Live: Rally To Save The American Dream

You can watch it all here:

http://www.moveon.org/wearewi/

114 thoughts on “Live: Rally To Save The American Dream

  1. Now I’m not on any mailing lists and try to not watch any msm, but this is the first time I am hearing of this. I hope it gets big numbers. Wasn’t pushed like the One America march or the Stewart Washington show…

  2. Where is CNN, MSNBC? NOt covering todays rallies!
    I remember when POTUS ran for President. He had to go over the heads of the MSM and their bullshit!
    Thus, I guess we can not expect any help from the MSM! Sigh!

  3. If it was a teabagger rally you know they’d all be covering it. Just like CPAC gets wall to wall coverage and NN gets little if any.

  4. For the pundits who are saying that President Obama needs to go to Wisconsin: that is ludicrous.

    Once again, they do not understand his role. He is the highest elected official of our federal government. As such, he would not go into any state to “protest” against the highest elected official in that state. He can openly disagree with the politics of it all, but Walker in all his awfulness has so far not committed a criminal act (that he’s been caught at) and the federal government (which PBO represents) can’t just walk in there.

    It’s up to the people of that state and other union supporters to get the job done.

    Walker was idiotically elected by the people of WI (as were other Republicans in other states), who were making some kind of statement that – although it escapes me – was part of our democracy. This month and beyond, the people of WI and others around the country are taking back their state(s). It’s their role – not his. President Obama can only say (and does anybody really need confirmation of his beliefs?) that he supports the union role and collective bargaining process in our country.

    He is free to speak up in a political way, but he isn’t going to be dumb enough to make it a government-to-government issue. Dumb is what the Walkers of the world do. Not what he does.

  5. “Dumb is what the Walkers of the world do. Not what he does.”

    So very very true, Jacqueline!

  6. I just checked all the major networks and surprise, surprise – the only coverage was on FOX…..but they were a bit “condescending” about the silly protestors who are merely union workers breaking the backs of state budgets…..yeah, right.

  7. I attended the tail end of a rally at City Hall in NYC which started at 11am and which was dispersing by the time I got there around 12:40p (I know I’m on serious CP time but I thought it would have been going on for a lot longer). There were A LOT of people there. Very nice to see so many people out on the street in solidarity.

  8. IT’S TRULY SAD THAT MEDIA REPRESENTATION HAS FORGOTTEN THE VALUES THAT WERE ONCE EXPRESSED IN A FIELD KNOWN AS JOURNALISM. TODAY IT’S GRABBING FOR RATINGS NO MATTER WHAT THE COST AND PLAYING POLITICAL FOOTBALL WITH SOME VERY SERIOUS ISSUES!

  9. I was in Madison yesterday with another colleague and student — drove 200 miles each way. Crowds were marvelous. One of the Capitol grounds workers said last week was the MTV week, this week was the AARP week!! So many wonderful people. Angry, yes. But not hateful. I have been wondering whether I have ever experienced any event so deeply spiritual, a public event that is. No.

    Someone said walking into the Capitol was like walking into a jet engine — noisy, with intense energy. It was. It was also a loving energy. All shapes, sizes, colors, ages. All united.

    Walker has intensified the police presence significanly. But they are still friendly. He’s cutting off access to the extent he can. It is no longer possible to get to the offices of most representatives. Halls are roped off now. We were told it was impossible to reach them. We had to get a runner to take a note. Then an office worker came out and took us back. (I’m sure many did not even try once they were told it was not impossible!) Republicans’ doors were barred and the hallways to them locked. The people at the Capitol we talked to said Walker does not want the general public to have access to the Republicans because he is afraid some of them could be swayed by their local constituents.

    One short story should indicate the ambiance. There was a very drunk and somewhat disorderly man standing by us. We were a bit concerned to might be a trouble-maker. His language was certainly hostile. We weren’t sure about him but didn’t want anything troublesome to happen. We mentioned this to one of the officers and pointed to the man. The office just laughed and shrugged to shoulders a bit. He said, yes, they’d been watching him but they didn’t think he was a problem. That that were homeless shelters in the area. Then he grinned and said, “It’s his house, too.”

