This Wisconsin show down b/w Gov Walker and the Unions is now spreading to Indiana, Ohio and… The Koch Brothers were welcomed with open arms from the self-anointed leader of the Tea Party Movement, the one and only Dick Armey, who purposely hijacked and infiltrated this young threatening movement early on. Although TP voters were warned time and again throughout 2010, especially by the very patriots who started the Tea Party groundswell, that you were being used, you instead chose to ignore their wisdom and placed your trust in the same old rattler snakes and you’ve been bitten.
These greedy charlatans out of Wall Street’s Corporate America cleverly hid in the shadows, all the while feeding their million-dollar mouthpieces -- Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh their daily talking points -- polled and time tested -- to stir your patriotic fervor. These guys don’t get paid the mega bucks for being bad salesmen. No. They get paid the big bucks to sell you their illusory pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and they are very good salesmen. Don’t blame them for how you voted, it was you who bought their propaganda hook, line and sinker.
As a result, what is unfolding in Wisconsin serves as a startling example of just how badly Tea Party voters were mislead. Think about it. Did any Tea Party voters ask the Koch brothers hand picked leadership of the Tea Party movement what they really meant when they ran on a platform to cut their state budgets and trim the fat? No. You trusted them. Let me be abundantly clear -- it is one thing for a Governor to demand his union employee’s pay more into their pensions and healthcare, take pay cuts and put off their cost of living increases, but it’s an entirely different policy matter demanding unions give up the right to negotiate on their members behalf. But, this is what you, the Tea Party voter, are now being blamed for and having to defend.
Ask yourself -- was my vote for Tea Party candidate A a vote to eliminate my neighbors, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, friends right to negotiate a fair wage? I don’t think so. Your vote was to cut the budget and trim the fat. But the big boys are telling the world you voted to end collective bargaining, and they are winning the message war, hands down. Crickets from the Tea Party voters. Are you going to let them get away with this? Hello? Where is your honor? Your integrity? Your fighting spirit?
These charlatans are using you, and your patriotism as cover for their deceit, underhandedness and dishonesty. Are you going to allow it? Are you going to give up and let these thugs steel your patriotic thunder! Or are you going to accept the facts of these hard lessons, stand up to the deceit and rip your power back?
- Scheduled protests in support of labor:
Tuesday, February 22 . 12:00pm, Contact AFSCME for details
Little Rock, AR
Wednesday, February 23 . 11:30am, State Capitol
Tuesday, February 22 . Contact AFSCME for details
Tuesday, February 22 . 5:30pm. State Capitol, West steps
San Diego, CA
Tuesday, February 22 . 4:30pm. 3737 Camino del Rio South
Tuesday, February 22 . 12:00pm, Colorado State House
Wednesday, February 23 . 12:00pm, State Capitol West Steps
Des Moines, IA
Tuesday, February 22 . 1:00pm, State Capitol west steps
Tuesday, February 22 · 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Massachusetts State House
Tuesday, February 22 · 4:00pm, City Hall, W. Mass JwJ for more info
Tuesday, February 22 . 12:00pm, Lawyer’s Mall. MD AFL-CIO for more info
Tuesday, February 22 . 9:00am . 215 N. Capitol (corner of Ottawa) Central United Methodist Church
Saint Paul, MN
Tuesday, February 22 · 4:00pm – 5:00pm. Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda
Friday, Feb. 25. New Jersey members of the AFL-CIO and the Communication Workers of America, among other groups, are calling on people to gather at Noon on Friday (2/25) at the Statehouse in Trenton.
Santa Fe, NM
Tuesday, February 22 . 12:15pm. State House East side
New York, NY
Tuesday, Feb. 22. 5:00 pm. Fox News, FOX News at 6th Ave. and 48th St., during Glenn Beck’s program.
Tuesday, February 22 . 4:00pm. Rally against SB5 at the Civic Center, 1101 Market Ave. N.
Tuesday, February 22 . various. Buses to Columbus for Ohio’s SB5 hearing. Contact Cleveland JwJ for details.
Tuesday, February 22 . 4:00pm, Ohio State House. This is a hearing on Ohio’s Senate Bill 5 which would ban collective bargaining for public workers.
Wednesday, February 23 . 12:00pm, Lackawanna Court House
Tuesday, February 22 · 4:30pm – 7:30pm, Rhode Island State House
Salt Lake City, UT
Tuesday, February 22. State Capitol, contact UT AFL-CIO for details
Tuesday, February 22 . 12:00pm. State Capitol
Rallies at the Statehouse continues — Last count 80,000 people at protest.