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Marion On February - 24 - 2011

 Being five hours ahead and one day behind, by the time I’d heard about Governor Scott Walker’s monumental punking yesterday afternoon, the event was already viral on the Internet.

Across the Pond, I’ve been watching with interest the events in Wisconsin. At last, the Democratic Party seems to have remembered that it once spoke out vociferously for the unions and the people who belonged to them – basically the working class and, notwithstanding, the working poor. Prior to 1970, unions, their members, the proletariat and the Democratic Party existed in pretty happy, if somewhat discordant, harmony. The Democratic Party was a big tent, after all.

But for the past forty years, that part of the Democratic Party which featured the ueber-educated, ueber-cultured, ueber-intellectual found inhabiting the geographical extremes of the Lower 48, seemed to be the dominant guiding force in Democratic politics and policy. They were not poor people. They were stretched even to be working class. They accepted whatever working class and working poor people who happened to still be hanging around the netherlands of the party, they paid lip service to their plight, but they viewed them with disdain. Many still do, but then, as recent events have shown, these people are neither real Democrats nor real Progressives.

As for the unions, both public and private sector, they were useful for financial contributions ever four years when it became expedient to get a Democrat in the big chair of the Oval Office.

In 2010, according to our new House Speaker, John Boehner, “the American people” had spoken via the ballot box and roundly rejected the agenda put forward by the President and the majority Democratic Party. Depending on what they read and to whom they listened, “the American people” had determined to reject these policies which were at once and variously socialist, communist, Muslim and unAmerican. “The American people” had suddenly become synomymous (or so it seemed) with the Tea Party, and even that was suspect.

I suspected it from its inception and found it incongruous that a CNBC financial analyst/reporter could launch a sustained and rehearsed rant at an early hour one morning, calling for “a little tea party” action, and within a fortnight, tea parties – actual organised Saul Alinsky-styled demonstrations – emerged, literally, across the land. Almost immediately, Fox News and their various personalities – in particular, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck – had picked up the mantra, as various Republican politicians fell into the tea party sheeple fold.

That the so-called liberal media added credence to this movement was only a boon to their credentials as well. We endured a long, hot summer of disrupted Congressional town hall meetings where Tea Party members showed up with guns, three-cornered hats and out-of-context Jeffersonian quotations, in order to make their presence known in opposition to the proposed healthcare bill.

We’ve known birthers, Tenthers and Ayn Rand fanatics, and now a lot of them are sitting in Congress determining what they hope will be legislation under which we all will have to live. These people pushed their effective PR big lie so well that they’ve ridden a wave which virtually turned much of the US Republican red in November.

Now, they’ve masked their true intentions behind deficit fear and frenzy. (Gotta keep the hoi polloi frightened in the extreme; after all, nothing’s so easily controlled as scared children). This has led to the Republicans in the House cutting Federal aid to Planned Parenthood, an organisation which was vitally instrumental in providing health cover for lower income women. Of course the ultimate aim in that respect was eventually to make abortion a criminal act again. Make no mistake: Abortion is the guiding star along the Republicans’ route to dominance.  If you can link abortion to anything, you’ve got the working class and working poor of the rural Midwest and the South by the short and curlies.

With all the kerfuffle about the de-funding of Planned Parenthood and the 24/7 coverage of the peoples’ revolutions against dictatorships in the Middle East, a freshman governor of a Midwestern state attempted a coup of his own.  This was how Scott Walker wanted to bury the news of his real efforts to strip public sector union members of their right to collective bargaining, as a means of ensuring that there would be no comeback from that quarter, both now and in the future, when the State of Wisconsin decides to cut their pensions  or health benefits or even their salaries.

All in the interest of the State’s deficit, you understand – brought about by the Governor’s desperate need to effect tax cuts for the wealthier element and for business interests in the state.

Scott Walker is the son of a preacher man, but the only way he has of moving people is to effect a mass movement of labour forces against him.  That’s good, in that it forces the Democratic Party to remember its origins and its real base, but it might be too late, considering the extent to which the unions, themselves, have been weakened in the past thirty years.

Scott Walker is also the only one of a plethora of Republican governors elected in November 201o, who actually doesn’t possess a university degree. He’s a college drop-out, not for financial reasons, but in order for him to devote more time to his pro-Life perambulations. He’s intransigent, he’s inflexible, he’s stubborn and he lacks total compassion.

