Thursday, November 29, 2018

Amicable breakup? So who plugged up the toilet and keyed your car?

In Wisconsin, election-losers fairly facing a power loss
Wisc Sen. Scott Fitzgerald.jpg
hope to squirrel away spoils which they can access only through insiders' brute-force.

This vindictive abandonment of democratic tradition that Wisconsin GOP pols are openly engineering after Gov. Walker's Nov. 6th rejection at the polls by Tony Evers would be like the Milwaukee Brewers, having lost last month's decisive playoff game at home to the Los Angeles Dodgers, then used the Miller Park master keys to slip into the Dodgers locker room before they left town, spread lice in their uniforms and drilled cracks in their bats.

Or it would like you had lived for some years with a partner named Scott, and had a break-up you thought would be amicable.

Then you hear he's sending his pals to the house you had shared to vandalize the furnishings, plug up the toilets and poison the dog. 

And work on rigging the selection of one of the top judges who might someday hear any case you might bring. 

You find Scott's maneuvering doubly troubling because you remember that Scott was an Eagle Scout, and had once looked up what that meant:

From the Eagle Scout ceremony:
The foremost responsibility of an Eagle Scout is to live with honor. To an Eagle Scout, honor is the foundation of all character. He knows that 'a Scout is trustworthy' is the very first point of the Scout Law for a good reason. An Eagle Scout lives honorably, not only because honor is important to him, but because of the vital significance of the example he sets for other scouts. Living honorably reflects credit on his home, his church, his troop, and his community. 
And triply-troubling as you try to explain his scheming to your friends and family because you remember that one of the things you had noticed about Scott when he was approaching his biggest public service win yet that he had a publicly-declared code of ethics based on this principle:

""The culture of government has destroyed the integrity and the idea of public service," said Walker. "My plan seeks to restore the public trust, and instill the confidence that our elected leaders are working for the people," Walker added."

Then you come to your senses, remembering this isn't the first time that Walker and his partisan allies, when feeling the sting of rejection, had shamelessly embedded advantage into the system, as noted in 2011:
On top of efforts to hamstring legitimate recall petition circulation, having run fake Democrats in this summer's Senate recall elections, having added voting and registration barriers in the unneeded Voter ID bill and changed the 2012 primary to a date obstructing college voters, hasn't election tampering by the GOP and Walkerites gone far enough?

Wisconsin Republicans AGAIN Want Quick Rule/Law Changes To Preserve Their Majorities

In case you missed it:

(originally posted, Saturday, 10/29, 10:30 p.m.) Wisconsin Republican legislators continue to manipulate the electoral process into an un-American, one-sided game where the playing field is permanently tilted because they have the power to make, undo and change the rules to ensure they win.

Did they swap their oath to obey the law and protect the State Constitution for a secret handshake with Scott Walker and a pledge of allegiance to Americans for Prosperity?

Imagine that the Cardinals or Yankees got to adjust the rules in the eighth inning, at will, to give themselves four strikes to make an out, or to score a double as a three-run homer.

How often can these serial cheaters reporting to Scott Walker and the Fitzgeralds be allowed to rig the system? What happened to Scott Walker, Eagle Scout?

[Update: They're at it again]

Consider their machinations just this year, framing 2012 as its Year of the Stealathon:

*  They ran phony slates of Democrats in the Senate recall elections to confuse the electorate and game the calender for scheduling and fund-raising advantages.

*  They are moving to add burdensome notarization requirements to help make Scott Walker's recall more difficult - - even though Walker benefited from a traditional, unfettered, Constitutionally-guaranteed recall system in 2002 to become Milwaukee County Executive prior to his successful run for Governor last year.

*  Now the Republicanss are rushing forward with a plan by New Berlin Senator Mary Lazich - - no surprise there - - to undo part of a just-passed GOP-crafted redistricting plan because they see a fresher way to adjust election schedules, again in their favor, to hang on to a one-vote Senate majority. 

Some months ago, I wrote that no one likes a cheater in politics, and I believe the GOP will get what's coming to it when these manipulations - - and don't forget the exclusionary goals of the Voter ID law take effect next year, too - - help the Recall Walker Movement gets its signatures:
Partisan politics is one thing, but repeated twisting of the rules, the legislative process and the essential need for fair play in a just society to cement office-holding by the group that happens to be in office - - and also with Walker being elected by just 52% of the voters who turned out - - should backfire, and is, the polling suggests.


Unknown said...

The legacy of Newt Gingrich, of ALEC school tutelage, of KOCH Brothers largess, of WI Supreme Court interference in John Doe II, who else can we thank for this legacy?

Anonymous said...

Propaganda Alert!

While Walker's BFF has been begging for support, falsely claiming that under Gannett/USA Today, it is somehow more legitimate news source; anyone watching this paper know nothing could be further from the truth.

Today their website screams this dishonest headline: Republicans to pass pre-existing conditions bill as part of lame-duck session that could limit Tony Evers

This is a bold-faced lie and among the most disingenuous propaganda that has ever been published under that masthead -- and there were years and years of outragrous lies for all of Walker's entire life spent on the public dime.

There is no need to protect pre-existing conditions as ACA did that. This article headline misrepresents the story entirely. It is actually all about the ways GOP will take away any-and-all powers that can be grabbed from the incoming administration. Even worse, this article is nothing more than a hatchet job on ACA. Nowhere does it explain how any changes in pre-existing coverage improve on or even protect pre-existing conditions. ACA not only demands coverage, but eliminates upcharges.

The republicans will do no such thing -- this is the lie that Walker ran on and lost in November. Now MJS is shouting this lie to the world with a dishonest headline that in no way reflects the actual story.

Gannett is no more honest than the previous owners of MJS and today the show their hands as possibly being more dishonest if that is possible.