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State Legislature Is At It...

Some things never change.

On November 29, 2011

Well, it appears to be that time of the year again when the state legislature is back in session and the hunting season has been proclaimed open on the state universities and student newspapers. Apparently, the ever-careful guardians of Wisconsin morality and well-being feel that it is their annual duty to announce to the people of the State that their welfare is in good hands. The latest example of this benevolence can be seen in the person of the good State Senator J. Leonard (Rep., Bayside). This past week, obviously with the welfare of Wisconsin in mind, Senator Leonard demanded an investigation of the managing editor of the University of Wisconsin's student newspaper Daily Cardinal, one John Gruber, because of "left-oriented journalism" and for living in the house of a son of a former state Communist Party leader. Leonard openly admits that he gathered this information from the Bob Siegrist Wisconsin Newsletter, an ultrarigthist broadcast from Madison, which is apparently the best source of information in this sort of thing, at least in Leonard's eyes. There is little need to go into a long explanation on how Leonard's actions this past week have in every instance been a threat to the freedom of the press at the University of Wisconsin and all the other state universities. It is clear cut and simple. Leonard's threat, however, seems to be of little importance. The Vice-President and Chancellor of the University have stated that they are in support of the concept of freedom of the press and speech as put forth and followed by the University's Board of Regents since 1894, the very institution which Leonard is attempting to blackmail into an investigation of Guber by threat of his own legislative investigation. The really interesting aspect of this latest farce of the state legislators, is the uncontaminated ground these viewers of American politics are able to take in this guilty-by-association accusation. John Gruber is suspected because he happens to live in the same house as the son of a former communist, who is now dead. I'm sure that this Bob Siegrist has made some study into the writings of communism and yet he has emerged untouched. However, when political scientists, college professors and students with political viewpoints differing from the rightists, take part in the same study of this subject matter, the result is that they have had washed upon them the "evils of communism" and thus have been thoroughly contaminated.

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