    That was the attitude. We were ALL in the PEOPLE’S HOUSE and it was OURS1

  10. A couple things to add.

    There were great signs!! Many very creative, relating to characters from Harry Potter, the teen vampire books that are so popular, historical events, famous quotes, etc.

    There were MANY more men than women, I’d say 25-1 or thereabouts. There were so many unions represented that I hadn’t even known existed. They continued to parade through the rotunda. Sheetmetal works, plumbers, pilots, steelworkers, erospace, bricklayers, pipefitters, agricultural workers, veterans, musicians, Screen Actors Guild, writers, firefighters, police, correctional officers and on and on and on.

    The most common word on signs was, I am certain, Walker, and probably the second most common, Koch. I marched with others down the Koch’s lobbying office — the block next to the capitol, which was opened TWO DAYS before the election. Other speakers were there including one of the top Canadian labor leaders from Ottawa. He said it is no longer a Wisconsin issue. No longer a U.S. issue. But a North American issue.

    Interestingly, the most common image on posters inside the capitol was Jesus (bet you weren’t shown that on FOX!!). This is not the heathen group that is portrayed. Workers represent all religions and none. There were quite a few religious leaders from various religions in the crowd. And plenty of WWJS posters.

  11. I just returned from a rally at Frankfort KY, state capital. Around 350 people. 37 degrees and overcast, freezing. What energy! Half were in red & white colors. Only about 100 or less of those were public employees, about 5 union leaders of some kind. The rest, supporters of unions or supporting WI. Dems/Repubs/Independent/TPartiers. We all stood together for the U.S. Have to hand it to moveon.org for pulling it together. Great job. Thought you all are interested.

  12. The national media can deny this all they want, people are not going to go away. I just hope that it gets major coverage in the local press.

    Soon, the national media will be forced to cover it.

    As I said before, instead of some on the left applying pressure to the networks to cover these rallies, they are spending their time calling on the president to go down there.

    And here is the thing, as soon as he goes to Wisconsin, the press will go swarming, but not to talk about the massive showing of people with real lives and real problems, instead, they will boil it down to the president versus Walker.

    With a little push back the other day, we see Richard Trumka has been invited to MTP. And to date, he is about the lone union person on any of the Sunday network shows. Why? Before then the only people booked on MTP for this Sunday, were Republicans.

    If they (PL) would spend time focusing their energies on Republicans and a press that is only looking to print bad news about this president, maybe we won’t have to be having this discussion.

    Go figure.

  13. Its fine if they keep it short. Just as long as they keep this day, this week in their minds everyday until the next election.

  14. No, MTP also booked lawrence odonell for the panel.
    You know, they say they want both sides, but only people from the left that are bashing POTUS on their programs, are allowed! LOL!

  15. I hope it becomes a world wide issue. Some of these companies are taking their jobs overseas and I hope unions spring up everywhere so that they don’t think they can take advantage of workers overseas too.

  16. Indeed! When was the last time the Sunday shows had a bunch of Democrats on their panels? The tax deal where every Democrat had something to say AGAINST Obama.

  17. I seriously believe that the readers of this blog and others on the blog roll should get together and coordinate a campaign to get more Democrats on TV. Media Matters and Think Progress have been reporting on this for a while so has Steve benen and I think its time we started consistently pushing these shows to include Democrats. We should just pick a day or a week to do it and to keep doing it until we see changes.

    We should also push for them to have non-partisan experts on the show because lord knows the hosts are often as ignorant on the issue as the viewers.

    One more request. I posted this already but there were so many comments that many people probably never saw it. I got this link from another blog and thought it would make a great addition to one your posts. Its about how to get through to your representatives.

  18. Regarding the MSM ignoring the rallies, there too is a silver lining. The people, especially in WI are learning how not important they are to the MSM who would rather cover people in other countries or the latest rehab queen. This might have some unintended consequences for the MSM down the road. The more people realize how biased the Press is, the more they will seek out other sources of news.

