Wisconsin: the view from Michigan

(Newswire) Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson said Capitol rioters “love this country” and “would never do anything to break the law” so he wasn’t concerned for his safety on January 6, 2021. Had the rioters been from Black Lives Matter or Antifa, Johnson added, he might have had reason to be concerned.


Northern Naiveté, the View from Michigan

Mississippi, yes.
Arkansas, Alabama, Missouri.
Others, too, but not Wisconsin.
Wisconsin had no truck with
Lester Maddox’s ax handles,
or George Wallace before
his late-life conversion.

Leaving aside, if we can, Satan’s
senatorial-spawn of the 1950’s,
Wisconsin is our civil neighbor
across the Big Lake. From here
we board the ferry in Manistee,
or drive around Chicago
and then turn right.
And, yes, we have foolish militias
roaming our own woods,
taking guns to protests,
threatening murder and mayhem
but no one takes them seriously;
do they?

Wisconsin is dells and lakes,
shoreline and sweet cream,
world-class public universities
and reasonable politics, sensible
conservative farmers balanced
by just enough egg-headed,
union-loving, wild-ass liberals.
Wisconsin is cheese.

God save The Badger State.
God save us all.                             

   – Joseph Neely 2021


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