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In Wisconsin, union goons and paid protesters from Obama-backed groups such as Organizing for America have been periodically wreaking havoc over the past year and a half. They subscribe wholeheartedly to the subjective radical left-wing conception of democracy.
They don’t care that Americans were disgusted last year by the absconding Wisconsin state senators (Democrats) who fled in order to deprive the duly elected Republican majority of the quorum needed for passing legislation. The backlash against this anti-democratic stunt and against the government unions’ lavish compensation packages continues to build. Wisconsinites want their elected officials to balance the books, but the spendthrift unions won’t allow that to happen.
And so leading up to today’s vote, which is the second-most important election in America this year, the labor movement has been drowning Wisconsin in an ocean of out-of-state money aimed at getting Republican Scott Walker replaced by Tom Barrett. Barrett, now the Democratic mayor of Milwaukee, is a longtime ally of government unions and radical groups like ACORN.
In a repudiation of the previous (Democratic) administration’s spendthrift ways, Walker was elected governor in 2010 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.
Last year Gov. Walker enforced his electoral mandate after asking state lawmakers to vote on his proposals, which included curbing the power of government employee unions and making their members contribute a little more to their health plans.
In the end Walker got most of what he wanted even though Democratic lawmakers went into hiding and union militants tried to shut down the state capitol and prevent the legislature from conducting business. These are tactics one might expect to see from the Italian squadristi or German Sturmabteilung, both of which used physical coercion and intimidation to halt the democratic process.
In the weeks leading up to the recall vote today, Democrats and their thug allies have been trying to get in the faces of their opponents, including Gov. Walker himself.
As Commentary reports, “Walker revealed that his family has been subjected to various forms of intimidation tactics during the past year with his children and elderly parents being harassed at a supermarket. His children were also targeted on Facebook.”
It is all so nasty and unnecessary.
In a rare moment of candor Time magazine’s Joe Klein, usually a reliable member of the leftist echo chamber, pointed an accusing finger at his own side last year during the legislative showdown over Walker’s reforms:
Revolutions are everywhere–in the Middle East, in the middle west. But there is a difference: in the Middle East, the protesters are marching for democracy; in the Midwest, they’re protesting against it. I mean, isn’t it, well, a bit ironic that the protesters in Madison, blocking the state senate chamber, are chanting “Freedom, Democracy, Union” while trying to prevent a vote? Isn’t it ironic that the Democratic Senators have fled the democratic process? Isn’t it interesting that some of those who–rightly–protest the assorted Republican efforts to stymie majority rule in the U.S. Senate are celebrating the Democratic efforts to stymie the same in the Wisconsin Senate?
But the Left can’t accept the results of the 2010 election in Wisconsin and so voters in America’s Dairyland will head to the polls today for the second time in 19 months.
Will Democrats and their confederates riot in the streets if Walker beats back the recall?
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