The Democrats in a Wisconsin mine field

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The Democrats in a Wisconsin mine field

Our demo­c­ra­tic friends and the media are step­ping on so many land minds these days its hard to count them all, but a few things instantly come to mind:

Boom! We all love school in July

Every day that the Wis­con­sin teach­ers choose to take off is a day that par­ents around the state have to find sit­ters for theirs kids. Par­ents all around the nation relate and under­stand this. One of the things peo­ple are also for­get­ting is that an awful lot of school was missed this year already due to wild weather. Every day the teach­ers take off is a day those kids will be in school in July, again some­thing par­ents nation­wide can relate to

Boom!: Walker itis or take two protests and call me in the morning:

Every time we hear peo­ple talk­ing about bud­get cuts in any state we hear the words “waste and fraud”, “waste and fraud”. Well now on cam­era we have Wis­con­sin doc­tors giv­ing phony sick notes so Teach­ers can col­lect tax­payer money while protest­ing. Again this is some­thing every sin­gle per­son nation­wide can under­stand. Let’s for­get the dis­hon­esty, vio­la­tion of med­ical ethics , the great poten­tial law­suits and lia­bil­ity suits that are going to come from this and the sheer audac­ity of the act and con­sider one other thing. This is a polit­i­cal protest and the doc­tors are giv­ing out notes based not on med­ical neces­sity but on their polit­i­cal beliefs.. The fed­eral gov­ern­ment last year passed over the objec­tions of the vot­ing pub­lic a national health­care law “Oba­macare”. One of the many objec­tions to this law has been the pos­si­bil­ity “polit­i­cal” deci­sions in med­i­cine, well there it is for all to see. I won­der will the same peo­ple who have no prob­lem with the doc­tor notes due to “stress” will be all in favor of giv­ing notes on April 15th (a Fri­day) for Tea Party folk to protest nationwide?

Boom! Walker Rea­gan and Unions:

We have seen an awful lot on the 100th anniver­sary of the Birth of Ronald Rea­gan, a poll just out showed him picked as the great­est pres­i­dent of all time (I dis­agree, but that’s another post). The Rea­gan halog­ra­phy has been all over and one thing that has been reported on a lot was his con­fronta­tion with the Air Traf­fic Con­troller unions. You might remem­ber that the media was uni­formly against him in this (and almost every­thing) but it was a turn­ing point. Now not two weeks after all of this pomp was on TV we have Scott Walker stand­ing his ground against both. If you think that blog­gers and view­ers are not mak­ing the con­nec­tion, you are wrong.

Boom! Hide and seek:

The Wis­con­sin Senate’s ride has con­tin­ued all the way to Chicago (talk about the sym­bol­ism for the White House) and it has led to milk car­tons and jokes. For­get­ting the long-​term dam­age it will do to any agenda they have and the Badger14 blog reports become more arro­gant and their attempts to become sym­pa­thetic for aban­don­ing their jobs are just not wash­ing.

Boom! Remem­ber that Civil­ity thing?

Was it not even two months ago when the key word was civil­ity? That we had to watch what we were say­ing and show respect? Well now that the “tar­get” is a repub­li­can gov­er­nor that is out the win­dow. On Morn­ing Joe today you have Mika twist­ing like a pret­zel say­ing yes some signs are bad both oth­ers make a point. Sud­denly the fierce moral imper­a­tive of civil dis­course that we were drilled with for weeks is not longer such an imper­a­tive. Com­ing so soon after the stern media lec­tures it didn’t give peo­ple a chance to for­get and speak­ing of signs…

Boom! Dic­ta­tor Dic­ta­tor who is a dictator?

