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A VIEW FROM WISCONSIN
620WTMJ.com ^ | 2/19/11 | Charlie Sykes

Posted on 02/19/2011 12:50:21 PM PST by rhema

A savvy insider writes:

An out of state colleague asked me what it was like here. I thought maybe some of my other friends would like to know, too.

It is wild.

My personal feelings have been of incredulity and anger that our political process has been stopped by a mob. It is absolutely shocking.

For those of you curious about other viewpoints from the regular press reports, I recommend the MacIver Institute's website, and Media Trackers. org. and WisconsinEye. Also don't miss the coverage by Wisconsin Reporter.com Their tweets have been the best coverage of the events. Eyewitness history. #wisconsinreport

The tea party plans to rally in support of Governor Walker. I don't know what kind of numbers they can amass, but frankly, I doubt they can come close to busloads of union thugs being shipped in from all over the country. Last night one Senator told me they had been told to clear the Capitol because the new groups coming in overnight are filled with with people "who aren't afraid to be arrested" and the Administration could not guarantee the safety of the legislators and their staffs. In our Capitol.

On Thursday, legislators were advised to return to their offices and lock their doors. Mobs roamed the halls, banging on the glass of the doors, pounding on the walls. No one could move in the halls or enter or leave the building. The glass of the Supreme Court's entrance was broken. Legislators were genuinely afraid. Our elected representatives were afraid. In our Capitol.

A young female reporter trying to get into the Senate chamber struggled to get through the crowd. She arrived disheveled and upset because she had been roughed up as she tried to get through "Bitch-slapped" the mob told her. A senior senator was spat on. A senator and his female staffer struggled to get into the capitol. He was worried about his staffer because the crowd was grabbing at her and pushing her. University Police were two arms lengths away and did nothing. They, of course, are union.

Everyone has heard the story of the Democrats fleeing the state (Our slogan: Wisconsin; Illinois is beneath us). Everywhere are signs comparing Walker to Hosni Mubarak. What is their end game? Overturning an election and seizing our government?

Protesters spent the night on the floor of the Capitol. A friend of mine said the entire place smelled when she walked in on Friday morning. There was garbage everywhere. This is one of the most beautiful Capitol buildings in the country. The mob had no respect for the place, for what happens there, or for the citizens whose freedoms it represents.

On the other hand, one of the freshmen (Republican) members of the assembly tells me that the leggies are united and have bonded in a way that would never have been possible in other circumstances. On Thursday night, behind locked doors she said, they wept, held hands, and prayed, vowing unity. Another Senator says she thinks the tide has turned. Another (Repub) answered in response to my question; "This is kinda fun!"

The Governor stands firm. I understand that there are strategies in place for next steps which will shake up the stalemate....I have known him for at least 15 years, but he is different now. He is a man who has met his time and his place, and he seems to know it.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; Front Page News; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: articleivsection4; dsj; leftwingnuts; mobs; teachers; vandalism; walker; wisconsin; wisconsinshowdown
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101 posted on 02/19/2011 3:39:21 PM PST by CharlesMartelsGhost
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To: My Favorite Headache

screw the commies. we need to defend what is right. pipe Rush in through the sound system, that’ll drive the moochers nuts


102 posted on 02/19/2011 3:43:50 PM PST by InvisibleChurch ( Stop the worm holocaust : End Fishing.)
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To: rhema
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103 posted on 02/19/2011 3:45:15 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: rhema

That was a nice piece of writing. Thanks for posting it.

All they have to do is hang tough. They are standing resolute. They are in my prayers.


104 posted on 02/19/2011 3:51:48 PM PST by ratsreek
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To: All

Why couldn’t this have been our first black President?
http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/AllenWest-Wisconsin-president/2011/02/18/id/386650?s=al&promo_code=BB57-1

Disgusted Allen West to Dems: Grow Up!


