Empower Wisconsin | Jan. 13, 2020
MADISON —With so many tools and so little time, we have a tie for our latest Tool of the Week award.
Our first recipient is Madison’s far left mayor who has earned tool status for the second time. Our other award winner is a Marquette University philosophy professor who uses threats against students to enforce his strict woke code.
A verklempt Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway last week decried gentrified neighborhood bickering over Edgewood High School’s desire to hold nighttime football games at its athletic field as tensions mounted in the Middle East.
“Bombs are flying in Iraq and this is what we’re talking about,” Rhodes-Conway told the city council, as if the city of Madison had any control over U.S. military operations.
The strange complaint didn’t escape the attention of Wisconsin State Journal cartoonist Phil Hands, who lampooned the liberal mayor for wanting to “act globally not locally.” In the cartoon, Rhodes-Conway complains, “It’s such a shame we have to deal with this ongoing contentious community issue when we could be scoring political points by grandstanding on a meaningless, non-binding resolution about Trump.”
The Mayor’s grandstanding about events beyond her local control truly make her Tool of the Week. It’s her second rodeo. She was Tool of the Week in October for insisting on a $40 city wheel tax, the highest in the state, to help fund an unnecessary bus transit plan.
Tool number two is Marquette University Assistant Professor of philosophy James Bahoh. The prof reportedly threatened student Josh Guckenburg that if he didn’t ditch terms like “mankind” for “humankind” on his next paper points would be deducted from his grade.
Guckenburg provided Campus Reform with a screenshot of the grade summary from one of his papers, which contains a comment admonishing, “use gender inclusive language: humanity is not ‘man,’ nor is it a ‘he.’”
The student took his bias concern to Marquette’s vice provost for Academic Affairs and ultimately Bahoh “indicated his willingness to accept” future papers without “gender-inclusive” language, provided that Guckenberg include a footnote “to clarify the personal belief that guides you to reject gender-inclusive language.”
What a tool.