Making Democracy Work By Hijacking the Democratic Process

In Democrat, Economy on February 18, 2011 at 9:56 am

Absentee Democrat Wisconsin lawmakers called CNN last night with a “list of demands” for Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. The call was placed by State Senator Mark Miller who refused to disclose where he and thirteen other senators were hiding out but stated that they were, “in what we consider a secure location outside the capital.” The absence of these Democrat Senators has denied the Wisconsin State Senate of a quorum, bringing work to a halt.

These fourteen lawmakers are demanding, as I stated in an earlier post, the removal of provisions in Wisconsin’s budget legislation which curtail the collective bargaining abilities of public employee unions over non-wage benefits, and require public employees to contribute a greater percentage of their wage toward their own pension and health care. Unions will still be able to bargain over pay. Governor Walker says this measure will save the State of Wisconsin, which is facing a budget deficit, $300 million over the next two years.

According to the  Daily Caller, Miller told CNN that he and his AWOL colleagues were “trying to allow an opportunity for democracy to work.”
Such is the twisted logic of the left that by holding the democratic process hostage they are somehow defending it. It would be more accurate to say that Wisconsin Democrats are trying to force an opportunity for democracy to work in their favor. But, only if by “democracy” they mean “mob rule” and by “mob” they mean “mafia” and by “mafia” they mean “unions.”
Both President Obama and the DNC have stepped into the Wisconsin fray, calling the legislation an “assault*” on unions:

The president’s political machine worked in close coordination Thursday with state and national union officials to get thousands of protesters to gather in Madison and to plan similar demonstrations in other state capitals.

Their efforts began to spread, as thousands of labor supporters turned out for a hearing in Columbus, Ohio, to protest a measure from Gov. John Kasich (R) that would cut collective-bargaining rights.

By the end of the day, Democratic Party officials were organizing additional demonstrations in Ohio and Indiana….

Union astroturf protesters in the Wisconsin capitol, there at the behest of the president, carry signs that would be a liberal journalist’s wet dream were they carried at a Teaparty gathering. These images* courtesy of Ann Althouse and The Other McCain.

I find the co-opting of the word “rape” in protest of increased expense of employee benefits, as seen on one of the signs in the video, to be entirely reprehensible. Absolute, unmitigated jackassery from the looters and union leftists.

Not satisfied with mere jackassery, the left and their unions (teachers, for God’s sake!) have leveled threats of physical violence against Wisconsin Republican Lawmakers. State Senator Randy Hoffman (R) will not disclose whether they will be in their homes at night and are working with law enforcement to help ensure safety:

Hopper has received threatening phone calls and e-mails. These are threats of a physical nature. “We are working with law enforcement in my district. They are watching my home and my business.” Other Republicans have had their homes and businesses threatened, too. The unionists have demonstrated outside those homes and businesses.

A menacing old phrase comes to mind (and has been used by others, in talking about events in Wisconsin): We know where you live.

The telling difference between Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin and Democrat lawmakers is this: A threat to union access to the public trough has sent the Democrats running from their duties but Republicans, in spite of threat of physical harm, are at work today.

Governor Walker is undeterred in the face of the protests:

“If anything, I think it’s made the Republicans in the Assembly and the Senate stronger,” he told Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren in an interview Thursday night. “They’re not going to be bullied. They’re not going to be intimidated.”Walker also fired back at President Obama, who sided with the public employees, saying on Fox News Friday, “We are focused on balancing our budget. It would be wise for the government and others in Washington to focus on balancing their budgets, which they are a long way off from doing.”

*Caution: Violent rhetoric.

h/t memeorandum

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