker not to make a deal with the John Doe II prosecutors?

It looks like a shot across the bow. Clearly, someone is talking to the discredited prosecutors, who have been beat down by three different courts: Circuit Judge Gregory A. Peterson, U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa (Richard Esenberg’s analysis here) and, indirectly, the U.S. Appeals Court for the 7th District. (Wisconsin Right to Life v. Barland.)

The logical speculation, at this point, is that the prosecutors are looking for a way out of the mess they made for themselves. Now facing personal liability, they approached their erstwhile targets. Not being a party to those discussions, Eric O’Keefe of Wisconsin Club for Growth went to his allies at The Wall Street Journal to warn against any concessions.

Scott Walker will not sell out his supporters. He will not undercut his strength — political courage. He will defend the First Amendment against the speech nazis.

Is there a national award for defending our constitutional freedoms? I nominate Eric O’Keefe. At the opposite end of the scale is Tammy Baldwin, one of 41 U.S. senators — all Democrats — who want to geld the First Amendment (Senate Joint Resolution 19.) A truly shameful exercise. HANDS OFF THE BILL OF RIGHTS! James Madison and Thomas Jefferson got it right the first time. Not Tammy Baldwin and Chuck Schumer!

Is this a business issue? You better believe it is. Progressives would take away your business’s ability to speak on the issues and politicians that affect how you make your living — with a generous carve-out for certain corporations — namely, news media outlets that, despite the left’s obsession with “Faux News,” are overwhelmingly liberal.

Add the IRS targeting of conservative organizations, Mayor Soglin’s proposed political litmus test for doing business with the City of Madison, and who do you suppose poses the greatest threat to personal freedom? You got it, the government.

See the Squire debate One Scot Ross on TV 27’s Capitol City Sunday, 9 a.m. on June 1. (Later to be available online.) Also on The MIC 92.1 FM today at 4:20 p.m.

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May 30, 2014 09:40 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Know what's great for business? Calling half your customers/readers Nazis.

May 30, 2014 10:00 am
 Posted by  Leo

After courageously facing down the public employees unions in Wisconsin and coming to the aid of state taxpayers, Walker could only enhance his stature by standing tall for the Bill of Rights!

In 2014 America, Scott Walker is one of a few on the scene who is wiling to reaffirm the things that made this country great and which Obama and his leftist allies are trying hard to destroy.

Wisconsin should be proud to have a leader like this on the ramparts when it really matters.

May 30, 2014 11:36 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Race card bad, Nazi card good. Got it.

May 30, 2014 12:15 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

As usual, you got it all wrong Blaska. The top universities in this country employ speech codes. Hate speech cannot be tolerated. You should listen to your betters and seek enlightenment. I'm sure there are able people in the government and on campuses that can cull your passion to blurt out anything you want to say. Freedom can never be absolute and you should be very careful in what you say. Nazi is a very hurtful word.

May 30, 2014 01:24 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What koolaid is leo drinking?

walker is a total idiot. total.

he has done nothing for this state but make it a mess.

just one question, what did he do to come to the aid of taxpayers?

leo if you know I would like to know.

my taxes have been going up since he has been in office.

also now I pay for kids to go to private schools, like I should care,

public schools are good enough if you leave them alone.

and leo next time you hit a pot hole think of walker.

May 30, 2014 01:26 pm
 Posted by  coolkevs

I seem to remember Scott Walker's face donning many a Nazi-laden placard down at the Capitol.
Free speech for thee but not for me?

May 30, 2014 01:35 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

Point to the UW-Madison speech code. Hyperlink, please.

May 30, 2014 01:44 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


randa is a terrible judge.

he should have recused himself from the case, and given it to somebody who knows constitutional law.

May 30, 2014 03:50 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Randa should have recused himself because he annually attends a judge convention paid for by conservative special interest groups like the Kochs and Bradleys. It's held in La Jolla. I bet they talk a lot about freedom of speech there while sipping Dom and eating Kobe steak. The Kochs treat their bag men nicely. I hope you're getting something out of the deal too, Blaska. Or are you just in it for the fun of calling people Nazis?

May 30, 2014 03:53 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


Hyperlink to where randa is a qualified judge please.

also hyperlink to where esenberg is qualified for anything.

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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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