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Showdown in Wisconsin: Are We Ready to Take America Back from the Tea Party?

February 19, 2011

This is really a life or death moment for America. Do we let the Tea Party terrorists win and take down America as we know it, or do we fight back and take back our country from what is easily the most dangerous threat to our republic in a generation?

Well America, this is it. This is the moment of truth. This is what this site has been warning the world about for well over year now. This is what so many pundits from Olbermann to Krugman, to Maddow have tried to tell us would happen. And to be honest, this is exactly what those who want to take America down said would happen. I mean really, they never hid their intent.

Yep, the Tea Partying of America has started, and the country now stands at a defining moment where it will be determined whether the rich and powerful forces behind the Tea Party and the millions of people they have lied to and deceived will succeed in destroying our democracy.

The battle lines have been drawn in Wisconsin where the newly elected Tea Party supported governor has manufactured a budget crisis by giving millions in tax breaks and benefits to corporations. He now wants to fix the problem on the backs of the public employees in the state.

Governor Walker’s attempt to further diminish the middle class is just the latest in the insidious and Republican orchestrated campaign to turn America into a financial haven for the wealthiest among us under the guise of fiscal responsibility championed by the so-called Tea Party Movement. A campaign that has been choreographed by extremely powerful and extremely wealthy special interests, most of them from Corporate America and Wall St., such as FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity, and the fabulously wealthy and stunningly immoral Koch Brothers of Koch Industries, the second largest privately held company in the United States.

And this is happening in broad daylight, because the powerbrokers behind the Tea Party, and the candidates they’ve propped up have been upfront about their plans, and have been ever since the 2008 Presidential election when they realized that their benefactor for eight years, the Bush Administration, had royally screwed the pooch and now they had to face an administration that would rein in their unfettered power and out of control exploitation for profits. With so much at stake, they designed and executed a brilliant plan that started with rallying the average American to do the bidding of the rich and powerful by essentially lying about all of the hot button economic and social issues that would play to people’s fears;

  • Out of control government spending, which was just hunky dory under Bush, now suddenly dooming our children and grandchildren to a destitute future under the Obama Administration
  • Scores of gays getting married, parading through the streets and corrupting the morals of our youth
  • Socialists taking over our businesses and destroying the free enterprise system
  • Immigrants scurrying over our borders en masse to steal our plum lawn care and fast food restaurant jobs, as well as our freedoms
  • Abortionists pulling pregnant women off the street and forcing them to give up the unborn
  • Government bureaucrats convening death panels that would ship off our pleading grandparents to undisclosed death camps.

And on top of manipulating the power of the angry masses with lies and deceit, the forces behind the movement doubled down to insure nothing was left to chance by getting a law passed (with the help of a Supreme Court that has one of its key members wed to the Tea Party) that allows them to funnel unlimited corporate and special interest money, with no strings attached, into the elections so that victory would be assured.

As we saw this past November, the strategy worked beautifully, as Americans around the country voted in a class of Tea Party candidates at the local, state and Federal level, many with little or no experience holding elected office. Maybe most Americans didn’t believe the Tea Party and their extremist views and threats of doing whatever it took to get their way. Perhaps they thought that Tea Party candidates and leaders like Sarah Palin, Sharon Angle, and Michelle Bachmann were just being extreme in the heat of a campaign when they talked about taking up arms, putting people in crosshairs, and promoting violence in pursuit of their beliefs. And apparently, voters either didn’t listen, or didn’t want to believe the many Tea Party candidates who made it clear they wanted to take out unions, make it easier for corporations to screw the consumers they are supposed to serve, help the rich get richer, and take America back to a time when people of color or alternative lifestyles were reduced to second-class citizens.

Well, as we first saw in Tuscon, and as we’re seeing in Wisconsin, there are consequences to the choices voters made. And more and more, there is a growing sense of buyer’s remorse.

As expected, Walker and his supporters are trying to defend their efforts to systematically destroy the public workforce in Wisconsin, but the only way to defend the indefensible is with hypocritical and dishonest rhetoric, such as…

Really, it is just ludicrous what is being said. The hypocrisy is incredible, and if the situation were not so dire, and the impact so important, it would be funny. But it isn’t funny. This is really a life or death moment for America. Do we let the Tea Party terrorists win and take down America as we know it, or do we fight back and take back our country from what is easily the most dangerous threat to our republic in a generation?

I know what I’m going to do. I hope you’ll join me.

31 Comments leave one →
  1. Bonebag permalink
    March 3, 2011 7:48 pm

    I remember the revolution we had in 2008, I remember the small rumble we had in 2006, I suspect that we need to really get loud!
    Even Quadiffi is getting nervous. Lets see if our dear governors can sweat as well.

