You may have noticed a bit of an uprising in Wisconsin the past few days. It seems that the Governor, newly elected Republican Scott Walker, is dealing with a large budget deficit by stripping public employees of collective bargaining rights. Since the last election left Republicans firmly in control of the Statehouse in Madison, the Democratic Senators left the state in protest. This action is delaying a vote on the bill. Meanwhile, the rotunda of the Capitol has been filled with protesting public employees. The FOXNews anchors, in all their glory, have spoken against the hateful rhetoric and said it was about people trying to create chaos. Those are criticisms that were notably absent during the healthcare debate when angry citizens disrupted town hall meetings across the country. This is expected of FOXNews. It’s their thing. Like Bing Crosby said in “White Christmas”, “Everybody’s got an angle.”
What’s got me angry about this is the new revelations of outside tampering with the situation. A group called the “American Patriot Recall Coalition“ (Facebook page here), which despite its name does not want to recall those it sees as “American Patriots,” has filed recall petitions for some of the Senators who left the state. There are two things that are very interesting about the APRC. The first is that they are based in Salt Lake City. Yes, the Salt Lake City in Utah. Why is a group in Utah concerned with what is going on in Wisconsin? To answer that you have to look at interesting fact number two. The APRC is “non-partisan.” The American Heritage Dictionary defines “non-partisan” as, “Based on, influenced by, affiliated with, or supporting the interests or policies of no single political party.” Does the APRC live up to that definition? The answer is a resounding no.They do not seem to be directly affiliated with anyone party, but a quick glance at their views shows that it is, at least, a conservative organization.
The founder and executive director of ARPC is Dan Baltes, a Utah-based lawyer. He is also the founder of “Americans Against Immigration Amnesty”, a group that is anti-immigrant at best. The real give away is a line from the APRC’s first press release that says:
“The President, Organizing for America, The Democratic National
Committee, the AFL-CIO, SEIU, other labor unions, as well as communist, Socialist and other progressive organizations have embarked on a campaign to undermine our Republic and the orderly operation of State legislatures.”
That’s forty words that boil down to, “Liberals are the Devil.” It’s no surprise that the APRC is going after only Democratic lawmakers, and one county Sheriff in Arizona who is critical of that state’s immigration policy.
The scariest characteristic that I’ve noticed about ultra-conservatives from Mr. Baltes to Michelle Bachmann to Glenn Beck, is their rampant use of hyperbole. Glenn Beck goes on television every night like the world is ending. He sounds like Chicken Little. “The sky is falling! The sky is falling.” If you listen to these people speak you will come away from it thinking two things. If people have brown skin they are either stealing all the good jobs, drastically increasing the price of healthcare, education, and so forth, and the government is the reason everything is horrible. Believe me EVERYTHING IS HORRIBLE. We just need to let business do what ever it wants, make sure the rich don’t pay any taxes (they create all the jobs you know), and everything will be fine. George W. Bush said, “You are either with us or with the terrorists.” These people have taken that statement to the extreme. That’s why Obama is a Communist (and Communist is a bad word.) That’s why liberals are the Devil. They think that if you disagree with them you are anti-American. They think they know what the Constitution says. It says government should stay out of our lives, unless you’re gay and you want to get married. It says your rights don’t matter if business doesn’t like them. It says just because you’re born here that doesn’t make you a citizen. Oh wait, we should repeal the 14th amendment so it does say that. It says, “We’re American and you’re not!” Well, I”ve got news for these people. The 1st Amendment says that you’re wrong. We all have an obligation to stand up and voice our opinions. I can say what I believe. Just because I’m not with you does not mean I support terrorism. Just because I disagree with you doesn’t mean that I’m less of an American. I say government can be a force of good and should help those that need it. I say gay people should be able to get married if they want to .I say Pres. Obama isn’t a Communist (and Communist isn’t a bad word.). I say business’ interests should always take a back seat to citizen’s interest. I say if people are born in this country they should have the rights to citizenship. The 14th Amendment says so. To put it simply I say:
“I’m an American; you’re an American. Get used to it.”