Who Hijacked Our Country

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

On, Wisconsin!

When these pro-middle class demonstrations started in Madison WI last week, who would’ve guessed they’d have even more momentum a week later? For a country with such a microscopic attention span, this is phenomenal.

Try as they might, the Kochtopus and its useful idiots haven’t been able to brainwash the public. At least not yet. According to the newest Gallup/USA Today poll, 61% of Americans oppose the idea of wiping out the collective bargaining rights of state employees.

Wisconsin’s Governor Mubarak Walker hasn’t budged, but two other Republican governors have backed off from their own plans to squelch unions: Florida Governor Rick Scott and Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana.

These protests have made Madison look like it’s the 1960s and the Vietnam War is still raging. And to help bring together the ‘60s and the present, members of Rage Against The Machine and the MC5 performed a free concert. Country Joe, where are you?

And now, equal time for the Oligarchy:

Koch Industries / Tim Phillips / Americans For Prosperity have unleashed a new commercial to get the inbreds all fired up. The video is no longer available at the linked article. Darn it.

And you’ll love the latest shitspew from Rick Santorum:

“They are acting like their drug is being taken away from them…What these folks are in Washington is no better than a drug dealer. They give you a subtle narcotic to make you feel better as you do worse.”

Gee, I wonder why he got defeated four years ago.

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Blogger MRMacrum said...

Same Santorum, different day.

Personally I hope the madness in Madison continues to grow, striking fear and loathing into the hearts of local Republicans throughout the land. It is way past time for the apathetic to find their politics and bring them to the street. On both sides.

Some people would say I advocate civil unrest. What I would say is, it is about time. America needs to purge itself of its hate and discontent.

February 23, 2011 at 5:07 AM  
Blogger Demeur said...

Time to roll out Woody Guthrie and the labor movement songs of the 30s? I just can't see grunge or hip hop versions making it big time.

February 23, 2011 at 6:02 AM  
Anonymous Thomas said...

Makes me proud to be from Wisconsin, even though I moved away twenty years ago.

Looking at this, I'm proud to work in an industry that is so universally union-dominated and that I'm a dues-paying member.

February 23, 2011 at 8:32 AM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

So, Rick "Man on Dog" Santorum has a new analogy. After coming up with it his head probably hurt the rest of the day.

It is encouraging that this protest has legs, and that the media aren't writing it off as a three-day story and done.

Thom Hartmann has been playing a recording of a reporter (or blogger?) who called Walker up pretending to be one of the Koch Bros. It's a hoot. From start to finish it makes clear what how ideologically bent Walker is. It also sounds exactly like a junior executive on the phone with the CEO of his company.

February 23, 2011 at 2:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Civil Unrest? That's what the Tea Party said they were going to do a year ago. Lets give them some of their own (Propsed) medicine


February 23, 2011 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

Hey, the Decemberists would be an awesome protest band.

I'm really, really hoping Walker and his ilk have opened up a Pandora's Box of rowdy, fired up regular folks.

February 23, 2011 at 5:32 PM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

Good old Rapture Rick. I've missed him.

I wonder if he ever figured out which state he actually lives in?

February 23, 2011 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

MRM: "America needs to purge itself of its hate and discontent." Excellent point. There's been all this venom building up and festering for decades. It needs to be expressed and vented. Strike fear into the hearts of our wannabe overlords.

Demeur: I like that combination of old and new. I'd like to see more of these match-ups. Current rock/rap/metal, '60s groups, '30s protest songs -- this one issue is igniting the whole country.

Thomas: I like Wisconsin a lot, the little I've seen of it (Route 2 going across the northern part of the state).

SW: I'm also glad this protest has "legs." Every time I go to a news site, I'm expecting to see either nothing else about it, or "Democrats concede in Wisconsin."

Excellent description of how Walker sounded when he was talking to his boss.

Erik: I love seeing the teabaggers getting their own medicine.

J: I too hope Walker and his union-busting thugs have opened up Pandora's Box.

JR: I hope Rapture Rick actually runs for president in 2012. It would guarantee another 4 years of a Democratic president.

February 23, 2011 at 6:30 PM  

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