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Nov 15, 201612:28 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Les Deplorables mugged the tenured smug, part deux

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At last! Diversity that isn’t just skin deep — “We progressives believe in diversity, and we want women, blacks, Latinos, gays, and Muslims at the table — er, so long as they aren’t conservatives. Universities are the bedrock of progressive values, but the one kind of diversity that universities disregard is ideological and religious. We’re fine with people who don’t look like us, as long as they think like us.” — “A confession of liberal intolerance” by Nicholas Kristof (of all people) in the New York Times (of all places!) (H/T: Nancy M.)

Blaska’s got mail! — This electronic missive just arrived from Tammy Baldwin: “Too many people feel like their voices aren’t being heard. Too many people feel Washington is broken and it isn’t working for them. Too many Americans are being left behind and we need to change that.”

I’ve talked to a lot of Wisconsinites. I’ve read your messages and letters. I share your frustrations and understand your fears. The Republican establishment now owns Washington. Corporate lobbyists, the wealthy, and Wall Street are calling the shots to make a rigged system work for them. It's important for progressives to join together and speak truth to power.

Corporate lobbyists? Wall Street? The establishment? Washington isn’t working for them? When did Tammy jump on the Trump train?

Quote of the day — “The irony of all those protesters chanting ‘this is what democracy looks like’ while marching against the results of an election is like a fine Scotch [whisky] on my palate.” — Third District GOP Chairman Brian Westrate, member of the Electoral College.

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Nov 15, 2016 12:58 pm
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Day one of the Trump presidency, repeal all executive orders including JFK who allowed federal employees unions. Make them optional, make them collect their own dues.
Call it Workers Choice.
Remember PATCO?

Nov 15, 2016 02:10 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"No matter what you think of your opponents, do not call their base of supporters indecent, shameless, or deplorable."

Isn't that pretty much Blaska's avocation? Wake up, eat breakfast, ridicule libs?

Nov 15, 2016 02:11 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Well put David. As a well educated "deplorable" that has been referred to as a racist, misogonist and so on, I do feel a bit of vindication. Funny how the tables turn when there real losers, well act like "losers".

Nov 15, 2016 02:11 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Did you contribute to your own pension, Dave?

Nov 15, 2016 02:17 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Your missives about political correctness are always so off target. You think it's about campuses disinviting conservative speakers, but you never get around to addressing how it must feel to be enrolled at a university where you are overwhelmingly outnumbered, have someone yell the N-word at you in your dorm, seek a space on campus where that isn't tolerated and then be told you're a precious snowflake or buttercup.

Conservatives in that category (ie. you) are missing an important human quality: empathy. You offer no solutions here, only enmity. Dismissive names.

Nov 15, 2016 02:19 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

This just in: Old white guy "cautiously optimistic" about Trump presidency.

Shocking.

Nov 15, 2016 02:37 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Shorter Dave part II: "Dems need to be more racist, sexist etc. to win elections." Nope. Trump brought those folks out in droves, in a few states, precisely because he loudly spoke for them. They sat out the last two elections, as McCain and Romney at worst only whispered. And you are crowing for these same. "Today, we are cautiously optimistic." Hah! One week in and even the basic transition is a cluster of ineptitude. Imagine Donnie in charge of 4000 hires in a month, with zero institutional knowledge or pre-planning of what's required (frantic calls to Liberty U?Only the best people!). Gosh, I was really hoping for Carson, seemed SO ready to serve his country. No money in it for grifters, I guess. I do think we should have a new morals committee though, staff of twelve: Don, Newt, Rudy and their nine wives. "Could do better than DT" will not absolve you of Bannon and company and this coming train wreck.

Nov 15, 2016 03:02 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The hypocrisy of privileged liberal academics is a phenomenon I had occasion to observe on an almost daily basis during my time as a faculty member (untenured) at several UW campuses. One of them drew nearly all of its students from rural areas. I soon lost count of the condescending remarks directed at them by faculty who gleefully mocked their social, political, and cultural values as well as their "parochial" backgrounds (most often behind their backs, sometimes to their faces). A favorite epithet of contemptuous dismissal was "Walker voter." The lack of anything resembling a diversity of viewpoints on campus was taken as proof of cultural sophistication; after all, how could so many educated people be wrong--about anything?

An article in the "Washington Post" (11/15) tells of the flack that the President of the University of Virginia got from professors and students for including a quotation by Thomas Jefferson, the founder of that institution, in an e-mail she sent to the campus trying to calm all the distraught souls traumatized by a Trump victory. After all, Jefferson was a slaveholder--which in the academic community negates utterly his role in founding the nation, freeing us from colonial rule, establishing a great university, serving two terms as president, etc., etc. This is the upside-down, hall-of-mirrors "culture" we've allowed to flourish on the vast majority of college campuses, most of them taxpayer funded. Here's hoping that the next four years shine a brighter spotlight on efforts by tenured narcissists to indoctrinate young men and women with a view of our country that is more spiteful, bigoted, and narrow-minded than the grossest caricature of Trump's voters.

Nov 15, 2016 03:18 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

A guy who has been called racist and misogynist feels vindicated by Trump's election? Why do you suppose you were called those things? And why are you vindicated, because now you think you can return to your oafish ways?

Treat people with respect, not like Trump treats them.

All this complaining about being called a racist... it's almost like you guys think your victims or something.

Nov 15, 2016 08:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Being a slaveholder doesn't negate anything. But it's interesting that those who are revered for their commitment to freedom didn't feel it applied to everyone, right? Shouldn't we acknowledge all aspects of our founders' lives?

After all, the reverence held for the founders by conservatives is incredible. They literally don't think the Constitution should be amended or interpreted at all, only followed strictly. Certainly those arguments aren't as strong when we allow the truth about these flawed men into the picture.

Political correctness cuts both ways.

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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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