Let’s add to all of that: He’s puerile.

This week Walker took a phonecall from someone he thought was David Koch. Interesting, because there had been complaints abounding from various and sundry Wisconsin Democrats that Walker was refusing to speak to them. He simply wouldn’t accept calls.

But he leapt at the opportunity when an aide told him that “David Koch” wanted to speak with him – ne’mind the fact that said aide should have smelled a rat, when “David Koch” revealed that it was impossible for the Governor to call him back, owing to the fact that his maid had thrown his cellphone in the washing machine, a deed for which “Koch” threatened to “send her back.”

“Koch”, in fact, was Ian Murphy, the editor of the online newspaper, The Buffalo Beast, originally founded by Matt Taibbi.  The twenty-minute conversation that followed showed Walker as an abject sycophant, hanging on “Koch’s” praises, intimating to “Koch” that he’d actually thought about planting Republican troublemakers amongst the strikers (blatant ratfucking in the truest Rovian sense of the word) and actually detailing a plan he’d devised to trick the recalcitrant Democratic state politicians back to Madison during the recess period, only to declare a quorum whilst they were on recess and force the bill de-legitimising collective bargaining through the state senate via Republican votes alone.

When “Koch” suggested Walker use a baseball bat on the strikers, Walker eagerly revealed he kept one in his office, a personalised baseball bat, in fact.  And in a chillingly repugnant segment of the conversation, Walker talked about one Democratic colleague, with whom he’d worked in the state legislature in the past on various projects, but he cautioned “Koch” not to contact this man … “because he isn’t one of us.”

If ever there were any evidence needed that the Right were wantonly demonising the Left, it lay like a portent in those five words: He isn’t one of us.

 

Precisely the message Walker’s ilk, financed by David Koch and his brother, have been pushing since January 21, 2009.  The President isn’t one of us. He’s not like us. He’s different. His name is stranger than the strangest immigrant name. He doesn’t look like us. He may not even believe in the same God we’re all supposed to worship, according to the Republicans. (Which begs the question: If in the small-minded, little Republican universe, we’re all supposed to be Christian – the way they perceive our nation to have been founded – how do they justify that their House Majority Leader in Congress simply isn’t a Christian? Perhaps they’ve made Eric Cantor an honorary one.)

At the end of a marathon twenty-minute conversation, “Koch” suggested that Walker “come out to Cali” when this ordeal was resolved and he’d show him a good time. Walker could barely contain his delight.

He’d arrived. He’d joined the club as a freshman. And yet, he’d done something more.

He’d shown the world, when that taped conversation went viral, that the Koch Brothers and their involvement in mainstream Republican party politics, wasn’t the stuff of grisly-minded Leftwing imaginings. There was no conspiracy theory there; even Andrew Breitbart’s involvement and financing on the part of the Kochs was acknowledged.

Scott Walker’s naive posturing in a conversation to “Big Daddy Koch” placed the Koch machine front and centre of all the ugly, detrimental and ruthless connivings of the past two years. It put a seal on the fact that most every freshman Congressman, Senator and Governor who rose from the Republican ranks last November, did so riding the magic carpet of Koch money.  Goodness knows how many incumbents are on the payroll, but I’d say Jim DeMint was a dead cert.

Scott Walker managed to bring the Kochroaches out of the woodwork. Now it’s time for everyone in protest to stand strong, and insure that Scott Walker, himself, retreats to the nether regions of that selfsame woodwork … with his friends. Where he belongs.

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  1. PatsyT says:

    Indiana deputy AG Wisconsin (sorry if this is a repeat)

    INDIANAPOLIS — A deputy in the Indiana Attorney General’s Office is no longer employed by the state following online comments he made concerning protesters at the Wisconsin Legislature.
    Mother Jones, a political website, tweeted Saturday, “Sources in Madison say riot police have been ordered to clear protesters from capitol at 2 am,” to which Deputy Attorney General Jeff Cox responded using his personal account, “Use live ammunition.”

    http://www.theindychannel.com/news/26969006/detail.html

  2. Chernynkaya says:

    Isn’t threatening layoffs for union workers illegal??

