Don’t Tread on Me; the Wisconsin State Union Workers are no different than Tea Party Protesters.

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Don't Tread on Me

I was watching the protests in Wisconsin, and it’s ironic that Tea Party protesters, largely outnumbered by the Wisconsin budget cut protesters, have turned out in small droves to back Governor Scott Walker’s bill to reduce public employee union bargaining power and benefits in Wisconsin.  The Tea Party movement supports bringing state spending under control while opponents contend that doing so will break the backs of state worker unions.  The Wisconsin budget protesters are essentially saying, “Don’t tread on me,” the mantra of the Tea Party for a few years now, a phrase borrowed from our nation’s founding fathers. The irony lies in the fact that the Tea Party supporters have been staging myriad “taxation without representation” protests for several years now, and yet they feel the need to crash the union supporters party who believe their state government has overstepped its political bounds and infringed on their rights.

THAT SAID:  It’s also hypocritical that these state workers are deemed “heroes” when the Tea Party Supporters have been protesting government intervention, meddling, and unfair taxation without representation for several years all the while being called racist reactionary crazy political bullies who’s literacy and IQ seem to be be forever in question.

The Tea Party itself is more closely related to the  fiscally and socially conservative founding fathers.  In a sense, they appear more concerned with the (they believe) fascist or tyrannical government functions and how those actions affect ALL Americans, unlike the unions who’s interests don’t lie far beyond their own health care, pensions, and job security.  The teachers unions–to which some hold the belief that they succeed only in rewarding mediocrity–might try to argue that strong teacher unions and quality education go hand in hand and who present skewed statistics to bolster that bogus claim.  But I like a good political protest, so to be fair, if the state union employees of Wisconsin deem Governor’s Walker’s aggressive anti-union proposal unfair, then they should absolutely protest with unwavering gusto! But while the Wisconsin protesters are dubiously hailed as peaceful heroes(who’s teaching these kids while all the teachers are protesting, by the way?), the Tea Party, in its protesting efforts, is deemed a collective group of crazy anti government bigots.  Only in America, with its slipping grasp on the constitution and on what the rogue founding fathers had in mind for our nation, does this make sense.

Below, film maker Matt Wisniewski lugubriously drives home the ironic point that what the Wisconsin protesters are doing is done in the name of democracy.  Makes me wonder what kind of video he would have made had a group of Tea Partiers turned out to, say, protest tax increases.  It’s sad but no real surprise that tens of thousands showed up for days, away from their jobs that may now be uncertain should his proposal fail, yet only a fraction of the population’s fringe would turn out to protest tax hikes.

Matt Wisniewski’s Video of Wisconsin Protesters(get your tissues ready):

I came across these two videos below in one of my many infinite You Tube loops.  The first one shows CNN reporter Susan Roesgen heckling and basically verbally attacking a Tea Party member, but in the video below that her tone changes in regard to another protest, this one a left wing protest.  Suddenly it’s all love, peace and jellybeans. Hmmmm, curious.  (Thanks to whomever initially posted them to You Tube and drew the comparison!)

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6 responses »

  1. The protestors of Governor Walker have very nice signs, and attending physicians prescribing pills, and signing forms to continue getting sick pay. So as a Wisconsin tax payer, I am paying for “sick” protestors to continue to get paid. I am paying for subistitute teachers for the “sick” teachers. And I get to pay the taxes for the teachers stealing from the state Treasury under false claim. The teachers are so cheap, they won’t spend a nickle of their own money. I have to support their protest through “sick” pay. It’s a little different from TEA. Nobody paid me, I paid as a TEA supporter. I took time off that cost me personally.

  2. The main difference is specificity. The protests in Madison are about specific parts of a specific bill affecting a very specific group of people that will lose a very specific right.

    Furthermore, the union has been willing to concede to a very specific set of cuts that Walker has proposed.

    I do think we should respect all citizens who make the effort to get involved in politics. However there are significant differences between the tea party protests and the protests in Wisconsin.

    • It’s nice to say the union is willing to concede specific cuts. Their position prior to this proposed change on collective bargaining powers, was an intractable; “Hell no way on cuts!” Anyway there are significant differences between the TEA party protests and pro union & anti tax payer folks. 1. TEA don’t sleep in the state house to free load like a bum on public property is told to move along. 2. TEA folks don’t have “sick pay” from the state to fund the protest pocketbook.

      • It is interesting to note they are willing to concede to budget cuts, but not collective bargaining rights. Walker obviously is out to dismantle the unions, and it will come down to his firing thousands of state workers–maybe he could start by handing out pink slips to the thousands camped outside his office.

  3. Walker can’t fire the out of state union organizers and the out of state sympathizers. I appreciate the outside guys spending money in Wisconsin, every little bit helps. The local school boards have to choose who will get fired without a budget agreement. Of course, the AWOL Democrat Senators are showing how government works. Hide and hold your breath until you get what you want. You must have children that play that game as well.

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