Our angry little poem for today: Intended to Offend

Intended to Offend

While conservative thought
Remains childlike
Oxymorons hardly a rarity

The genuine progressive
Continues as rare
Confuses justice with charity

So we embrace the offensive
As refreshingly bright
No need to hide out in parody

And eagerly wait
For those next ugly words
Grateful for the clarity?

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From the state that gave us Joe McCarthy: Scott Hubris Walker

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In a courageous act of self-involved hubris, Scott Walker recently provided us with a glimpse into the mind of the “real conservative” who would be king. Addressing the international terrorist issue, Walker declared, “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.”

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/02/scott-walker-cpac-isis-union/386405

Sounds like the Governor is suggesting that his union busting tactics qualify him to lead the fight against an army?

Outstanding! So, the key to defeating International Terror Organizations is to decertify them and cut their funding? Maybe, not allow them to collect dues and make them pay for extra police when they peacefully protest!

Yeah, that’ll work.

The oddest aspect of this notion is that this anti-government lifetime government employee actually believes his own BS. Kind of scary, hey?

Fellow Americans, we in Wisconsin humbly apologize for unleashing another right wing whack-a-doodle upon an unsuspecting nation. Sorry, sometimes we get a little crazy up here. Here’s hoping he does little national damage while providing some quality entertainment.

Sorry…

;-(

The Monetization of the First Amendment

News flash: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and the Republican controlled state legislature have come up with a new way to suppress free speech – charge for it.

Under a new policy, organizers of large outdoor demonstrations at the capitol are now required to pay fifty dollars per hour for each additional police officer required to monitor the event.  The same charge will be applied to small indoor protests.  This service charge, of course, is payable in advance.

When asked if the policy was designed to discourage protest, Walker’s predictable response was, “No. Not at all. The courts and the judge’s orders in terms of making sure it was a public place also set conditions for how it should be run and operated.”

(Yes, I know his answer is not entirely lucid, but let’s try to respond anyway.)

So, charging demonstrators for the act of demonstrating is not suppression of free speech because the state can set other conditions for public gatherings such as time of day, sound levels and sanitary requirements?  Really?  The governor thinks he can disregard the Bill of Rights the same way he can require Porta Potties at county fairs?

Well, Governor Walker, I don’t think so.  Charging citizens for exercising their rights was struck down a long time ago.  As I recall, it was considered inappropriate back when the great state of Mississippi tried to charge people a poll tax to prevent some from voting.  I think the word the courts used was unconstitutional.  I believe charging the people of Wisconsin a Demonstration Tax may also be viewed as bad form.

Aside from the constitutional issue, there are other troubling aspects to this policy.  Frankly, this kind of law can easily be selectively enforced.  Who decides how many additional police will be required for any given event?  The people in power of course – the people who don’t want critical demonstrations to occur.  Those in power could require thousands of additional police for recall rallies or Occupy actions.    But those same people may feel a Tea Party demonstration would not require any additional police.  After all, the Tea Party demonstrators traditionally pack guns which are far less dangerous than socialist ideas.

With this policy Governor Walker continues to drive Wisconsin towards Brave New Wisconsin a place where nothing is free – including speech.