>Dropping Pretenses

>Well, at least they are now admitting that this is not about budgets or fiscal responsibility. It’s about breaking unions, breaking Obama and winning the 2012 election:

This was just the final step in removing any doubt about the true nature of this fight. There was the announcement that Crossroads GPS, an independent campaign group founded by former George W. Bush political guru Karl Rove, among others, launched a $750,000 cable television ad buy blistering President Obama and public sector unions, with the Wisconsin battle as the hook and clearly painting it as being about breaking the unions. (As a side note, the ad contained assertions about union pay that even their ostensible source—a libertarian Cato Institute—said were misleading.)

Then there was Scott Fitzgerald, the state senate GOP leader, admitting to Fox News that the battle was about crippling the unions. He said:

“If we win this battle, and the money is not there under the auspices of the unions, certainly what you’re going to find is President Obama is going to have a much difficult, much more difficult time getting elected and winning the state of Wisconsin.

Presumably that relates to fixing the state budget somehow. (And as an aside: Really? A great American drama is being played out before us and one of the characters is named Scott Fitzgerald? Awesome.)

It’s been fascinating to watch this political striptease, as prevarication after prevarication is stripped away, laying bare a naked political power grab. Poll after poll after poll showed Americans in general and Wisconsites in particular opposed Walker’s plan—and most especially his union-busting proposal. It was almost as it these polls focused and distilled the issue to its core.

Yes, this is what we Lefties have been saying all along. When we tried to tell the Teanutties that they were being played by corporate interests bent on a power grab, they said oh no! Not us! We really care about government spending!

Yeah, right.

So while Wisconsin is center stage for this class struggle, make no mistake: the battle is being waged everywhere. Here in Tennessee, and in Ohio, and in Michigan and Virginia and everywhere else. It’s not about budgets or the size of government. It’s about political power, specifically taking it away from the people and giving it to the wealthy corporate elite. It’s about making sure workers no longer have a voice and the Democratic Party no longer has a major fundraiser. That’s what this has always been about. Pure, unadulterated political power.

I mean hello, people. What does it say that the Wisconsin Republicans are running to Washington D.C. to collect their money from a big-time D.C. lobbyist, BGR Group? Doesn’t that just say it all right there?

And it’s about President Obama. POTUS has been taking a lot of heat for backing away from a campaign vow to walk the picket line to support unions. It’s funny because the right is hilariously trying to claim the Wisconsin recall effort has been organized by the White House, when Obama can’t distance himself fast enough from the biggest event to affect American workers of his presidency.

Oh, I know, he needs to worry about Libya and the budget debate and there’s a trip to the UK coming up and blah blah. He doesn’t want to make it look like he’s involved in a state issue like worker’s collective bargaining rights. Well, sorry dude, but you are involved because this is all about defeating you in November 2012. The White House needs to wake up and smell the coffee. This is about Obama, the Wisconsin Republicans have said so. It’s about the 2012 election. It’s about breaking the president and breaking the Democratic Party. It’s about politics, it always has been. So wake the fuck up and put some skin in the game. You can’t pretend you’re not involved when you’re one of the main reasons this is happening in the first place. This is about you. This is about the Democratic Party.

Get your shit together, Democrats. They’ve come for you. What are you going to do about it?


Filed under Democratic Party, President Barack Obama, Wisconsin Protests

7 responses to “>Dropping Pretenses

  1. >The Republicans have become so crazy, the only strategy possible is to be Not-Democrats, and the best way to do that is, as you and Maddow point out, to break the Democrats.

  2. >It helps that the Democrats, on the National basis anyway, seem to be willing to break themselves; like some perverse Rube Goldberg machine designed to take itself apart.

  3. >Yes the Democrats are self-destructing. They have sucked up to the Wall Street fat cats for campaign contributions while deliberately pissing off the voters they will need to actually win elections. The Republicans are also falling off the deep end. The best candidates they seem to be able to field for 2012 are sleazeballs and morons and most of the country knows that.IMHO the entire political and economic system of this country is on the skids and we are rapidly going to be faced with 2 choices: we become an authoritarian state or we rise up and take back the country. That latter step will be as difficult and chaotic and uncertain as the revolution in Egypt, because we can't just fix the system – we need to re-invent it.

  4. >I always try to have actual, substantive policy discussions with genuine, conservative republicans. Then after the first sentence comes out of their mouth I move on to pointing, laughing and insulting the fucking maroons.

  5. >I think we have neglected the system for too long and now it is almost impossible to fix without completely gutting it and starting over. But, that will be very painful and expensive and will require hard work which is what has been needed for sometime and why we are in the shape we are in. We will have to put ourselves out on the line; are enough of us willing to do that? We have to stop thinking that it is someone else's problem.. you know, "that is a union issue" or "that only involves teachers" or who ever it is.. I think some are realizing that they plan to come after all of us eventually, so all we have to do is wait our turn.

  6. >I am so demoralized by the proto-fascist onslaught, I am still trying to get myself in gear. At least one thing, I accomplished today:Act Blue: Join the Recall Effort in WisconsinEarlier, I sent in my contribution – ten times more than I gave last time. And if I am just as angry tomorrow as I am today, I'll send another contribution – 100 times more than today – until the %$*& *@#^%$ are removed from office.