We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What happened in Wisconsin was no less than a fascist putsch, their aspiring oppressors lost only because of the dignified and stubborn leadership of their governor. Its failure was not a sure thing. Americans saw the true face of those who want to rule us. It is a vicious, arrogant and voraciously greedy face, full of disdain and contempt for our institutions and the rights of our citizens. It is in its bones anti-Democratic and anti-American. It will do whatever it takes to take and keep power; it will break any law and crush any opponent if it can.
The fascists didn't count on "the dignified and stubborn leadership of their governor..."
"Walker was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Llew Walker, a Baptist minister, and Pat (Fitch) Walker, a bookkeeper. The family moved to Plainfield, Iowa, and when Scott was ten years old, to Delavan, Wisconsin, a town of about 8,000, where his father became a prominent preacher.
"While in high school, he attended two weeks of American Legion-sponsored training in leadership and government; Badger Boys State held in Wisconsin, and the selective Boys Nation held in Washington, D.C. He has credited the experience with solidifying his interest in public service and giving him the "political bug". While in Washington, he met Ronald Reagan, who became his inspiration and model. He attained the highest rank, Eagle Scout, in the Boy Scouts of America, and graduated from Delavan-Darien High School in 1986."
From Scott Walker's bio on Wikipedia
I grew up in Wisconsin in the years before the Second World War. The German heritage was very strong there, and the German Bund [think 'brownshirts'] was a heavy influence throughout the working class society of that day. When I look at the pictures of the protesters in the Madison capitol, they look thuggishly familiar to me. They certainly don't look like respectable preceptors. More like good old thugs--are-us.
This crowd has stolen the elections of WA state for at least 16 years now. What do you mean "fairly elected"? Until we are ready to accept that mail in ballots and advanced "designed" "voting machines" are not for the budget, nor for the process. They are in place to assure that democracy is not the winner--but, rather these brown/black shirts. In WA and OR there has been a well known and tolerated (revered) socialist and communist movements since at least the time of the WW1. The current governor of WA state, herself the beneficiary of two fraudulent elections has stated publicly, "elections are only an indicator of how people are feeling anyhow". The folks in WA state destroyed one AG already--no wonder no one from the Federal elite will go in there and tackle the power pack.
The irony is that this same group has done a fine job of protecting the gift that God has given: the mountains, the ocean/sound, and the trees, etc. Well done. Now, if you don't mind please do not expect me to accept your environmental protection accomplishments in place of democracy. You could very well have accomplished the same thing without robbing us of our freedom. When the Republicans get smart enough to separate these two arguments--then and only then will we be able to successfully defend this terrible attack on democracy.