June 10, 2012
It could happen anywhere!
Why has Wisconsin been ground zero for all sorts of right-wing experiments? I believe it is because the right thinks, "If we can do it there--the land of LaFollette, Gaylord Nelson and Bob Kastenmeier---we can do it anywhere!" School vouchers? Wisconsin. Break public sector unions? Wisconsin. Spend $50-60 million (unlimited) on a recall election? Wisconsin. Privatize our University? Just wait!
MJS would have you believe that a few beers and brats will smooth over the disaster handed to us by Fitzgerald and Walker. Prayer, family, and more prayer and more schmaltz will make us forget the purchase of Wisconsin by a couple of guys who got started in Wisconsin with parents who formed the John Birch Society. Walker is not Gaylord. He is a tool of the super wealthy. Whether or not he tries to bring back Tail Gunner Joe is pure speculation for now. But Bernie Sanders said it well: "If they can do it in Wisconsin..."
Bernie Sanders, Fighting Bob Fest's inspiration, said, "I have a deep concern that what we saw in Wisconsin can happen in any state throughout the country." I agree. Citizens United was and is a disaster.
It is almost humorous to read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's post-election analysis. Almost but not quite. MJS would have you believe that Democrats must change and move to the center without noticing that the center has moved!
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If anyone wants to know what is wrong with the Dems all you need to do is look at the archive of Eds posts.
What you will see is a list of the Dems and progressives of the PAST. Narry a mention of any current or up and coming progressive leaders. And that is not a criticism of Ed. He doesn't have much to pick from.
By way of contrast the GOP is constantly rolling out their "farm club" of up and coming or current minor league conservative leaders and presidential possibilities.
Who says the Dems aren't dead as last Tuesdays fish? Said it before and will say it again. The Dummycraps need a high colonic. They need some chlorine in their poltical gene pool.
You can't run for a better future when all you can drag up is the dead past and faded glory.
-Griebnotz Doerkpfester | (Really Glad) I Escaped, WI. | June 10, 2012
When elections are bought, the right to vote becomes worthless.
-Ron | SoCal | June 10, 2012
Where are today's leaders for today's progressive movement? Those who have brought us to this point are long dead. We have many eloquent speakers and writers but our leadership is missing. We also don't do a very good job of bringing our message to the far reaches of the state. Republicans have money and clever words. We seem content crying in our beers.
I wish people would quit analyzing the failed recalls. Come this November, we will then know and possibly understand what went down. The question remains, what will we do with this knowledge?
-Pietr Haikuu | Hurley, Wis | June 11, 2012
The French had a great solution for dealing with their elites: the guillotine.
-Dan T | Blue river wisconsin | June 11, 2012
It will be a long two and a half years ahead and more so if Rebecca becomes governor. Did you notice that rock star Walker disagrees with the Republican nominee on hiring more public employees?
That is because he intends to fatten the new private companies that will privatize all these jobs...so of course, we need more...at the tax payers' expense. How could Romney have missed this?
-Pat Nelson | Three Lakes, WIsconsin | June 11, 2012
1) It will take serious action on the part of the Republican party before any "conciliation" should occur. They have so thoroughly insulted the workers of Wisconsin it will be hard to forgive.
2) I was at the protests - Mahlon Mitchell was a superb speaker and could get any crowd excited. I've been at the Solidarity Singalongs. There are many younger people in the crowd, all putting their foot in. I've been at Fighting Bob Fests and seen, among others, younger farmers fighting, hard, for the rights of the smaller farms over conglomerates. There are leaders, they're just not being given their voice in the public arena.
It's really a question getting the voice out.
-Susan | Madison WI | June 11, 2012
One thing all of us could do is actively work to get everyone in the state registered to vote. Follow the damn Walker/Fitz rules, but get every last Wisconsin resident registered. This may be our ultimate revenge.
Another way to get the masses moving is to make the Walker agenda very real for young adults 18-30. The draft did this during the Vietnam era. We need a way to get the kids pissed off at how some adults are messing things up for them.
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Madison | June 11, 2012