  19. Absolutely. I was talking to two different friends today who think he should stay above the fray in that sense. He is clearly supportive of the unions, and has said that, but it is NOT the President’s role to march with protestors. Add to that it is a security risk for everyone, but especially POTUS. Honestly, these “pundits” need to put on their thinking caps for a change.

  20. Yep. That’s the shtick. Never fails. So predictable. If I remember correctly he was even booked before Trumka.

    Go figure.

  21. Temp, I agree. I write individuals constantly. I try not to be offensive, but am usually direct with them about something I think they misconstrue. By the same token, I also send them notes when I think they get it right.

    I don’t get responses all the time, but sometimes I do. I think if they were hearing from enough of us, it would make it hard for them to ignore the facts.

    Just my 2 cents.

  22. And there was a Planned Parenthood rally shortly afterwards, so I think that it was a matter of scheduling in multiple rallies.

  23. Thanks a lot for this account, vicki. Most interesting is Walker’s attempt to cloister the Republican senators off from the public. That’s a good sign.

    Here are their names, for any Wisconsin residents who want to send emails/make calls:

    Frank Lasee, District 1
    Robert Cowles, District 2
    Leah Vukmir, District 5
    Alberta Darling, District 8
    Joe Leibham, District 9
    Sheila Harsdorf, District 10
    Neal Kedzie, District 11
    Scott Fitzgerald, District 13
    Luther Olsen, District 14
    Dale Schultz, District 17
    Randy Hopper, District 18
    Michael Ellis, District 19
    Glenn Grothman, District 20
    Van H. Wanggaard, District 21
    Terry Moulton, District 23
    Mary Lazich, District 28
    Pam Galloway, District 29
    Dan Kapanke, District 32
    Rich Zipperer, District 33

    *******************

    Saint Roscoe has been saying all week that the pressure point is here: on these senators, not the wingnut ideologue governor who bragged that he doesn’t budge. But his power is derived from the quiet acquiescence of these senators. They need to hear from their constituents, and they need to hear from them right now.

  24. we talk about the media but what are we willing to do about them. democrats are so busy giving the president a hard time. instead of working on obstacle that is preventing him from doing any thing. WE need to boy cott these stations.

  25. Why should we beg them for attention, when they need our attention to exist. We should letters to the editors sent at the same time posing the same unfairness. We should be boycotting Fox productions. Their movies, refusing them on cable and everything fox. but we wont sacrafice and take the time to come to gether. I stop donating to move on. org because we need more than ads , we need well organized and effective protest.

  26. Exactly! that is how the civil rights protest was effective. When they decided to boy cott the buses, they made arrangement and carpool or they walked. Where is the ads telling us to boycott Koch. They are going after the president exactly what Koch wants and he is getting away with everything.

  27. What an awesome post vicky, thank you. How sad is it that the republican reps are refusing to meet with their constituents.. the folks who voted them into office can’t get access.. that really ought to make things very clear and very memorable to folks come the next elections.

  28. I was at the Chicago rally today. They said there were approx 2,000 people. It was great…well, great until the end. The rally was basically over…people were leaving after being so inspired. Then they gave the mic to a few people. One young man had just come back from WI and he tried to lead the dispersing crowd in a few chants (he wasn’t very good at it). Okay so far but after that, he felt the need to insult the President, saying that Pres Obama needs to grab his n#$%sack and go to Madison. I frowned and turned off my camera. A few people cheered, even a couple right next to me but I found his comments disgusting!

    There had been a few signs saying ‘Where’s Obama’ and ‘The union stands with Obama but does he stand with us.’ But other than that the previous speakers had focused on the actual culprits…Republicans.

    Also, I find it appalling that the media is showing so little of the rally in Madison and the hundreds of rallies happening nationwide. Yet, CNN took the time to show a segment on the Tea Party’s 2nd anniversary.

    A Democracy can not survive without a free and fair media. We really have to come up with a way to have fair, balanced and factual press coverage.

  29. Obama, Clinton: Gadhafi should leave Libya ‘now’

    President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking about Libya this week.