    Your Rights in the United States

    Employers are forbidden by law to engage in certain conduct. Your employer may NOT legally:

    *
    Threaten you with discharge or punishment if you engage in union activity.
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    Threaten to shut down business if workers form a union.
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    Prevent you from soliciting members during non-working hours.
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    Question you about union matters, union meetings, or union supporters.
    *
    Ask you how you or other workers intend to vote in an election.
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    Ask you whether you belong to a union or have signed up to join a union.
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    Transfer you to or assign you to a less desirable work assignment because of your union activity.
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    Threaten to terminate your benefits because you unionize.
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    Threaten a layoff or loss of jobs in retaliation for voting for a union.

    http://www.iuoe.org/WhyJoinIUOE/YourRightsFormingaUnion/tabid/88/Default.aspx

    And what about the Koch’s involvement?

    “federal law prohibits companies from financing or otherwise assisting efforts to get rid of a union.”

    http://www.americanrightsatwork.org/the-anti-union-network/for-profit-union-busters/new-york-times-how-do-you-drive-out-a-union.html

    Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Workers to Fight Illegal Layoffs
    http://www.nuhw.org/latest-news/2010/12/15/salinas-valley-memorial-hospital-workers-to-fight-illegal-la.html

    A group of sheriff’s deputies is threatening legal action over Yakima county’s decision to layoff three deputies and demote supervisors.
    http://preview.kvewtv.com/article/2010/dec/02/deputies-threaten-legal-action-over-layoffs/

    Unions Push Back Against Paterson Layoff Plan

    Governor Paterson’s announcement this morning of even more reductions in the state work force through layoffs is an outrage, completely unnecessary and illegal.

    http://www.wben.com/Paterson-To-Cut-898-State-Workers/8454487

    I haven’t researched this, but I bet the unions are going to sue--costing more than any savings.

    • choicelady says:

      Cher -- I’ve been pressing these issues with friends in Ohio. These actions, while NOT covered by NLRB (public sector workers are not protected) ARE covered by law.

      Every state that tries this will face MAJOR court challenges. The new TP move to invalidate what you don’t like via the ballot box is equally wrong and illegal. Rights are rights, and voters cannot overturn contracts, agreements, or anything else that has been duly arrived at with a simple vote as CA always tries to do.

      I would love to see some folks move on the Kochs for attempting to use their money for these illegal acts.

      The days of Cornelius Vanderbilt are OVER. He snarled once, “Law? Law? Why do I care about the law? Ain’t I got the POWER?” Well, no. You don’t. The law matters, and it’s not subject to whim. Or money or undue influence. We, the people are more powerful than that, and the law is more powerful than that. We WILL prevail!

    • AdLib says:

      Well done and addressed, Cher!

      The unions aren’t sitting on their hands, they are hopefully exploring all of their legal options.

      Meanwhile, this fight is on the streets, keeping people motivated and protesting. And supporting their Dem Senators who’ve “gone to the mattresses” to stop a “hit” on the American People in WI.

    • deygirl says:

      If I’m not mistaken, that’s what happened in his last gig. He fired state workers and replaced them with contractors They successfully sued and won.

  3. PatsyT says:

    Tea Party activist have to pay bloggers

    Again, this is not for any organization. This is a personal request for help so that I can get a team of bloggers into Indiana and Wisconsin.

    We want to put together some videos and track the leftists in these states, and we want to help the local organizers working to counter rally where the unions are working.

    I know you’re all busy, and I know times are tough, but as a personal favor I ask that you just take a look and consider giving me a hand.

    The goal is small and simple. We need around $1,500 to get the bloggers into these states for a few weeks. If you can contribute $25, $50 or $100, I’ll list you on the page and make sure you get a shout out.

    http://aattp.blogspot.com/2011/02/tea-cup-leaks-hot.html

    • Chernynkaya says:

      Why can’t I get a job from a left-wing organization to do that?? I’d be good at it.

      • choicelady says:

        That’s another reason the Left has to work so hard. The Right throws money -- gobs and gobs of money -- at various groups and tells them to do their thing. The Left makes us fill out 30-page applications, provide Righteous Indemnification certificates (OK -- I’m making that up based on Dave Barry, but still…) and all that for a lousy $4K. That I am NOT making up. Why the Left is so untrusting is beyond me. They seek out groups such as mine then stomp on us because we have ways of doing things that are different. It’s why we are successful, but Gawd forbid they actually PAY us to keep on keepin’ on.

