I think you should head to Maria’s Pizza.
You know, the place at 51st and Forest Home with all the crazy lights and decorations on the walls?
I think you should go there.
Seriously, go there for dinner tonight. Or tomorrow night. Or whenever you can.
Especially if you’ve never been there before. Especially if you’ve never thought of going there before.
And even if you’re not a fan of their pizza; even though I personally think it’s great.
Heck, even if you’re not a fan of pizza, you should go there tonight.
Because I’m betting you are a fan of the First Amendment. I’m betting you’re a fan of being able to express yourself freely, without fear of retribution.
And I’m betting you aren’t a fan of Stalinist intimidation tactics by the left.
Mark Belling first broke this yesterday, but he didn’t make explicit mention of the business because he didn’t want to cause any more problems for them than they might already be facing.
Some guy, whose name I won’t share because unlike him, I actually have a shred of decency and class, posted a picture of his neighbor’s house with a Scott Walker sign in front of it.
And this was the caption:
“I thought I would share this photo and I hope it goes viral. You see the woman who owns and lives in this home owns Maria’s Pizza. She lives up the block from me. The fact she supports a Governor who has hurt my family and many people I am close too [sic] and displays this. I will never eat another Maria’s Pizza Again. ihope this is shared! Done Done Done!!!!!”
Now normally I wouldn’t care about what some idiot liberal posts on his Facebook page, but before this coward took down his post—or Facebook removed it because it was harassing this woman—it had more than 100 shares.
That means all sorts of liberals were planning to boycott Maria’s Pizza—all because the woman dared to put a Scott Walker sign in front of her home.
All because she dared to express her First Amendment right to political speech in her personal life. Not in her professional life, mind you. There are no political signs whatsoever outside of Maria’s, or inside, for that matter. I don’t think there’d be room with all of the lights and Virgin Mary pictures anyway.
But these liberals couldn’t stand this. The same liberals who put “Coexist” bumper stickers on their cars and constantly tell us how tolerant they are couldn’t stand that a woman had a Scott Walker sign in front of her house, so they had to attack her business.
They had to attack her livelihood.
That’s not only offensive to me professionally. That’s offensive to me personally. …
Not just because this is the sort of vindictive bullying that I hate most about the left in this country, but because this time they were bullying someone I care about.
So I called up Bonnie, who’s the owner of Maria’s, and we had a long talk about this.
She’s devastated and she’s dismayed that someone would do this to her, especially one of her neighbors. She can’t believe that putting a yard sign up for a political candidate she supports would ever prompt someone to ever try to organize an effort to damage her business; her livelihood; her, in essence.
But before she said any of that, she answered the phone and said, “Oh Dan, how’s that new little baby?”
Because that’s what kind of person Bonnie is, and so is Joan, who works there, too. Joan is probably the biggest WISN fan we have there and every time my family comes in she asks about Mark and Jay and Vicki and tells me how much she loves all of us.
So will she be a target of the left’s hate, too?
Will someone try to target her because she dares to be a fan of a politically conservative radio station?
Because that’s apparently what the left does now. They’re so tolerant that if you dare have a disagreement with them politically, they’ll try to destroy you professionally or personally. …
Seriously, in Iraq, ISIS has been spray painting the homes of Christians with the letter N, for Nasrani, the Arabic word for Christian, to identify them.
In Southeast Wisconsin, Facebook liberals will spray paint a scarlet letter on your business if you have a Scott Walker sign in front of your home.
Because that’s what the left does now when they disagree with you politically. They obviously don’t try to physically harm you like ISIS has been doing to Christians, but they’ll try their best to professionally harm you.
And all because you dare to support a politician they don’t like. All because you dare to think differently from them.
They want to “Coexist,” alright, so long as you’re intimidated enough to not dare to try and disagree with them.
That’s what’s happening to Bonnie. They’re trying to intimidate her. They’re trying to bully her. They’re trying their best to harm her business.
And this is about as quintessential a Milwaukee business as there is. You know why it’s called Maria’s? Because Bonnie’s mom Maria started it 57 years ago. It’s been in this city for 57 years, and it’s a small, family-owned—make that, woman-owned—business that’s just trying to compete with the big corporations like Pizza Hut and Little Caesar’s and Dominos.
Now that’s precisely the type of business that the left says it supports, but only if that business bows down and thinks exactly the way the left wants it to think.
You know what I think? I think this is part of the left’s ongoing War on Women. Here you have a business that was started by a woman 57 years ago at a time when almost no women owned businesses, and now it’s owned by two women, Bonnie and her business partner, and liberals want them shut down.
Liberals will never eat there because one of those women had a Scott Walker sign in front of her house. I shudder to think what they’d do if Bonnie had a Sarah Palin sign in front of her house.
But this isn’t just a War on Women, or a War on Pizza; this is a War on Free Expression. This is a War on Free Thought.
Speaking of which … you may be interested to find that the person who wrote the original post encouraging the boycott — which you can see by clicking here — cannot be found on Facebook. Perhaps he lacks the courage of his original convictions. What’s that phrase about heat and kitchens?