Fringe Element To Rally At Wisconsin Statehouse—Problem For Republican Party

There continues to be much concern about the temperature that some unreasonable people will create when they rally at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Friday afternoon. They are hell-bent on making headlines as they spout and shout about the terrible infringements that Governor Tony Evers has placed on their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay at home orders along with the closure of much of the businesses in our state is working to bend the curve of the virus, and will aid, at the correct time, for the state to slowly open up for employees and customers, alike.

But there is no talking to the malcontents as they are not interested in the actual medical crisis playing out. We have witnessed the video from other states where protesters carry military-type weapons, proudly hold misspelled signs denouncing tyranny, and disregard government restrictions and medical advice. It has become so embarrassing for the Republicans that they are now trying to distance themselves from the fringe element, even though they do everything the other 364 days of the year to stoke up the embers among this illogical element in their base.

What the GOP has not yet come to terms with is how to put the Tea Party types back into the bottle, after they created and released them. What was gleefully manufactured during the Obama presidency for political effect has proven a long-lasting problematic consequence for the party.

Republicans can claim that no credible protestors would show SS flags and carry attack weapons and parade in front of the media, but this is exactly what the GOP has ginned up by accepting the racist, xenophobic, and factless tweets from Donald Trump. Since no segment of the party makes an all-out pushback on this nonsense then the fringe element will act out in ridiculous ways.

And these protestors reflect back onto the entire Republican Party.

Meanwhile, the nation is speaking about their lack of interest in rushing too soon to reopen any place in the nation that might lead to more virus outbreaks and the resulting increase in deaths.

There’s plenty of polling on stay-at-home orders, and they’re quite popular. A Quinnipiac University poll taken this month found that 81% of voters favored a national stay-at-home order. This included at least two-thirds of every demographic and political group. That’s similar to what a Fox News poll showed as well.

As an isthmus resident of Madison, I am concerned for those who live in this general area. Collectively we have done our parts to constrain our lives and starve the virus of travel. We have all wanted that greasy salty cheeseburger from a local diner or the movie theatre experience. (Those are both my grand wishes these past weeks.) But we have enough common sense and reasoning to grasp why we stay safe at home, not only for ourselves but for others, too, and limit our interactions with anyone not living in our home.

Yet the rabble who will descend on our statehouse steps Friday has a disdain for government and facts that baffle and confound any reasonable person. They will have their confederate flags and SS posters and loudspeakers. They will spit and spout and then leave with nothing more to show for their time than a receipt for the gas spent coming to our beloved city.

Little do the protestors know they are merely pawns in the far-right political games of people such as Ben Dorr, the political director of a group called “Minnesota Gun Rights,” and his siblings, Christopher and Aaron. This is but one group that has stirred the pot and ginned up the base of the GOP to turn out and act like fools at statehouses around the country.

If you have not heard of these characters you really need to, as they are as scary as they are ridiculous. The Dorr brothers manage a slew of pro-gun groups across a wide range of states. Their aim…well…..to discredit organizations like the National Rifle Association as being too compromising on gun safety.

Yeah, I know. Scary and ridiculous.

But had the GOP not accepted the most base of their base to act out in awful ways in the Obama presidency they would not now have to deal with their party so besmirched leading into the 2020 general election. Millions of Americans are at home with nothing better to do than watch television news and what they are seeing is making an imprint upon their minds.

Next images to be imbedded will be from the Wisconsin State Capitol when the fringe elements gather.

And so it goes.

Another Open Letter To Madison Police Regarding Dangerous Situation On Statehouse Square Friday

Another reader passed along a letter that was submitted to Madison Police regarding the dangerous situation that is to be created Friday on Capitol Square. That letter is below.

Protestors are rallying to undermine science and medical advice concerning Governor Evers closing businesses in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Late yesterday another reader dropped me this  note that was also written to local police. 

I also have posted about the concerns with a local business that is being targeted by the protesters to use as a restroom facility.

