Two days left in my vacation. It has been a particularly good one. I still have to go through my books – probably tomorrow. Today will be spent running errands and hanging out with the kid. Tomorrow I hope to go through my books and work on writing.
On Facebook, I just watched a video of protesters talking to police about why they were being forced to take down signs in the rotunda. The young man speaking was eloquent and intelligent. He spoke passionately but politely. The police were polite and asked nicely. The protesters took their tickets.
It is amazing to me how some people can characterize the protesters as thugs, violent and other unpleasant names. In reality from what I’ve seen and heard they are polite and firm. They are there to state their opinions and protest. They aren’t causing damage. They aren’t breaking things. They aren’t threatening anyone. They are there voicing their opinions and beliefs (loudly).
They aren’t getting discourse from the Republicans. What are the Republicans afraid of? Why won’t they discuss with an open mind and heart? What stops them from listening to all of these people? Unfortunately I don’t have the answer to that. I can make assumptions but I’m not willing to do that.
When I went to the rally and meeting I was hoping for a republican or two to be there so I could hear their side of this. I want to KNOW why they are doing this and what they think they will accomplish. Sadly none showed up. All we get from them is name calling and bullying tactics. The rules only apply to everyone else, it would seem, not to them.
With all the posts on politics I’ve offended some people. Some of these people were long standing friends. I’m not sure whether they will continue to be my friend after this bout of political sharing. In every day life, I’m pretty middle of the road. I’ll vote for the candidate and how he or she represents themselves. I don’t consider myself either Democrat or Republican.
One of the friends who disagrees with my point of view told me to explore the different beliefs of the parties and present a more balanced view. My first thought was – it isn’t supposed to be a balanced view – this is my blog about MY opinions. However, I like to keep an open mind and I like to listen to a lot of different perspectives. So I thought I’d start at the heart of the beliefs.
Here are the core beliefs of the Republican party (http://www.gop.com/index.php/issues/what_we_believe/)
I watched the Governor’s news conference today. He tried to convince all of us what a horrible position we are in. He can say we are broke a million times and every time he does I think about the tax breaks he gave his cronies. What he really said were half truths and lies. I get that he is trying everything in his power to convince the citizens of Wisconsin that he is being truthful and trying to do what is best for Wisconsin. He comes across as a slick used car salesman.
I watched the Democrats’ response to the Governor’s news conference. I think they were genuine in their response. I listened to the Republicans attempt to bully the Democrats and realized that they were doing their best to stand up to them.
Walker says that the stimulus money was misappropriated. Where is his proof? I worked for the DOT and I know how careful everyone was for making sure about how the money was spent. I know that we let (this means to put out for bid) a billion dollars worth of contracts which is twice what we normally do in a year. We worked our asses off to get that money out to the contractors. I’m offended that he would accuse us of spending it unwisely or erroneously.
Walker said nothing new in his speech. He just spewed more of the same rhetoric. I saw Republicans yelling at Democrats because they weren’t getting their way. It is sad that adults who are supposed to be leaders act like bullies on the playground.
I’m not a political person – yes I know I’ve posted so much this week on the issues going on but under normal circumstances I’m just not. I don’t vote by party lines. I don’t discuss my votes. I vote – every election. I despair that our politician will ever get what is needed for our country.
Today though, I was PROUD of our state Democrat senators. The Republicans and Governor have closed their minds and their ears to the pleas of the workers in the state. Walker said he had 8,000 emails supporting what he is doing. How many did he have wanting it to stop? How many people have protested – somewhere around 50,000.
I watched the national programs tonight – they were amusing. They also got to the heart of the matter. I think this is the first time I’ve heard the other side of the story. It has been the Republicans BLASTING away at the “evil” state workers and unions.
The overly dramatic presentation of the information was a bit much (maybe because I’m from the Midwest) but maybe that will start people thinking. Paul Ryan is an idiot. He accused the protesters of being violent. I say come to Madison and see for yourself. The Madison police had only good things to say about the protesters. Apparently Ryan thinks the teachers are a bunch of violent radical people. Well they are radical – they want to keep their rights.
If Walker and his cronies have their way, Wisconsin will become a state of haves and have nots. It isn’t the state workers who have. It will be the corporations, big business, and the politicians who have. The workers – everyone else will be a have not. State worker (those that don’t already have second jobs) will be looking for a second job.
I hope the Democrats drive their point home and stick together. They are doing what’s right and I intend to support them.
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