  2. 2HellwithRightWing permalink
    February 27, 2011 12:11 am

    Where did all this economic strife start? With a hell-bent Bush Administration selling the American public a bill of goods on Iraq. Why isn’t there money for the good of the country? Because it’s gone to the War Machine, Inc. These reich-wingers don’t care about sending our sons and daughters to death and dismemberment in misguided adventures overseas, but love to attack our country’s middle-class ‘entitlements’. To me, they are the worst traitors we have ever seen on our soil.

  3. Rebelle permalink
    February 25, 2011 8:13 pm

    I want to know where the hell that spineless coward Obama is when Main street middle class America needs him? WTF is his voice of support? Remember when he was running he told us “If Americans were being denied their right to collective bargaining, he’d put on comfortable shoes and march with us as president of the United States”?

    Video doesn’t lie.

  4. Patrick permalink
    February 25, 2011 3:02 pm

    The time for freebies is over. We in the private sector have lived that reality forever. Now the high paid government worker sponges are having to pay just a tiny portion of their fair share and they can’t stand it. The Shame Shame Shame chant on the Wisconsin legislative floor was like little children who don’t get their way. Get used to the new reality of no free lunch. Next – Welfare recipients – Illegal Immigrants and the rest of the sponges will get cut off. It is about time.

    • oddly permalink
      February 25, 2011 7:04 pm

      Oddly enough, we could solve ALL of our budget problems by simply taking the same attitude toward the elderly. Cut off Medicare and Social Security, and suddenly we have gigantic surpluses at all levels of government. If you’re going to argue against Union members as sponges, why not first attack the colossal waste of money we’re subjected to keeping grandma on an iron lung? Time to cut off those sponges, right?

      • Woody permalink
        February 28, 2011 3:16 pm

        Of course, no one is talking about what else is on the bill: that the govenor will have the power to (no bid) sell Wisconsin’s power and water companies to… (the Koch Brothers). Why aren’t people talking about THAT aspect of the bill, huh? This union thing is a smoke screen for what Walker is truly trying to accomplish here. Get informed, pal.

    • bpsmith permalink
      February 27, 2011 7:59 am

      @Pat,

      This shows just how ignorant you and others like you are. “Free Lunch”? Really because I have never received one of those.

      “High Paid”? What bizarre alternate universe do you live in? I took my government job 17 years ago not for the pay but for some semblance of “job security”. What’s that? We’ve got Federal laws on the book to protect you, you no longer need a union. Well let me know how that works out for you.

      “Children who don’t get their way”? Come on man/women/HAL, are you looking in a mirror? Drill baby drill, if it suits your beliefs but if it doesn’t well then we are just crying little bitches? Nice.

      But if you are comfortable being controlled by some corporation who really isn’t accountable for anything then you can stay there. I will continue being this so called “sponge” as long as I can but hey maybe you don’t need any of those emergency and/or social services that we provide. Ooppss, I used the word social, I am in trouble now. Surely the Corporatists will have my free lunch any second now.

  5. bob permalink
    February 24, 2011 2:00 am

    To E. Gray

    After viewing some of your blogs I thank God I have the sense to see one with misguided hate as yourself. Bush was bad Obama is no better those are the facts. Does truth have anything to do at all with your ramblings? You preach as much hate as the ones you accuse of doing the same. Believe it or not the Tea Party is not to blame for your pathetic life,or any crime unless wanting to have a government that hasn’t followed the Constitution in a long time is a crime. A word of advice from someone not involved with any political party, find the help you need then find a happy place and stay there.

    • Hmmm permalink
      February 25, 2011 3:21 pm

      You’re not involved with any political party? It’s pretty evident that you’re not involved with a working brain, either. You have missed the point entirely. At this point, we are LONG past talking about any evils – real or imagined – committed by Bush OR Obama. This is about a group of individuals who are working in concert to dismantle the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the very Constitution you mention. Maybe you’re not a member of a public union, which explains why you can so blithely dismiss the concerns raised in the article. However, unless you are property-owning, private-sector employee of considerable wealth (ie: the top 2% of wealthy Americans) then you should STFU, because they’re coming for you next.

    • Bonebag permalink
      March 3, 2011 7:55 pm

      The private sector has yet to pay for anything! They have used the government to break the strikes back in the days of the robber barons. They have used the government to fire workers during the 1980’s.
      Now they’re mad because some in the government have put an end to their free lunch! Now, who will you use!?

  6. February 24, 2011 1:57 am

    Hello. I’m a TEA Partying Federalist and Constitutionalist Conservative and am visiting your site for the first time. I must say, E. Gray, whoever you really are, that you write pretty well for a liberal, and I will be back when I have more time to sample some more of your opinions.

    Can you tell me how I “register” to comment on your site and establish a bio and avatar, should I want to do that? Thanks.