As such,  older customers at the Main Street location of Walgreens need to be mindful of the dangers posed during this pandemic with the protesters not following health guidelines.  

I understand your concern about a possible Mifflin Street Block Party and your efforts to curb it this Saturday.   I hope that you will also be as diligent in your concern about people disrespecting the public health and safety when protesters, carrying guns at that, present a public health and safety threat to the citizens of Madison, especially the businesses on the Capitol Square, like Walgreens and the Inn on the Park, tomorrow.   As they have publicized, these protesters are planning to invade private businesses on the Square to make use of their restrooms.  Similar protesters in Lansing and other cities have shown total disregard for public health and safety, including the right-of-way of emergency vehicles.

At least the potential Mifflin Street Block Party participants are not planning to spread their germs to other non-participants.  

Thank you.

Advice For Walgreens Shoppers At Main Street Location In Madison–Beware Of Angry Protestors On Square Friday

This is what I posted on our isthmus community listserve Wednesday evening.

I wish to pass along a news item for folks who may use the Main Street Walgreens location (across from the Statehouse), and perhaps need to have prescriptions picked up or other items purchased this week.  Friday a large rally is expected to be held on the Capitol Square for those who demand a quick opening to our state’s businesses—in the midst of a pandemic.  Without a rally permit, there are also no portable potties to be placed for the thousands who are expected to descend on our isthmus.  (It obviously was a correct decision to not allow a permit for this spectacle during a pandemic, or to facilitate it with potties.)  

So the protester leaders have let it be known in emails to their flock of sheep that Walgreens has public restrooms.  As such, and knowing that there are many older folks who shop there, I want to urge prescription pickups and other purchasing take place sometime other than Friday, as there will be many protesters flaunting a deep disregard for safe medical practices.  We also know from past such rallies around the nation some bring deadly guns.   Let us continue to stay safe and do the proper practices we have employed for many weeks during this medical crisis.  I am most concerned some older local folks may wish to do Friday shopping for some supplies at this location and are not aware of what they might encounter.

Open Letter To Madison Police RE: Gun-Toting Rally At Wisconsin State Capitol Friday

Many residents of Madison are very concerned about the mob of malcontents from the far reaches of this state, and the ones that will be brought in from neighboring states, to shout and show their disdain for the prudent measures put in place in Wisconsin to combat COVID-19.  Measures, it should be noted, that polls demonstrate to be supported and approved.

I have posted about those who have nothing more in their life than to show disdain for government and demonstrate why they think 100 is a perfect IQ score.  I have also posted about the protestors making public their desire to use a local merchant’s restroom during their rally.

Tonight a resident of this city reached out to me with a letter sent to the Madison Police Department after the news was made today that authorities will be cracking down on Mifflin Street Party participants this weekend.  While I applaud that action, (and have for many years) it goes without saying that what is being trucked into Madison Friday is a lot more dangerous to the health and well-being of our city and those who live here.  Police should be as diligent in what takes place around the statehouse as they plan to be on Saturday. 

Here then is open letter to the Madison Police Department.

Will MPD be writing $376 tickets for the maroons who will be invading our city Friday to protest the extension of Safer at Home?

If the videos from other cities are indicative of what we can expect, they don’t respect the 6′ social distance, they don’t wear masks, they impede emergency vehicles, they disparage people in the first responder and health provider community, they have no permit and they have no facilities for sanitation (because they can’t get a permit).  They’re talking about using Walgreen’s bathrooms.  What definition of a public health nuisance is the city using that would not apply? What are the downtown residents supposed to do if they need to pick up an Rx or supply and not know what the yahoos have touched in a drug store?   The police should encourage Walgreens to close from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for their own employees’ safety.

Any of these statements written in the Mifflin release pertain equally if not more to the unpermitted rally on Friday.  I would expect MPD to be at least as diligent and assertive as busting a few porch parties.  At least the students don’t parade around with AK 47s around their necks.