Huffington Post is reporting that the Koch henchman ruling the plutocrats’ fief formerly known as the state of Wisconsin has decided to force Democrats to appear for the required quorum to strip the middle class of their rights.
Yes, Scott Walker has decided to send the Wisconsin state police after them. Thursday, they set out to locate and bring back (dead or alive?) one of the fourteen missing Democratic freedom fighters. These Democrats have been hiding out for eight days in order to deprive the Republicans of a quorum, thus preventing a vote from being taken on a Koch-imposed oligarchy on the formerly free people of Wisconsin.
The problem is, there is nothing illegal about what those Democrats are doing. As Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana said, it is part of the political process. In Indiana, you see, Democrats are being forced to take the same extreme action, some of them hiding out in Urbana, Illinois (for now, still free territory). In Indiana, the issue is school vouchers (tax dollars for private schools) and an attack on collective bargaining. But Daniels isn’t a Koch henchman. He’s a moderate Republican and he recognizes that he was elected (as opposed to being on the payroll of the Koch plutocrats):
“The activities of today are perfectly legitimate part of the process,” he said. “Even the smallest minority, and that’s what we’ve heard from in the last couple days, has every right to express the strength of its views and I salute those who did.”
Would Daniels, like Walker, send the Gestapo…er, I mean, the state police, after the missing elected officials? No…
“I’m not sending the state police after anybody. I’m not going to divert a single trooper from their job protecting the Indiana public. I trust that the people’s consciences will bring them back to work. I choose to believe that our friends in the minority, having made their point, will come back and do their duty, the jobs that they are paid to do.”
And it’s not just Mitch Daniels. Ohio Governor John Kasich, a Walker-crony, appeared on Laura Ingraham’s show the other day and declined the opportunity to condemn either the senators’ actions or Daniels’ comments. Instead, he told Ingraham, “If you were there, you might end up walking out the chamber too!”
Of course, as one might expect, the Arizona Senate leadership stands in common cause with Walker and the “State Column” takes the Koch-approved stance:
“Instead of showing civility and discussing reasons for their opposition to the plan, Wisconsin Democrats scurried out of state, to delay a vote in the State Senate.”
Sounds an awful lot like a Nazi complaining a socialist politicians is behaving unfairly for not standing still long enough for him to shoot him.
But liberty and freedom are becoming dim memories in Wisconsin, or at least in Henchman Walker’s cold, dead, bought-and-paid-for heart. The storm troopers, who face the destruction of their own union and must certainly have mixed feelings about their errand of evil, visited multiple homes yesterday hoping to find the missing Democrats.
Makes you think about Nazi Germany when you hear things like this taking place in America. Appear and vote, or else. That’s not very American sounding is it? That sentiment is completely lacking from the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. It’s an especially chilling concept when you are being made to vote against your own interests. It’s one thing for Republicans and Tea Partiers to willingly grease up and bend over for the Koch Plutocrats but should they have the right to force the rest of us to do so as well?
And yet, this is – Wisconsin was – part of the United States until becoming a fief of the Koch Brothers.
But just as the Gestapo didn’t always get their man in Nazi Germany, Henchman Koch’s probably reluctant bully boys didn’t get any of theirs in Wisconsin. As Senate Sergeant at Arms Ted Blazel explained, the hunted men evaded capture.
“Every night we hear about some that are coming back home,” said Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. Yes, capture them while they are kissing their wives and children, or grabbing some much needed toiletry articles. That’s the American way, Scott! Then force them to their seats at gunpoint so you can strip their constituents of their legal rights
But while Indiana’s Democrats are hiding out in their haven of Urbana, Wisconsin Democrats have sought safety in the wider anonymity of Greater Chicago, the largest free city in the free state of Illinois, and one safely and sanely administered by a Democrat. As of now, all The Fourteen are safe and they say they will not return until Henchman Walker is willing to compromise. Of course, Walker already told Fake Koch that he won’t compromise with filthy rebels.
As Democratic freedom fighter and senator Jon Erpenbach said, “It’s not so much the Democrats holding things up, it’s really a matter of Gov. Walker holding things up.”
Meanwhile, Henchman Walker, knowing the Gestapo are on the trail, is watching his loyal underlings work feverishly to impose a Koch Oligarchy on Wisconsin.
The Mouth of Walker, Cullen Werwie, praised the so-called Assembly (employees, really, of the Koch brothers) for being so close to a vote (it’s nice to see how smoothly the totalitarian-hearted can cooperate when the pay check is on time) and called in a cloyingly evil voice for the Democrats to come home.
Whatever happened to governing with the consent of the governed? Don’t I remember reading that somewhere before? Isn’t it Walker’s own Tea Party that spoke up in defense of this concept since 2008? No taxation without representation, Don’t Treat on Me, and all that? Whatever happened with the idea that the authority to govern derives from the people? None of what Henchman Walker is trying to do derives from the people; it derives quite openly from the Koch Brothers. He is their bought-man, their boot-licking toady eager to do their evil will upon the people of Wisconsin.
This is no longer America, folks. As Tracy Fuller, executive board president of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association (WLEA) said, the state troopers would use force to clear the rotunda if ordered to do so by Henchman Walker, but “”It would not look like the United States, if we did that.”
Given Henchman Walker’s unlawful pursuit of honest men, I would argue we’ve already passed that point.
In Indiana, an assistant attorney general even endorsed the use of deadly force against the peaceful demonstrators who have occupied the rotunda for nine straight days. He probably thought it was safe to do so; the Tea Party is rather drunk on its power right now with the Koch Brothers so openly in forefront of the anti-democratic struggle, the weight of their millions an oppressive chain across free necks.
Jeff Cox tweeted about using live ammunition against the peaceful crowd and followed it up with a heart-felt “You’re damned right I advocate deadly force.” He lost his job the same day. Indiana is not Wisconsin. Henchman Walker would probably have pinned a medal on him, but on Wednesday afternoon, the Indiana Attorney General’s office said,
“Civility and courtesy toward all members of the public are very important to the Indiana Attorney General’s Office. We respect individuals’ First Amendment right to express their personal views on private online forums, but as public servants we are held by the public to a higher standard, and we should strive for civility.”
That’s what missing in the Koch fief of Wisconsin: not only civility, but civil rights and the rule of law. What we are left with, when we do away with the consent of the governed, is absolutism.
And that is not what America is about.