One of the things I’ve noticed over the years is that peo­ple who have actu­ally lived under a real dic­ta­tor­ship tend to be more con­ser­v­a­tive. Our friends on the left in Wis­con­sin have been throw­ing the dic­ta­tor card out pretty freely. [cap­tion id=“attachment_24704” align=“alignleft” width=“467” caption=“Phil Hands for the Wis­con­sin state Jour­nal via Dis­rupt the nar­ra­tive”][/​caption] Today on Big Gov­ern­ment we have a fel­low of the left say­ing he would like Cas­tro or Che rather than Walker (the bet­ter to shoot or imprison those who dis­agree with him I guess). It’s reached a point where the tar­get is so big even car­toon­ists of the left are unable to miss it as illus­trated. The car­toon­ist, Hands is a man of the left but the asser­tion that Walker is too much for him. As he put it:

I’m sorry, but Walker is not a despot or a dic­ta­tor. He, and the rest of the repub­li­can clowns serv­ing at the State Cap­i­tal were elected, by a wide mar­gin, by the peo­ple of Wis­con­sin. I find it ironic that the same day that thou­sands of peo­ple skipped work to rail against our “unde­mo­c­ra­tic” leader, fewer than a quar­ter of the reg­is­tered vot­ers in Madi­son both­ered to vote in an actual election.

Per­son­ally I find it insult­ing to see peo­ple who are mak­ing 100k in wages plus ben­e­fits claim­ing to be under a dictator’s thumb when peo­ple liv­ing off of dol­lars a day are actu­ally being shot by real dic­ta­tors at the same time.

All of these have in com­mon the fact that this can be eas­ily under­stood by the gen­eral pub­lic. This is the crit­i­cal dis­tinc­tion. Each of these things put democ­rats in a bad light, are sup­ported by video and can’t be defended eas­ily. On twit­ter It has been a strug­gle for peo­ple of the left who reflex­ively sup­port these guys to do so. The hems and the haws have been very informative.

While some mem­bers of the GOP are get­ting wob­billy, I say man up. The rea­son why the left and the unions are scream­ing so loud is because they are los­ing both the argu­ment and the visu­als: as Pow­er­line puts it:

I agree with Roger that this is a water­shed moment. I think it is George Will who sup­plies the appro­pri­ate term for what we are see­ing: “reac­tionary lib­er­al­ism.” The petu­lant pub­lic employee unions and their asso­ci­ated goons swarm­ing the Wis­con­sin capi­tol remind me of noth­ing so much as George Wal­lace block­ing the school­house door against inte­gra­tion, or the scenes, played out on national tele­vi­sion in the early 1960s, of Demo­c­ra­tic politi­cians whip­ping up mobs and set­ting dogs on civil rights marchers in the South. It was a clear sign the old order, also ded­i­cated to pre­serv­ing ille­git­i­mate priv­i­lege, was collapsing.

These protests aren’t a sign of strength, they are signs of weak­ness as the union bosses can’t qui­etly slip in the good­ies they want. Or as even EJ Dionne acknowl­edges (and deplores) the Tea Party is win­ning.

I repeat the words of Sheri­dan: Ride Right through them, they’re demor­al­ized as hell.

Update: I’m live at 5 for the first time! I’ll not let my new found fame change me.

Our democratic friends and the media are stepping on so many land minds these days its hard to count them all, but a few things instantly come to mind:

Boom! We all love school in July

Every day that the Wisconsin teachers choose to take off is a day that parents around the state have to find sitters for theirs kids. Parents all around the nation relate and understand this. One of the things people are also forgetting is that an awful lot of school was missed this year already due to wild weather. Every day the teachers take off is a day those kids will be in school in July, again something parents nationwide can relate to

Boom!: Walker itis or take two protests and call me in the morning:

Every time we hear people talking about budget cuts in any state we hear the words “waste and fraud”, “waste and fraud”. Well now on camera we have Wisconsin doctors giving phony sick notes so Teachers can collect taxpayer money while protesting. Again this is something every single person nationwide can understand. Let’s forget the dishonesty, violation of medical ethics , the great potential lawsuits and liability suits that are going to come from this and the sheer audacity of the act and consider one other thing. This is a political protest and the doctors are giving out notes based not on medical necessity but on their political beliefs.. The federal government last year passed over the objections of the voting public a national healthcare law “Obamacare”. One of the many objections to this law has been the possibility “political” decisions in medicine, well there it is for all to see. I wonder will the same people who have no problem with the doctor notes due to “stress” will be all in favor of giving notes on April 15th (a Friday) for Tea Party folk to protest nationwide?

