Left-wing lawmakers have gone into hiding and union goons have been doing all they can to shut down the state capitol and prevent the legislature from conducting business. These are tactics one might expect to see from the Italian squadristi or German Sturmabteilung, both of which used physical coercion and intimidation to halt the democratic process.
To the disappointment of anarchists everywhere, Walker has responded not with water cannons or truncheons, but by calmly making his case to the public and trying to negotiate with the unions.
So, of course he’s a dirty Fascist in the eyes of leftists who have to demonize the governor in order to keep the donations pouring in. Pro-labor demonstrators in Madison have embraced the “Fascism” meme like mother’s milk.
Political science professor Bob Fitrakis says what the left is doing in Wisconsin is “ultimately about preventing the United States from becoming a full-on fascist state” and “about saving the last shreds of American democracy.” He then plays the Hitler card lamenting that “[t]he first Germans Hitler put in concentration camps were neither Jews nor gypsies – they were trade unionists.”
It’s trite, tedious, high school debating tournament level stuff.
Ironically, Fitrakis is using a version of the Big Lie, a rhetorical technique embraced by history’s most infamous Fascist. (As a political scientist presumably he knows this.)
The professor’s lie is so bold and outrageous that he’s gambling Americans won’t dare to question it, as if there were a straight line between labor law reform in Wisconsin and the ovens of Auschwitz.
So far it looks like Americans aren’t falling for it, and in an ominous sign, a bellwether of progressive thinking also isn’t falling for it.
In a rare moment of candor Time magazine’s Joe Klein, usually a reliable member of the leftist echo chamber, points an accusing finger at his own side:
Revolutions are everywhere–in the Middle East, in the middle west. But there is a difference: in the Middle East, the protesters are marching for democracy; in the Midwest, they’re protesting against it. I mean, isn’t it, well, a bit ironic that the protesters in Madison, blocking the state senate chamber, are chanting “Freedom, Democracy, Union” while trying to prevent a vote? Isn’t it ironic that the Democratic Senators have fled the democratic process? Isn’t it interesting that some of those who–rightly–protest the assorted Republican efforts to stymie majority rule in the U.S. Senate are celebrating the Democratic efforts to stymie the same in the Wisconsin Senate?
Will Big Labor’s rent-a-mobs in Madison now start burning Klein in effigy? It may depend on how much George Soros offers them.
Matthew Vadum is a journalist in Washington, D.C. His book on ACORN and its infiltration of the Obama administration will be published in mid-2011.
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