March 5, 2011
The real slobs
By Joe Gruber
I have never been more embarrassed of a public official than I am right now of my Wisconsin state Senator, Glenn Grothman. On national television he called protesters in the our state Capitol “slobs.” He told the same national TV audience that the whole place stinks.
The Capitol protestors are exercising their constitutional rights and standing up for all of us. They are firefighters, teachers and people all of us admire.
I have been to Madison protesting at least 10 times in these last few weeks and am not a slob. I was in and out of the Capitol on each visit and I saw and smelled nothing unpleasant. If anything smelled it was Governor Walker’s clearing out the Capitol under the pretense of cleaning it and then not letting people back in. He even violated a court order to open the doors.
I live in Grothman’s district. I know he and his GOP colleagues will be gerrymandering the districts soon to suit their own advantage. I have asked that he gerrymander my home town and my current residence out his district so I can stop voting against him and he can stop embarrassing me.
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I'm not a slob either and I also put in my time at the capitol these past 3 glorious weeks. My only regret is not camping out on a cold marble floor and eating cold pizza in the middle of the night. If I had a choice of being a slob or a snob, I'll be a slob any day.
Conservatives live in their own world, one they perceive according to their needs, a world which ends at the tips of their noses.
There was no stench in the capitol. Perhaps Grothman was smelling his own stench as he and his comrades in harm sullied our state government.
My grandmother used to admonish us kids, if we couldn't say something nice about someone, then don't say anything at all. If conservatives and Republican'ts ever took this to heart, we'd never hear from them again, and there'd be no complaints from me.
In 1953 there was a "Joe must go" campaign to recall that illustrious sot Senator Joe McCarthy. In 2012 the chant will be "Scott must trot" as we recall the governor and replace him with one who is more in tune with our needs and future.
Until that glorious triumph of democracy over tyranny, shall we entertain ourselves as we gather signatures to oust the repugnant 8?
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Madison | March 5, 2011
Likewise; we have been to the state capitol 4X during the past weeks and have observed peaceful groups of people from all walks of life exercising their rights to object to a wholesale attack on collective bargaining and workers of Wisconsin. We are two retired(some think old) people who are not slobs and saw no evidence of slobs in our trips to the capitol. Tell the truth!!!!!!!!!!!! You only make us more united towards a common cause when the truth is distorted about protesting at the state capitol...
-Dave S | Platteville WI | March 5, 2011
I've been to the Capitol everyday at lunch time and the last two Saturdays. Grothman's statement is just more proof that the Republican Party of Wisconsin has nothing but contemp for democracy and Wisconsin's constitution. Locking the people's house, making up numbers in order to gain a judges favor, calling Wisconsinites slobs along with our money going to out of state businesses is proof that the Wisconsin republicans care little for our state.
-Dole O'Mite | Oconomowoc | March 5, 2011