Mr. Walker, tear down this wall…
A court is expected to rule today on the Draconian access rules that the governor and GOP leadership have put into place for access to the Wisconsin capitol building. They’ve been flaunting a court order issued earlier this week to follow the state constitution, which prohibits restricting access of citizens to the capitol and its grounds.
We had a big gathering in December while I was working in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, so I know how intimidating these things can be…
It seems that the people who pride themselves on deregulation don’t have any problem with it when it suits them. But who can blame them? At 12:30 today, there will be an Arts March assembling at the Concourse Hotel and marching to the capitol. We can just imagine all of those artist-thugs, waving their paint-soaked brushes and piccolos menacingly. I mean, who wouldn’t be scared of that?
Meanwhile, some Democrats have been moving their desks outside because their constituents can’t get in. People who couldn’t gain access included David Obey, who left the U.S. Congress this year after more than 40 years of service. (I’ll be the first to tell you that he is a tough guy, but really, folks!)
Is it too much to ask that while the guv and the Fitzgerald brothers do their darndest to change Wisconsin’s laws — to suit them, the Club for Growth, Americans for Prosperity, and the Koch brothers — is it really too much to ask that they follow the laws we already have? They were put in place for a very important reason: to deal with the possibility of people like them.