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(Wisconsin) Sen. Ron Johnson denounces 'mob rule'
Washington Post ^ | 3-11-11 | Jennifer Rubin

Posted on 03/11/2011 4:00:19 PM PST by SJackson

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), a former businessman and now a freshman senator, held a conference call Thursday afternoon with a small group of bloggers. For a freshman, he's entirely fluid on the issues and easily navigates between specifics and larger themes.

I asked him about Wisconsin. Why did Gov. Scott Walker take so long to pull out the "fiscal" elements and pass the legislation without a quorum? Johnson first made clear that he and the governor believe this "is not about individual workers . . . but about rebalancing the equation" so that the taxpayers' interests are being protected. As for the long-in-coming resolution, Johnson explained that the governor wanted the collective bargaining provision and the rest of the cost-cutting measures "tied" because they were all part of the effort to close the state's budget deficit. But it became evident the Democrats weren't budging. He said that one Democratic senator even requested an absentee ballot for the spring election. At that point Walker moved forward on the bill.

But Johnson was clearly disturbed by what he characterized as "mob rule and thuggery." He said that Republicans were being accused of being undemocratic, but "what doesn't look democratic is the mob rule." He argued that the "amount of thuggery, the threats of execution" have not been sufficiently covered by the media. He recalled that a radio show host read an anonymous e-mail sent to all the Wisconsin Republican state senators "threatening to put a bullet" through their heads and asserting that the e-mailer knew where the senators and their families were. Johnson said, "That is so out of bounds."

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: capitol; deaththreats; madison; police; republicans; threats2pubs; thugs; wisconsin; wisconsinshowdown
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1 posted on 03/11/2011 4:00:22 PM PST by SJackson
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To: SJackson

That’s why “democracy”, as the Egyptians and their pizza-eating union brothers are calling for, really sucks. America needs to go back to being a REPUBLIC as the Founding Fathers intended. “Mob rule” doesn’t cut it and is the worst form of government there is. Worse than communism, if that’s even possible.


2 posted on 03/11/2011 4:06:06 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Just say NO to union greed!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
America needs to go back to being a REPUBLIC as the Founding Fathers intended.

The Founding Fathers thought ahead in anticipation, thus the 2nd amendment.

3 posted on 03/11/2011 4:13:09 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: SJackson

I wouldn’t put it past some members of the lamestream media to respond to an incident of violence against Republicans (God forbid) by saying “Well they asked for it”.


4 posted on 03/11/2011 4:15:15 PM PST by rockrr ("Remember PATCO!")
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To: EGPWS

Yup!


5 posted on 03/11/2011 4:16:49 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Just say NO to union greed!)
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To: SJackson

The comments section of the article is beyond belief. The WashCompost sure is the newspaper of choice for the loony Left!


6 posted on 03/11/2011 4:21:40 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: SJackson

My favorite comment from the Post article...

“Jesus Christ, a REPUBLICAN denouncing ‘mob rule’? How ridiculous is that? You scumbags used mob rule to get elected ...”

Darn those mobs voting in elections!

“... to get us into Iraq ...”

I seem to remember the street mobs were anti-war, not pro-war.

“... pass the Patriot act ...”

The Democrat caucus in the Senate voted to pass the original Patriot Act by a margin of 48-1. The Democrat caucus in the House voted to pass the Patriot Act by a margin of 145-62. In 2006, none other than Barack Obama voted to renew the Patriot Act.

“... and legalize torture.”

Yes, George Bush and Snidely Whiplash gleefully concocted the legalization of torture over big cigars while twirling their dastardly mustachios and adjusting their monacles, sipping vintage brandy made from the blood of minority babies. (I heard they even cackled maniacally while doing so.)

Sheesh.

Look, this may be A+ quality commentary on campus, but really, is not the vaunted Washinton Post’s readership supposed to consist of actual adults?


7 posted on 03/11/2011 4:32:00 PM PST by Fu-fu2
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To: SJackson

During an interview with conservative talk radio host Charlie Sykes this past Monday, Democrat Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee (and Scott Walker’s former opponent for Governor) said, “You could vote on those without those missing senators. You could vote on those tomorrow morning. You don’t need 20 senators to vote on those changes to the collective bargaining. Again, if someone really wanted to end this standoff, the way you would end it is simply have a separate vote.

Sykes responded with, “Would you favor that?”

