20110223

Unions are a human right.

Forward is the motto emblazoned on the Wisconsin flag. America and Wisconsin share the belief that *we* are a light to the world, the *we* hold the torch of liberty high, the *we* stride before the huddled masses, *forward* into a future that assures justice, *forward* into a world of limitless opportunity. It is the America that believes in that commitment to *forward* progress that I write this for.

Eleanor Roosevelt, the widow of President Franklin D. Roosevelt was appointed as a delegate to the United Nations by President Harry S Truman. On December 10, 1948 she presented to the world, a gift of liberty drafted from the poetic heart of the America dedicated to *forward* progress; the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In her address to the UN General Assembly introducing the declaration she said: "We stand today at the threshold of a great event both in the life of the United Nations and in the life of mankind. This declaration may well become the international Magna Carta for all men everywhere. We hope its proclamation by the General Assembly will be an event comparable to the proclamation in 1789, the adoption of the Bill of Rights by the people of the US, and the adoption of comparable declarations at different times in other countries."

Article 23 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights guarantees to everyone, "the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests."

The European Union also incorporates as a fundaments human right, the right to unionize and the right to collective bargaining. Collective bargaining is recognized as a human right in Article 28 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union of December 2000 and in Article 12 of the Community Charter of the Fundamental Social Rights of Workers of 1989, as well as the 1961 European Social Charter of the Council of Europe (Article 6). Modern Europe bears the imprint of the American commitment to *forward* progress in these documents.

America's commitment to *forward* progress is what differentiated us in the eyes of liberty loving peoples everywhere, making us a superior choice to monarchial imperialist in the 19th century and totalitarian communism and fascism in the 20th century. The lack of malice shown toward us by the liberty loving youth on the arab streets, owes much to an admiration for American's commitment to *forward* progress.

In Madison Wisconsin we now face a choice. Do we maintain America's commitment to *forward* progress, or do we not? Do we stand for the fundamental and globally recognized rights of working people, or not?

Shall we passively watch as Scott Walker leads Wisconsin back to a new Gilded Age, or shall we resist?

20110222

21st Century Revision of Wisconsin Corruption Cartoon

Note from editor: Please revise the following political cartoon.

Replace Rail-Road President with Koch Brothers.

Put two "pet dogs" next to Rail-Road President/Koch Brothers.

Label pet dogs "Cato Institute" and "Americans for Prosperity."

Give the "Americans for Prosperity" pet a small monkey on a chain labeled "Tea Party."

Raise the amounts to reflect real campaign contributions.

20110216

The demise of government by the people.

Wisconsin's suicidal drive to consolidate the rule of the corporate oligarchy has moved forward under the command and control the the lumpenproletariat leader, Governor and Principate, Scott Walker. Any act which furthers the decline of workers rights, eliminates the cumbersome instruments of democracy, or moves our economy into dependency on monopolies, trusts, cartels, or oligopolies, is OK with Scott.

Any ecological concern about the transformation of the global environment by carbon emissions, make no difference this rainy Wisconsin day in February. As any youthful Tea Party young pioneer knows, the scientists at the Cato Institute (funded through the magnificent benevolence of the Koch Brothers and Exxon) have disproven the negative effects of anthropomorphic induced climate change, discredited renewable energy, and shown the economic futility of any form of publicly funded mass transit.

The future prosperity of the American nation, or at least its oligarchy, will be guaranteed as long as the lumpenproletariat are properly assuaged through bread and circuses, or the modern Wisconsin equivalent, junk food and packer games.  (GO PACK)

Please ignore the industrialist behind the campaign finance curtain, we are simply returning to the form of government  that existed before the liberal pinko progressives and socialist reined in the free market capitalism epitomized by Byron Kilbourn and closed down the brothels on Milwaukee's Water Street.

Two-hundred and fifty thousand low pay and exploitive jobs, he will make! His industrial sponsors shall be allowed to fully consume our natural resources, pollute our air, and enslave future generation to fossile fuel dependency! He is more brilliant than any economist, offering a vision of a state virtually free of unemployment!  I salute the intellectual prowess of our collage dropout and state potentate! All glory to the New Gilded Age! Eradicate those pesky unions! Use the National Guard to stop the socialist labor activistsGerrymander to make eternal GOP domination! Establish for a thousand years the best government that the oligarchy can buy!