Chutzpah, Gall, Nerve, Audacity
Well it’s for sure that Gov. Scott Walker, of Wisconsin, doesn’t suffer from a lack of any of these. It takes “chutzpah” to announce that you’re going to destroy peoples lives and then do it.
This is from an article in the Huffington Post, written by Todd Richmond:
“MADISON, Wis. — Newly released documentary film footage shows embattled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker shortly after his election describing a “divide and conquer” strategy for taking on unions by first going after public employees’ collective bargaining rights.
Walker, who faces a recall election in three days largely because of anger over the collective bargaining law, made the documentary remarks in January 2011 in response to a question from Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks, who subsequently gave his campaign $510,000 – more than any other person. She asked Walker if he could make Wisconsin a “completely red state, and work on these unions, and become a right-to-work” state.”
His actions should come as no surprise to anyone, in fact, Walker co-sponsored right-to-work legislation in 1993 as a freshman in the state Assembly.
When he ran for governor his campaign promised “jobs, jobs, jobs.” Yet when elected he, and other 1st term republican governors had the “gall” to launch an all-out assault on labor unions, state jobs and social programs. Finding out about his divide and conquer strategy does not surprise me, his “nerve” in talking about it, well, that’s borderline amazing.
The “audacity” of his retaining Ciara Matthews, as spokesperson, is a significant tell, as well.
“Her claim to fame, thus far, is being the spokeswoman for Sharron Angle, the Nevadan Tea Party candidate” “Matthews has been caught [out] telling lies, standing up with racist and hypocritical candidates, and hates people who challenges her version of reality.”
This election on, June 5th, could be the most important of this election cycle, thus far. Perhaps even more so than the Ohio election when Senate Bill 5 was voted on, in November, 2011. Ohio Senate bill 5 (or Issue 2 as it was displayed on the ballot) was the “Collective Bargaining Limit Repeal” referendum that restored bargaining rights to Ohio public employees.
That was significant because that vote was the first major push back against what has become an all out assault on Unions nationwide by people like the Koch brothers, and groups like ALEC. We’ve seen this assault broadened to attack voting rights, women’s rights, LGBT rights, all these being civil rights. They’ve gone after the elderly (Social Security/Medicare), the poor (Human Services/Medicare), the young (Public Education, SCHIP). They’ve gone after immigrant and minority interests. Their tactics are sinister, but obvious. By limiting public access to public assets, by not expanding the “social pie,” their intent is to set these areas of interest against one another, thus divide and conquer.
Tuesday, June 5, is the date where all those under attack must realize that, while they have different concerns, they have a common opponent.
Tuesday, June 5, is Wisconsin’s War. Defeating Scott Walker will send a message, to the neocons, that Ohio was not a fluke. That this is the peoples state, the peoples country, the peoples government. That the will of the people is not to be ignored.
Rev. Martin Luther King once said: “In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, as ‘right-to-work.’ It provides no ‘rights’ and no ‘works.’ Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining… We demand this fraud be stopped.”
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