Thursday, April 7, 2011
This is What Democracy Looks Like!
My most favorite chant at the Wisconsin protests has been - "This is what Democracy looks like!"
On Friday, April 1, 2011, La Crosse, WI area (my home town) Democrats filed a petition of more than 21,700 signatures at the capital in Madison calling for the recall of Wisconsin State Senator Dan Kapanke (R-La Crosse). Mr. Kapanke is just the first of 8 GOP senators now facing recall in response to their support of WI Gov. Scott Walker's over-reaching union busting supposed budget bill to be successfully targeted. There were 15,588 signatures needed for the recall and 60 days to collect them - the over 21,700 signatures were collected totally by volunteers in less than 30 days. The Democrats just need 3 Republican senate seats in Madison to flip to regain control of the senate; then next year when he is eligible for recall with any luck Mr. Walker will be ousted too.
To be at the capital during the protests has been a transforming uplifting experience and I definately feel that very same spirit has filled many state capitals across the midWest - all with newly elected Republican governors who have recently seen their own poll numbers plummet just since taking office in January and after their own union busting tactics created their own firestorms. This disgusting over-reach has started a movement - awakened the sleeping giant - and has confirmed that the GOP 2010 gains and so-called "mandate"will be short-lived. The following article from Alternet.org details the viewpoint of many who feel as I do. It is a very timely eye-opening report.