    President Obama told German Chancellor Angela Merkel today that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi should surrender power immediately because of the attacks he has made on his own people.

    “The President stated that when a leader’s only means of staying in power is to use mass violence against his own people, he has lost the legitimacy to rule and needs to do what is right for his country by leaving now,” said a White House readout of the Merkel call.

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton echoed Obama’s demand in a statement saying that Gadhafi’s government would he held “accountable for its violation of human rights”

    “Moammar Gadhafi has lost the confidence of his people and he should go without further bloodshed and violence,” Clinton said in her statement.

    Obama spoke with Merkel a day after the U.S. placed new economic sanctions on Libya, and the U.S. works with allies like Germany on a set of international sanctions.

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2011/02/obama-gadhafi-should-leave-libya-now/1

    Things are escalating in Libya, particularly when the U.S. has asked Gaddafi to quit.

    It’s curious to me that the MSM is eager to cover the outbreak of democracy in the Middle East, but ignores the outbreak of democracy among 30,000 people in the Midwest.

  30. In America, one needs to be a tea-bagger to get on tv.. seriously if there were thousands of folks across the country raging against the President and democrats, national news would be covering it 24/7… kinda like the healthcare rallies🙂🙂

    I wonder what happens now though in regards to Libya? We know Gahdafi isn’t going to leave.. so what can the international community do now that they’ve ordered him to leave… and when he refuses???

  31. I still don’t understand wanting the President to be there. When has that ever happened anywhere in the world, unless i’m mistaken. It’s a ridiculous request imho.

  32. There we go, govs. Patrick and Hickenlooper on this week on sunday!
    Maybe more dems will be added late, maybe the MSM got guilty! LOL!

  33. Well, well, well – why did it take me so long to find this – after all, it was to be expected:

    From the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (article 23):


    4. Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

    So there you have it: Governor Walker is trying to nibble away on a fundamental human right (he stays on the fence by not prohibiting unions, just de-fanging them – but I don’t think International Labor Law will let him get away with that🙂

  34. I learned about today’s countrywide rallies yesterday via a link right here in BWD’s comments section. With one click found Sacramento rally and signed up to attend.

    Arrived early and was enboldened to approach a lone early-arrival teaparty protester We chatted for about 5 minutes, quietly, dispassionately. Leaving him to cross the street to Save The American Dream rally I had the distinct impression that our encounter had made a positive difference.

    Yes, person to person, one on one is powerful stuff. Before coming to lurk and learn at yours and Chipsticks sites, I would not have had the nerve to engage him. How could I ever thank y’all enough?!

  35. “In America, one needs to be a tea-bagger to get on tv…”

    Bingo, Sheri. If you are a teabagger or if you have the most outlandish thing to say about POTUS or his wife, you get serious air time.

    What gets me is that they (folks in the media) don’t even see it or could care less. For me, I never let them forget. I remind them over and over and over again.

  36. Thanks, jovie. That link was just so inspiring. I loved some of the signs especially these two:

    “The cheese never stands alone”

    “United we stand, divided we beg.”

  37. Yeah, some of these guys have a lot more to lose. Walker may think himself untouchable because of WI recall laws that won’t kick in until next year. Senators and Reps may be vulnerable right now and I say go for all their sorry a….

  38. I wonder what happens now though in regards to Libya? We know Gahdafi isn’t going to leave.. so what can the international community do now that they’ve ordered him to leave… and when he refuses???.

    The draft resolution against Libya that is being debated leaves the door open to having Gaddafi and his regime referred to the ICC, the war crime court.

    The strategy behind raising the spectre of the ICC, is to encourage more of Gaddafi’s entourage to quit out of fear of being put on trial for war crimes.

    If the international community can isolate him to the point that only he and his children are the last ones standing in support of him, then he cannot win.

    If his armed supporters can be intimidated out killing for Gaddafi due to fear being tried for war crimes, then pro-Democracy revolution in Libya can progress without further mass bloodshed.

  39. It should tell the constituents to start the recall process right now. Unfortunately, the Repugnants only want their constituents for $$ and votes. They seem to become AWOL when it is time to answer to the voters.