“I would certainly favor that”, replied Barrett, who’s top five campaign contributions came from labor unions.

So, great idea and thank you Tom Barrett!


8 posted on 03/11/2011 4:35:06 PM PST by Brown Deer (Pray for 0bama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: SJackson

This is a great article and Ron Johnson is well spoken and looks to be an amazing Senator.

Here is the thing with this Wisconsin stuff. Going after the public employee unions is basically taking a dagger to the heart of the Democratic Party. This law, over time and assuming liberal judges in Wisconsin don’t interfere with it, will seriously weaken the far left.

Labor unions know over time and given this new choice, huge numbers of public employee’s will cease paying union dues. It won’t be long before the unions are cash strapped, and that means the Democratic party loses a huge bulk of it’s funding.

The Democrats are reacting to this law like cornered rats. It is a serious threat to the very future of the Democratic Party. The left will fight this law tooth and nail and they will not stop. It isn’t over in Wisconsin. Unions and their Democratic lackey’s will fight this in courts, in the media, they will run recalls, they will continue to protest, perhaps strike, etc. This is for all the marbles and they know it.

We need to be ready to defend our Wisconsin Republicans because things are going to get even uglier.


9 posted on 03/11/2011 4:37:00 PM PST by Longbow1969
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To: SJackson
He argued that the "amount of thuggery, the threats of execution" have not been sufficiently covered by the media.

SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!
10 posted on 03/11/2011 4:37:28 PM PST by Brown Deer (Pray for 0bama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: SJackson
Why did Gov. Scott Walker take so long to pull out the "fiscal" elements...

Walker gave the dem senators 3 WEEKS, they never came back to debate or vote. I think that was generous of him.

11 posted on 03/11/2011 4:41:40 PM PST by Jean S
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To: SJackson
He recalled that a radio show host read an anonymous e-mail sent to all the Wisconsin Republican state senators "threatening to put a bullet" through their heads and asserting that the e-mailer knew where the senators and their families were.

DOJ Identifies Sender of Threatening E-mails

The Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation and the Wisconsin Capitol Police have investigated numerous threats against elected officials over the last four weeks. Last evening, the DCI identified and located a subject suspected of sending at least two of those threats.

The suspect subsequently admitted to authoring and sending two e-mails threatening to kill the Governor and members of the Senate. DCI Administrator Ed Wall said “The Division of Criminal Investigation takes these kind of threats seriously and will follow through with the investigation and prosecution whenever possible.”

This investigation is still ongoing and no further information will be released pending presentation to the District Attorney in the jurisdiction of the threat origination. The Department of Justice has notified members of the Governor's Office and Senate in regard to the recent developments in this investigation.

Here is the language from those threats.
12 posted on 03/11/2011 4:41:50 PM PST by Brown Deer (Pray for 0bama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: SJackson
I don't think it's fair to slam all mob rule. It depends on the circumstances, of course, because even mob rule can be carried to far, sometimes.
13 posted on 03/11/2011 4:45:43 PM PST by Walts Ice Pick
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To: SJackson
I don't think it's fair to slam all mob rule. It depends on the circumstances, of course, because even mob rule can be carried to far, sometimes.
14 posted on 03/11/2011 4:45:43 PM PST by Walts Ice Pick
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To: SJackson

Progressives are redefining democracy as “the persuasion of power.” If they want to replace the rule of law with the rule of force it will be messy but I think conservatives will have little trouble prevailing. :-)


15 posted on 03/11/2011 4:56:25 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: SJackson
The Washington Post did what appeared to be a fair piece. But liberals are doing everything they can to get Republicans to put Social Security on the table - rather than dumping hundreds of elitist democrat programs first.

This guy wouldn't be the first conservative flattered by the liberal MSM - he should be warned - the liberal MSM does NOT have his best interest at heart - and they probably don't like him. Novice - and a good person - reads to a liberal as 'pawn'...

16 posted on 03/11/2011 4:56:34 PM PST by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php - It's only uncivil when someone on the right does it.- Laz)
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To: Brown Deer

Thanks, Brown Deer! It will be interesting to find out more about this piece of work....


17 posted on 03/11/2011 4:57:34 PM PST by gloryblaze (Don't forget to donate and keep FR going strong!)
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To: SJackson

Wasn’t long ago the liberals were complaining about the lack of civility by conservatives and they turn around and act like this? But not surprising since liberals are hypocrites on all issues, so why would this be any different.


