As I am a liberal/progressive bordering on socialist American, I have lately been keeping an eye on the protests centered in Wisconsin that have also spread to Ohio, Indiana and several other states. The protests against union stripping measure are the most extreme in decades and have the ability to unify and mobilize the democratic party and liberals. What Scott Walker is trying to do to unions in general pales in audacity only to what he has announced he will do to education in Wisconsin. "Walker also is proposing a nearly $1 billion cut in aid to schools in his two-year budget plan that would take effect in July. He argued that for that reason, districts need to get more money from their employees to help mitigate the loss in aid. Walker also wants to limit the ability of schools and local governments to pay for the cuts through local property tax increases."
|courtesy of dirtandseeds.com. Yep, this is the jackass who was elected in January and has since caused more political uproar over individual rights than I've known in my lifetime.|
|courtesy of politicallyillustrated.com. It's helpful to remember that the icon of the Republican party is an elephant, while the Democrats are a donkey.|
This all came close on the heels of the upheaval and eventual overthrow of the government in Egypt. I was riveted by that coverage, especially since I have Al-Jazeera in English, which probably put me on some kind of terrorist watch list since I am American. The turn outs of 100,000 plus people to protests in the middle States of the USA is nearly as significant as the protests in Egypt, at least in my mind. (Note that link is not just protests in the US. Look how few of those there are.) The protests there have lasted over three weeks. People are angry and realize how unfair this is. They aren't going home. There are petitions circulating to recall Scott Walker from office, even though that can't be done until January on his one year anniversary in office. I hope and believe that people will be ready on that day, to walk in and drop the signature on his office, then vote his ass out of office. When was the last time you saw people gather like that around a single issue in the US that wasn't a Lady GaGa concert? Probably to protest the Second Gulf War. Before that? Perhaps protests of the Vietnam War combined with the Civil Rights movements in 1967. I've been in and seen large scale protests in both Spain and Indonesia. I believe many Americans take their rights for granted and as a result, gather in numbers, for power and protests, much less than heaps of other citizens of other countries.
|courtesy of stuartbramhall.aegauthorblogs.com. Outside the state capital in Wisconsin last week.|