        If you want money from George Soros or anyone else on the Left, you have to play the game their way. The Right looks at their groups’ track records and pays them to do what they do.

        The Left needs to stop being LESS trusting than the freaking Right. It’s keeping us from doing what we can do best. I spend most of my life filling out freaking forms.

        Fund raising on the Left: Begging for dollars, short term projects with Progress Reports, and control from the funders over when you go to the bathroom.

        Fund raising on the Right: Thank yous for the unrestricted money and major campaigns that destroy democracy.

        You wonder why we’re having trouble?

        • KQuark says:

          Actually it’s in the DNA of liberals not to trust. Don’t trust government, don’t trust business, don’t trust any institution really.

          Allot of the reasons the left never gets what it wants and cannot sustain power are based allot on who people in the left are.

          • audadvnc says:

            It would help if people could get past the “Liberals want bigger, more intrusive gov’t” line spewed by the right, even though it seems they’re perfectly OK with TSA patdowns and unlimited warfare against anybody at all.

            What are your suggestions?

      • jkkFL says:

        Cher, you could put on your troll costume till you got there!

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      • PatsyT says:

        Cher, it’s further proof that they have to pay trolls!
        Hmmm I wonder where those bloggers will be posting….
        If it’s the local newspapers and anyone want to go and get scrappy with those trolls
        try this link http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/flash/
        click and drag to the town of your choice.

        • Chernynkaya says:

          Patsy-- I love that site. I used to use it a lot “over there.”

          It’s especially good for doing e’cat’s “Rashamon” type comparisons.

      • Abbyrose86 says:

        NO doubt about it…you would be fabulous! I would like such a gig myself! :)

        • Chernynkaya says:

          I need a job. Why aren’t there any gigs like this for US? I wonder where we’d find out.

          • boomer1949 says:

            You could start your own gig?

          • Abbyrose86 says:

            Oh Cher…that sounds too much like fun…and WOULD cause some serious heads to explode…Hmm…a twofer!

            :)

          • Abbyrose86 says:

            I could use one myself…this being home thing…even with school…is not enough!

            I’ve looked into it a bit, but I haven’t found any really legit, decent paying avenues. NOT yet anyway.

            • jkkFL says:

              @Cher-
              Not only would we take over the world, we might be the first group jailed en masse for indecent behavior!!
              Let’s pick our spot carefully..My nephew is a Police Officer in Indy- and his Mom, my sister, is worse than me! That might be good for a test run..

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            • PatsyT says:

              Cher, I’ll do it if I can wear one of those wigs!

            • Chernynkaya says:

              Seriously, Patsy-- if WE ALL were to do that, we’d blow the Righties outta the water! can you imagine if just we gals did it?

              You, me, Abby, Sue, C’LADY!, Kalima, Boomer, BDM, Jkk, Marion, Questinia, Kes, Chase, Alina, Alpha, Mighty Woof, Artist, Auntie (where is she?), Cyrano, E’Cat, Grans, HH, and a BUNCH of great newcomers-- OMG!

              We would take over the WORLD!

              BWAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!

            • PatsyT says:

              Both of you fine ladies and so many other regulars here at the Planet could not be defeated.
              That would be fun to witness. It would be like sending in fighter jets into the Civil War.

      • PatsyT says:

        Hot Damm Cher, you would be, you would rock their world!

        Funny they have to pay for it…. like some other things

  4. AdLib says:

    Here is a new ad by the WI AFL/CIO:


  5. PatsyT says:

    HUSTISFORD, Wis. — The wife of the Wisconsin Senate majority leader is among school staff receiving preliminary layoff notices.
    Lisa Fitzgerald is a counselor in the Hustisford school district and is married to Republican Senator Scott Fitzgerald.

    http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_19eb38ea-4038-11e0-b153-001cc4c03286.html

    • Chernynkaya says:

      That’s actually bad news for the protesters. Now that Repub can talk about “shared sacrifice” and claim he is doing his share for the “good” of the budget. It would be better if she wasn’t laid off.

