Many people are writing much on the current political standoff in Wisconsin… much of it worthless twaddle, especially that issuing from rightwing sources (one of the most unhinged was an “expert” from the Cato Institute). My first reaction was to look up the birthdates of Scott Walker (1967), Scott Fitzgerald (1963), and Reinhold Reince Priebus (1972). Walker and Preibus are immature kids still crapping in their nappies, as far as leadership and maturity goes. Fitzgerald, as a former combat arms officer should know better… but his impulsive remarks reveal him as a “perfumed prince”, better suited to dodging “paper bullets” than the real thing. Priebus is a “chicken hawk” legal eagle (like most loudmouth rightwingers, he screams for perpetual war, yet refused to serve himself)… does that surprise one? Walker’s another “chicken hawk” coward… he was a salesman, that speaks volumes for his (lack of) character.
Note well that when Walker threatened to call out the National Guard, Fitzgerald and Priebus smiled dribbling idiot grins of approval. This is dumb as dirt… the protestors aren’t minorities… they aren’t unemployed marginal people… they’re the neighbours of the (part-time) troops that Drooler Walker would call out to suppress them (he forgets that most National Guard units are understrength and underequipped, led by officers with more political connections than ability (as illustrated by Fitzgerald)). Such troops are not full-time soldiers… they have to go back to their communities after any kafuffle (just like the Russian soldiers, who were conscripts who knew that they were going home after their demob). He needs to bring in troops from out-of-state… but he can’t… President Obama wouldn’t allow it (President Obama would probably also put the kibosh on any deployment of the National Guard for Republican political violence). He’s cruising for a repeat of ’91 in Moscow and the current events in the Middle East. Scott Walker is holding a knife to the working people of Wisconsin, and he and his pals are all giggling like frat boys with one too many beers in their systems.
What should he have done? Firstly, he should have used an old poker manoeuvre, “I’ll see ya bet, and raise ya ten”. That is, when the Democrats left the state, he should have prorogued the legislature, called a 30-day cooling off period, and asked the protestors to go home. He didn’t do that… and it’s too late to do it now. This would have defused the situation, and got it out of the national news cycle. Walker is an immature bullying brat who thought with his balls, not his brain. His first reaction was to send the cops after one of the legislators. That tells us volumes about Scott Walker’s inherent nihilism… his first instance action was to threaten and attempt to use force. That baby Priebus approved of that (revealing him as a nihilistic mammon worshipper, too)… certainly, he didn’t slap down Walker publicly (a necessary move if the GOP is to have cred in the Upper Midwest in ’12).
Instead, the situation is spiralling out of control… President Obama is letting the situation “ripen”… as well he should. By staying his hand, Obama gives the teabaggers the rope they need to commit political suicide, and the doltish little horrors are taking the bait willingly and fastening it about their necks without a care. John Boehner is, probably, aghast at this turn of event… it threatens to overturn the GOP plans for 2012 by revealing the true face of the Republican Party prematurely.
Again… Scott Walker threatened to call out the National Guard. That’s the “nuclear option”… by resorting to it immediately, he told the world that he doesn’t care how many lives he snuffs out or how many he brutalises, so long as the oligarchs get to line their pockets. Remember, the state of Wisconsin had a surplus at the beginning of the year. Walker, in irresponsible giveaways to the prosperous, spent through it all. It was just like George W Bush… GWB inherited a modest surplus from Bill Clinton, the country was on its way to paying off the massive debt burden laid upon its back by Ronald Reagan. Bush started two hellishly expensive wars and gave his rich pals tax breaks up the wazoo. THAT led to the current economic meltdown. Walker is doing the same thing. What’s more, he’s made it clear that his first impulse is to smash a rifle butt full force into the faces of the working people of Wisconsin, and that he’s not going to temper that impulse or restrain it.
This is what’s facing us. We have to thank the Terrible Trio… Walker, Fitzgerald, and Priebus showed us the full ugliness and horror of the present Republican Party. There’s nothing redeeming about them in the least. Note well that John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and Rand Paul all smiled slack-jawed grins of approval at Walker’s juvenile threats and violent rhetoric. It’s clear… the Republican Party is a rabid dog… those who support it are either dupes, lickspittles of the oligarchs, or the oligarchs themselves. We can’t do anything about the latter two groups… but we can appeal to the first. Do you want to live in a police state? Remember… that knock on the door at midnight may be for YOU…
Friday 18 February 2011