My how two years can change a group of people. I am sure you all remember back to the health care debate that swept this country a few years back. Thousands of people in cities and towns all over this country were protesting the proposed health care law. They were interrupting town hall meetings and shouting over those that supported the proposed law. The media fell in love with this group, known as the TEA Party. These people were truly patriotic and were fully using their right to peacefully assemble and protest the government. If you opposed the group at all you were castigated as hating America and her freedoms.
We fast forward to today and Wisconsin. Several thousand people have been outside the capitol in that state protesting the governor's attempt to take away their bargaining rights. The media, however (and many that were in the group of protesters a few years back) are having none of it. They are displaying absolute hate for these people. Joe Scarborough, of that liberal "bastion" station MSNBC took it a step further by stating, on national television characterized the teachers, specifically of being sick and selfish.
To me, both arguments are roughly the same, rights and freedoms. The people a few years ago wanted the right and the freedom to not take health insurance if they did not want it and also the right and the freedom not to have to pay for people that do. The people today want the right and freedom to have bargaining rights. The freedom to join a union in order to ensure that their pay doesn't suffer. Teachers are completely underpaid for the services they offer and the governor of Wisconsin wants to take away their right to have a union.
So why is one groups freedoms and rights so much more important than the others that the media largely gives them a pass and the others isn't to the point they are being called unAmerican for protesting?
There is no reason. None.
It is all politics, once again. The same groups and people that supported the TEA Party and their efforts, one would think, should support what is going on in Wisconsin. Both situations are about rights and freedoms. Here's the caveat. The group in Wisconsin is fighting for their rights as American citizens to be able to keep their unions and bargaining rights. The governor is simply making a power move. This is something he readily admits. This move to dissolve bargaining rights and unions is all about union busting. It has nothing to do with the budget. He has admitted to this. So here, we have a governor, who is saying right up front that he is trying to take their rights away. This should be something right up the TEA Party's alley. Instead, they are publicly infiltrating the organizations that are protesting in hopes of derailing them. It seems low class to me, but maybe, this is just the modern American way now. I hope not.
There are also those that are telling the protesters to get over themselves because this is exactly what the governor campaigned on and got elected on. To me, these protesters remind me completely of the Obama protesters. Obama campaigned and got elected in part due to his pledge to overhaul healthcare and his promise of all Americans getting healthcare. They still protested. What makes them right, and the ones in Wisconsin wrong? What makes it okay for them to protest, but the protesters in Wisconsin are told to take it like a man and go home?
They are called union thugs. The ones that are shouting the loudest against the protesters like to throw out "facts" that have no basis in truth. That can not prove what they are saying is true, but you had better not ask them to prove what they are saying. For one they will either ignore you or frame you as being someone who hates America for simply asking them for their sources.
I thought it was foolish to compare protesters of health care to Nazis, I think it is foolish to compare the protesters now to Nazis. I have always thought it foolish (and to be honest ignorant) to compare anything Obama has said or done to Nazis. I believe it foolish to compare anything that Walker has said and done to the Nazis or Hitler. Those that do it on both sides have no clue of history and only water down history when they do it. I am a big believer of history repeating itself but calling someone a Nazi or Hitler just because you do not like them or their policies is, dare I say it, dumb. Let us wait until they actually start acting like it before making the comparisons.
The protesters are being called spoiled brats by the same people that just two years ago were calling the protesters true Americans and true patriots. Hypocrite thy name is you.
Those that try to frame (and currently that is the favorite past time of sofa jockies) the protests in Wisconsin as the unions trying to keep the wallets fat really have no idea of what is actually going on in Wisconsin. They pretend they do, but in reality they are just spouting off what they are being told to say by their favorite media darling. The protests are much deeper than that. These protests are about the unions trying protect their rights. You would think that a governor trying to take the rights away from his people, and the people standing up and telling him that he can not, in fact, do that, would be something the protesters of two years ago and their supporters would get behind and applaud. Instead they are met with indignation and disgust.
I may not have agreed with the protesters of two years ago, I may not have agreed with how they acted in town halls when they would not even let others with different ideas talk, but I never thought they should just get over it, shut up, and go home. Protesting is an American institution. Whether I agree with you or not, if you want to protest go right ahead and protest. It is your right, it is also my right to disagree with you.
Vilifying those you do not agree with is, to me, sick and selfish. Lying about why they are protesting is disgusting.
If, as you say, you are for the rights and freedoms of all Americans then why on earth are you trying to paint today's protesters in such a negative light and completely different than the protesters you supported just two years ago? They are exactly the same.
UPDATE: It now appears that Walker is seriously wanting to circumnavigate the Constitution. There are reports that he is attempting to clear the capital of all protesters, which of course is a complete violation of the Constitution. I wonder, where are the cries of ripping up the Constitution? Could it be absolutely true that one group believes that their group should be able to protest by any means they see fit while another should be restricted?