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There Should Be Protests At Scott Walker’s Inauguration In Madison

December 19, 2010

Madison is known for loudly stating what needs to be said.  No one can ever accuse those who live in the Capital City about being timid when it comes to democracy. 

That is a good thing.

As such I am wondering if the passionate believers in a variety of issues and causes will remain silent on January 3rd, the day Republican Scott Walker takes the oath of office as Wisconsin’s next governor.  Or instead will they give voice to their concerns about the future of our state?  Might there be many others from around Wisconsin who also feel kinship over the issues and join in to alert the new power brokers in Madison that all is not well?

I suggest there is more than enough reason for concerned citizens to make their voices heard in light of what has transpired over the last weeks with the removal of federal funds for high-speed rail, and the collapse of contracts for state employees.

Over the past weeks Scott Walker has made unprecedented requests of Governor Doyle regarding a variety of issues.   Walker asked that work cease on the bio-fuels project at the University of Wisconsin Madison campus.  He wanted a stop to the implementation of the federal health care law.  He also was the force that stopped high-speed rail, and his fingerprints are all over the dreadful end of the contracts for state workers.

All this and Scott Walker has not even taken his oath of office, or had the benefit of a complete strangle-hold by the GOP in the legislature. 

A sharp and pointed protest would serve to send a message that the elections are indeed over, and the time for governing has arrived.  And the people are watching.  We will not be silent as corporate interests get everything they desire.

Unless there is a groundswell of statewide push-back over the substance and tone of what we have already witnessed from Walker and his allies, then there is only one conclusion that can await the state.  That would be a wholesale reversal of the beliefs and policies that has made Wisconsin progressive and forward-leaning.

That would be a dreadful place for the state to wind up.

How to start to fight back?

The place to start is on January 3rd when Scott Walker is sworn into office.

Some may think it best to wait and not ruffle feathers on what is seen as a festive day as power is transferred in Madison.  To them I suggest we look to see how Walker acted during the transition.  He did not sit by and wait for power to come to him.  Walker boldly struck out and made his ideas take shape. 

That needs to be the lesson for the opposition when it comes to Walker and Company.

No one should think that things will be better if those who oppose Walker just play nice.  State workers should not believe that giving Walker some breathing room will somehow provide them a better deal.  Confronting Walker right out of the starting gate will show backbone and help energize the opposition to the Walker agenda.

Madison has never been shy before about claiming the high ground and standing firm.  With Scott Walker in the statehouse this is no time to retreat.



  1. Christian permalink
    January 3, 2011 1:42 PM

    Hey hey! ho ho! Madison is at the door Scott! Thankyou to everyone who turned out to shout and scream with us. Well done, special thanks to Milwaukee!

  2. December 21, 2010 7:16 PM

    And the Wisconsin State Police are also public employees….know what I mean?

    I know you self-identify as a kid. That seems clear as there are already plenty of state jobs in the all the places you listed…..DNR….DOT…etc.

  3. germantown_kid permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:29 PM

    Go ahead and express your rights at Walker’s Inauguration. The Wisconsin State Police is aware of how ugly the rabid Madistan lefties can be… know what I mean?

    I am recommending to Walker that he start de-centralizing Madistan. Sending state government jobs to Milwaukee, Waukesha, Wisconsin Rapids, etc. That action will reduce Madistan’s arrogance. The time is ripe to show that Wisconsin is bigger than Madison.

  4. Patrick permalink
    December 21, 2010 6:24 PM

    What do you mean by corporate greed? Companies pay the profits to shareholders. Since the stock of most companies is so widely held, it seems hard to target that greed. With three kids, I’m deeply into edvest; I hope to heck that those edvest companies are squeezing every penny for future tuition bills.

    Badger care like every other government program should be reviewed on a cost/benefit analysis.

  5. pjmad permalink
    December 21, 2010 12:46 PM

    Jill, I’m not sure what you mean. Are you seriously suggesting that Madisonians protesting Walker stealing a nearly billion-dollar infrastructure project from the city and scapegoating state workers is the same thing as Tea Partiers protesting tax hikes that never happened and assaults on their freedoms that existed entirely in their imaginations?

    Walker lost the state that money because he lied about what could be done with it and he’s still lying about what it means for the state when 800 million federal dollars go someplace else. He continues to lie about state worker compensation as well, though his general economic ideas may be the result of honest stupidity.

    People who decide to sit on their hands because they’re afraid it would be tacky to openly oppose the results of an election based largely on cowardice and ignorance deserve the government they get.

  6. Jesse permalink
    December 21, 2010 10:34 AM

    The Tea Party didn’t exist at the time of President Obama’s inauguration. The first Tea Party protest was in April 2009.

    Scott Walker’s policies have already begun to detrimentally impact our state even before he’s stepped foot in office, so it is absolutely justified for citizens in a Democracy to show up on his first day in office and express how they want him to run the state.

  7. December 20, 2010 9:56 PM

    To hold accountable those who would destroy Badger Care and protect corporate greed.

  8. December 20, 2010 9:06 PM

    What is the purpose of the protest? To warn Governor-elect Walker? To support Governor-elect Walker? To inform? To criticize?

    Read that Wisconsin is in financial peril:

  9. December 20, 2010 7:40 AM

    You’re in luck. There is a protest planned. More information is here:

  10. December 20, 2010 7:34 AM

    It’s wrong to protest the results of a democratic election, in my opinion, unless there was evidence of rampant fraud (which there was not in this case). Such protests would make you as classless as the Tea Partiers who demonstrated during President Obama’s inauguration.

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