Skip to comments.WI Unions Try to Ban GOP from Labor Day Parade; Mayor Says Pound Sand (Video)
Posted on 08/29/2011 9:17:10 PM PDT by Nachum
Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple:
"The banning of a political party from participation at any event co-sponsored by the City is against public policy and not in the best interest of all the citizens of the City of Wausau. And therefore, we encourage the event organizer to invite all interested parties, or reimburse the city for other costs."
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Big Deal. Now they can have their picnic at home with family like the rest of us. Who wants to go to a parade anyway. I find them boring.
Is this any of your doing, LibertyRocks? Is the mayor a Dem?
The union thugs are probably PO’d that the GOP guys don’t know how to goosestep and none of them own a pair of jackboots and brownshirt.
Interesting development in the Sean Duffy/Wausau Labor Day parade ping.
Labor Day— a day for the leeches of society to celebrate the dumb working louses who pay the taxes that support those leeches,...
I’m actually surprised Mayor Tipple took such a strong stand. I don’t live in Wausau, but close enough to be aware of city politics. I was under the impression Tipple kind of wimpish.
LoL, I love watching these Dumbasses step in it time after time. They aren’t doing anything if they aren’t embarrassing themselves.
When I was a kid the rodeo came to town for four days and started things off with a parade organized by all the riding clubs in the Southeast Arkansas area. I liked it then but haven’t cared much for them since even though I have lived in a Parade Happy city, Chicago, ever since then.
Thomas Jefferson and Ronald Reagan are infinitely more deserving of recognition.
It’s the principle, most conservatives probably would not want to go, but being forbidden to exercise their RIGHT to free speech is intolerable.
With an election coming up name recognition becomes important, almost any public event is an opportunity to connect the face with the name.
Just because it’s a “Labor Day” parade does not mean conservative messages, and fiscal responsibility cannot be displayed.
I doubt that more than a handful attending care more about “Organized Labor” than getting a three day holiday.
I’m sure there will be plenty of red clothes and flags all along the way!
I bet their May Day parade is a beaut!
Red diaper babies waving commie flags.
Segregation play by the pro slave party.
IMHO, I don’t think cities or States should sponsor anything that would cost the taxpayer money. Anyone wanting to put on a Parade should have to pay for police, fire, or any other city service required for the event.
No, I’m afraid I’m homebound with some sort of stomach flu. I just ran across and commented on a different article that I will ping you to right after I actually go read the article I’m replying to your post on! LOL
WOW!!! I’m actually rather impressed. I wish I could take some credit for this, but as I said I was stuck at home today and couldn’t make it over to city hall! Perhaps just the THREAT of a resident coming to check the facts was enough??? I do know that Rep. Duffy’s people have been talking to people here though...
Whoever WSAW contacted as a spokesperson for the city should be reprimanded for LYING about the town co-sponsoring. I was under them impression they were not (or at least were trying to say they weren’t).
This is a very interesting change! I do know that Mayor Tipple was BOMBARDED by emails from the local Tea Party - perhaps that was enough???
Thanks so much for the ping.. Now I’ve got to go and link this article to the thread I posted on with “old info.” a moment ago! LOL
This article represents a major change in the game here in Wausau as compared to the story currently in the Breaking News Sidebar. Perhaps it would be prudent to post this in the Breaking News section as well — so that people are aware of how drastically the info. has changed? Thanks for your consideration.
Hope you’re feeling better today.
I’m actually hoping the unions stick to their decision. It would warm the cockles of my heart to have them forced to pay for the insurance, city services (police/fire) and construction of the stage. The bad PR they are generating just makes it that much sweeter!
Or, they could have a parallel parade, for those state employees who no longer have their dues checked off..
I can’t argue with that!
Regardless of party, the mayor does not want to risk the city being in a lawsuit.
WE are the slaves.
Tax their excess benefits over and above the average private sector benefits. They want higher taxes then this is it!
Score one for the good guys.
Interesting. I agree that this is important.
I was stunned when I read that the unions were demanding this.
Thank, Jellybean! A little better today than the last week, for sure! :)
I too hope they continue to refuse. It has become an EXCELLENT “teachable moment” as people start to realize that labor day isn’t really about ALL workers — only those who support the unions...
