Ugly Wisconsin Could Be Coming To A Theatre Near You
by Michael Patrick Brewer on Apr. 26, 2011, under Department of Defense, Politics
Is this stuff a matter of Veterans Affairs? Well sort of, mostly because when juxtaposed with War on three fronts and the intense need for moral support for our troops who are “liberating” the oppressed peoples in autocracies around the world, we cannot seem to put our own house in order with the civility that we are trying to export in the form of sane democratic principles. Are the people of Wisconsin just a mirror for the nation? Is this what the soldier is coming home to see and live with during transition to civilian life? No wonder they are serving multiple tours. It reminds me of the riots in Chicago and the Moratorium in 1969, where the lowest common denominator of equanimity was center stage. How little we have evolved as a Republic.
I get endless emails about the stuff the Main Stream Media does not cover. This one seems to be compelling, not just because it came from my cousin who lives in Wisconsin, but for the need to have intervention, maybe even psychiatric, into the political process. The rise of identity politics and the drawing of lines in the sand is a bit out of hand. And we all know why…..its because the divisiveness is paid for in advance.
Whether it be the Koch brothers on one side and George Soros on the other, this “Hatfield and McCoy” mentality is premeditated and financed by corporate interests who could give a damn about the commoner or e pluribus unum. This is not what are soldiers are fighting for in lands afar.
The contextual truth begs to be told. The travails in Wisconsin, which could be in Arizona next week, are not about unions and collective bargaining. It is about the movement to privatize all, yes all ladies and gentlemen, all of our State operations. When the day comes that we need our troops to protect private corporations within our own state borders, the Republic is fini. The very reason that George Washington warned about the dangers of the two party system; “it will enfeeble the nation,” have now become prophecy.
A military coups inside the United States is not science fiction. Read a short story in the Army War College magazine, Parameters,” The Origins of the Military Coups of 21012.” It was written in 1992!
Wisconsin is prologue. Pay attention.
When they find out how you voted, will they come for you and your children and grandchildren next ? Is this the freedom our ancestors died for? What should we do about this ?
This is not the Wisconsin I know!—About Representative Keith Ripp
Have you seen this kind of behavior ? Keith had written a lengthy, thoughtful article in a recent Waunakee Tribune, giving a lot of information you don’t get from the media or protesters who neither live, work or pay taxes here. He understands the problems our state is facing. Hopefully spring weather will help make people more tolerant and accepting of one another.
This is not the Wisconsin I know!—About Representative Keith Ripp
Had a ‘trying day ‘ yesterday as I stopped at a friend and clients of mine: Representative Keith Ripp owns and operates with his family a feedlot in Dane, Wisconsin. Keith is also a State Representative in Wisconsin. He voted in favor (with Governor Walker) of eliminating
COLLECTIVE BARGAINING in trying to balance Wisconsin‘s budget deficit. His wife (Lori) came out and ‘broke down and cried ‘ during our talk. Keith and his family have been terrorized since the VOTE. His church has told him ‘he is no longer welcome there ‘. Many of his neighbors
have told him ‘to never talk to them again ‘. His son Radley (9 th grader) has been persecuted by his teachers. Keith has received over 800 threats. Lori has been sworn at, spit on, etc. Daily Union people pull into their driveway and harass them! Even the local firemen have told him, “don‘t bother calling if you have a fire “because we probably cannot FIND your farm in time‘.
Finally, Keith‘s sister-in-law is a teacher at a local high school. The Ripp family was all to get together for Easter dinner at Keith’s moms house (his father died of cancer 3 years ago). Keith‘s sister-in-law refuses to go to dinner at Easter dinner IF KEITH AND HIS FAMILY ATTEND! By
the way- the sister-in-law (teacher) has HER KIDS ATTEND A PRIVATE SCHOOL! Complete harassment. What kind of people are these Democrats‘ Scum of the earth!
This man and family, whom are wonderful people, are being subjected to a RECALL- due to him voting to balance the budget. Shame on Wisconsin!
Next, I went down to another friend and client Fritz Wyttenbach. He lives in Sauk City, Wisconsin. He owns a feedlot and a meat market. Fritz is on the school board. He voted to FREEZE teachers wages and reform their insurance policy to more align it with private industry
Since then ‘the local teachers have picketed his business. Threatened him and his family. Restaurants whom have purchased beef and meat from his meat market for years cancelled orders and discontinued buying from him because they are on the side of the teachers ‘. He has received death threats and e-mails that his business will be burned and destroyed. Fritz is one of the finest Christians I know of. A wonderful person. If you drive through Sauk City you will daily see teachers PICKETING on the bridge crossing the Wisconsin river. Many are toting signs to boycott Wyttenbach Meat Market. What a tragedy! May I suggest if you are driving through that part of Wisconsin that you stop and purchase some meat products from Fritz. His spirits are pretty low today.
I am convinced that Unions are little more than organized mafia movements. I am convinced that this era of American history (2008-2011) will be termed the GREAT DENIAL PERIOD in the future history books. Either we need to balance the budget and rid ourselves of entitlements or we will continue to move toward socialism. I spent some time in France last year. I saw and heard how bad socialism is. The French hate it but they can ‘t change it.
The reason I write this to you is to uncover the truth and outrageous injustice that is occurring currently in America. It is hard for me to believe that such outlandish activities are occurring
in our good old USA without the press covering this. Wow! If these activities were going on to non-Caucasians ‘.it would be deemed harassment and discrimination. It was a tough thing for me to experience. I did not know how to console these friends of mine ‘ Pray for them. I believe they are doing the right thing ‘..and they are brave people. As Fritz always says Attitude is Everything. They will press on.
So, in summary ‘.I realize we are currently in a sort of ‘CIVIL WAR ‘ in America. I can‘t believe that there is so much HATE in the U.S. amongst people whom are arguing about benefits. I hope and pray it doesn‘t come to physical conflict and it should not! However, people during the Civil war put their life on the line for what was the ‘right thing to do for America ‘. I wonder if today‘s citizen is as convicted to do the correct thing for our future ‘
We need some new leadership in this country. This will only occur if people are brave enough like the Ripps and the Wyttenbachs to stand up and do the right thing without worry about their personal loss and repercussions. I take my hat off and applaud these people. Everything I divulged above is current and true. It still baffles me how these injustices are occurring right under our noses.
No press to cover this side of the story. These families are concerned about going broke but they are standing up for what is right and risking their livelihood for the right thing! God Bless- Tom Peters
P.S. Remember- politics is NOT a spectator sport. We all need to get off the couch and GET ENGAED in correcting the system. The forefathers of our constitution would be turning over in their graves if they say the current state of the political system in America. We should and CAN fix this system with intellect and some sacrifices. Brutality and threats are not the answer. Ignorance currently rules. Knowledge and persistence will prevail. However, this system will NOT change unless smart people become enraged enough to participate in changing the system.
Perhaps I finally realized I am a TEA PARTY member ‘ Neither Republicans nor Democrats are correcting the injustices that have accumulated during the last 30-40 years.