What we are witnessing here and around the world is the classic divide and conquer tactic that's worked so well for the rich throughout history. It's easy for the representatives of the truly rich to get people stirred up and fighting amongst themselves for the few scraps the corporations are leaving us. But as Gabrielle Giffords said about a month before she got shot in the head..."words have consequences."
The consequences Walker is dredging up are that people are beginning to see that the real enemy is the rich and by extension - corporations. The republicans are simply the elected 'messengers' being used to carry out the wishes of those that have - against those that have not. Slowly more people are beginning to realize that the guy they are demonizing today who’s a union member could tomorrow be themselves - cast as the devil. The trap we always seem to fall into in this country is our petty jealousy of the other guy. Does the union member pay taxes on those ‘fat salaries’? You bet. And if he makes more than you, he’s paying more taxes.
The idea of public employees - or anyone else who works for a living, complaining about how much their neighbor makes is much the same as two people in a lifeboat alone in the middle of the ocean fighting over who sits in front. You are in the same boat and no amount of demonization is going to change the fact that you both have the potential of drowning.
What Walker and the other republican governors have done by demonizing public employee unions is awaken a sleeping giant.
It's not just the labor unions - who I think need to evolve or be replaced, it's the average worker in America who has to realize that unions didn't get us into the financial mess we're in all by themselves. It was all the giveaways to the multi-national corporations that have been sinking our collective ships. When statements are put forth that less government, lower taxes and fewer regulations will bring prosperity for all, how much more time is needed for the working person to realize that the ‘all’ being talked about does not include you and me. My political views may be different from yours, but in reality the only difference between us is our position in that lifeboat.
As long as the rich can keep us fighting amongst ourselves, we won't notice that we're being screwed with a dry stick. Walker is in reality doing us a favor by bringing all of this crap out into the open. He's not just trying to bust the unions; he's trying to smooth the road for more rich giveaways. The problem with that strategy is the same as what you see going on in the Arab world...people are fed up with scratching out a living while a certain elite few are getting richer and richer. The well educated Arab youth have said ENOUGH! And they are taking control of their lives. The problem the rich have always had was trying to keep the masses uneducated and ignorant. This way they won't notice that they are all in line to get screwed with that same, dry stick.
Oops, people found the Internet, knowledge and a means of spreading that knowledge. What we see now – worldwide, is that knowledge has become a leaky water bucket, and everyone is getting a taste of the 'water'.
Think about this... All the pictures you have seen of Kaddafi shaking hands with all the rich people in the world have included pictures of him shaking hands with rich and powerful AMERICANS too. It’s the same thing with Mubarak and all the other rulers who are now collectively being chased out of their countries by their own people.
Thanks to Walker and people like him - we are not far away from seeing that happen in this country. Soon enough independents and republicans are going to look around and find themselves being demonized by the rich - new scapegoats for the rest of us to attack, just as Kaddafi and Mubarak and the rulers in Tunisia did to their masses. The super rich can't see this stuff coming because they surround themselves with toadies and ‘yes’ men who are telling them; "Everything's OK, The people LOVE YOU!” When the angry mob starts climbing over the walls FOR THEM, the first question they will all be asking of those same toadies is..."Why didn't someone tell me about this?"
I thought it was interesting that Walker was comparing himself to Reagan. Reagan was an actor playing a leader which he did quite well. But for those of us who were around then and politically sentient - he was a myth that republicans used to justify their agenda to each other and to the rest of us who were not wealthy. The only people who believe Reagan was something special today are those who are trying to delude themselves into believing they can be a transcendent historical figure in this country as well. Reagan was transcendent for being a useful and popular pawn while destroying the collective power of common people, and redirecting all of our energies and anger inward toward ourselves. As long as we fight each other with labels, and demonization, common people will overlook who their real adversary is and remain divided.
Walker might make it as a transcendent figure, but only as a footnote in history as the fool who woke up the sleeping giant of the middle class.