Saturday, January 21, 2017

Tens of thousands speak in Madison. WILL DPW LISTEN?

I was one of the 75,000-100,000 people in downtown Madison this afternoon, showing our displeasure with the illegitimate (and already-flailing) president and GOP agenda.

That's me on upper right at the edge of the Capitol lawn.

There's definitely something happening here, and I think people have fucking had it with being told that Trump was elected legitimately or that the GOP agenda is something a majority of people approve of. The numbers of people don't lie, especially in contrast to the pathetic crowds that witnessed Trump being sworn in, and you can already tell that fact is driving Drumpf crazy. Which tells me we need to keep up the pressure and make that boy crack.

I was also fired up by the comments a Teabagging dimwit made on a friend's Facebook page, and I may have hurt his soul a bit by reminding him of his mediocre, dead-end life and BS takes. I feel no shame in being that rough, by the way. I read his comments around the same time that I was finally able to find a parking space downtown (in the 3rd ramp I tried), and as I did, WJJO was blasting this song on their "Nothing but '90s" Saturday. And no song seems to fit better when it comes to describing the typical non-rich, weak-minded Trump voter than this one.

No more the crap rolls out your mouth again
Haven't changed, your brain is still gelatin
Little whispers circle around your head
Why don't you worry about yourself instead

Who are you? Where ya been? Where ya from?
Gossip burning on the tip of your tongue
You lie so much, you believe yourself
Judge not lest ye be judged yourself

Holier than thou
You are
Holier than thou
You are
You know not

Before you judge me take a look at you
Didn't you find something better to do?
Point the finger, slow to understand
Arrogance and ignorance, go hand in hand

It's not who you are, it's who you know
Others lives are the basis of your own
Burn your bridges and build them back with wealth
Judge not lest ye be judged yourself

Holier than thou
You are
Holier than thou
You are
You know not

Ya, who the hell are you?
Ya, ha you

Holier than thou
You are
Holier than thou
You are
You know not, not
And right before that, JJO was blasting this great one from my college days.

Which led to me think- maybe what the WisDems need more of in the Age of Trump and the Age of Fitzwalkerstan is a whole lot less of "they go low, we go high." Those people think that 2010s politics is still some kind of friendly debating society, and that appealing to reason is all you need, with the party decision-makers being political lifers in suits.

Maybe the Dems need a lot more White Zombie/Metallica listeners that have worked real (and often crappy) jobs in real places, and are willing to tell the Walkers and Ryans and Trumps of the world "FUCK YOU, STOP LYING AND STOP BEING A FASCIST PIECE OF CRAP!" and willing to (figuratively) break the baseball bat over the heads of liars and scumbags, and outwardly taking on the GOP-perganda lie machine on Wisconsin's AM radio station. Who cares if the bluntness and confrontation hurts the feelings of a few soccer moms? Things are unacceptable today, and playing patty-cake with these GOP piles of shit will not succeed.

You can't deny the energy and feeling of "You will NOT pull this bullshit anymore!" that permeated the Capitol Square this afternoon. And it's well past time that the DPW stop "trusting the data" and start listening to what the people are doing and saying. It feels like the door is opening to a large-scale awakening and uprising against the regressive GOP, and people are done with laying back and "trusting in the system/trusting in the leaders", especially after doing so failed in the 2016 election.

The Dems and the DPW better recognize, join in and ride along, instead of trying to blunt this energy by trying to put it through the "proper channels", because the rules have changed.


  1. Agree. The rules have changed. Time for blunt responses to GOP bullshit.

  2. We need to be FOR something. More important than that, we need to be for something beyond climate change and LGBT rights. It's not enough to be smart and right; we need to be compelling.

    Hillary Clinton ran rings around Trump intellectually, but she never effectively rebutted his bullshit jobs and trade populism. American's path forward isn't really based on coal and steel. She needed to make clear that Democrats have a better plan to move the working and middle classes forward.

    She never fully confronted the fear and contempt that Trump engendered concerning crime, immigration and all those terrible Moooslims. She needed to call him out for the fear-mongering coward he is.

    The ACA was never effectively defended or proper proposals made to help address its trouble spots. No we're not going to get anything through Congress on that level, but that doesn't mean you don't make the argument and show Republicans up for the obstructionist and planless group they plainly are. Shout it from the rooftop and keep shouting it:


    Do you remember when Mary Burke went after Walker in the debate for refusing to take the Medicare expansion? She nailed his hide to the wall with sensible policy over his persistent dogma. She needed to stick with it; when he's down keep kicking.

    I've said here in Wisconsin that Republicans have essentially written the campaign for us.

    Clean the shit and lead out of the water.
    Make it easier to vote.
    Fix the damn roads.
    Pay our bills on time.
    Legalize marijuana.
    No exemption from corruption investigations.
    A truly independent ethics watchdog.
    More competitive districting.

    And for cat's sake can we get somebody with the knowledge and passion to defend the UW as one of the great economic engines of our state and punish the Republicans for using it as a political boogeyman?

    1. Great list Jeff.

      I think it can be summed up simply as "Make Wisconsin Great Again"

      CLEAN UP CORRUPTION AT THE CAPITOL (esp with Trump's crookedness and John Doe coming out

      MAKE THE POWERFUL ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE (both in ending dark money and in regulating corporate polluters/WEDC)


      And pound the themes. The details can be on your websites, but the ultimate theme is "this shit is unacceptable," and "Wisconsin deserves better."

      And STAY ON THE THEMES, Dems never do this while GOPs use their AM spokespeople to do this for hours a day. And yes DPW, you will need to spend money in 2017 to lay this messaging groundwork, and it should all be done outstate through traditional media

    2. And as for ACA, if the DC GOPs are going to block-grant Medicaid, Dems should pick out certain popular things it covers and claim that Walker/WisGOP won't do it...and ask how they will pick up the slack for less Federal $

    3. Yes - pound the themes. Across the state. From the Governor's race down to city councils and school board seats. Democrats need to find a common and compelling voice.

      Too often, it looks like everyone for himself in DPW land.

  3. The DPW needs to get more aggressive with it's message...that's so badly needed in this state, it's pathetic at this point. The assembly and state senate Democrats need to get on board as well. I am encouraged by what I saw yesterday, but as we know from Act 10 and "right to work", demonstrations alone are relatively futile.