Sep 23, 201610:46 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
One Democrat(ic) mayor speaks up for the police and against Marxism, but not Soglin
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“Leftism’s guiding principle is the Marxist concept that people are divided into classes of oppressors and oppressed,” St. Louis University professor Warren Treadgold instructs in the September 19 Weekly Standard magazine
To explain away the failures of the Great Society, to vitiate the black-on-black slaughter in America’s large cities, to feed the cult of victimhood, new oppressors must be identified and excoriated. In Madison as in Baltimore, St. Louis, and Milwaukee, that oppressor has been named: it is the police.
“The anti-cop movement is completely out of control. It’s moved from attacking the police, to attacking the rule of law itself,” writes David French in National Review. In Milwaukee and now in Charlotte, “rioters have struck back after black cops reportedly shot and killed black men who were threatening the cops with guns.”
It is extraordinarily difficult to claim white supremacy and white oppression when black cops are defending themselves from armed black men. This has nothing to do with the false narratives of “hands up, don’t shoot” or “open season on black men.” These rioters can’t even wait for the most basic of investigations. This is about destruction, about bringing down the established order.
It is about Marxism. Consider the manifesto issued by the local Black Lives Matter affiliate last week:
Our status quo, business-as-usual governmental, economic, and criminal justice systems won’t naturally fix themselves — we must radically change the entire system.
No tweaking for Young, Gifted and Black. No best practices, no revised procedures. Nothing less than “radically chang[ing] the entire system.”
At its meeting last Thursday in the Madison Common Council chambers, your Humble Bloggeur asked the members of the city’s Ad Hoc Committee on Police Policy and Practices if their $400,000 study promised to uproot the Madison Police Department and replace it with something else entirely. Nothing less will satisfy the cadres of Young & Gifted or their political bedfellows, Progressive Dane.
What if the public is afraid to go to market?
Hounding Chief Koval is only the starting point.
- Progressive Dane and the local Black Lives Matter affiliate have pressed charges against Police Chief Mike Koval at the Police and Fire Commission for “rolling his eyes” at cop haters and calling Sharon Irwin “a raging lunatic.” (To many observers, a fair characterization.)
- The same cadre filed an equal rights complaint with the U.S. Attorney demanding an end to extra policing in high-crime areas.
- Mayor Paul Soglin wants a $13 million “public market” instead of the promised Mid-Town police station on Mineral Point Road to relieve the over-taxed West precinct house on McKenna Boulevard.
- Young, Gifted and Black wants “community control” of police, neighborhood by neighborhood, reminiscent of the old Soviet collectives.