I feel just horrible.
One of the politicians up there under the big top says I’m responsible for the fact that there are unions – we’re talking organized labor unions here, not the kind that house the Rathskeller and offer the beautiful terrace – on the Madison campus of the University of Wisconsin.
You see, I am a member of the Wisconsin Alumni Association (#G0990249466, in case you want to check – and you’ll find I haven’t paid this year’s dues yet….er, the check’s in the mail, Paula…), and Senator Grothman holds the alumni association responsible for these…these….unions. And, further disclosure, I am a card-carrying LIFETIME member of the Wisconsin Union. (That means I can take my pals to the Union Terrace to swill beer and talk smart, at will.)
Our learned politician from West Bend, who, coincidentally is also a member of the UW Alumni Association of Washington County, and holds a Juris Doctor degree from UW-Madison, said in a news escape last week that the mentality of a union is inconsistent with the free thought and respect for minorities that is supposed to go on at all universities.
Hunh? Say what?
Grothman is all wound up about some bill up there that says funds taken from employee salaries can’t be used to discourage people from joining a union. The esteemed senator from the home stomping grounds of our notorious gut-check judge on the state Supreme Court, Madame Justice Zeigler, says this bill was introduced by RADICAL LEFTISTS (his actual words) Spencer Coggs of Milwaukee and Mark Pocan of Madison.
Grothman goes on to say “Hatred for the free exchange of ideas has always been a priority of the hard Left (sic).” That’s the sort of language that must go over big at the Moose Lodge and the Early Risers Kiwanis over there in West Bend.
Mr. Senator Grothman claims to be appalled that the alumni associations and the professors themselves have not been more active in fighting this heinous bill. He writes (or, some doofus on his staff writes) “As long as they have a nice house in Maple Bluff or tickets at Camp Randall, I guess they wouldn’t mind if the freedom to speak conservatively on our campus would be akin to that in Venezuela or Iran”.
Closing this news escape, Grothman exhorts alums, faculty, and students to get off their butts and fight for free speech, noting “there are more important things going on at the UW-System than the size of professors’ salaries and the record of the UW football team”.
Has Athletic Director Alvarez been apprised of this pithy political assessment?
I guess we get the sort of politicians we deserve. And I’m sure Mr. Grothman is quite popular in West Bend.