There can be no doubt that the Labor Movement in Wisconsin and the Nation has been singled out as a major enemy. Organized Labor has been vilified as the central force in degrading public education while contributing countless obstacles that prevent economic growth.
The photo at the right might be used as a graph to demonstrate the shifting attitudes of people toward organized Labor with the horizontal axis depicting the passage of years and the vertical axis demonstrating the the increasingly hostile view of most people to Labor. The graph would show how the attitudes of people toward Labor have dipped and climbed over the years with a sudden free fall since the election of GOP controlled legislature and Walker as Governor.
Even though the graph closely matches scientific analysis of prevailing attitudes toward organized Labor, it is not scientific at all. The points of graph were formed by the Wisconsin River. Just take a map of the State of Wisconsin, flip it on it’s side (as demonstrated in the picture on the right) and transpose it over a spread sheet.
Once the State is “flipped” and an illusion is created, the Wisconsin River becomes the line on the graph. This may not be the least bit scientific, but it serves as a watershed to demonstrate how manipulation of a graph or editing the message creates the believable depiction of a lie. There it is clearly. The Wisconsin River depicts the attitudinal shift in perception of the Labor movement. A more recent example just played out on the national scene when the need for drastic cuts was played out on the floor of the Congress and even though there were warnings of the dangers of toying with manipulation of debt ceiling, the issue was turned on its side and made fact. The immediate result? A huge drop in the stock market.
A River Runs Through It
It is Labor Day. The Wisconsin River has been called “The hardest working river in the world”. Labor is a river that runs through Wisconsin touching people, villages, and cities with all the subtleties of a watershed. This Labor River has been turned on its side and misrepresented like the dots on a mad man’s graph.
I found these words of a friend on face book full of the simple truth like choosing the perfect fly on a river bank and casting out to catch the light.