Sep 23, 201409:46 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Madison genuflects at Tomb of the Unidentified Voter
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Rumor (which I am starting here) is that the Emerald City will erect a new monument to replace Nail’s Tails outside Camp Randall: the Tomb of the Unidentified Voter. Yes, Voter ID still has our (you know what) acquaintances in a paranoid snit.
Now, of course, the ACLU has filed suit (not that there’s anything wrong with filing suit) to overturn the unanimous 7th District Court of Appeals ruling that Voter ID is OK in WI. Dig this headline from the Corporation that Speaks as if it were a Person:
Brief filed in Wisconsin Voter ID case points out limited DMV access
Are you getting this? “Points out!” Not “alleges” or “argues.”
Everyone seems to have a friend who has a wheelchair-bound aunt living in a candlelit shack in the middle of the Chequamegon Forest where the nearest DMV office is 30 miles away by dog sled and open only for a half-hour on Thursdays. None of those … acquaintances are willing, apparently, to get in their Subaru Outback and schlep Aunt Minnie to the state ID store.
So the City of Madison is going to send shuttles scurrying around town searching out Judge Adelman’s imaginary 300,000 stateless, unidentified persons! (Liberal-prog-socialist optics: Syrian refugee camps.)
One wonders how many city taxpayer resources Mayor Paul Soglin can employ to seek out the occasional unidentified voter (more here) before it becomes a partisan get-out-the-vote effort in liberal-progressive-socialist Madison? (Cast votes as an “act of defiance”?)
Prediction: They’ll find seven individuals who don’t have a voter ID and want one. Six of them are camping on Madame Brenda’s porch. None of them will actually vote.
What’s good for the goose. Memo to Scott Walker: Silence the whiners. Open up the DMV offices. Put them on full alert. Pay them overtime. Brew the coffee. Invite the news cameras. Want to bet against me? (Blaska’s optics: the lonely Maytag repairman.)
I’m predicting turnout this Nov. 4 will be greater than the last gubernatorial election’s 49.7% in 2010 but not as high — and closer to — the 57.8% realized during the August 2012 recall. And nowhere near presidential election year participation. In the 2012 presidential election, 70.4% filled out a ballot in November. All those numbers well exceed the 37.8% that turned out for the 1990 general election, where the top of the ticket featured Tommy Thompson running for re-election versus Tom Loftus.
It won’t matter; if Burke loses, it will be ascribed to Voter ID. If she wins, it’s how they overcame Voter ID. Of course, Scott Walker has won twice — each time without the supposed unfair advantage of Voter ID.
Bottom line: There is something paranoid — and racist — about imagining that proving you are who you say you are is somehow a conspiracy against the left. Celebrate the cult of victimhood — the one true Madison religious faith!
Kaleem Caire is an educator
Want another taste of what Madison public schools could have chosen? Instead, they chose John Matthews’ reactionary teachers union. This is Kaleem Caire, proponent of the rejected Madison Prep charter public school, on his Facebook page:
Yesterday, while standing in the check-out line at Copps Grocery store in Fitchburg, I heard three Black male teenagers talking loud and cursing at a machine that was not working for them. There were a lot of people in line to check-out and everyone was looking at them, and they knew it. …
As I always do in situations like this, I slowly walked over towards them and caught their attention. … I looked each of them in the eye with a smile on my face and said, “Young brothers, can you come a little closer, I don’t want anyone to hear what I have to say to you. I’m cool, I just want to talk with you about a couple things.” …
I then said, “You guys are some strong, handsome looking young brothers. Strong, powerful looking and intelligent young men. But you know how people look at us when we act like that. You know what I’m talking about?”
All three of them replied, “Yes Sir, we know; we’re sorry. We’ll quiet down.”
I then said, “Thank you gentlemen. You made me proud. I didn’t even have to raise my voice.” I then said, “Always show people the King in you. Kings act with nobility; they hold their head up and are always patient and thoughtful when others are angry and ready to act a fool or hurt someone. Be the King that you are.”
They smiled again saying “Yes, Sir. Thank you.” We then exchanged hand-shakes and dapped-it-up (shook hands while embracing each other with a hug). I smiled at them as I walked away, and I felt really proud of them. I could tell these young men probably didn’t have a father at home.
… Unfortunately, not enough people will do that for our young men. I wish more would. Everyone else in those check-out lines looked at me in amazement as I walked back towards them to get in line. …
No victims for Mr. Caire — only potential heroes.