[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]
That’s the link between these two stories. First, I meant to post this on Friday, but when Wisconsin Assembly passed the bill they have all been arguing about, the reaction was childish. You can read about the controversy itself, here.
And here is video of the tantrum (thanks to Madawaskan):
And more, via Althouse:
But in my opinion, far more damning is this second issue. Ann Althouse (and for those of you who have been living under a rock or, ahem, vacationing in Mexico, Ann has been all over this story) visits the protests in the capital building and finds them treating a war memorial with disrespect. Her and her relatively newlywed husband Meade confront the protesters and really just can’t get over it. It certainly makes my blood boil:
The worst thing about that video? That these people showed no interest, no desire to get it right, no urgency. If I had accidentally done a thing like that, I would have said, “let me go clean that up, first. Then if you want to talk, we can.” And then I would have immediately fixed it. Instead they want to stand around debating about whether they had bad intent.
But it gets even worse. Althouse and her husband come back the next day… and its trashed again (they have video at the link, but its not half as interesting). I mean the whole internet was buzzing about this last night. Didn’t anyone in their organization decide to make sure this didn’t repeat if only because of the bad publicity?
Another blogger who has done a great job covering the various union-related misbehavior all week is James Taranto. As he wrote last Tuesday:
It’s quite striking the way almost every lie the left ever told about the Tea Party has turned out to be true of the government unionists in Wisconsin and their supporters:
• Extreme rhetoric. The Wisconsin Republican Party has produced what Mediaite.org calls an “incredibly effective” video juxtaposing liberal complaints about allegedly extremist Tea Party rhetoric with unionist signs likening Gov. Walker to Hitler and other dictators. Left-wing journalists are making similar invidious comparisons: “Workers Toppled a Dictator in Egypt, but Might Be Silenced in Wisconsin” read the headline of a Washington Post column by Harold Meyerson last week. The other day on CNN we saw scenes of a Madison crowd chanting, “Kill the bill”–which was said to be violent and invidious a year ago, when “the bill” was ObamaCare.
• Violence. Blogress Ann Althouse, a state employee based in Madison, posted a video of municipal salt trucks blowing their horns in support of the unionists. A YouTube commenter responded (quoting verbatim), “whoever video taped this has no life and should be shot in the head.” Unlike Frances Fox Piven, Althouse has never advocated violence, but don’t expect the Times to give this the kind of coverage it gave Piven’s claims that she had received threatening emails.
• Partisan AstroTurf. That’s the Beltway term referring to a fake grassroots movement. Politico reported last week 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.” A blogger at the OFA website, BarackObama.com, writes: “To our allies in the labor movement, to our brothers and sisters in public work, we stand with you, and we stand strong.” We’ve also received emails from MoveOn.org, which says it’s holding a pro-unionist rally outside our officeslater this afternoon. Sorry, MOO, we’re working at home today.
• Refusal to accept election results. Although Republicans have a majority in the Wisconsin Senate, Democrats have fled the state, taking advantage of the body’s rules to deny the majority a quorum. The Indianapolis Star reports that Democrats from the Indiana House are employing the same tactic. Even Barack Obama, when he was an Illinois senator, usually voted “present.”
• Stupidity. Remember “Teabonics,” a photo album of misspelled Tea Party signs? The unionists can’t spell any better–and some of them are teachers! Althouse got one photo of what we think is a woman holding a sign that reads “ ’Open for business’ = Closed for Negotiatins [sic].” Also, some of the teachers’ tactics–in particular, fraudulently calling in sick and exploiting other people’s children by enlisting them as protesters–seem not only unethical but calculated to repel the public. One blessing of low standards for public school teachers is that it ensures many of them are not bright enough to stage an effective protest.
And of course the violence only got worse as the week went on with one union leader called for people to “get a little bloody.”
At some point you start to realize that this kind of behavior is not an aberration. It’s who they are. And that is shameful.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]