106 posted on 02/19/2011 3:53:40 PM PST by glassylassie
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To: rhema
I was lucky enough to accompany the speakers at the rally. The trooper escort through the Capitol was full of apprehension, but as soon as we came out and saw the many, many supporters it was exhilarating! Great support for the Governor and the Assembly. It made me proud to see so many people willing to come to Madison and confront the Union thugs! And as usual, I made some new conservative friends...a truly great day!
107 posted on 02/19/2011 3:54:01 PM PST by madinmadtown
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To: timestax

bttt


108 posted on 02/19/2011 3:55:07 PM PST by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: madinmadtown

Yes! Go Tea Party Go Governor!


109 posted on 02/19/2011 3:58:59 PM PST by Boardwalk
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To: ronnie raygun

How about immediately and permanently closing down the government schools and placing the buildings and land for sale? Then, give every child a voucher for 1/3 the amount that would have been spent on them in their government school.

Let common citizens open dame schools or one room schools in the homes of neighbors. Let churches open schools. Let the vouchers be used there.

The proceeds from the sale of the government school land and buildings could fund the pensions of those teachers who have already retired or who have enough time in the system to have earned a retirement.

How long would that take? Hm? In a few days all K-12 education in the state could be privatized.


110 posted on 02/19/2011 4:02:24 PM PST by wintertime
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To: ronnie raygun

How about immediately and permanently closing down the government schools and placing the buildings and land for sale? Then, give every child a voucher for 1/3 the amount that would have been spent on them in their government school.

Let common citizens open dame schools or one room schools in the homes of neighbors. Let churches open schools. Let the vouchers be used there.

The proceeds from the sale of the government school land and buildings could fund the pensions of those teachers who have already retired or who have enough time in the system to have earned a retirement.

How long would that take? Hm? In a few days all K-12 education in the state could be privatized.


111 posted on 02/19/2011 4:06:09 PM PST by wintertime
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To: wintertime; SE Mom; All

Someone carrying a threatening ‘Walker, wanted’ sign:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hinea-NC794&feature=player_embedded

May want to capture this for the ‘record books’ (I don’t know how).


112 posted on 02/19/2011 4:07:29 PM PST by HollyB
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To: LucyT; All

I’ve yet to see any poll out of Wisconsin on what the voters there think about this mob. It’s been 5 days now, and nothing in terms of public polling?

Hmm ... I think I know why.


113 posted on 02/19/2011 4:20:25 PM PST by Carling (Obama: Inexperienced and incompetent, yet ego maniacal. God help us all.)
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To: jessduntno

.....and the garbage left on the floor under the rotunda. I sort of doubt the teachers did that. That’s the Superdome syndrome one might find committed by Jesse Jackson’s gang. Feral savages.


114 posted on 02/19/2011 4:28:33 PM PST by ratsreek
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To: My Favorite Headache

I’ve said all along the TP should stay home and send email and voice mail messages of support to the governor and the pub legislators. The rats look real bad for doing this. Sometimes it’s better to let your opponent shoot himself in the foot rather than give the appearance of being a provocateur.

I think the TP rally is a knee-jerk response. It also runs the risk of weakening our position if there’s a poor turnout. This was a dumb idea, imo.

When your opponent is losing, stay out of his way.


115 posted on 02/19/2011 4:34:07 PM PST by ratsreek
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To: jessduntno

I really respect and admire Glenn Beck but we must fight this mob and this assault on Liberty.


116 posted on 02/19/2011 4:34:16 PM PST by Shady (Our quest is to rebuild the United States of America as it was founded by the Founders!)
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To: R0CK3T

That senator should have taken note of the officer’s name and filed a complaint immediately.


117 posted on 02/19/2011 4:36:15 PM PST by ratsreek
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To: HollyB

Bumping to try later cuz the first download didn’t work!


118 posted on 02/19/2011 4:37:50 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Where do YOU stand in your relationship with God???)
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To: unixfox

Not only that, but it gives the media and the opposition to claim that the pub legislators and the governor are just appeasing their base instead of acting in the best interests of the people of WI.

A little 3 hour rally provides a lot more potential for creating trouble for our side than it helps the legislators or the governor.


119 posted on 02/19/2011 4:41:03 PM PST by ratsreek
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To: rhema

Looks to me like this mob was boozed up a bit


120 posted on 02/19/2011 4:42:22 PM PST by dennisw (- - - -He who does not economize will have to agonize - - - - - Confucius)
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