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0629, 12 Mar 19

Conservatives, can we talk?

My column for the Washington County Daily News is online and in print. Here’s a bit:

My fellow conservatives, we need to have a talk. A serious talk. The kind of talk that might make your stomach twist up a little, but we have to have it. It’s important. Hey, you liberals who usually read the first few paragraphs of this column before rolling your eyes and checking your Instagram, you can go ahead and get started on the cat videos early. This column is not for you. We will see you next week.

Are the liberals gone yet? Good.

Conservatives, what the heck happened to all of you?


Despite all that is at stake, conservatives are once again standing aside. Most of the purportedly conservative groups who weigh in on elections are sticking their hands in their pockets. Too many conservatives are sitting at home griping on social media while liberals are putting their energy and money into supporting their candidate. Even as the liberals make vile, bigoted, anti-Christian attacks on Judge Hagedorn, conservatives cluck and do nothing. Where are the Catholics, Lutherans, and evangelicals standing up to defend attacks on their faith?

You have to hand it to Wisconsin’s liberals. They are relentless. They are organized, well-funded, and passionate about their beliefs. Conservatives were able to match them for most of this century’s sophomore decade, but now we have decided to take a collective nap. The liberals are still wide awake and fighting.

Why did so many of us conservatives give up? Is it because of Trump? Is it lingering frustration over the last state budget? Are you still mad about Walker’s presidential run? I don’t care. Get over it. None of those things has anything to do with the future of our state and our communities. We have serious work to do.

I often receive comments along the lines of, “I agree. What can I do?” That’s easy. First, go vote. Second, get to work. Volunteer. Donate money. Talk to your friends and family. Take the future of your community and your state as seriously as you do your children’s future, because those futures are one and the same.


0629, 12 March 2019


  1. jjf

    “Is it because of Trump?”

    You’re getting warmer.

    Oh, wait, my toast is up!  Avocados sliced!  Gotta go!

    Liberals are the only ones using Instagram and watching cat videos?  How do you think of this material?

  2. Letsgetreal

    Maybe your vision of a conservative is a bit twisted.  At most one school board member voted for Clinton yet you call them liberals.  Maybe you need to throw your hat in the ring and get crushed like you know you would.


  3. MHMaley

    Who would have thought 10 years ago that a
    “Conservative “ candidate couldn’t be found to run for the school board in WB ?

    Who would have thought that Conservative WB wouldn’t have expected at least one conservative in the last school board election ?

    it has to be the candidates because as we all know , the message is perfect

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