  40. Thanks for sharing that. When I worked in a small county hospital we used singing and music to help stroke patients in their recovery. It amazed me how people who had difficulty with speaking could sing familiar songs. Music is great therapy.

  41. Thanks for reporting that. I was at an immigration rally here yesterday so had to pass on the WI support rally today.

  42. Desperation, short-sightedness, lack of critical thinking or understanding of the role of the President. A combination or all of the above but mostly desperation. People do crazy things when they are desperate, like the 2010 elections.

  43. Mixed feelings about this. Where was KO when MSM attacked President Obama from every side? Maybe KO truly supports the unions. Maybe he just needs a new venue to self-promote.

  44. TPM is reporting that there were 70,000 people at the start of the rally in WI.
    Where is the coverage on this on TV?

  45. Just got back from San Francisco City Hall. 1,000 – 2000 in attendance. Great signs, great speeches. SEIU, CTA (California Teachers Assoc) CREDO, MoveOn.org (organizers), Airline pilots, nurses, AFL CIO.

    Polite, concerned, middle aged crowd. This was a last minute rally planned 2 days ago so the turn out was pretty good. Channel 2 and Channnel 7 and KQED (public access) had TV crews .

    Speeches were all positive toward workers, attacked Walker, big business and Republicans. Not one unkind word about the President. Ended on a call to organize and get out the vote in 2012.

    Our camera died after 2 photos, will put up what I have once the battery recharges.

  46. LA Rally

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/26/downtown-la-rally-brings-_n_828688.html

    In a show of solidarity with the ongoing protests in Madison, Wisconsin over Governor Scott Walker’s proposal to strip most public employees of collective bargaining rights, thousands descended on LA’s City Hall to make their voices heard Saturday. Dozens of speakers from organized labor addressed the crowd, as did City Councilman Paul Krekorian and key note speakers Rep. Judy Chu and California Secretary of State Deborah Bowen.

  47. All this crazy talk of the President going to these rallies…is crazy. I just read that the Police Union in WI is siding with the protesters…so much so that they are staying the night with them, sleeping there with them, as they continue to camp out at the capital building.The President is well aware of what is happening all over the country in this regard. Could it be that he knows that this fight MUST be the fight of the people, and theirs alone? Collective voices all over the country rising up and fighting for their rights for fairness and equality in the workplace.Is he the only one that sees the power of individuals to take what is rightfully theirs, on their own, without “Dad” coming to the rescue? It means so much more if this moment is the PEOPLE’S voice!He believes in the power of these people to make their voices heard…on their own.I applaude him for that. YES. WE. CAN.

  48. We still have TV in this country? You wouldn’t know it, when we have to go online (here!) to get any real facts and figures.

  49. My favorite quote from the article follows. You know you’re in trouble, Gov. Walker, when your police spokesman is speaking so proudly of the demonstrators! Usually, 70,000 people gathered in one area is a headache for law enforcement. Not. This. Time.

    “This is one of the largest sustained protests we have seen in Madison since the Vietnam War. And to my knowledge there were absolutely no problems,” Madison Police spokesman Joe DeSpain said.

  50. Apparently some people thought it was YES.HE.CAN…no need to organize, no need to march because that was what 2008 was all about says Ed Schultz circa 2009 in the heat of the Tea Pary insurgency…smh…People were calling liberal radio shows begging for a movement, a march but he scoffed at it and basically said it was all up to Obama. That’s why people organized to get him elected.

    When there is finally a march – 2 mo before the midterms (and apparently after Ed encouraged people NOT to vote) – its done in such a way as to be characterized as a response to Glenn Beck and not standing on its on as a call for jobs, etc.

    I heard about the WI police. It’s so amazing what they are doing, kind of like the relationship of Egyptians and their Army.

  51. I absolute LOVE that comment from the officer.

    Now we’re talking! We the people … E Pluribus Unum …

    Thank you for being there, and for reporting this!

  52. One thought I had was to contact the DNC and ask them to get Democrats lined up for these shows – each weekday and weekend. Get the big name Democrats to contact the shows personally. No news show is going to turn down a request to participate from some headliner.

    It obviously doesn’t work for so many of us to contact the TV shows to tell them to put Democrats front and center, so let’s ask our politicians to get out there on our behalf and force the issue.

    Just my take.

  53. The Media is part of the problem, they were covering all the pretest of the TEABAGGER, Its so freaking ovious ye swhen POTUS was runing they did the same freakinf thing.
    Iam glad that the people are weaking up, wwe must push very hard it’s our time and yes we can.BWD how can we help?

  54. It’s BS and the MEDIA would love that, but if he did go it will be about him, but PBO it’s a very smart president and it’s not buying their BS the people will do it we will be very glad to help financially.

  55. Thanks, Jovie for providing this link. It was good to see the people from so many states supporting Wisconsin. I loved the picture of the little girl with the sign that says she loves her teacher.

    I’m beginning to believe this will be a turning point for us. The working class are beginning to realize that their families and neighbors aren’t safe anymore. Republican Governors that were elected are only working for the rich people. They stopped the light-rail projects that would create jobs, they are still giving tax cuts to the wealthy which would increase the deficit, and they are trying to break the unions so they don’t have to pay them a fare wage, or give them any benefits.

  56. I wonder if people really get it yet.

    Desire for a public option and the slow pace for the complete, thorough and intelligent dismissal of DADT was blown so out of proportion prior to the midterms, that many Democrats did not stop to think there are worse things on this earth that could happen legislatively besides the lack of a public option.

    The fact that 70,000 people showed up now is a great display after November 2 but this energy needs to be sustained an visited upon every attack by the tea party-flavored GOP.

    If this heinous legislation does end up passing, the backlash needs to be against voter complacency and nothing else.

    It’s ironic that one of the strategies that often gets trotted out is, ‘maybe things have to really get bad for people to realize they ought to vote in their own best interests.’

    Well that day is here. And while that advice was meant to be directed at conservative Democrats and Independents, it turns out those aren’t the only people that needed to learn the hard way that there is a difference between today’s Democrats and today’s Republicans.

  57. I’ve read some reports saying 100,000 there today, despite the 15 degree temps and snow. Easily the largest one yet, and last Saturday’s official estimate was 70,000 when it was warm. It’s unusual in that people are spread out all around and inside the Capitol and down the main street there, State Street, so hard it’s to get an accurate count.

    Contrast this to the Glen Blech nonsense from last summer, which had WEEKS of FREE promotion in the national MegaMedia, and an official estimate of 80,000 or so. This is incredible to me!

    Grassroots at it’s finest, and from many of the reports I’ve read from local outlets and student groups, is that many of the people stepping up to organize the Madison protests received a lot of training from the Obama campaign, and are putting that training into practice with what’s happening now in Wisconsin.

    Before I realized that it’s a lost cause, I used to spend time at one of the Poutrager sites arguing that for one reason alone – the elevation of Community Organizing as issue numero uno – Barack deserves any Liberal’s support. Of course, I was laughed out of there, but I feel the Madison uprising is largely proof of that now.

    President Barack Hussein Obama has already done what he needed to do in Wisconsin. It was done in 2008, and how he’s led by example ever since. It’s up to us now to take it from here, which people in Wisconsin seem to understand quite well.

    Friends here…please don’t worry about getting the MediaMedia outlets to cover things fairly. I used to work in the MegaMedia. It’s pointless to write them. They are doing what their bosses want them to do. It has nothing to do with ratings or advertising. Nothing. Notice the Wisconsin protesters get their biggest crowd in the history of state while being almost completely ignored and/or misrepresented be the MegaMedia. It’s from grassroots, ground-up organizing. Focus all your time and energy on helping this kind of activity, just as our President would want you to do. Solidarity!

  58. I have never watched AJE before this last month, and now I, too, check it for coverage of the WI rallies. Pitiful.

  59. Excellent article POB. Thanks for the head’s up.

    I like this excerpt:

    In any case, Obama’s best defense is what has happened so far in Egypt — including the departure of Mubarak and the military’s promise of an election this year.

