(If this is who Reince Priebus gets elected I’m a happy camper. – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)
I’m not sure if you’ve been following the mass demonstrations in Madison, WI in reaction to Governor Walker’s move to end collective bargaining of benefits for public employee unions. He’s been getting death threats and the teachers are staging a massive “sick out” so they can storm the capital.
Jay Nordlinger at NRO has been posting regular updates and commentary. This is his latest.
As I look at the union members swarm the Wisconsin capital, I have a familiar thought: A great advantage of the Left is that they are organized and determined – and have a lot of time. Paid time. The taxpayer is funding these “days of protest,” engaged in by the public-school teachers. They are using their “sick” leave, provided by the taxpayer, to go rallying.
And what are the other citizens of Wisconsin – the majority – doing? What they always do. Going about their business, or businesses; providing for their families. As we speak, some are having to stay home with their school-aged children, who have been locked out of their classrooms by their teachers – their “teachers.“
I am reminded of why I was so amazed at, and admiring of, the Tea Party. Right-leaning types almost never get together and rally, in my experience. But the Tea Party was something special, something new. Here was a genuine democratic movement. Its participants were not like the hordes of purple-shirted unionists, holding their prefab signs, shouting their prepared slogans. They were just folks, with their own, individual clothing, and their own, homemade signs. The Tea Party movement itself was homemade.
Let me close with a quotation from a column I cited earlier today: the one by Patrick McIlheran, in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He said that union leaders “must figure that if they bring 13,000 shouting people to Madison, they can overrule the election.” And I love what he said next: “Any worried legislators should keep in mind that Walker drew about five times that many votes in Dane County alone in November.”