An Odious Importunity

It was a month ago today that Keith Olbermann announced he was leaving MSNBC with that evening’s broadcast.  His departure from the network that he came to define was shocking to everyone at first. Rachel Maddow, appearing that evening on “Real Time With Bill Maher,” was a bit taken aback by it and avoided speaking out on it at that fresh “what the heck just happened here” moment.  But on her show the following Monday, she spoke on it as best she could under the editorial constraints of her bosses.

That incident alone could have rated a full 600 words and a strong statement about the consolidation of media, but that pales in comparison to the rest of what’s happened, in the Middle East and right next door in Wisconsin.  And while the events in Egypt, Tunisia and other Middle Eastern outposts are both scary and inspiring, I would rather prefer to opine on Wisconsin.

The protests that our happening right now in Wisconsin don’t look like they’ll be ending anytime soon.  And that’s a good thing.  Another protest is planned in Ohio on Wednesday.  Behind these protests are Tea Party backed Governors who promised to bring jobs and solve their respective state’s budget deficits.  Wisconsin had a surplus handed to Governor Walker, a man who seems intent on destroying Public Employee Unions and demonizing teachers, firefighters, cops and other public workers and their right to collective bargaining.  Now maybe if this guy had a heart and brain, he might be able to see the light and come to a compromise, but he is standing firm on this.

Of course, a year ago, no one knew who Scott Walker was, save a few Tea Party folks and the Koch Brothers.  These brothers who are trying to re-shape America in a odious way, gave $43,000 to his campaign directly and indirectly who knows how much more.  We don’t know because last year, the Supreme Court ruled that Corporations had more rights than ever before in the history of the world and opened the floodgates to the beginnings of the end of America as we know it.

If Governor Walker succeeds in ending the PE Unions’ right to bargain, other states will follow.  Ohio, New Jersey, and several other states will follow suit.  There are discussions to allow states to declare bankruptcy.  The New York Times reported on this: “policymakers are working behind the scenes to come up with a way to let states declare bankruptcy and get out from under crushing debts, including the pensions they have promised to retired public workers.”

The real folks behind this, the Koch Brothers,Charles and David,  (their dad was a founding member of the John Birch Society) are out to turn this country into a plutocracy.  If they accomplish the dismantling of Public Employee Unions throughout the country, they will effectively kill the Democratic Party.  They are also behind the continuing war on climate change and the 2004 Swift Boat smears (along with another oil tycoon, T. Boone Pickens) against John Kerry.

A scary time to be in America right now.  The “evil-doers” aren’t on the outside anymore.  They are here, and they hold elective office and are just puppets for those who would change this country and not for the good, either.  “The real owners of this country” as George Carlin put it during his last HBO special, “they don’t care about you.  They want more for themselves and nothing for you, they want your pensions, your social security. They want it back.”  That’s why “We the people” have to fight these folks.


One Response to “An Odious Importunity”

  1. Diana Says:

    This is the perfect outlet for frustration. Good writing.

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