Sunday, March 27, 2011


Conservative Concern Trolls are "worried" of Imminent Progressive Thug Invasion

The word Thug has been thrown around to smear any one a Conservative Concern Troll disagrees with. Anyone who acts or protests against a position the Teabaggers have been duped into supporting, is a THUG. Of course if it's the Teabaggers who are demonstrating, they are patriots, exercising their rights of free speech, but if a Progressive puts up a poster with tape in the State Palace of Madison, it automatically becomes a $7,000,000 act of vandalism!
When you hear Republicans and conservatives refer to unionized employees in Wisconsin as "thugs", consider the behavior of Republican officials in Wisconsin as a sort of benchmark for what being a "thug" truly means.
William Cronon,is a Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin. A few days ago he wrote an oped in the  NY Times critical of Gov. Walker and his push to abolish collective bargaining rights for public employees in Wisconsin. About a week before that, he wrote a blog post -- the first in a new blog called Scholar as Citizen -- examining just who's behind this big anti-union push. He focused on a group called ALEC (The American Legislative Exchange Council).
Now, so far, nothing particularly controversial about any of this. But then it took a dark turn. Or perhaps better to say, then the story got into gear with everything else we've seen out of the Walker administration over the last three months.
Less than two days after Cronon published the blog post, the Wisconsin Republican Party filed a state open records request to gain access to Cronon's personal emails to get a look at what communications or discussions or sources or anything else went into writing it.
Now, 'personal' is up for some reasonable debate here. This is his university email. And he's a Professor at the University of Wisconsin, the state university. So he's a state employee. Still, he's not an elected official or someone doing public business in the sense you'd ordinarily understand the term. Nor are they looking at anything tied to the administration of the University, which is legitimately a public matter. In the ordinary sense we tend to understand the word it's his personal email. And the range of requested documents leave no doubt about what they're after.
What they want is an emails Prof. Cronon has written about the following subjects:
Copies of all emails into and out of Prof. William Cronon's state email account from January 1, 2011 to present which reference any of the following terms: Republican, Scott Walker, recall, collective bargaining, AFSCME, WEAC, rally, union, Alberta Darling, Randy Hopper, Dan Kapanke, Rob Cowles, Scott Fitzgerald, Sheila Harsdorf, Luther Olsen, Glenn Grothman, Mary Lazich, Jeff Fitzgerald, Marty Beil, or Mary Bell.
They want this under FOIA laws, which is a nice touch.  And this is the state Republican party requesting this from the university.  This is pure intimidation, bullying, and hey, thuggery.  This is going after a guy for being a state employee that has a political opinion that differs from the Powers That Be.  This is a message to other Wisconsin state employees:  keep your mouth shut or we will ruin your life.
This is what Republicans in 2011 do to their political "enemies".
Here's a great post that explains this lot better than I have!
Thuggery at its finest.


mud_rake said...

Apparently Walker has someone on his staff who was a scholar of Nazi German History. In fact, Walker's blank, emotionless face reminds me of the faces of the SS agents as they entered houses and arrested 'the usual suspects.'

Laci the Chinese Crested said...

Here's another one for you: