Texting with Thoreau – OMG the protesters were right!

I got this text message today from some guy named “David”:

DAVID
I HEARTILY ACCEPT the motto, — “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically.

I texted back-
ME
Yeah. Who are you?

DAVID
I believe, that government is best which governs not at all.

ME
Ok. How did you get this number? What’s your point?

DAVID
The government itself, which is only the mode which the people have chosen to execute their will, is equally liable to be abused and perverted before the people can act through it.

ME
K. So…????

DAVID
What I have to do is to see, at any rate, that I do not lend myself to the wrong which I condemn.

ME
So, like condemning 3 laws declared unconstitutional?

DAVID
As for adopting the ways which the State has provided for remedying the evil, I know not of such ways. They take too much time, and a man’s life will be gone.

ME
So, you are saying the protest actions are patriotic?

DAVID
Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.

ME
Seems futile:(

DAVID
If we were left solely to the wordy wit of legislators in Congress for our guidance, uncorrected by the seasonable experience and the effectual complaints of the people, America would not long retain her rank among the nations.

(The chat above was taken form Henry David Thoreau’s essay on Civil Disobedience”

Sept. 15, 2012

In a statement Saturday, Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said,”We believe that Act 10 is constitutional in all respects and will be appealing this decision. We also will be seeking a stay of Friday’s decision pending appeal in order to allow the law to continue in effect as it has for more than a year while the appellate courts address the legal issues.”

Walker also has said he expects the law to be upheld on appeal and characterized Colas as a Madison liberal. Colas was appointed by former Democratic Gov. Jim Doye

WSJ online

July 18, 2012

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he will appeal a Madison judge’s ruling blocking Wisconsin’s new voter identification law.

Republicans passed a bill last year that requires all voters to show photo identification at the polls. The Milwaukee branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and immigrant rights group “Voces de la Frontera” sued, arguing the law creates burdens for voters.

Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan sided with the groups, ruling the law impairs the right to vote.

Van Hollen said in a statement Wednesday he believes the law is constitutional and it isn’t burdensome to require voters produce identification.

Another Madison judge has blocked the law in a separate lawsuit filed by the League of Women Voters. Van Hollen is appealing that decision, too.

MADISON, Wis. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Friday, August 03, 2012

The legal battle over redistricting in Wisconsin might not be over.

The new Assembly and Senate districts won’t change. But the plaintiffs in a recent federal lawsuit over the new maps question whether Republicans completely followed court orders to release documents that they tried to keep secret.

Democrats obtained a host of redistricting records this week, after they won control of the Senate. And plaintiffs say they don’t remember seeing a chain of e-mails in which Republicans failed to take advice from attorney Jim Troupis.

MADISON, WI (WTAQ)

3 Strikes and you are (or should be) OUT!

The Walker Administration now has at least three separate court battles (depending on if you count the John Doe investigation that makes at least four). The cases are on going in state and federal courts and they all deal with laws that have been passed through the GOP controlled legislature and have all been challenged and ruled as encroachments of the State and/or National Constitution. What is wrong with this picture? The legislative over reach of the GOP in the last 18 months was not a fabrication of liberal protesters. It was, and is an undeniable fact. What is it about the Recall election you did not understand?

“Thus the State never intentionally confronts a man’s sense, intellectual or moral, but only his body, his senses. It is not armed with superior wit or honesty, but with superior physical strength. I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest. What force has a multitude? They only can force me who obey a higher law than I.” – Henry David Thoreau – Civil Disobenience

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