It is being reported that angry mobs have taken over the Capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin. I am reminded of the famous George Santayana quote: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” So I’ve been tweeting about it, trying to give some perspective on the broader historical and political ramifications. Here are my tweets, as is:
- Message to the unions & those who still believe they are forces for good: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
- Motto for the angry mobs in #Wisconsin: “We are bound by no laws. There are no fortresses which Bolsheviks cannot storm.” ~ Stalin #walker
- Polybius was right “Democracy comes into being; and in due course the licence and lawlessness of this form of government produces mob-rule.”
- More Polybius: “When by their foolish thirst for reputation they have created among the masses an appetite for gifts and the habit of receiving them, democracy in its turn is abolished and changes into a rule of force and violence. For the people, having grown accustomed to feed at the expense of others and to depend for their livelihood on the property of others, as soon as they find a leader who is enterprising but is excluded from the houses of office by his penury, institute the rule of violence; and now uniting their forces massacre, banish, and plunder, until they degenerate again into perfect savages and find once more a master and monarch.”
The Washington Post reports:
Democratic legislators embracing tactic to gain leverage: Fleeing
Yes, that’s the actual headline. So what does this remind me of?
Brave Sir Robin [Fleeing begins at 2:30] (HT Instapundit):
Attacking a French Castle [Fleeing begins at 3:07]:
Killer bunny [Fleeing begins at 1:55]:
The end of that clip omits the most important part. It’s leaves off the Democrats’ strategy:
ROBIN: Would it help to confuse it if we run away more?
ARTHUR: Oh, shut up and go and change your armor.
GALAHAD: Let us taunt it! It may become so cross that it will make a mistake.
And there is the strategy of the Democrats. Run away to confuse people and taunt their enemies hoping they’ll make a mistake. Hey, it’s easier than learning how to govern.
Again, Hat Tip to Instapundit.
It has been discovered that certain school administrators in Illinois are earning salaries in excess of $300,000 and are owed pensions valued in the tens of millions.
When oil companies make record profits, liberals start arguing for “profit windfall taxes.” I suggest we turn the tables on them. These are clearly windfall pensions and should be taxed as such.
Protestors in Wisconsin have compared Governor Scott Walker to Hosni Mubarak. But it’s not just the protesters. Even former Rep. David Obey (D-WI), a 41-year veteran of the House, said:
“All I know is that last week, when people were asking where Mubarak was — whether he had gone to Sharm el-Sheikh or Paris — I was saying he was ensconced in the governor’s mansion in Madison.”
Let’s compare the two.
- Hosni Mubarak was an autocrat who ruled over Egypt for 30 years without fair elections and no checks and balances on his power.
- Scott Walker is the duly elected governor of Wisconsin. He has been in power for a month and a half. He cannot enact any laws without bills first being passed by the state legislature.
The comparison is laughable. But then again, these very same people have compared Scott Walker to Mussolini and Adolf Hitler. Some even say he is Mubarak and Hitler combined.
As one who has been called a Nazi for supporting the tea party (I am an active member of the North Phoenix Tea Party), I know what it feels like. And for those who don’t know, I’m an orthodox Jew. If you are going to insult somebody, at least be tactful. These attacks against Governor Walker are tasteless, historically inaccurate, and make the protesters look bad. But then again, maybe the protesters are bad…
With the massive teachers strikes and protests in Wisconsin, I am very afraid for this country. The Bolshevik Revolution began with protests and union strikes. The Fascists in Italy and Nazis in Germany took over in part to stop the socialist/communist strikes. This country hasn’t seen strikes like these since the 1920s.
The teachers in Wisconsin don’t care about their customers: the students. We hear the cry over and over that “it’s for the children,” but when the teachers’ benefits are called into questions, they abandon the children during the school year to protest about money.
Just so you know, US Airways is protesting today down at Phoenix Sky Harbor over some contract dispute. Airline employees complain they aren’t making enough money. What about your customers? Airfares have gone up and quality of service has declined as we are packed into planes like cattle, and we now are poked, prodded, scanned, and molested to get through airport security. And through taxes and airfares, we pay for the right to do so.
Teachers unions. Airline unions. All other unions. All you care about is money, so stop pretending otherwise. “Fairness.” “Quality education.” “Safety.” You don’t care about any of that. You just want your share, more than your share, of the money.
Why should those struggling to make ends meet subsidize unions. Why can’t union employees compete in the free market like the rest of us? Because they are not worth what they are being paid? When did the land “of the people, by the people, for the people” become the land of “from the people, against the people, at the expense of the people?”