Boom! Walker Reagan and Unions:

We have seen an awful lot on the 100th anniversary of the Birth of Ronald Reagan, a poll just out showed him picked as the greatest president of all time (I disagree, but that’s another post). The Reagan halography has been all over and one thing that has been reported on a lot was his confrontation with the Air Traffic Controller unions. You might remember that the media was uniformly against him in this (and almost everything) but it was a turning point. Now not two weeks after all of this pomp was on TV we have Scott Walker standing his ground against both. If you think that bloggers and viewers are not making the connection, you are wrong.

Boom! Hide and seek:

The Wisconsin Senate’s ride has continued all the way to Chicago (talk about the symbolism for the White House) and it has led to milk cartons and jokes. Forgetting the long-term damage it will do to any agenda they have and the Badger14 blog reports become more arrogant and their attempts to become sympathetic for abandoning their jobs are just not washing.

Boom! Remember that Civility thing?

Was it not even two months ago when the key word was civility? That we had to watch what we were saying and show respect? Well now that the “target” is a republican governor that is out the window. On Morning Joe today you have Mika twisting like a pretzel saying yes some signs are bad both others make a point. Suddenly the fierce moral imperative of civil discourse that we were drilled with for weeks is not longer such an imperative. Coming so soon after the stern media lectures it didn’t give people a chance to forget and speaking of signs…

Boom! Dictator Dictator who is a dictator?

One of the things I’ve noticed over the years is that people who have actually lived under a real dictatorship tend to be more conservative. Our friends on the left in Wisconsin have been throwing the dictator card out pretty freely.

Phil Hands for the Wisconsin state Journal via Disrupt the narrative
Today on Big Government we have a fellow of the left saying he would like Castro or Che rather than Walker (the better to shoot or imprison those who disagree with him I guess). It’s reached a point where the target is so big even cartoonists of the left are unable to miss it as illustrated. The cartoonist, Hands is a man of the left but the assertion that Walker is too much for him. As he put it:

I’m sorry, but Walker is not a despot or a dictator. He, and the rest of the republican clowns serving at the State Capital were elected, by a wide margin, by the people of Wisconsin. I find it ironic that the same day that thousands of people skipped work to rail against our “undemocratic” leader, fewer than a quarter of the registered voters in Madison bothered to vote in an actual election.

Personally I find it insulting to see people who are making 100k in wages plus benefits claiming to be under a dictator’s thumb when people living off of dollars a day are actually being shot by real dictators at the same time.

All of these have in common the fact that this can be easily understood by the general public. This is the critical distinction. Each of these things put democrats in a bad light, are supported by video and can’t be defended easily. On twitter It has been a struggle for people of the left who reflexively support these guys to do so. The hems and the haws have been very informative.

While some members of the GOP are getting wobbilly, I say man up. The reason why the left and the unions are screaming so loud is because they are losing both the argument and the visuals: as Powerline puts it:

I agree with Roger that this is a watershed moment. I think it is George Will who supplies the appropriate term for what we are seeing: “reactionary liberalism.” The petulant public employee unions and their associated goons swarming the Wisconsin capitol remind me of nothing so much as George Wallace blocking the schoolhouse door against integration, or the scenes, played out on national television in the early 1960s, of Democratic politicians whipping up mobs and setting dogs on civil rights marchers in the South. It was a clear sign the old order, also dedicated to preserving illegitimate privilege, was collapsing.

These protests aren’t a sign of strength, they are signs of weakness as the union bosses can’t quietly slip in the goodies they want. Or as even EJ Dionne acknowledges (and deplores) the Tea Party is winning.

I repeat the words of Sheridan: Ride Right through them, they’re demoralized as hell.

Update: I’m live at 5 for the first time! I’ll not let my new found fame change me.