  7. Zombee permalink
    February 23, 2011 1:14 pm

    Collective bargaining on the part of public sector unions with politicians is inherently unfair and biased. Collective bargaining cannot be done with people to whom you have contributed millions of dollars, who you helped put into power , and who you voted for. This is an inherent conflict of interest . It is not the same as collective bargaining with a private employer. Collective bargaining has no place in the public sector. Public sector unions need to be kicked out of all government jobs

    Public employee unions are not really unions at all. Instead they’re collusive cartels that use campaign donations, organized get-out-the-vote onslaughts and sometimes physical threats to literally buy the acquiescence of those with whom they should be “negotiating”.

    The politicians are supposed to be working for we the taxpayer. But we the taxpayer have no seat at the table between the public employee unions and their political benefactors.

    Your leader Obama said we all have to spread the wealth around and now you act indigant when it come to spreading your wealth. Your all a bunch of greedy selfish of hypocrites,

    • February 23, 2011 3:34 pm

      Yeah, like the top 2% of the wealthiest Americans who made a shared sacrificed when they gave up their tax cuts to hel….oh wait a minute….never mind.

      • jim permalink
        February 25, 2011 10:20 pm

        who on yuor side has made an attempt to spread the wealth? you got the same consideration as the rest of the country did when obamacare was rammed down our throats and you never looked back. even though it was UNCONSTITUTIONAL. you libgressives didn’t care. no one wanted it.so don’t go pointing fingers here. this governor was elected on the platform of stopping the unions. when the unions conceded to the monetary demands, they threw you under the bus, in order to require you to join the unions.yeah, that was the deal they made. well trumpka and stern now have nothing to talk about when they go to the whitehouse 2-3 times a week and talk to them every day on the phone.trumpka said it himself.
        you union people have had your way in this country until you have wrung it dry. unions were good when they started,but when they went totally socialist,and wanted more than their share, they drove business out of this country until we were bankrupt.
        so don’t try to BS me, i follow what is really going on. i have read the totally fictitious garbage you have been spewing from your side, and i know a lie when i read one.
        and where in the constitution does it give you the “right” to collective bargaining”?
        the government is restricted by the constitution, and you have superceded it. laws being made for citizens and not for unions. so no wonder you don’t want the basis of our country followed anymore.
        your extravagant pensions,and underhanded deals will now cease.the organized crime and communism will be fought against.
        i suggest you get on the right side and figure out that the union officials don’t work for you or this country.trumpka,stern and obama will be going bye bye next election,if they don’t purposely destroy the country by then.

    • bob permalink
      February 24, 2011 2:02 am

      well said

    • responder permalink
      February 25, 2011 5:46 pm

      @Zombee:

      First: The only way to not have a seat at the table is if you don’t vote. It just so happens that we are represented as voters by our government. In the past, this has worked out just fine for wisconsin. Teacher’s pay and benefits in Wisconsin are rated 28th out of all 50 states – below average – and yet we have the highest graduation rate in the nation. (http://edmoney.newamerica.net/node/36914)

      Second: One CEO (let’s say Cigna’s H. Edward Hanway) gets $25,000,000 annually. The average worker in wisconsin gets $45,349 annually. One CEO’s compensation is equal to over five-hundred and fifty times that of an average person. It seems like there’s an obviously logical place to start when spreading the wealth around… The only reason someone would want to start chipping away at the bottom first is to preserve the top… which is the opposite of the stated goal.

      Maybe if some of the corporations in WI actually paid ANY TAXES AT ALL we wouldn’t have to put so much of the state’s burden on the people who work for those corporations.

    • Bonebag permalink
      March 3, 2011 8:03 pm

      Now that’s the biggest bunch of horse hooey I have ever heard! Private sector employers pay politicians to do their dirty work! To suggest that the private sector is different is pure hypocrisy!
      This is like saying that the millions you give to the Chamber of Commerce is cleaner than a union dollar! That is not true! When you funnel your dollars to the Tea Party, you feel no guilt or remorse, No public sector union member should feel any less because it takes more of them to make up the difference between their contributions and yours!

  8. RuW permalink
    February 21, 2011 2:17 pm

    For Labor a fight to the finish, for the corporate ‘masters’ a loss will only result in another RFP for a more effective consulting firm.

  9. February 21, 2011 9:46 am

    I do not pray bit if I had it would havebeen for this insane “fad” to pass. I tire of the corporatist bullshit; this free market nightmare that we have evolved into to; this downward spiral of the have’s and the piss-ants that serve them.

    It amazes me what people will believe but what is even more amzing is that talking points that they TRY to parrot yet when you try to scratch below the surface, well it gets pretty dark down the f*cked up rabbit hole that is bagging in the USA.

    Unions are far from perfect but they are needed. And if people think that this really is the reason for the budget problems then they trully are delusional.

