The nature of debate: Wisonsin labor unions

They will not go down easy … or something. Gary Larson describes the union war on the Wisonsin Governor. “Unleashing forces of hate, making it personal, unions roll out heavy artillery in their all-out war against their declared enemy, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. ”

This provides another example to examine behavior in debate. First up is misrepresentation (stage 1, denial): “Act 10 does not, as media allege, “strip” collective bargaining — it only reduces its grip on future negotiations by setting limits.” Along with this is the idea that “Union stalwarts take that well-hewn “we’re right everyone else is wrong” position in opposition to Act 10.”

Then there’s the acting out:

Protesters in the dead of February occupied the Capitol. Teachers left their classrooms to protest, forcing closing of schools while they took bogus “sick” excuses to get paid, in effect, for their protesting. (Role model lessons for students in the Entitlement Society in how to cheat.) Thousands massed at the Capitol, chanting, despoiling public property, posting clever signs, blocking Republican lawmakers from going about their legislative business. … Some threatened boycotts of local businesses whose owners did not see things unions’ way, declining to put up posters in their places of business. Some were asked outright for donations to the unions’ cause — sort of extortion on the fly. … A couple crazies made e-mail death threats. One lesser threat — a dark joke, maybe — was found on a note tucked under a Republican legislator’s door. It read: “The only good Republican is a dead Republican.” Such threats, idle or not, along with physical damage to public property and threats of boycotts and attempted extortion, stayed largely invisible to sympathetic, see-no-evil news media, who insisted that the protest was about “rights.” Always, please, “rights.” … A mob 1,000 strong marched lately into a quiet residential neighborhood to protest on the curb in front of Gov. Walker’s home in a once-tranquil Milwaukee suburb

By intimidation, another tactic of the left, or by compulsion (“Sign here or else!”), recall elections might well happen. Guaranteed, the artful left among us will use every means, fair or foul, to get those signatures. Neo-Marxist Chicagoan Saul Alinsky in his Rules for Radicals taught his acolytes that very lesson — the fair or foul part — to achieve ends by any means in political wars.

What will these tactics achieve? That depends.

For a recall election to be “successful,” the public will have to be convinced of something that didn’t happen and wasn’t intended — “union-busting.” Gov. Walker’s critics insist that it was his “agenda” all along, not bringing fiscal sanity to the state, and jobs, to save the state from enormous debt. To convince the public of a false charge of “union busting” will take a clever trick of hoodwinking the non-union, inattentive public. News media will be a pushover, as usual, for spreading the unions’ view, as sure as night follows daylight.

Will the voters just let it go? Or, worse, will they buy into the false reality presented with such vigor?

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