EXACTLY... Someone on the local tea party page at FB stated that lawyers were working on this - I didn’t understand why at the time as I was working from the assumption that the city wasn’t paying for anything... It’s definitely the threat of a lawsuit, and very bad publicity for the city that prompted Tipple to take such a strong stand on this. I think this is the most backbone I have seen him display on ANYTHING! LOL
I know, right? I was amazed that the Unions were actually showing their true colors right out there in the open for everyone to see. I’m guessing heads are gonna roll at the Marathon Co. Labor Union Council — can’t have someone in charge that would betray their image like that! I hope people realize that it’s not just one or two people, but that this spectacle really does represent the attitude of the vast majority of those in unions - or at least those RUNNING the unions!
On the actual issue, I'm a little torn. I'm trying to ignore the fact that it's Republicans that are to be excluded. I suppose anyone who organizes a parade should have some control over the content, no? Suppose it was a Christmas parade and the atheists wanted in? Or a NAACP march and the Klan wanted a spot? Westboro Baptists marching in a VFW-sponsored Memorial Day parade? By tradition of course, federal public holidays include everyone, but then I suppose Christmas is a federal public holiday too. The mayor says it's against ‘public policy,’ and I would suppose that it is, but I don't know if it violates any specific rules. Public streets are usually the quintessential public forum, where viewpoint discrimination would violate the First Amendment, but actually it's possible to make the argument that it may be a limited public forum because it is a permitted event for a non-standard use, (i.e., something other than driving), and that forcing the union organizers to accept Republicans would violate their freedom of assembly. Interesting scenario. It would be different if the city itself was organizing the event, and it was excluding participants based on viewpoint, but if you allow private parties to organize via permit, then I suppose it's up to the duly permitted party to include whom they wish. I'm sure there's something on point. Here's an idea: why don't the Repubs just hold their own parade immediately following, or a concert? By the way they're certainly free to protest along the route or hang whatever signs they like in the Republican-owned businesses along the route. Interesting.
I can understand this. “Labor” Day is the commie hollyday. Republicans should have to work. After all, Indipindince day is the big Republican summer hollyday.
“I can understand this. Labor Day is the commie hollyday. Republicans should have to work. After all, Indipindince day is the big Republican summer hollyday.”
It is iconic isn’t it. Republicans beleive in self-determination, Independence (of the individual and their State). Democrats beleive in hard slavish labor at the behest of the majority.(private or public “Union” )
Agreed. For that matter, there should not be a Labor Day holiday. It was just a way to give union workers another day off work.
Life is SOOO painful for liberals! Let them eat GARBAGE!
“This is certainly a sad commentary on the degree of polarizaton in our socierty. At least we can see the true nature of the left on display.”
I agree that it’s a sad state of affairs, but polarization to this and even further degrees is the logical outcome to the situation America faces. On one side there’s us, Right wing traditional value America (and all that implies) and on the other, Neo Soviet Leftists (and all THAT implies).
We CANNOT come together. Our worldview/belief structure/et all is the polar opposite of each other. Thus polarization leading to eventual conflict is not only the logical outcome, but it is inevitable.
Parades aren’t my cup of tea either, but I think I’d make it a point to show up to this one, now that the unions have made such a big stink over it.
Who has created more jobs, unions/Democrats or Republicans?
Who has killed more jobs, unions/Democrats or Republicans?
They’ve got a lot of nerve trying to make it look like they are the ones who care about labor.
They care about union dues and manipulated votes, and that’s the full extent of it.
In the shadow of Rib Mountain the union thugs scream and no one reacts....This beautiful state is where the scourge is met head-on by those who love Liberty and who HATE being ripped off! Thugs, it is over.
Actually, I disagree..All four are. Labor from all of the hard working Americans who aren’t beholden to the AFL-CIO and the Teamsters (et al)...the non-violent message of Dr. King - equality among the races, Ronald Wilson Reagan who saved this nation from itself and blazed the trail back to Liberty and Thomas Jefferson who conceived it all....
Mayor Jim Tipple did the right thing.
On the whole, I agree with you. However, considering that MY personal tax dollars are used by the city to co-sponsor the event there is one of two options available — the unions sponsoring can PAY for the services they will be using, or they can accept some of my tax dollars, but abide by our local public policy... One or the other... I don’t think it’s good precedent to FORCE people to invite others. But, the precedent of the town co-sponsoring a partisan political event, IMHO, would be even worse...
Not the Von Shtupping Gay Parade
OK, never saw the movie though I remember the movie production trailer parked down by work when they were making the movie.