Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Old dogs and new tricks. Hopefully I can learn some soon.

Just received my press packet for the democracy convention being held tonight through Sunday at MATC and the Concourse Hotel in downtown Madison.  Mayor Paul Soglin will be tonight's key note speaker as things gear up for four days of education and training, media sessions and rallies and marches on the capitol square.  Should be an extremely busy and educational time and I intend to make the most out of it.  I am even going to miss an opportunity in Milwaukee this weekend to mess with ol governor Scotty Walker.
There are two rallies scheduled for tomorrow alone and at least one more each on Saturday and Sunday.  Also the solidarity singalongs in the capitol should be huge with all the attendants from around the nation in town who will surely wish to see this spectacle for themselves.  The spirit is Madison is positively electric as we look forward to these events which will help build up momentum as we move ever closer to November when we begin to collect to signatures needed for the gubernatorial recall elections in January.  Even the voter disenfranchise amendment recently passed by the GOP (a division of the tea party under corporate leadership) will not help Walker (our W) with this one.  His number are low and ours are steadily gaining and it would take some massive, obscene voter fraud to compromise a third Wisconsin state election.
I met and was speaking earlier with a university student who was also covering the convention for her campus news daily.  She asked me how I think the tea party started and "where did these people come from?"
I gave her my opinion that the tea party has mostly been comprised of hard working and decent Americans who like many folks don't have much time during their day to watch/read the news let alone research the stories for themselves.  They have been trained by years of corporate advertising to react to thirty second sound bites of dramatic and emotional rhetoric.
Now I did add that much of the core of the party has existed and been organized under a diversity of smaller groups throughout the country like the Southern Baptist Convention.  Also the John Birch Society, the Klu Klux Klan and the American Hammer Party and other right wing groups.  Over the last year and a half many folks have left or are splintering from the tea party.  Many of the police officers, firefighters, veterans group members that I know told me they had been attending party rallies from two to one year ago.  And somewhere during that time they told me that party changed to something far more out there on the radical right wing.  The dynamic changed from everyday working folks to separatists, white supremacists and other such extremists.  Luckily for us that is becoming more apparent to the general public as events go on and more and more is being revealed about the group.
Well it is time for me to get ready for the convention folks, have a great night and I will be posting quickly to let you know what is happening here at ground zero for Wisconsin and America.  Solidarity forever.

On Wisconsin!    FORWARD!!!!

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