Sep 11, 201311:08 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
We rode out of Madison for a fresh perspective and a kiss of the hops
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Took a motorcycle ride with Miss Vicki McKenna on a sky-blue Saturday into the verdant eastern Dane County countryside. She road astride her newly acquired, bright-red V-Twin Yammie; me on my small Hog. We stopped to witness Cousin Johan and Deb’s second annual hop harvest while sipping a most excellent microbrew. In return for which I pledged to put in an honest morning’s work cutting down the vines, which are trained to climb a field of telephone poles and wires. (I wrote about the revival of Wisconsin hops culture here.)
Both of us remarked how refreshing it was to get out of the Emerald City to see people who grow food and fiber; make, repair, and sell things. We agreed that Madison groupthink is a closed loop that could stand hitting the reset button.
An example of which is Steven Elbow, employee of the corporation that speaks as if it were a person. This particular corporation asks: “Why aren’t Democratic leaders tapping into the solidarity singers’ outrage?”
Steve, here’s your answer: Outside of the delegation from the Emerald City, they’re embarrassed by it. The Solidarity Singers are a bunch of self-indulgent sore losers. The Corporation That speaks as if it were a person (The CT, for short) suffers from a severe case of inside-the-Beltline claustrophobia. It writes:
A peaceful protester tackled by multiple police officers. Another put in a headlock by an officer who jams a knuckle under his ear. Elderly women and teenagers placed in handcuffs and led away. The images of police aggression against singing protesters at the state Capitol have riveted the state ...
As the leader of The McLaughlin Group used to say: WRONG! The state is most definitely unriveted. The daily temper tantrum is playing more poorly with rural route Wisconsin than a Miley Cyrus dance routine at the church picnic.
• Here is the Racine Journal Times, Aug. 12: “Solidarity Singers should stop abusing the First Amendment.”
• Here is the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Aug. 4: “Solidarity Singers overplay their hand.”
• Here is the (Madison) Wisconsin State Journal, July 29: “Time for Solidarity Singers to turn the page.”
• Here is the Appleton Post Crescent, Aug. 2: “Capitol Singers best off following the rules.”
• Here is a letter to the editor of the Stevens Point Journal, Aug. 18: “Solidarity Singers are like spoiled children throwing a tantrum.” Segway Boy, anyone?
• Here is the leader of Democrats in the State Senate, Chris Larson of Milwaukee, interviewed on Madison radio, The MIC 92.1 FM, last week: “I do think they should have a permit. … I think the singers are in the wrong and should get a permit if they are going to protest on a continuous basis and they know they are going to be there."
• Even the leftist Blogging Blue website opined on Aug. 13, “The Solidarity Singers should get a permit or go home.”