There were many complaints expressed against new Governor Scott Walker's sudden, draconian actions that were not mentioned in his campaign. Some will argue that he gave hints; but not about the most drastic actions. The entire nation was caught by surprise. And lies, distortions, and camouflage were rampant.
Some took some demonstrating walks around the Capitol. Some carried signs. Some chanted. Some yelled. Some slept over. It was all done amazingly and relatively peacefully. But so far it has not changed one vote. Your chance comes Tuesday.
The results in Wisconsin in Tuesday's election are obviously a repudiation and shot across the bow to Governor Scott Walker. I hope he is paying attention to what the people have clearly stated, and not just acting as a delivery boy for the Koch Brothers and other wealthy supporters who tried to take the state away from the people. Don't gloat, Democrats, don't act like the arrogant right-wingers who see elections as victories for their ideology and not a way to help the people.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court race was expected to be an overwhelming victory for David Porsser. The primary election had him winning in a landslide. JoAnne Kloppenburg was a very weak candidate. She had been by-passed for a judgeship nomination by both President Obama and Democratic Governor Jim Doyle. She has never been a judge. She has a dull personality. Yet she is now running neck-to-neck with Prosser. That tells us a great deal. If an extremely weak candidate can run so closely in an election with a man who served on the Supreme Court for over ten years and had the infusion of hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars in just the last several days, well that is evidence of a strong rejection of the Republican actions of recent weeks. Prosser even had said that a vote for him would help in carrying out Walker's plans. Are you now paying attention? Please, Justice Prosser, no more calling women on the Supreme Coury "bitches." Start acting like a Justice on the state's highest court.
Look at today's [Sunday, April 10] Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Turn to page 2 of the first section. This is but one incident in the truckload of lies perpetrated daily by the right-wing. Yes, there are lies on both sides, but the right-wing has taken this to a new, outlandish level.
In the recent race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, it was expected to be a romp for David Prosser. After all, he held a seat on the Court for eleven years. He was the incumbent. He won overwhelmingly in the primary. Opposing him was little-known JoAnne Kloppenburg. She had never been a judge at any level. Her campaign was limping along, and there was no dynamic in her appeal.
We have all smiled as FOX and its owner, Rupert Murdoch, tell us how objective their news reporting is. We see the slanted and unprofessional news reporting daily on FOX. We see Republican presidential hopefuls posing as political commentators on FOX. We know where Rupert Murdoch's political money goes.
Since Rupert Murdoch brought his right-wing news machine to America, professional journalism has taken a big hit. Any pretense of objectivity left the country when he came here. This is obvious to anyone who actually knows what objective, professional journalism is. But the masks came off long ago. The hangers-on to the fairy tale of FOX's objectivity can believe in a flat earth if they wish.
One of the good things about Glenn Beck is that the numbers of people following him are dropping. To follow Glenn Beck, let alone to believe what he says, puts you in some pretty horrible company. Back before World War II, it was Catholic priest, Father Coughlin, using his national radio audience as a foil as he lauded the works and beliefs of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Henry Ford, in his Dearborn Independent newspaper, supported Hitler and the Nazis. There were others. We had media support for Joe McCarthy, the John Birch Society, evangelical preachers, etc. all supporting right-wing, fascist causes. Now we have FOX and Glenn Beck. It is the sickest of movements when an extreme right-wing philosophy like Nazism and fascism rear their ugly head in support of right-wing wars and right-wing corporations. They love to label social programs as socialism. Corporations are fearful of socialism, and that is why World War II was fought to preserve the right-wing war corporations under Hitler and Mussolini from the growing left-wing march of socialism. Out of the ashes of World War II emerged the compromise social democracies of western Europe, but not the U.S. Right-wing extremism never truly died in the U.S. And from time to time it re-appears. It is re-appearing now. Beck is a puppet/leader.
Is Beck a bigot? What a question. Of course! Is he a Nazi or fascism proponent? In today's version of it, yes he is. Since Nazism and fascism have bad reputations in the U.S., Beck and the extreme right-wingers today use those names to attack others. They love to use fear, bigotry, apocalyptic fortunetelling, etc. to work up a frenzy and blame liberals and left-wingers for everything ...and I mean everything.
If you are an extreme right-winger, no matter what I write about war, you will haul out the same old cliches about me being a peacenik and insulting our men and women in uniform. While that is grossly inaccurate to characterize me that way, I realize you can't help yourself. It is tough to be an American when your critics all won World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Iraq War, the Afghanistan War single-handidly.
Every discussion about war seems to bring out the anonymous critics who identify themselves as being the Pentagon's greatest secret weapon, now or anytime. It is easy to be a hero when you can concoct fictional stories about yourself and your battle-tested comrades. But when it comes to real identities and truth, so many critics are like George W. Bush, protecting the U.S. from the Vietcong Air Force in Texas or Alabama or wherever he was that A.W.O.L. year.
Nothing is more difficult than to try and communicate with someone who is not informed or only informed with distorted/inaccurate information. This is not a slam at anyone, but it is an expression of what people in the objective media are up against. Legitimate and professional news outlets such as the BBC, DW, CBC, N.Y. Times, Washington Post, etc. are faced with ignorant stones thrown at them from people who do not know what they are talking about but now have all kinds of places where they can post their ignorant comments. I'm pleased that we have the freedom to speak our mind in the U.S., but unfortunately too many do not have the wherewithal to understand the difference between intentionally distorted media and news journalism.
Historically it took a long, long time for many uneducated people to accept the fact that the world is not flat, and that the earth is not the center of our solar system. I can clearly remember the large number of people who thought that our landing on the moon was a hoax. Many people thought our moon landing was staged. No amount of reliable news coverage could convince them otherwise.