18 posted on 03/11/2011 4:57:34 PM PST by bcr100
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To: Fu-fu2
“... pass the Patriot act ...”

The Democrat caucus in the Senate voted to pass the original Patriot Act by a margin of 48-1. The Democrat caucus in the House voted to pass the Patriot Act by a margin of 145-62. In 2006, none other than Barack Obama voted to renew the Patriot Act.

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Unless I'm mistaken the Patriot Act was written during the Clinton administration by Clintonoids.

19 posted on 03/11/2011 5:01:20 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: Longbow1969
Americans are starting to catch on to the 'us vs. them' attitude of the unions. Libs won't stop until they march over the cliff.

Wisconsin07sm
Wisconsin Statehouse Protest - Feb 19

20 posted on 03/11/2011 5:15:54 PM PST by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: SJackson

Coming from the same side that not only screams with a red face, “DEMOCRACY NOW,” but also has a horrible, meaningless little show by that title on some unwatched television station.

So if he’s against “mob rule” and “pure democracy,” his next enlightenment will be to truly appreciate the constitutional republic and the Constitution that our Founding Fathers structured for us.

Hello? Anyone there? What are those, crickets?


21 posted on 03/11/2011 5:16:20 PM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: SJackson
[ an anonymous e-mail sent to all the Wisconsin Republican state senators "threatening to put a bullet" through their heads ]

At least the democrats know that "FREEDOM is being able to NOT BE FORCED into joining a UNION"..
Democrats HATE THAT...

So they are not TOTALLY STUPID... corrupt, parasitical, and mafia like..

22 posted on 03/11/2011 5:18:09 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: SJackson

Bttt


23 posted on 03/11/2011 5:25:29 PM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: SJackson

The Wisconsin fight is about a structural imbalance in the workforce and private/public ratios, not about anything else.

When 3 of the 4 largest employers in the state’s largest city are unionized government entities with taxing authority, something has to give.

It won’t be easy for the employees of the Milwaukee Public Schools, City of Milwaukee and redundant Milwaukee County government - but overhead on real working and taxpaying companies and families needs to be reduced while some still exist. It’s very near critical mass where the city could more easily become 2010’s Detroit as it could return to 1950’s prominence.


24 posted on 03/11/2011 5:30:01 PM PST by sbMKE
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To: SJackson; rockrr; Fu-fu2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y-h5gfnh-M
25 posted on 03/11/2011 5:40:30 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: EGPWS
America needs to go back to being a REPUBLIC as the Founding Fathers intended. The Founding Fathers thought ahead in anticipation, thus the 2nd amendment.

AND the reason why the LEFT always hates guns and misinterprets the 2nd to only apply to militia in their precious living breathing document called the Constitution.
26 posted on 03/11/2011 5:42:17 PM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: originalbuckeye

It really hurts your brain reading the comment section for the Compost.

It is a gathering place for the most extreme of idiots. Yuk


27 posted on 03/11/2011 6:29:13 PM PST by panthermom
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To: BobP

Is that a woman with the “tea” sign? Or a man?


28 posted on 03/11/2011 6:32:58 PM PST by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: LaineyDee

That is the type of person the late Congressman John G. Schmitz would have referred to as an “arguably female face”.


29 posted on 03/11/2011 6:41:11 PM PST by MSF BU (YR'S Please Support our troops: JOIN THEM!)
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To: SkyPilot; SJackson; Longbow1969

“Hey, dude—I think I dreamt this on acid once.” Didn’t see these people on CBSNBCABC...

Longbow1969@#9—You are correct. This is not about Wisconsin. It is the unions/Democrat Party fighting for their survival. Union dues will be voluntary, no longer taken from paychecks automatically.


30 posted on 03/11/2011 6:41:59 PM PST by Fu-fu2
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To: SJackson

I’ve been watching this buy since the election. He is a real gem!


31 posted on 03/11/2011 6:42:45 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: SJackson

I’ve been watching this guy since the election. He is a real gem!


32 posted on 03/11/2011 6:43:03 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: LaineyDee
Is that a woman with the “tea” sign? Or a man?