      • boomer1949 says:

        No, he just wants a reason to hire nonunion teachers. No more negotiations and problem solved.

        Seriously Cher, do you think this guy is this smart? There are others telling him what to do, and guess who they may be?

        ***EDIT***He has handlers. Duh!

      • boomer1949 says:

        Don’t forget those whispering sweet nothings in his ear.

        Man, do I have a story about the ijits who seem to love upping the ante at the expense of Kindergartners and their teachers. Need to make sure I have the correct info. first.

        However, these yahoos want low-income kids, who have NEVER been to preschool to pass a state mandated test = to First and Second grade performance.

        Who the hell are these ijits anyway? And, more important, WHAT and WHERE are their teaching credentials? IMHO, if they’ve never been in a classroom, then they aren’t qualified and need to shut the fuck up.

        My kid would never consider telling a doctor, nurse, accountant, attorney how to do his/her job. Why? Because she isn’t qualified. Where is the disconnect here?

        Moreover, to hold the educators responsible for everything is ludicrous. My kid can’t teach a kid whose parents refuse to be involved. As a result, my kid spends most of her time being a surrogate parent. Can’t have it both ways folks, can’t have it both ways.

      • ADONAI says:

        If his wife loved her job then I doubt it will go very smoothly for him.

        If not, you’re probably right.

      • SueInCa says:

        Or all of a sudden he will get “the lightbulb” and the layoffs may not seem so good now.

    • ADONAI says:

      The irony is so thick I’m choking on it.

  6. SueInCa says:

    With all the talk about Dems this morning, I get this in my inbox. Now Dems are going after a Jobs Party? This is part of the problem….using dumb names for movements. Or if I am a literal person, what is this a new party? This is part of the reason the party is so fractured.

    http://www.democrats.com/on-saturday-lets-change-america

    • AdLib says:

      Sue, you were right the first time. A dumb name for the Dem movement to protect and build jobs, it’s not a separate party, just the Dems trying to promote that they are The Jobs Party.

    • ADONAI says:

      I oh so wish actual progressives would leave the Democratic Party en mass and form their own Party.

      I’d be the first person to sign up. I lose every election regardless of who is running. It’d be nice to actually have someone to root for.

      Win or lose, at least I would feel represented.

      • KQuark says:

        Sorry AD but that’s just not very smart if you really want things to change.

      • AdLib says:

        As good as that sounds to me too, in practical terms, it would provide for a permanent Repub majority.

        Progressives make up a subset of the Dem party, split them off into their own party and the Repubs would outnumber both parties, making Dems and Progressives permanent minority parties. Local elections in Dem areas could be won but control of Congress would be lost.

        I think it’s more a case of grinning and bearing that some Dems are closer with Repubs than Progressives but together, we can have more control and influence over our country. United we stand, divided we fall and all that stuff.

      • SueInCa says:

        Adonai
        The problem to me though is no one can figure out what they want. I thought it was interesting to see Obama’s pic way over in the top right hand side of the notice. So do they truly want a jobs party or are they going for a movement?

        I can’t go as far as you and say win or lose, because I hate to lose but I sure would like to see some cohesion.

        • ADONAI says:

          That is true Sue(rhyming!).

          Are they really interested in being THE progressive Party, the worker’s Party, or are they just looking to get on on the shouting match? I guess it is hard to tell at this point given all the mixed signals from the whole of the Democratic Party.

          And as far as winning or losing, like anyone I want my ideas to win out but if they are defeated by a fair democratic majority, I can accept that. That’s democracy.

          But I don’t even feel represented in any election. I’m lose/lose. The losses would be so much easier to accept if I actually felt like someone was speaking my voice. I think that is how many Americans feel. It’s why I, and probably they, don’t vote.

  7. ADONAI says:

    So, where’s George Soros or any of the other power players on the left?

    First of all, I’m pretty sure Walker told everyone in no uncertain terms during the campaign that reductions for state employees was high on his agenda(yes, he did not mention taking away collective bargaining but, come on, he’s a Republican). And he still won. It seems that it isn’t only Scot Walker who hates unions but most of Wisconsin as well. Either that or they’re idiots.

