Skip to comments.A VIEW FROM WISCONSIN
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.
I see, so after 56 posts, a “savvy insider” doesn’t have the slightest evidence to back up his BS. Tea Party won the day, apparently FR has hand wringing sissies worried about.....errrrrr......riots.
That’s why I think that letting these goons do their thing is the proper response. Build up as much public disgust at Obama and his goons as possible. I’d advise all counter-protesters to evacuate the area. Soon enough, these angry goons will start turning on the people they are supposedly there to assist.
Lock them all up and make them clean the streets for a full year.
The out of staters need to be fined on the high end so sorros can pay.
Decertify all unions involved.
Filthy dam hippie offspring no doubt.
Has anybody heard from the legislators? It sounds like they may be pretty well trapped there. Do they need anything brought in or security escorts for staff in/out?
What is your problem? Do you know something that Sykes doesn't? Do you live in Wisconsin?
Every Capitol has means to get officials in and out. The State Police is in charge of that responsibility.
@robertcostaNRO: The anti-Walker forces gather in the capitol. Its loud. Really loud. Lots of drumming, chants http://yfrog.com/gzm65rj
The rally is over, the union goons scratched butt. A few hundred bussed in union goons had their ass handed to them on a plate. What the hell are you talking about?
It’s loud because the Tea Party is leaving now......the union thugs can now get back in front of the camera.....
Where you there? I trust Charlie Syke’s source more than I trust you.
Is the musician's union there too?
Fair enough. So what is happening after 10,000 patriots just left......please fill us in, with Mr. Syke's source....
There is only one way to beat communist union thugs.
You terrorize them.
Reagan beat the soviets by terrorizing them then bankrupting them. If that wasn’t a teachable moment, I don’t know what is.
Time to bring in Dog the bounty hunter to hunt down those lawmakers and settle this mess.
Quite frankly a cell phone video camera is a recording device. With that you can record yourself getting a Union beat down and receive a congratulatory yawn from law enforcement and the media.
A lotta good it did outside a voting location in Philadelphia, Nov '08.
Expect to see columns in the MSM decrying this.
The same MSM that pushed the DNC’s civilty theme.
Walker for President? I don’t know his stance on other issues, so I can’t definitively endorse him personally yet, but what do you think Freepers is it too early?? Did God give us a ‘hero’ just in time..?!..?