33 posted on 03/11/2011 6:52:21 PM PST by GalaxieFiveHundred
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To: BobP

34 posted on 03/11/2011 7:02:08 PM PST by Brown Deer (Pray for 0bama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: TigersEye
Progressives are redefining democracy as “the persuasion of power.” If they want to replace the rule of law with the rule of force it will be messy but I think conservatives will have little trouble prevailing. Amen.
35 posted on 03/11/2011 7:17:46 PM PST by PENANCE
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To: GalaxieFiveHundred

lol


36 posted on 03/11/2011 7:23:42 PM PST by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: sbMKE

I pray that the unionized “police” who have been derelict in their sworn duties be IMMEDIATELY fired. And punished to the fullest extent of the law. It sets a danegerous precedent whne our men in blue decide to protect us or not, depending on our politics.


37 posted on 03/11/2011 7:42:29 PM PST by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: SJackson
Link to union thugs destroying recall petitions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj9lto2fcIQ With municipal employees, police and public school teachers the union tentacles reach into every county and city in Wisconsin.
38 posted on 03/11/2011 7:45:36 PM PST by Hamilcar_Barca
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To: boop
But in many places the unions already control the county boards, city councils and mayors. Whenever you live don't let your state go this far. It's open season on conservatives in Wisconsin with police unions sending threatening letters to Scott Walker contributors. Fire fighters have implied that businesses supporting Walker may not get the same level of protection. With a fire you know what that means.
39 posted on 03/11/2011 7:51:08 PM PST by Hamilcar_Barca
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To: MSF BU

When I lived in MN......(short stint) I was told “The men are men......and some of the women are too”. Must have bled over into WI... lol


40 posted on 03/11/2011 8:01:37 PM PST by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: Hamilcar_Barca

I just saw that 3,000 or more protesters are expected at the Washburn County Lincoln Day dinner with Gov. Scott Walker. Washburn is a very rural county in Northern Wisconsin. No place here is safe: http://www.ashlandwi.com/articles/2011/03/10/news/doc4d79870fe896f594376188.txt


41 posted on 03/11/2011 8:11:32 PM PST by Hamilcar_Barca
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To: BobP

Why are all leftists ugly?


42 posted on 03/11/2011 8:25:12 PM PST by Volunteer (Though I know that the hypnotized never lie, do ya? - The Who)
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To: LaineyDee

thats a man, baby!


43 posted on 03/11/2011 9:39:44 PM PST by rahbert
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To: BobP

Notice the partially obscured,sideways sign that apparently could read “Stop the attack on Wisconsin families.” Or perhaps “working families.”

As if only members of public unions have families.


44 posted on 03/11/2011 11:45:25 PM PST by FreeDeerHawk
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To: SJackson

Subject: Police unions join in bullying and boycotting businesses
To:
Date: Friday, March 11, 2011, 8:53 PM

http://www.thewheelerreport.com/releases/March11/0310/0310wppa.pdf

Please share with everyone you know.


45 posted on 03/12/2011 12:11:09 AM PST by Wisconsinlady (DEFUND NPR, PBS, THE TSA AND THE U.N.)
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To: Volunteer

Leftists are mostly comprised of societies losers, criminals, misfits, drug addicts and lost souls who have nowhere else to turn to better their lives than to the public trough which is why they look more run down than the average person.


46 posted on 03/12/2011 4:03:05 AM PST by eaglestar
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To: rahbert

How can you tell?


47 posted on 03/12/2011 4:06:10 AM PST by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: SJackson

When turn-coat and baby killer Bart Stupak was threatened that was all the media could talk about. They then went after a 74 year old man for a threat that was more vague than those being received by the Wisconsin legislators. The media is outraged only when it is “one of their own” (in other words, a lib) who is being threatened. I’ve wondered many times how many threats “Stupid Stupak” received from the left before becoming an idiot turncoat that the media never took an interest in.


48 posted on 03/12/2011 4:30:51 AM PST by onevoter
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To: Hamilcar_Barca
The police chief seems terribly concerned that his peeps in the mob might fall through thin ice and not have enough conveniently located parking.

Oh, they don't expect any arrests either, so have at it mobsters. Just don't step on the grass.

The only thing missing is a plan to strew rose petals in the path of the commies and an open invitation to them to drop by his house for a beer after the mob action.

49 posted on 03/12/2011 5:12:59 AM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: Walts Ice Pick

Democracy, by its very nature, IS mob rule! That’s why we are a Republic!


50 posted on 03/12/2011 5:30:59 AM PST by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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