    It’s cool that state Democrats are trying whatever they can to stall a vote on this or avoid it completely. It’s straight out of the Republican playbook. About time they fought fire with fire.

    And disagree all you want with the “Tea Party” but all they did was what every American should do. They spoke up. While everyone was chastising them and making fun of their hats, they were making inroads toward Washington. I’m not abig an of most of their platform but god bless’em for showing Americans what they’re suppose to do.

    As for the Koch brothers. I don’t really care. Rich industrialists bankrolling politicians is not a fucking huge revelation. No one has pulled back the curtain. You get what you vote for. I’m tired of feeling sorry for a country that votes based on 30 second soundbites.

    I’m rooting for the workers of Wisconsin though. I’m sure there are more than a few people in that crowd who legitimately knew what was going on and now are exercising their right to oppose it. Good luck to them.

    (I agree. That comment was all over the place.)

  8. PatsyT says:

    More video -- the passion is awesome!


  9. PatsyT says:

    If anyone missed the call.. also there is a transcript on this site
    http://www.buffalobeast.com/?p=5045

    Another excellent video


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    We Are Wisconsin from Finn Ryan on Vimeo.

    • KillgoreTrout says:

      Patsy, the republicans are using (yet another) slimeball tactic of portraying peaceful protesters, who are exercising their constitutional right to free assembly, and their right to petition their government for a redress of grievances, with the image of violent radicals that were prevalent during the sixties.
      Yet, the republicans say nothing, and actually encourage tea party protests and rallies. I am not saying the TPers hold violent protests, I am saying the republicans portray dem protests in a bad light, and TP protests in a pseudo-patriotic light. It is thoroughly disgusting.

    • BabsBP says:

      It has been reported that the American Society of Journalists is sedning out tweets saying that the media should not report on the prank phone call.

      Anything that we can do to make this conversation go viral is important. The msm needs to protect its masters.

      • Chernynkaya says:

        It’s too late for that. MSNBC has been all over it, and most of the blogs. Once the Daily Show runs with it, it’s everywhere --except Faux.

        • KillgoreTrout says:

          Very true Cher. TDS played the tape of the prank call that so thoroughly duped Walker. His admission, to whom he thought was a Koch brother, of underhanded tactics he has considered to use against the protesters, says it all about Walker.
          The word ethical does not come to mind!

          • PatsyT says:

            Killgore, I am glad that folks are making that point, there are little children and elderly in those crowds.
            Of course the thing that he did not talk about…
            The deficit.

  10. KQuark says:

    Chasethis I doubt I will hate your post. Just remember you are uniting about 20% of the country the way things stand. We’re gonna need a hell of allot more people than just progressives to get on board for more change.

    Believe me I know the pull theory too that the extremes tug the middle to their side by being more passionate. But it’s tough to win a tug-of-war when you are outnumbered 2-1.

    • chasethis says:

      I hear you, KQ.

      • KQuark says:

        Part of any longterm political strategy involves identifying the parties out there.

        Obviously you have the people on your side.
        But you also have people who are sympathetic to your cause.
        Then you have people that are persuadable.
        And of course you have the other terminus.

        Right now our side is not very good at getting the persuadable people to join us. Believe me allot of that comes from the inability of Dems to put out a coherent and consistent message and the constant complaining from the left. It’s hard to persuade people when your side is not organized and only with you some of the time.

        • Marion says:

          Exactly. And too many of us have been fooled into believing high-profiled “Progressives” were on our side, when WE were being punked ourselves.

          • KQuark says:

            The progressive elites shyte all over the persuadable. Purists put moderates in the same class as right wing Republicans. Then they think they can win over America magically this way.

            Republicans have effectively put a wedge through liberals and the mainstream. They consistently tell the persuadable which really are mostly the white middle class in this country that you are a part of us. Join us. It does not matter if their policies are good for them or not. It’s total identity politics.

            Progressive elites say we are better than you and we are right. So if you don’t join us you are stupid.

        • Abbyrose86 says:

          Exactly!

  11. deygirl says:

    WE DO NOT NEED ANOTHER PARTY!

    What the hell is wrong with dems? Do we not see that the republicans are united, NO MATTER WHAT against us? Do we not get that they win because they are willing to do whatever it takes to have power?

