Violence is beginning to escalate in the USA.
In Wisconsin and Ohio, the pro-union forces are now identifying with the people of Egypt and Libya and making really stupid statements. Many seem to believe that they are living under a dictatorship if their collective bargaining rights are threatened. They really do not even have a clear understanding of what the issues are surrounding collective bargaining in Wisconsin and how that doesn’t affect Union Workers nationwide. Also, they seem to forget that Scott Walker won an election. They are not listening to what is being said. People are coming into the state who have nothing to do with the issues there and tension continues to rise as the violence escalates.
Walker has explained repeatedly what he is trying to do to balance Wisconsin’s budget and why. Few seem to be listening. Althouse explains it fairly simply here: Althouse
Liberty News explains it as well using Walker’s on words.
The thing I find really troubling about this entire business is the turmoil and hatred that is being shown by the people who are demonstrating. If the Tea Party people had behaved in this manner you can be assured that it would have made major headlines in every newspaper and every media source would have covered it daily. But it isn’t just the temporary violence that is troubling. It is this notion that workers should take to the streets against those who were elected to do a job rather than wait for an election to make changes in laws or policies. This is what happened in Russia when the Communist took over. This is what happened in Iran when the Muslim radicals took over. Extremist take advantage of chaos. Remember these words:
Never let a serious crisis go to waste. Rahm Emanuel
I fear that there are those who will take advantage of this crisis in a very destructive manner. We, as Americans, need to pull together. We are in a budget crisis. This isn’t a time to fight one another or create chaos in a land where we hold free elections every two years.