    “We were very mindful that it was important for this to remain an Egyptian event; that the United States did not become the issue, but that we sent out a very clear message that we believed in an orderly transition, a meaningful transition, and a transition that needed to happen not later, but sooner,” Obama said at a press conference. “What we ended up seeing was a peaceful transition, relatively little violence, and relatively little, if any, anti-American sentiment, or anti-Israel sentiment, or anti-Western sentiment. And I think that testifies to the fact that in a complicated situation, we got it about right.”

    Politics Daily

  60. I have mixed (very mixed) feelings about KO but I believe his first blog post about Wisconsin and the unions was very good today. He is a fantastic writer, however bombastic and arrogant he might be on air or IRL.

    -Krista🙂

  61. At least that article accurately called Illinois’ financial situation a shortfall instead of a deficit. Good on them for giving some coverage to the rallies.

  62. Our rally here in DC at Dupont Circle was fantastic. I expected a couple hundred people would show up but to my surprise it was much larger than I anticipated. We had about a thousand people in the park today. The crowd was full of excitement and energy and then the big surprise of the day was when Van Jones showed up and gave a speech. I was standing about 20 feet from him and let me just go on ahead a be shallow because I am here to report that Van is one delicious piece of eye candy (oh and he gives a really good pep talk as well). We were Fired Up and Ready to go when he finished with us.🙂

    Here are some pictures from today’s rally.
    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-562635?ref=feeds%2Flatest

  63. Of the demonstrations in all 50 state capitals, may I present a little bit about New Jersey’s (from my hometown) …

    This one drew the President of the AFL-CIO (I love the last part of this quote):

    “What happens in Wisconsin affects every man, woman and child in America. Nothing less than the fate of our middle class is at stake,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told the demonstrators, many of them huddled beneath umbrellas against the downpour. “Here is the key, something that every governor and state legislator from New Jersey to Arizona, from Florida to Alaska, needs to understand. They were not elected to dictate,” the national union chief said. “They were elected to solve problems, not create conflicts.”

    http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-pro-wisconsin-labor-rally-20110225,0,7683920.story

  64. I read a comment on one of the ongoing reports of the Wisconsin rally, “This revolution will not be televised. It will be twittered”!!

    Many college students don’t watch tv news (well, maybe Stewart, Colbert, etc.). They get their news from Google, blogs, Twitter, etc.

  65. “It means so much more if this moment is the PEOPLE’S voice!He believes in the power of these people to make their voices heard…on their own,” that is perfectly said.

  66. They believe in transpareny EXCEPT when the daily
    show is the subject…It’s all fun & games when
    they draw a false equivalance and mock Wisconsin
    Laborers with real struggles..
    Now there’s “nothing to see here”…right jon stewart..?? ..It’s also all too funny to mock Pres. Obama for trying to do the best he can with what he’s got, because human error could never happen with human beings working in this White
    House….Maybe it was Knee slapping funny several
    months back when a female employee of the daiy
    show raised talk of misogyny and Jon’s show
    conveniently went on a 2 week hiatus until it
    quietly went away..Truth & transparency..??

  67. Excellent article!

    This quote from the article captures why I fully support my president: “He may move too slowly for some tastes, but for those hoping to avoid further tragic and costly misadventures abroad, his careful deliberation could not be more reassuring.”

  68. Good morning everyone. It’s imperative that pressure be put on Republican senators, given what else has been found included in Wisconsin’s budget bill. This virtual “laundry list” of what Walker intends to accomplish has left me completely speechless. Now I understand why he was in such a hurry to push it through!

    (I apologize for the length of the post, and edited it as best I could, but I thought it was important for people to see this information. Please circulate it to as many people as possible, if you can.)

    “These lesser known proposals in the 144-page bill reveal how radical Walker’s plan actually is.”

    1. ELIMINATING MEDICAID: Health and Human Services Secretary Dennis Smith….would have the authority to “to override state Medicaid laws as [he] sees fit and institute sweeping changes” including reducing benefits and limiting eligibility.