    • yep. permalink
      February 25, 2011 7:09 pm

      True and well said. I for one am glad that we have labor protections – it’s sort of the mark of a civil society to be able to negotiate with one another in good faith.

  10. paul permalink
    February 20, 2011 7:56 pm

    I am sitting here in Australia wondering WTF is happening to the world. Over here we have long thought the Tea Party was a joke and that Americans had enough common sense to see through them. But after November now all I see is reasons to despair. That someone like Bush could be president for eight years was inexplicable. But the fact you have people like Palin and Bachmann who are seriously being talked about as presidential candidates…well, that is just insane. There is no one I can see on the right side of politics in the US who offers anything except more of the rubbish going down in Wisconsin.

    But you know what really concerns me. There is a small but growing stench of this sort of stuff in my country. Free health care is under attack. We won’t allow gay marriage because of a few right wing nutters. Abortions that we have allowed for forty years and still massively support the right of women to have is now on the agenda. But worse, just like your corporations, ours are demanding bigger and bigger tax cuts and giving nothing back. Just this last week, the Business Council of Australia recommended yet another corporate tax cut to be funded, wait for it, by cuts to the Disability Pension. In other words, people in wheelchairs can pay for corporations bigger profits.

    I hope to God you lot win, because if you don’t then this will flow through the world.

    • February 20, 2011 8:08 pm

      Paul,

      Thank you for your perspective

      E Gray

    • Summer permalink
      February 21, 2011 8:43 am

      I agree completely and I live here! The greed is getting out of hand not just here but in all parts of the world. It’s going to explode eventually and we’ll have no one to blame but ourselves.

      • Rebecah permalink
        February 22, 2011 2:55 pm

        Summer we have the Republicans to blame for all that is happening. They created it, and they are to blame.

        Frightening to know this kind of thing is happening all over, including Australia. Thanks for the input Paul.

  11. Joe Melcher permalink
    February 20, 2011 10:19 am

    The article sums up the situation we have been put in very well. The problem is that so many young people sat out the last election that brought in this reign of terror from the right. The very future of our rights to collective bargaining are at stake. If we don’t fight back with mass union strikes and wide spread support we will be thrust back into the past. Watch the movie Harlan County USA and remember the sacrifice these simple people took on to ensure better working condition’s this struggle is not so different from what we are facing now. If we fail here the rest of the country will fall victim to this same Koch brother strategy. If you look into the philosophy these guy have been following it is a plan to subvert our way of life and throw us all back into a time when the workers were just throw away people, use one up and hire another one there all desperate to be employed and they can’t do anything to us. Look into the John Birch Society they want to destroy the American way of life and have us all under corporate rule. We are not that far from it already. They have bought the supreme court 2 justices they own the republican party and they hood winked the Tea Party into doing there dirty work.

  12. Mary Wildfire permalink
    February 20, 2011 8:36 am

    I quite disagree that this is a “wonderful article” that “sums up the situation.” I think it’s annoyingly myopic, as is the offered bumpersticker on this site: Don’t Tea on Me, with a circle with bar across the coiled copperhead symbol. That bumpersticker is evidence that many on the left–which now includes all of the former middle–have fallen for one of the goals of the manufactured Tea party: to appropriate the symbols of the first American revolution, so they would not be available when the squeezing they have planned drives a significant portion of the American public to be ready at last to embrace revolution. Another of the goals of the Tea Party is to drive a wedge between different elements of the middle and lower classes, so that they won’t be able to unite in revolution–mission accomplished! Still another is evident in the way the corporate media–not just Fox “News” but all of them–promote and exaggerate the Tea Party, but then focus on the most overtly racist and mispelled or illogical signs it can find at their rallies–to discredit the whole idea of uprising, of taking to the streets loudly demanding change. The Tea Party is NOT a genuine phenomenon, it is a carefully, professionally planned operation, with long-term startegic objectives and a large, but much-exaggerated number of dupes filling the ranks.

  13. Bonebag permalink
    February 19, 2011 7:41 pm

    The Unions in Wisconsin are doing what a lot of folks around the world are doing: starting their own revolution! 200 Tea Partiers are getting the surprise of their lives: Folks are stepping up to the plate and saying “We want change.
    Its kinda strange since they voted in the status quo a few months ago!

  14. February 19, 2011 2:37 pm

    Thank you for telling the truth about what’s really going on in Wisconsin — and across the United States.

  15. Cathy Kaelin permalink
    February 19, 2011 11:42 am

    I’m very much concerned about this weekend in WI. The fact that so much corporate money is being used to back the Tea Party is an indication that they feel very much empowered against the lowly working people. This is a fight between the “haves & the have nots”.

  16. nycgrlupstate permalink
    February 19, 2011 10:30 am

    Great job, E. you really sum up the situation.

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