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Barrett’s civil war promise


Publication:Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date:May 24, 2012; Section:Opinion; Page Number:6A

Barrett’s civil war promise
His election will only bring more

Such is the state of Walker Derangement Syndrome that Democrats could not even wait for Gov. Scott Walker to announce the new job numbers before attacking.

Walker’s administration released new numbers showing that Wisconsin actually gained over 33,000 jobs since he took office. The new numbers come from data from 95 percent of Wisconsin’s employers, an accounting more thorough and accurate than any statistical sampling.

Left-wing writer Rick Ungar crafted two different incorrect theories of how Walker could be making numbers up, one for Forbes and one for WTDY in Madison. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow even waited until after Walker’s announcement and still quoted Ungar.

To a certain extent, the pundits can be forgiven for jumping ahead of the story and looking stupid afterward. However, before Walker revealed the new numbers, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett accused Walker of bringing in “fiction writers” to make numbers up.

Now that the positive job numbers are known, the Democrats and Barrett are still attacking Walker using erroneous data. Despite the incontrovertible evidence to the contrary, the Democrats will lie all the way to recall Election Day about jobs in Wisconsin.

You would think the Democrats would be happy with new job numbers showing people are going back to work. But the modern version of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin is a surly bunch, and they’ll say anything to win.

When the Democrats can’t win the argument, they try to shut the opposition down. Recently, a group of left-wing activists actually called for the Federal Communications Commission to intervene and force local talk radio stations to give unfettered access to the Barrett and the Democratic Party. No thoughts or concerns for the First Amendment rights of those stations and radio personalities.

This is about power, and if you forget that you can look at the fascist-looking clenched blue fist signs to remind you.

Such is the state that Barrett promises to heal if elected. He’ll end “the civil war” he tells us, reminding the public that Milwaukee Public Schools needs to a better job of teaching the events of 1861 to 1865.

What are the events of the current “civil war” of Barrett’s phrasing? The declarations of “war” by the public employee unions even before Walker took office. This is about Then there was the discussion of recalling Walker power, and if even before he took the you forget oath of office

This was followed . by the that you can protests at the inaugura- look at the tion, protests at Walker’s fascist-looking public appearances, the clenched blue place explosive after protests Walker that intro took – fist signs to duced his plan to pull the remind you. previous budget out of deficit spending.

The “civil war” continued with the illegal occupation of the state Capitol, the helplessness of the Capitol Police, the Democratic state senators abandoning the state, and massive demonstrations on the Capitol Square.

There were death threats to members of the Legislature. One Democratic member threatened violence, while another threw things when the vote did not go his way.

Protesters were let into the Capitol by a Democratic legislator’s office window. There was an actual attack on state Rep. Robin Vos in a bar. State Sen. Glenn Grothmann was surrounded by an angry mob and had to be rescued by a Democratic member of the Assembly.

There was a mass demonstration in front of Walker’s home. His children were targeted by one of their teachers at a demonstration. The children were also subject to abuse on Facebook. The death threats and the bomb threats continued.

Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesman Graeme Zielinski, who has a history of burning an American flag in protest, has contributed to the poisoning of the political discourse in this state. He accused the Waukesha County clerk of purposely holding back election results to try to commit fraud. He even recently suggested that a number of prominent conservatives were riding in a van with a suspected child enticer.

On top of all this, the Democrats launched a recall war.

This is the “civil war” Barrett promises to end, yet he has either been silent or complicit every step of the way while his party has waged this war. This is the pattern of behavior that will continue if Barrett defeats Walker on June 5 because it will have been rewarded by the recall process.

That’s not ending the “civil war.” Barrett’s election would make it a permanent feature of Wisconsin politics.

(James Wigderson is a blogger publishing at and a Waukesha resident. His column runs Thursdays in The Freeman.)


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