    2. POWER PLANT PRIVATIZATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL NEGLECT: The same budget bill calls for a rapid no-bid “firesale” of all state-owned power plants….Many of Wisconsin’s power plants are in violation of federal clean air regulations and desperately need to be upgraded and cleaned up — not dumped into the private sector.

    3. DANGEROUS DRINKING WATER: Republican lawmakers have introduced bills in both the Senate and the House which would repeal a rule requiring municipal governments to disinfect their water.

    4. DESTROYING WETLANDS: ….environmental groups believe the bill’s special provision would actually affect the entire county, eliminating public hearings on proposed wetland development, short-circuiting approval of development projects, and disrupting the region’s water system.

    5. FISCAL IRRESPONSIBILITY: Walker signed a bill this week requiring a 2/3 supermajority in the legislature to pass any tax increase. Republican lawmakers are now reportedly considering a constitutional amendment that would make the rule permanent.

    6. DISENFRANCHISING VOTERS: This week, Republican lawmakers moved forward on a bill that would require voters to present a photo ID from the DMV at the polls, making it significantly more difficult for the elderly, the disabled, college students, and rural residents to participate in elections.

    7. CUTTING JOBS, LOSING THE FUTURE: Last fall, Walker killed an $810 billion federally funded high-speed rail project, forcing the Transportation Department to pull its funding. Walker’s decision killed 130,000 expected jobs and forced the Spanish company Talgo to close its Milwaukee factory and layoff its 40 person staff.

    8. STIFLING INNOVATION: In late January, Walker introduced a bill that would ban wind-powered energy from Wisconsin and exacerbate the state’s dependence on out-of-state coal. If passed, it’s estimated that the law would immediately eliminate $1.8 billion in new wind power investments and jeopardize eleven currently proposed wind projects. After a public outcry earlier this month, Walker’s bill is (for now) dead.

    9. “NAKED POWER GRAB”: Earlier this month in a party-line vote, the legislature ceded “extraordinary control” of the state’s rule-making oversight process to the governor. Walker now has complete power to draft agency rules which the legislature must then either approve or reject. The law gives Walker the power to write rules for formerly independent state agencies like the state Departments of Justice and Education — and most ominously the Government Accountability Board, the state’s ethics watchdog.

    10. POLITICIZING STATE AGENCIES: A provision in Walker’s budget repair bill would convert thirty-seven state employees from civil servants to political appointees — consolidating his power over state government and expanding his power to “hire, fire and move key employees to carry out his agenda.”

    http://www.thinkprogress.org/

  69. Many people have forgotten, or may not be aware, that Martin Luther King advocated on the behalf of…unions.

    “In light of the clash of wills in Wisconsin, we should remember the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One of King’s slogans that we rarely hear is this one: “all labor has dignity.” King spoke these words in Memphis on March 18, 1968, in the midst of a strike of 1,200 black sanitation workers that had lasted over a month. After rousing them to a fever pitch, King called for a general strike by all workers to shut the city down on behalf of the sanitation workers.”

    //

    “Conservatives rationalize their attacks on unions by saying unionized public workers are unfairly privileged. But they only look privileged by comparison to the rest of the working class, which is suffering economic catastrophe and has almost entirely lost the benefits of unionization. Yet class envy is an easy means to divide and rule.”

    http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/02/its_1968_all_over_again_and_kings_fight_for_unions_is_still_essential.html

  70. I don’t even care if people have a fact-based opinion that POTUS should participate; it’s the stridency and utter disrespect shown to him that pisses me off. People may question his actions, but to question his motives re: unions at this point is just disgusting, fact-free, and a sign of just how infiltrated the left has become with certain people in the national and new media who are desperately trying to take down this POTUS.

  71. Jovie, they felt no guilt. They were pressured by emails and calls by an organized effort questioning why there have been so many Republicans, but no Democrats. Obviously, there were bombarded with so much blow back that felt compelled to add TWO voices which represent the people of this country.

    I’ll try to find the links later and will post them.

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