The Wisconsin civil war

The Drudge Report has a huge number of links to articles on the events in Wisconsin. They’re all copied here.

UPDATE: I’ve now read 11 of the 17 articles linked below, appending bracketed notes and summaries to some of the links to provide an idea of what the articles are about. If you work your way through these pieces (some are very short) you will get a good overview of what has transpired in Wisconsin. I compliment Drudge for the way he put this collection together. I must say that I do not see any facts supporting the charges that the governor and the Republican legislators’ lives have been put in danger. I think those fears were overstated. At the same time, the chanting protesters filling the capitol hallways day after day and preventing normal functioning in the building have created a chaotic atmosphere in which fear is understandable. Also, there have been signs calling Gov. Walker a “Hitler” and “terrorizer of females” (see video) and these could be seen as threatening. But Democrats reply that such signs are very few and not representative of the protests as a whole.


Orders state troopers to bring Dems to Capitol

‘There Is Fear For Scott Walker’s Safety’… [the leader of the Wisconsin Democratic Party says that only a few signs are violent and hateful against Republicans and are not representative of the protests as a whole; Republicans disagree and point to how the media condemned the Republicans for a few unrepresentative signs. If the threats of violence we’ve heard about consists of just a few signs in a massive protest, then it would appear that the threats of violence have been overstated.]

Dem Sen: We’ll stay away for weeks… [The protests are growing so large that Capitol workers and lawmakers’ staff cannot safely move through the halls, Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald said, calling the situation “a powder keg.” The protesters have occupied the capitol building for several days.]

WALKOUT: Milwaukee Schools closed; teachers call in ‘sick’

REPORT: Average city teacher compensation tops $100,000

PAPER: GET BACK TO WORK! [The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, quoting Obama’s statement that “elections have consequences,” condemns the Democratic lawmakers for fleeing the capital and the teachers for calling in sick and forcing schools to close.]

DNC playing role in protests… [Politico reports that “The Democratic National Committee’s Organizing for America arm — the remnant of the 2008 Obama campaign — is playing an active role in organizing protests … filling buses and building turnout for the rallies this week in Madison, organizing 15 rapid response phone banks urging supporters to call their state legislators, and working on planning and producing rallies, a Democratic Party official in Washington said.”]

Jesse to the Rescue: Jackson rallies protesters

‘A real Martin Luther King moment’… [Another short item on Jesse Jackson doing his usual thing.]

Union Fight Heats Up… [Good, detailed news article from Wall Street Journal on the climactic and dramatic events on Thursday, when the Senate was about to vote on the budget repair bill, and the Democratic senators disappeared from the state depriving the Senate of an operating quorum, and chanting protesters filled the capitol building.]

Republicans vow to cut spending in state capitols

Protests Spread to Ohio


‘Coming To Minnesota’

Idaho offical target of threats over education reform plan

Egypt in America?

Posted by Lawrence Auster at February 19, 2011 02:40 AM | Send

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