That’s right: After stripping collective bargaining rights from most public workers (and other egregious actions too numerous to mention) Wisconsin’s boy governor has taken steps to limit the first amendment rights of those outraged by his initial stripping of rights. This guy is all about consolidating power and he has no shame. Hopefully, pending a successful recall, he will soon also have no governorship.
Posts Tagged ‘protests’
I find it grating lately when I hear news reports, particularly on TV, describe cities with Occupy Wall St. encampments as “losing patience” with the protests. It seems to imply that the dissent is something to be humored and, by extension, something that can justifiably be put down by force because they’ve “worn out their welcome.” Eerily similar to the Bonus Army of the 1930s when war veterans were thrown out of a camp near the capitol, two men shot and their shanty town burned.
Not that I’m advocating violent riots, but I’ve found myself watching protests against austerity measures in Europe with a grudging admiration. They’re mad as hell and not afraid to let the government know it by lighting a bonfire or two in the street. Or throwing placards at cops, whatever. It may be messy, but it somehow seems preferable to the American way: bending over and taking one job-related indignity after another.