Friday, March 11, 2011
I am so totally and thoroughly disgusted with the two-party system, from top to bottom, that I’m at the point where, channeling (here it comes) William F. Buckley, I’d rather be governed by the first 132 names in the UW Faculty directory than the 132 dweebs in the state legislature.
Well, I’d better modify that number to around 120. There are about a dozen members of the legislature I truly respect, and consider to be true servants of the people.
Having been a faculty adjunct at several universities and an administrator at a large private university, I understand how politically-charged academia is. But as political as academia can be, in every place I’ve worked they seemed to have the best interests of students…and the institution…at heart.
I’m not quite yet convinced that’s true of Biddy, though. And I’m not at all sure what Ann Althouse’s true agenda is….since she’d likely be among the first 120 names listed in the UW faculty directory. She and that “Meade” character she consorts with are quite the pair, bending things to the right constantly.
The problem is, for the past couple decades there seems to be no consensus on ANYTHING. For Christ’s sake, there are still elected Republicans who espouse a belief that our President was born and raised in Africa. And there are elected Democrats who are some of the biggest crooks ever to hold office. Facts are no longer facts; they’re assertions to be disproved or denied by the “other side”, no matter which side. And nobody, particularly in the Wisconsin legislature, seems to be actually willing to discuss or debate the issues, despite the constant posturing by both sides that they’re willing to do so.
Murder threats? Bomb threats? The anger is almost palpable, and I’m not just talking about the loonies who actually make death threats. Those people need to be locked up for the safety of all of us. Friends of mine in the media get hate e-mail for even INTERVIEWING someone on “the other side”. God forbid there’d be two sides to any issue, and God forbid the local media should attempt to be “fair and balanced” in reporting this story.
Despite the recalls being organized and the lawsuits being filed, Governor Walker’s new regime with its new laws may “stand.” But I think it’s going to get one hell of a lot hotter around here before we know what stands and what doesn’t.
Posted by Tim Morrissey at 9:38 AM