Look What They’ve Done to My State
For readers who are unfamiliar with the post title, Dewey “Pigmeat” Markham (April 18, 1904 – December 13, 1981) played a hilarious judge that grew from the success of Sammy Davis’s appearance and led to Markham’s opportunity to perform his signature Judge character during his one season on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.
THREE Separate Investigations On Going in Wisconsin
On going investigation of Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus was initiated last Spring to question her methods and integrity in tabulating the vote in the Spring Supreme Court Election.
On going investigation by a Milwaukee County prosecutor who is examining allegations that abortion opponents and unions offered rewards for volunteers who signed up sympathetic voters in Wisconsin’s high-stakes Senate recall elections.
On going John Doe investigation since last November examining illegal fund raising, campaigning on the job on taxpayer’s timers, and pay to play rewards to campaign contributors.
What is the common denominator in this cancer of corruption that has sent District Attorneys, lawyers and the FBI crisscrossing the State, raiding homes, and confiscating computer hard drives of the most protected and powerful operatives in our State?
The most ineffectual leader in the State’s History
Regardless of the specific legislative actions he has championed, the speeches he has delivered, or the means he has employed to further his fringe conservative agenda – He is not a leader, he is not “Wisconsin”, he has perpetrated a universally destructive psychological civil war that brings out the very worst in all of us. All of us. Republican, Democrat, Tea party, Union – like a debilitating psycho-political cancer he as left no cell of our social identity unscathed.
Like a cancer, the deep consciousness of humanity has been infected so that good cells of all political identities have divided and multiplied to virulently attack one another, to leave the whole state stricken immobile, flat on its back with the IV tube of investigations, partisan law suites, and never ending protests trickling through our veins with hope to keep us alive.
But, the cancer is movement for control “period”. The early signs of infection; the enlarged tumor of massive demonstration, the radiation treatment of recall elections, the on-going exploratory surgery of investigations looking for John Doe – are all causes of the need to control the organism with the effect of attacking the human heart and ending the life of the victim.
The tragedy is that the function of our Democracy – our constitution, courts, and statutes that define our government – is flat on its back, struggling for life. Our government is hospitalized and dysfunctional fighting this internal disease at a time when we need it the most. And we monitor the vital signs, and we call John Doe and say, “You better come”.
We are tired as we sit silent at the bedside, our eyes meet occasionally in glances that say, “We need a miracle”. And those words color an image, a hope, a real force that is this side of God, heaven, and the ethereal…
Our Next Adventure Forward!
“Our next adventure forward”…were the final words of Russ Feiengold’s concession speech when he lost the election to Ron Johnson. Let the adventure begin…
I don’t know Rick Wayne. His “open letter” was posted on face book by a friend of his on Friday Nov. 5. I am posting it below the concession speech of Russ Feingold because it expresses what is so deeply felt by so many of us.
Senator Russell Feingold
506 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
3 November 2010
Dear Senator Feingold:
That’s not how I wanted this letter to start. I wanted it to start “Congratulations”.
Thank you for making me proud of Wisconsin. For eighteen years, no matter what shenanigans went on in Washington, or in the statehouse for that matter, I could still be proud of us. Because we had Russ Feingold, and had sent him to office three times.
Thank you for leading. Leadership isn’t just sprinting out in front of whatever direction the herd is already headed; a leader figures out where we should be heading, and points the way, even when the herd doesn’t want to follow.
Thank you for showing my kids what it’s like to have principles, and to stick to them. You won’t be in office come January, more’s the pity. The biggest reason, of course, is that you stuck to those principles and refused the torrent of outside money that surely would have defeated Mr. Johnson’s barrage of negative ads. But the memory of what you stood for, in this campaign and for the past eighteen years, and how you stood up for it, even when you were in the minority, even when you were a minority of one — that’s not going to go away. Ever.
Thank you for giving me hope, in a time when it seemed nothing came out of Washington but more wars, ever more blatant corruption, and endless attacks on civil liberties. I really did feel like someone was representing me there, trying to stop the wars, working against “the best policies money can buy”, and most of all reminding the American people that their Constitution meant something, that tearing up its guarantees in exchange for bogus protections from manufactured fear was a fool’s game.
None of it was a waste, Senator Feingold. Not a minute of it. I know a place in history is small consolation to a man who would rather still be working to make history. But yours is secure, Senator. We won’t forget.
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