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June 04, 2012

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i will be voting early. i am hoping my conversation while getting my hair cut got the cutter to vote against emp scott.

and i will be praying. zombie reagan must die. the teabags must be denied.

THIS. Longtime lurker, first time poster here. Your post has reduced me to tears. I am SO frustrated at people's inability to see what you have articulated so beautifully here. It is beyond me how anyone in Wisconsin can go to the polls tomorrow and vote for Walker, because a vote for Walker is a vote AGAINST their neighbor, brother, sister, co-worker, friend, etc. I live in the flatlands of Illinois, but tomorrow this FIB's heart and thoughts will be with the working people north of the border. On Wisconsin!

Hope the voters turn out in huge numbers!

*chanting* Show me what Democracy looks like! Here's what democracy looks like!

Best weekend in Madison. You have a lovely downtown.

We're working on our second attempt at recalling Synder here.

Good luck to everyone in Badger-land. I'm not one of those, "our existence depends on this" types, but I definitely think that this election is all of what Athenae wrote it is. It is grassroots vs. SuoerPAC, it is labor rights vs. robber barons, it is democracy vs. corporate oligarchy.

I refuse to believe that Wisconsonians have forgotten their progressive and pragmatic history. I don't think out of state corporatists will win out in the end.

I'll definitely be in the van tomorrow!

I liked this, it was very well put: They're always coming for you, is what I want to tell everybody who's angry and everybody who's scared. The jerk, the company, they're always out there, and the only thing you can't afford is to think they're on your side. When they're done with the teachers and the steelworkers and the cops, they'll come for you, too.

I love you, you know. The thing is, "we" used to believe that this was a "We" society, not a "Me" society. I'm not sure exactly when that changed, but until it changes back, until we realize that, yes, they really are coming for us, all of us, and that there are more of us than there are of them, and if we all stand together, we really can at least beat the bastards back, people are going to continue to think it can't happen to them. Until it does.

Preach!

Booze: Chilled
Cocaine: Cut
Hookers: Standing by

Yeah, I think we're ready for your arrival, boss.

we can't afford pensions but we're just going to ignore all the golden parachutes we're ponying up for, any one of which could probably fund the retirement plan of at least a whole passle of public employees in your region.

What you can't afford is the blinders you voluntarily strap on.

I spent the afternoon making phone calls from California to Madison to urge people to get out and vote tomorrow.

Keep fighting the good fight, Wisconsin. We can do this thing.

Regards,

Tengrain

I called Wausau all weekend from Dayton, OH.

We might win, we might not; but we went toe-to-toe with the mighty Koch Bros. and all their money. Tonight, there is hope.

Out knocking on doors a couple times this weekend, and pretty much everybody has been contacted numerous times; most were nice about it, but it starts to make you wonder if we've done all we could already.

And then....

Tonight I came across five or six people - relatives of the people I had on my list, a newcomer to the state, a high school kid who turned eighteen this weekend - all who were ready to go vote and weren't sure where their polling place was or what they needed to get registered tomorrow.

I'm not sure if it is good news that I found them or bad news that they hadn't been found before this :-) But it sure did FEEL like I had a great night tonight.

(The eighteen year old - lives with her mom, doesn't drive, doesn't have a bank account, etc.; all the 'normal' documents one would use to demonstrate residence for registration. So I asked her about any other "government" documents that would have her name and address. And she says that she had made some sort of state-wide honor roll, and received a congratulatory letter FROM WALKER that she was pretty sure had her home address on it. It will probably 'work', depending on the individual poll worker she runs into. But, oh, the irony!)

This is a brilliant post, A. (As they all are.) But this is so clear and cuts so to the quickening of what we should expect...to live a life of dignity and respect for a full day's work and a job well done.

Thanks for posting this.

Go, Barrett!

"And what I keep coming back to is fear, among the Walker supporters, among those who say things like "we can't afford to keep paying for pensions" and "we can't afford anything but the lowest of low taxes for corporations" and "we can't do anything we did 40 years ago because of reasons I don't understand but I know, in my bones, that we can't, we just can't." And I'm being reminded of how radical a message it really is, how radical it always is, to say we can achieve what we want to achieve."

"We just can't." "We just can't." That's the little devil gremlin on your right shoulder whispering in your ear. The same one that told my Dad he had no chance with the pretty lady sitting there on the school steps (did he listen? Duh!), the same voice that drives cowardly men like John Boehner and Dennis Hastert, that made David Broder the whinny spokesman for the sychophant press, or Tom Friedman to spew his because we can embarrassment.

Wednesday is the D-Day Anniversary, I'm sure there were boatloads of men who heard that voice, and some who listened, but thank the GFSM most did not listen, like my Dad (whew!!!!).

So don't listen to that voice of fear. FDR said it, please people, remember what he said, "We have nothing to fear, but fear itself."

Don't be afraid Wisconsin, just do the right thing!

A, get your post in the paper, or Freeway Blogged, or something, you really bring it home. Love ya!

Winner. As always.

I will start posting once the internet is back on at my house. Sigh...

They're always coming for you, is what I want to tell everybody who's angry and everybody who's scared. The jerk, the company, they're always out there, and the only thing you can't afford is to think they're on your side. When they're done with the teachers and the steelworkers and the cops, they'll come for you, too, and no racist sign or hat with teabags glued on gonna save your soul then.
Or as Lupe Fiasco put it: "They gon' fuck with yours soon as they done with mine."

Beautifully expressed, Allison. I dearly hope Wisconsin returns to being the place I once knew. Or thought I knew.

Beautiful post. Watching for the results anxiously - hoping for the end of Walker in politics

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