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Unity vs. Divide and Conquer

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.”

Oh, The Morality?

I ran across this from an article on yesterdays “” site:

A woman was kicked off an American Airlines flight Wednesday for wearing a shirt with the slogan “If I wanted the government in my womb, I’d fuck a senator.”

You wouldn’t believe some of the comments I’ve seen and heard, particularly from some of our “friends” on the right, about that shirt.  They are so offended by it, so enraged.

You would have thought [that] this lady had done something horribly wrong, instead of “exercising her 1st amendment rights to free speech.”  (I only say that because that’s where the “con’s” retreat [to] whenever they do or say something radical or over the top.)

Oh the morality, oh the morality.

Okay, I’ll admit that the T-shirt is over the top (no pun intended) and profane. But, how is this so offensive and trans-vaginal ultrasounds, are not?

Unnecessary forced ultrasounds that are an unnecessary financial burden to both women and insurers. Unnecessary forced ultrasounds that serve only to interfere with a legal right, a constitutional right, affirmed by the Supreme Court, that should guarantee a woman’s freedom to choose her reproductive destiny.

How is this so offensive and a group of men sitting, in forum, discussing women’s reproductive freedoms and rights, with no dissenting women allowed, is not?

The effects, upon viewing the T-shirt could be troubling to some, parents of young children, people of generations not accustom to such public displays, but the effects of this assault on women’s rights is more than troubling, it’s “outright outrageous.”

So, don’t let your “righteous rage” stop at the shirt. In fact, if that rage was directed properly, then the shirt would be as unnecessary as the ultrasounds.