Why should those who don’t live in Wisconsin care what’s going on there? I’m not talking about the fact that it’s home of the most winning NFL team in America but because if Governor Scott Walker’s union busting plan succeeds here, it will probably happen in your state next if you have a Republican Governor with a majority control over your Congress.
Rachel Maddow and her excellent team of researchers laid out the strategy on her show. Since the Citizens United Ruling by the supreme court, the amount of contributions from corporations to Republican political campaigns has skyrocketed. The top contributors to Democrats? You guessed it: Unions. What better way to ensure a political win in the next election than by eliminating your competition’s ability to compete?
I watched the Ed show tonight as well (I usually don’t but he sort of broke this story). It was heartwarming to see all those Wisconsinites standing in solidarity in the freezing cold. And it was even more inspiring watching the interview with ‘The Fourteen’, as the Democrats who left the state to prevent a quorum have become known. The Fourteen are probably going to get a ticker tape parade when this is over.
Tomorrow, the Tea Party is bussing in an anti-protest rally. Appearing on The Ed Show, Reverend Jesse Jackson complimented everyone for keeping the protest peaceful so hopefully that message will carry over when the Teapers arrive. Frankly; whichever way this ruling turns out, I think the battle has already been won and the Tea Party response will be…well, weak tea. And especially after Governor Walker’s admonishment of the protestors for not being at work combined with conservative media’s painting them as losers and deadbeats, I predict there will be negative consequences for Republicans at the ballot box in 2012. Walker has already painted himself in a corner and I predict the longer it goes on without conceding to the unions in Wisconsin, the more voters Democrats will win over in 2012.
Wisconsinites are doing the rest of us a favour by taking on this protest. Because if this can go down in the state where fairness and equity were forged on the anvil of Democracy, it can happen everywhere. To paraphrase Senator Russ Feingold, you can’t poke a badger in the eye and not expect a reaction. Thank you Wisconsin!
- Welcome to Cairo, Wisconsin! (crooksandliars.com)
- Wisconsin budget protests swell (nowpublic.com)
- Paul Ryan: “It’s like Cairo has come to Wisconsin” (salon.com)
- Wisconsin protests: why ‘week of rage’ matters to rest of America – Christian Science Monitor (news.google.com)