Wow… 3 miles from my home, and 3 blocks from my parish in Madison…
Angry mobs broke a Capitol door panel this morning just before police arrived, prompting the closing of the building. About 200 demonstrators remain inside the Capitol building since last night. The Capitol will not open, police said, until a law enforcement assessment of the building and security requirements have been completed.
Last night, police “ceded control of the State Street doors and allowed the crowd to surge inside.” Some report that demonstrators broke windows—see the situation here:
Last night, Republican legislators were told to flee Madison for their own safety(Senator Grothman, March 9, 2011).
Mayor Dave Cieslewicz instructed Madison Police Chief not to allow his officers to participate in removing demonstrators from the building. Last week, the City of Madison also issued a supportive statement about crowds “peacefully assembled to exercise democracy andFirst Amendment rights.”
Media has been reporting protests as “peaceful,” although there is much evidence to the contrary.
Last week Police gave no protection to Senator Grothman when a mob of 200 pursued him.
President Obama has been supporting the unions, not Governor Walker.
The impression many conservative Madison, Wisconsin residents have is that liberal/union crowds have run amok, and that Madison’s liberal City government, liberal police and liberal media are forsaking their responsibilities to the public and are assisting the rebels.
This is being done because a minority objects to legislation which duly elected conservative legislators
are attempting to pass, according to democratic process. Incidentally, contrary to liberal propaganda, Governor Walker is not eliminating ALL collective bargaining rights for teachers, he is just trimming them to be a little more in line with the rest of Wisconsin’s workers. If teacher collective bargaining in Madison were left unrestrained, all the cuts unions are pretending to accept this week could be reversed next week.
During recent weeks, even the liberal Wisconsin State Journal has begun showing support for Governor Walker — to the dismay of the Isthmus, an extremely liberal Wisconsin paper.
Again contrary to liberal claims, last night’s vote to limit union collective bargaining was valid – Wisconsin Open Meeting Law states that “every public notice of a meeting be given at least twenty-four hours in advance of the meeting, unless “for good cause” such notice is “impossible or impractical.” If “good cause” exists, the notice should be given as soon as possible and must be given at least two hours in advance of the meeting.
It would be difficult to imagine that threats of mob attack on legislators in the absence of police protection would not constitute “good cause.” Two hours notice WAS given. In actual fact, the possibility of this vote was discussed several weeks ago, so the 14 renegade Dems had closer to 3 weeks notice that this vote was imminent. The Dems have been out-maneuvered legally, and they are raging mad.
All very shocking and becoming scary– the tactics being used by unions/liberals who were voted out in November. Even MORE shocking, they seem to have the cooperation of Madison’s City government, police and media. The situation has become more disturbing than anyone previously realized. We are well on our way to MOB RULE– by a loud unruly minority.
Governor Walker is a long-overdue Godsend – may God help him and may God help us all!
The culmination of these events occurred on Ash Wednesday, at the beginning of Lent. Lent is a time to give up comforts and privileges for our own spiritual strengthening and edification, and for the common good. The unions/liberals at the Wisconsin Capitol should be reminded of this. In difficult economic times, the unions need to take their fair share of cuts and limitations for the common good, so that thousands of others would not be left without jobs at all.
A prayer marathon is in order.
God come to our assistance, Lord make haste to help us.
Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.