    They have no ideals and no principles to hold them back. They simply unite AGAINST US and win. They tell us that our president is ineffective and inexperienced and lousy and arab and a huge disappointment to dems.

    And our response? WE EFFFING BITE! We swallow the lies whole and decide that the answer is not to be glad, AS WE SWORE WE WOULD, to have a reasonable, decent president who moves the country forward. NOOOO. We turn on him because the media says we should. We want a MORE progressive president. We want a perfect president. We want a third party.

    The republicans have shot themselves in the foot with THEIR “third party,” and now we, instead of using the opportunity to unite and end the rule of the right, decide to splinter and assure their rise to power.

    WAKE UP! What is happening in Wisconsin is the DIRECT RESULT of “sending a message” with a third party.

    • Marion says:

      Preach it, sister!

    • AdLib says:

      Right with you and all commenting below.

      There is one sure way to take back a democracy and that is by having at least 51% of the people marching in the same direction.

      We can’t have power in our democracy by hating others, especially other Dems and Progs…but indies and moderate Repubs too!

      If we make unity our focus then we can win. We have to focus on what unites 99% of Americans, not what we can’t agree on amongst ourselves. The former is how things get done, the latter is how everything declines and the top 1% has been able to dominate our democracy and society.

      They want us fighting amongst ourselves over gay rights, abortion, “socialism”, etc. Those who honestly want to have power over their own democracy again have to seek the common good, those who are purists and five-year-olds who will only be your friend if you give them everything they want should be kicked to the curb because we’re coming through!

      • Abbyrose86 says:

        Exactly Adlib….divide and conquer! by keeping us all arguing amongst ourselves and all the little issues…the elite are able to concentrate on controllung the two biggest issues, which control all the others…MONEY and power.

    • Chernynkaya says:

      Amen, dey. As they say, the “Republicans fall in line and the Democrats fall in love.” But then, of course, we fall out of love, and then the Party falls apart. Now, I bet any moment someone will tell me, “But we are thinkers. We don’t have to follow like Sheeple!”

      But sheesh! Why is it either/or? Why can’t we keep two thoughts in our heads and stay united WHILE WE CRITICIZE?? I see nothing contradictory about that. Why the black/white paradigm? To answer my own question, I think it’s because ideologues on both sides tend to see things as black and white. They are not.

      • deygirl says:

        It’s ridiculous. We have bought into the “all or nothing” mindset that the right has peddled. The irony is that, while we think ourselves not to be sheeple because we fight our own side, we have blindly followed the right’s false choices.

        It’s NOT all or nothing. Not in the real world. I will take something, anything, even if it’s small. Then I will build upon it, because slow progress ALWAYS beats regression and stagnation.

    • chasethis says:

      I tend to agree with you, dey. And the message WI voters sent is what? “We’re mad and stupid so we’re staying home on election day?”
      (Not that I think all WI people are stupid, any more than I think all TX people are stupid.)

    • Abbyrose86 says:

      EXACTLY!

      WE the dems need to stick together, especially on the big issues and quit the infighting. ONCE we make headway, than we can move on to other items on our agenda.

      WE need to learn how to work together, first, before we can really make any significant progress towards fixing ALL that ails us.

      And while I am on my rant…I feel the need to add, compromise is necessary FROM Both sides. Neither side always has the best answers…although I think the right is more wrong than right on most issues, especially economic ones…but we need to learn how to employ strategy and know when to ‘fold em, know when to hold em…know when to walk away..know when to run”….wasn’t that a song??? :)

      But in all seriousness…we, the dems, need to learn how to prioritize and how to pick our battles…and know when to stick to our guns and when we can waiver a bit. We aren’t good at this…and our marketing absolutely sucks…we need better marketing and sloganeering. Sadly, selling our message to the masses has been a real problem for the Dems. WE need better marketing strategies.

  12. AdLib says:

    Our friends at The Other 98 have just come up with a petition for Eric Holder to investigate Walker’s collusion with the Kochs:

    Koch industries stand to benefit from an obscure subsection of the bill opening ownership of the state’s power plants and heating facilities to no-bid contractors, Halliburton-style. Meanwhile, investigative reporters have uncovered that the Koch Brothers donated over $1 million to Walker’s election effort.

