The news from America has been dominated by the
right-wing coup currently underway in Wisconsin, where teachers and other
government workers have been threatened with their jobs because the governor
wants to reduce costs. The workers and their sympathizers have been protesting
in the streets, pursued by pro-government activists attempting to drown them
Tea Party zealots, fueled by propaganda television and
radio broadcasts, have been bussed in from around the nation to quell the
protesters. The zealots have been trying to disrupt the peaceful protesting in
Wisconsin and export their views to other states.
If it sounds a bit like the situation in Egypt, Libya
and the kingdoms of the Middle East, it's not coincidental. The rough outline
is the same: a bullying government trying to enforce radical policies and drown
out objections with proxy goons.
Despite the president's trying to mediate an end to
this assault on organized labor, the Wisconsin government is unyielding in its
stand against education and educators, and for the right of the wealthy to pay
as little in taxes as it possibly can, no matter what the costs.
The right-wing media, just like the government in
Egypt, had better be careful when inciting the masses to protest in the
streets. If a real majority of Americans grabbed picket signs and gathered in
protest, the right-wingers would be surprised with who would show up.
It wouldn't be Fox News viewers from the suburbs
filling Monument Circle in protest; if the true will of the people were
expressed in the streets, it would be a mass gathering of poor whites, blacks,
Hispanics, young people and gays, all of them united in opposition to state
We're actually not too far away from that scenario.
Apparently motivated by Mitch Daniels' presidential ambitions and a desire to
outdo Arizona and Wisconsin for the title of dumbest legislature, our
Statehouse has been a beehive of activity for proposed laws to break our
economy even further and to repress minority voices of any kind.
In an ideal world for our legislature, nobody would
have collective bargaining rights, all white males would be granted special
rights to patrol our cities for illegal aliens, and the very richest among us
would pay no taxes at all. This is a scary picture but not too far from
Usually I have no problem with white people wanting to
express just how repressed they are because it's always just a bunch of
hillbillies carrying signs and repeating Rush Limbaugh slogans. The difference
is, these folks have power on a scale sufficient enough to harm our country and
foster violent disagreements.
I have a feeling that if they had their way, Tea
Partiers would impeach the president and vice president, outlaw unions, blacks
and homosexuals and restore the country to the Christian values of the slaveowners
of the 1800s.
If that happened, there really would be a rebellion in
the streets because the vast majority of urban residents these days stand fully
behind the president and the legitimately elected government of the United
I'm a little too old for rioting in the streets but
would gladly participate in a general strike and massive protests against the
people who want to repress me and my kind. That's what we're looking at if the
right-wing radicals continue to try to roll back our rights in the name of
Mitch Daniels has been touring the nation and speaking
about the miracle of his tenure in Indiana, where he's pawned our state's
assets, given rich people tax breaks and tried to undo almost 100 years of
progress in collective bargaining.
With the help of the right wing's media, he's starting
to build a name for himself as a hard-nosed, pragmatic, rich white man who will
help all his fellow rich avoid paying taxes and bear no responsibility for
helping the neediest citizens.
People are starting to believe this fictional picture.
To them, I say, let them come to Indiana. They will see a deeply divided state
comprised of reasonable people who don't want this right-wing radicalism.
They will also see citizens who are willing to protest
in the streets, if necessary, in order not to be repressed further by the local
That's why the right wingers had better exercise
caution in organizing these big rallies. Pretty soon now, a real majority of
folks will drown out their protests with those of their own. We outnumber the
Republicans, the teabaggers and the ultra-rich.
Normally, we're at work, trying to provide for our
families. We don't have time to indulge in street protests. But make us angry
enough and we'll counter your demonstrations and outdo them. Just don't push