The statements below are not from the the Politburo or Mein Kampf. The words are from a secret confidentiality agreement signed by GOP members of the Wisconsin legislature.
“Public comments on this map may be different than what you hear in this room. Ignore the public comments,”
“you agree not to disclose the fact and/or contents of such discussions or any draft documents within your possession.”
Lawmakers were made to pledge secrecy over redistricting
The tactics of Walker, as exposed in the recent John Doe indictments of his closest aides, have permeated the whole of the GOP legislature. Apparently, “trickle down” does work, at least as it effects the actions of sloppy ethics moving down like an infestation of fleas on to legislative pets like Scott and Jeff Fitzgerald.
A very dangerous precedant
The reference to Mein Kampf is not to equate the GOP governor and legislators with the lunatic anti Semite ravings of Hitler, but to demonstrate how the early warnings offered by books and newspaper articles about such small and seemingly insignificant attempts to defy democracy, can be ignored and dismissed.
On Hitler’s Book “Mein Kampf”
….after Hitler became Chancellor of Germany, millions of copies were sold. It was considered proper to own a copy and to give one to newlyweds, high school graduates, or to celebrate any similar occasion. But few Germans ever read it cover to cover. Although it made him rich, Hitler would later express regret that he produced Mein Kampf, considering the extent of its revelations.
Those revelations concerning the nature of his character and his blueprint for Germany’s future served as a warning to the world. A warning that was mostly ignored.
The Rise of Hitler – The History Place
Perhaps the irony of all ironies is the “not to comment” on a order “not to comment”?
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) and Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon), the brothers who hold the top two spots in the Legislature, declined to comment through aides on Monday because of the pending litigation.
Most people believe that legislation is written within a party caucus consisting of those elected to represent the interests of their district, county, township, community and family. Tragically, not so. Not now. Not in today’s Wisconsin. The legislation is written by operatives of law firms or a national consortium like the American Legislative Exchange Council who have no “skin in the game” when it comes to the people of Wisconsin.
All the agreements were also signed by Eric McLeod of Michael Best & Friedrich, one of several attorneys who advised lawmakers on the maps. Legislative leaders have committed $400,000 in taxpayer money to pay Michael Best and the Troupis Law Office for their work on the maps.
McLeod has drawn attention in recent months for providing legal services to state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman under an arrangement in which Gableman did not have to pay.
When leaders agree to ignore public comment, what remains of Democracy?
The action of the GOP legislators regarding drawing vote district lines is not an isolated incident, but reflects the disregard of rules and laws exemplified by the John Doe indictments, the collective bargaining decision, the mining bill, and every other nuance of legislative consideration under the Capital dome for the past year. When the proposed budget cuts were brought to public hearings, the first rumblings of an attitude of “ignoring public comment” surfaced back in April 2011- and was largely ignored.
It’s shocking in its candor, but Joint Finance Committee Chairwoman Alberta Darling, whose committee is now holding a series of hearings and public meetings around the state of Wisconsin, is now acknowledging she has no interest in the voices of those who show up to testify at her public hearings.Alberta Darling – I don’t listen to people at hearings
We Cannot Wait – This Must End
C-Span is airing the state of the state addresses from governors across the land. I’ve watched a few. Watch and compare the addresses of other governors of states north, south, east and west to that of Walker in Wisconsin. Other addresses are met with the decorum of a civil traditional address. Walker is met with boos, shots of citizens being ejected, and heavy head shakes and hand wringing of other legislators. People are people regardless of where they live. Are the people of Wisconsin so different from the rest of Americans or is it the leader, the one at the podium, who is the “different” one?