In the face of Rick Snyder’s “financial Martial law” take over in Michigan, wherein he has given himself the right to turn cities over to corporations while cutting education funding, taking away union rights, and taxing seniors’ pensions all while giving big corporations the tax gift of a lifetime, Michael Moore is leading the charge to fight Snyder with a “Stand Up For Michigan” rally today.
Moore offered free buses to protesters from all over the state, saying, “I’m asking everyone who can to take Wednesday off and head to the State Capitol in Lansing to protest the cruel and downright frightening legislation currently being jammed down our throats … Governor Snyder, once elected, yanked off his nice-guy mask to reveal that he is in fact a multi-millionaire hell-bent on destroying our state and turning it over to his buddies from Wall Street … Trust me, you will rue the day you sat home and did nothing while thieves posing as politicians stole your Great Lakes State from you.”
Watch the Live Stream of the Michigan Protests Here:
Yesterday, as protesters swarmed the Rotunda in the Lansing Capitol, they were told that police would eject them or arrest them if they remained after 5:30. An irony for Republicans is that according to Michigan Messenger,
“…in last year’s budget, Republican lawmakers voted to close the Capitol police post, which has left the state with only two Michigan State Police troopers and the Sergent at Arms staff. It is likely state police will have to muster road patrol staff to help eject protesters.”
By 6 PM most of the protesters had left, being urged to go peacefully by protest leaders who stressed that the very police guarding the Capitol at Governor Snyder’s orders were also union members who stood with them in solidarity. A few stragglers appeared to be intent on staging a sit-in, as they took to the floor to sing, “Solidarity Forever” but eventually they were cajoled into leaving of their own accord and coming back today for the larger rally.
While Republican governors across the country attempt to label their union busting a budget issue, last week Wisconsin State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald proudly admitted to Fox News that the union busting bill in Wisconsin was aimed right at the heart of President Obama’s 2012 run, “If we win this battle and the money is not there under the auspices of the unions,” he said, “Obama is going to have a much … more difficult time getting elected and winning the state of Wisconsin.”
I doubt the Republicans imagined the reaction to their union busting would be quite this large, or capture the hearts and minds of independents the country wide, with polls showiing that the majority of Americans do not want collective bargaining rights revoked.
Snyder may think he’s won, having jammed his bill through yesterday, but he’s in for a bumpy ride with protesters demanding his recall already, and now Michael Moore leading the charge to the people’s house. Michiganders won’t go down quietly and they won’t stay down for long.