    The amassing evidence of a possible Walker-Koch connection is becoming more and more concerning. Attorney General Eric Holder and US Attorney for Wisconsin, John William Vaudreuil, need to investigate potential collusion now, before any state giveaway of utilities can take place.

    Click here to sign their petition: http://other98.com/walker-koch/

  13. chasethis says:

    I know many of you get these in your inbox, but in case you don’t here’s an urgent message from Russ Feingold. Not necessarily asking for money (but who EVER turns it down), Progressives United is asking for signatures.

    Forgive the length:

    “Governor Walker claims that his controversial proposal is simply about the budget. But it’s not: it’s a political bait-and-switch designed to destroy the fundamental rights of Wisconsin’s workers.

    And in the last two weeks, it’s become clear that Governor Walker isn’t doing his job to represent my state of Wisconsin. Instead, he’s trying to make a national name for himself by pushing the same agenda shared by corporate interests like the Koch brothers -- the billionaire captains of industry who just recently opened a lobbying office across the street from the Capitol in Madison.

    The Kochs not only spent tens of thousands of dollars supporting Walker’s campaign, but they also funneled millions of dollars through front groups to fund attack ads. And now, just as the people of Wisconsin are working together to stand up to them, the Kochs and other front groups are trying to simply buy the result they want, showering the state with pro-Walker, anti-Obama TV ads.

    Enough is enough. It’s time we unite as progressives and stand up to the corporate interests trying to dominate our democracy. Members of Progressives United are calling on Governor Walker to take a step back and end his attempt to strip the rights of Wisconsin’s workers. Click here to join us.”

    http://www.progressivesunited.org/action/enough

    Now, back to work before I catch me at the Planet (again!) and fire myself.

  14. boomer1949 says:

    CROSSPOST from TimeOut/OT

    boomer1949 says:
    02/24/2011 at 11:25 AM
    Okay all, it’s time to make some noise! Word on the street is NONE of the Sunday Talking Heads want to talk to representatives from the other side of the issue in WI. I find that appalling. Infact, Face the Nation has booked an interview with the Gov. of NJ.

    To make it easier, here is The FAIR Media Contact List. Guess it’s time to jerk some chains. Have at it and pass along to others you know would be interested.

    ABC News
    147 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10023
    Phone: 212-456-7777
    General e-mail: [email protected]
    Nightline: [email protected]
    20/20: [email protected]

    CBS News
    524 W. 57 St., New York, NY 10019
    Phone: 212-975-4321
    Fax: 212-975-1893
    Email forms for all CBS news programs
    CBS Evening News: [email protected]
    The Early Show: [email protected]
    60 Minutes II: [email protected]
    48 Hours: [email protected]
    Face The Nation: [email protected]

    CNBC
    900 Sylvan Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
    Phone: (201) 735-2622
    Fax: (201) 583-5453
    Email: [email protected]

    CNN
    One CNN Center, Box 105366, Atlanta, GA 30303-5366
    Phone: 404-827-1500
    Fax: 404-827-1784
    Email forms for all CNN news programs

    Fox News Channel
    1211 Ave. of the Americas, New York, NY 10036
    Phone: (212) 301-3000
    Fax: (212) 301-4229
    [email protected]
    List of Email addresses for all Fox News Channel programs
    Special Report with Bret Baier: [email protected]
    FOX Report with Shepard Smith: [email protected]
    The O’Reilly Factor: [email protected]
    Hannity: [email protected],
    On the Record with Greta: [email protected]
    Glenn Beck: [email protected]

    MSNBC/NBC
    30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112
    Phone: (212) 664-4444
    Fax: (212) 664-4426
    List of Email addresses for all MSNBC/NBC news programs
    Dateline NBC: [email protected]
    Hardball with Chris Matthews: [email protected]
    MSNBC Reports with Joe Scarborough: [email protected]
    NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams: [email protected]
    NBC News Today: [email protected]

    PBS
    2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington VA 22202
    Phone: 703-739-5000
    Fax: 703-739-5777
    The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer: [email protected]

    National Radio Programs
    National Public Radio
    635 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001-3753
    Phone: 202-513-2000
    Fax: 202-513-3329
    E-mail: Alicia Shephard, Ombudsman [email protected]
    List of Email addresses for all NPR news programs


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