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Leftist radicals don’t believe in democracy in the way the term is used in America. If they win, it’s democracy in action, a noble rendering of the wise judgment of the people. If they lose, democracy has been undermined and usually some cabal of corporate villains in a smoke-filled backroom somewhere is to blame for the injustice.
The union goons and paid protesters wreaking havoc in Madison, Wisconsin believe in the radical left-wing un-American conception of democracy.
They’re being cheered on by the Rev. Jesse Jackson who dropped by to outrageously compare the ongoing disruptions to the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. “This is a Martin Luther King moment, this is a Gandhi moment,” he said without chuckling.
They’re also being praised and encouraged by the nation’s foremost leftist guru, professor Noam Chomsky. Chomsky told Democracy Now! recently that he hopes the protests begin to resemble the violent demonstrations in Egypt. “It was heartening to see that there are tens of thousands of people protesting in Madison day after day in fact. I mean that’s the beginning maybe of what we really need here, a democracy uprising. Democracy’s almost been eviscerated.”
It should surprise no one that the Democrat-labor-academia-media complex agrees with Chomsky. That brotherhood has already written the narrative in deficit-riddled Wisconsin, anointing selfless, public-spirited, criminally underpaid educators as the heroes in a David-and-Goliath struggle against a mean, tightfisted Republican governor who is the tool of special interests.
Would that it were true.
In reality, the state’s teachers are well compensated. Teachers there earn an average of $89,000 annually in salary and benefits. The average U.S. private sector employee earns just $61,000.
And Wisconsin is facing an estimated $3.6 billion shortfall by 2013. Unlike the federal government, the state can’t print money, so choices have to be made.
Well, actually, the choices were made – back in November – but in recent days the left has been waging all-out war against the will of Wisconsin voters as democratically expressed at the ballot box.
In a repudiation of the previous administration’s spendthrift ways, Gov. Scott Walker was elected on an extensively publicized, popular austerity platform. To help Walker rescue the state from a sea of red ink, voters made sure Republicans received clear majorities in both chambers of the deep blue state’s legislature.
Gov. Walker has been trying to enforce his electoral mandate and has asked state lawmakers to vote on his proposals, which include curbing the power of public sector unions and making their members contribute a little more to their health plans.
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