When newly named Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan attempted to make his first stump speech on the "soapbox" at the Iowa State Fair Monday, he was greeted by a small chorus of hooligans who shouted at him the entire speech.
Undaunted by their rude taunting, Ryan responded, "Iowans and Wisconsinites, we like to be respectful of one another ... These ladies must not be from Iowa or Wisconsin."
I'm afraid the Janesville congressman was reading from an old playbook that no longer applies. In Wisconsin, civil discourse, much less compromise, appears to be dead.
Another reminder of the lack of civility came this week in Milwaukee.
Milwaukee County Supervisor John Weishan Jr. released the following statement Monday regarding Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr.'s decision to provide security for a Republican rally featuring Ryan and his presidential running mate, Mitt Romney, in Waukesha County on Sunday.
"In yet another display of misplaced priorities, Sheriff Clarke opted to compromise the public safety of Milwaukee County taxpayers yesterday when he misappropriated law enforcement resources to protect GOP candidates Mitt Romney and Representative Paul Ryan. In February 2012, Sheriff Clarke made the decision to assign sheriff's deputies to only partial security during President Obama's trip to Milwaukee to visit Master Lock. At that time, the Sheriff cited 'elimination of dignitary protection funding' from the sheriff's 2012 budget as reason for limited support. Yet, somehow, when GOP hopefuls came to a neighboring county, Sheriff Clarke had no problem with providing security and resources that should be focused on his own county. Once again, Sheriff Clarke has chosen to put his personal ideology ahead of his responsibility to protect and serve. The taxpayers of Milwaukee County pay Sheriff Clarke to administer law enforcement services, not to raise his personal profile as a conservative ideologue. All high ranking officials, no matter what party affiliation, deserve to have the utmost protection and security when visiting Milwaukee County."
On Tuesday, we received a press release with the following headline from Clarke: "Idiot Supervisor At It Again." Clarke then issued the following statement:
"Apparently this partisan hack has pulled his head out of his ass once again to say something stupid. The next time little boy Weishan says something intelligent or accurate will be the first. This is the same idiot who recently diminished the danger of law enforcement work several weeks before one of my officers lost his life in the line of duty. He would do Milwaukee County good by crawling back into his hole."
Alrighty then. I need not add anything further to this conversation, because it speaks volumes all by itself.
I'm with treynolds on this one. Clarke is an idiot. And lose the cheesy cowboy hat, too. You look ridiculous. Don't worry, we get how "tough" you are.
Sheriff Clarke is a disgrace to the uniform. And the hat. You kiss your Mom with that foul mouth? How unprofessional can this guy get? The goofs on talk radio will cover his back. But the board should censor him or suspend him.
Mr. Weishan voted to cut 50 current Milwaukke County sherrifs instead of cutting benefits for employees that haven't worked for the county in ten years. Then Weishan goes after new guns for law enforcement. My understanding is Weishan was a marine wouldn't you be scared of this guy if he was Commander and Chief and you were serving in Afiganistan. Sorry, soldier no body armor for you.
I'm a conservative and I can't stand David Clarke. Sure, every now and then, he manages to say something constructive on issues. Most of the time he simply panders to his buddy Charlie Sykes. Either that or he's too busy reminding us that he's the sheriff. From new paint jobs for the vehicles, to plastering his face everywhere, to showing up at the Cathedral 2-3 times a year and sitting down in the front row it's been clear that the job is all about him. Most of the County Board is a joke, but there's no need to lower yourself to their level.
You're right Steve, it shows was a complete buffoon Weishan is. He decides to run to the media with no facts, stats, or any other proof about his claim yet the JS runs with it, and then you fall for it too. Sad.
I'm guessing you feel it ok to make baseless accusations against other people and then when the other person responds tersely to those accusations, you then label that person as lacking "civil discourse."
What would you do if someone spread lies/slander about you and your job to the media? Just sit there and take it? I'm guessing not.
Stick with business topics, this kind of stuff isn't your particular brand of vodka.
5 comments about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Steve Jagler
Published May 16, 2013
I often wonder if public officials give any consideration to the historical lens that will define their current level of enlightenment decades from now. History will show there is a "right" side and a "wrong" side to many of the issues we debate today, including health care reform, gay marriage and gun control.
Published April 17, 2013
Hey Milwaukee, are ya feeling the love? In case you haven't noticed, the city has been receiving plenty of praise in recent weeks from Forbes magazine, which named it "The Capital of Water" and one of the nation's "Emerging Downtowns."
Published March 6, 2013
Steve Jagler's friend Tiffany Weber got tired of the rat race. So she's decided to go into the business of being Tiffany.
Published Feb. 25, 2013
Milwaukee-based development firm HKS Holdings LLC plans to develop an eight-story, 158-room Kimpton hotel in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward, San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announced today.
Published Feb. 18, 2013
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's plan to reject additional federal Medicaid funding for the state's BadgerCare program is drawing mixed reviews, mostly divided along party lines.
Published Feb. 1, 2013
The common stock shares for Kohl's Corp. rose 56 cents Thursday amid growing Wall Street speculation that the Menomonee Falls-based retailer could be a prime target to be acquired by a private equity firm in 2013.
Published Jan. 24, 2013
Regardless of the impact of the Affordable Care Act, the members of the board of directors of the Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE) are remarkably bullish about their prospects for 2013.
Published Jan. 10, 2013
A September research report by Ceres, a Boston-based business sustainability advocacy organization, was eerily prescient. Ceres published the white paper titled, "Stormy Future for U.S. Property/Casualty Insurers: The Growing Costs and Risks of Extreme Weather Events."
Published Dec. 20, 2012
Not to be confused with THE Christmas story, I would like to conclude the year with a Christmas story. And a lighthearted, silly little one at that.
Published Dec. 19, 2012
As we prepare to discard the calendar of a tumultuous and often nasty 2012 in Wisconsin, it's time to launch into 2013 with a clean slate and try to begin the year with no grudges and a spirit of compromise. Here's one man's Milwaukee wish list for Santa.