Tuesday 1.27.15

Un-rewriting Wisconsin history.

For those of you who don’t know, there were protests in the State of Wisconsin in 2011. Large protests. Large, peaceful protests.

Newly elected Governor, Scott Walker had proposed the “Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill” or, Act 10. This did not go over very well with thousands and thousands of Wisconsin residents. It also attracted quite a bit of national attention. If this would pass (which it finally did) it could open the doors to similar legislation in other states.

I was there. I took pictures to prove it. I was there on several occasions both inside and outside of the Capitol.

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Over this past weekend, Scott walker, who is on the verge of running for President in 2016, was one of the speakers at the Iowa Freedom Summit. This is a Citizens United event. Citizens United is heavily funded by the Koch Brothers.

The first half of his speech thanked Iowa for supporting Walker during the protests, during the recall and again in his recent re-election. He made references to Iowans who had “crossed the Mississippi” to come and lend a hand, or a donation. I’ve been to Iowa on several occasions and know for a fact that there are bridges… so, crossing that body of water is not as big of a deal as it might have been in like 1815.

He also thanked them for the many prayers during the “dark times” of the protests. He went on to talk about the personal injustice that he and his family had to endure at that time. He mentioned the protesters. He mentioned how “THOUSANDS” of protesters stood outside his home in Wauwatosa. He described how someone had sent a message suggesting that unknown ne’er-do-wells would gut his wife, Tonette, like a deer. There was also a reference to another message to Tonette that her husband would become the first assassinated Wisconsin Governor. (I actually think the message must have read “your husband is an ASS as Wisconsin’s Governor”… but I could be wrong.)

And there were not really any more references other than some stuff on social media and someone calling someone out while shopping. It was a Dark Time. It is also possible that these two major references were actually one person. One… in the thousands and thousands of people who were protesting in a peaceful manner.

Like I said, I was there. There were shit tons of people (shit tons in this case equals thousands). It was sometimes very hard to get from one place to another due to all of the people. Besides the chanting and the drumming you could also hear very distinct phrases like, “Pardon me” or, “Excuse Me” or, “Could I help you with that?” You might even find that people would give up a seat for someone or allow someone to get into a better viewing position or some pizza restaurant would give away free food. It was a dark horrible nightmare for sure.

We had to tough it out in adverse weather…

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People were angry and they definitely showed it. Just look at the sadness and anger…

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Unfortunately for a lot of people outside of Wisconsin, the tale of how Scott Walker had to overcome adversity early in his term as Governor will only be known by the tale he tells. Fact check that shit. Yes, he got his way. Time will tell if it actually worked out. For now, the best you can get is a few favor-ability ratings from a few polls. Life was not total hell for this Real American. You need to know that.

So, to sum it up: Walker wanted to pass some legislation that would change things for a lot of people. A lot of people did not like that idea so, they protested. Walker won and just as peacefully as they had protested, the protesters went home.

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