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Yesterday, I suggested that Barack Obama make a statement indicating that he would federalize the guard if Governor Walker of Wisconsin attempted to use it to break the unions (more like break union heads).

Well, I'm thinking that a preemptive statement is no longer the right course, because there are calls for him to be recalled at the earliest possible opportunity (also here).

The petitions cannot be turned in until after he has served a year, which right now means at least 330 days of Teabagger insanity, but the idea of waiting until he tries to deploy the Guard, and then federalizing it before it has a chance to act, and maybe having the National Guard disarm the private security contractors that he is looking at hiring (aka "Pinkertons") as well.

This is not a change in strategy, but rather a change in tactics: I think that the latter scenario better serves the populace of Wisconsin, and the labor movement in general.

It's good policy and good politics.

(some historical perspective after the fold)

Courtesy of The Awl:

Nobody would expect Walker to have any sense of history but his mention of the National Guard in reference to a labor dispute is chilling to those who recall the Bay View riot. In May 1886, nearly 15,000 workers gathered in Milwaukee to demand an eight hour workday. Thousands marched the streets with banners in Polish, German and English. Wisconsin Governor Jeremiah Rusk called the National Guard to respond; seven were killed (five by other estimates) and several more wounded.

People who think that this is going to be some sort of peaceful thing miss the point.

Scott Walker is doing everything he can to encourage violence, because he sees political advantage to it.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    I'm not entirely sure that I was wrong yesterday, but if I'm not, then I am wrong today.

    In any case, I would really like to see a can or whup-ass recall unloaded upside his head.

    6/24/05: Charlie the Tuna Creator Dies En lieu of flowers, please bring mayonnaise, chopped celery and paprika.

    by LunkHead on Mon Feb 14, 2011 at 05:56:07 PM PST

  •   Well yes but.. (0+ / 0-)

    Well yes but if the workers do strike or protest, the guard should be there to protect not harass them.  As I understand it there is a major push to make the "reforms" happen quickly in the legislature.  Don't think the workers can wait another month for to do a recall if that's what you mean.  Sometimes you have to do more than one thing at a time.  Maybe I read your diary wrong.  

    I did comment on the Bay View "riot" somewhere.  Maybe it was in your diary.  Although I said it was in Milwaukee.  I believe Bayview is actually a section of Milwaukee at least now.  It may have been a separate town then. They were striking for the 8 hour day.  It was peaceful until the Pinkertons showed up and attacked the crowd.  Then it became a riot.  There is a memorial there in Bayview for those killed and for the 8 hour day which we all take for granted.  

    Nobody is following this much yet but it has the potential for a major event.  Now I've heard that the governor of Ohio (remember Kent State is in Ohio) plans more of the same.  You know the revolt in Egypt began with the unions, mostly women textile workers in 08, and look what happened there.  How much will American workers take before there is blood in the street here.  

    I'm proud to say that my father was a union shop steward in a textile mill in North Carolina and that I walked the picket line with him when they went out on strike.  At first we didn't know what would happen or whose side the police would take.  That's when I first learned that strikes and demonstrations were serious and that men and women had died for the things we take for granted like overtime pay, and paid vacations, and of course the 40 hour work week and 8 hour days.  Fortunately in our case the state police and sheriff's department stayed neutral and there was no violence.  

    The union struck the plant at the at midnight during the change to the graveyard shift so it would be dark and there would be the most possible people there.  It was the next morning before the company could get an injunction to keep them from blocking the entrance and the cops didn't even show up until after the court order was issued.    

    DK-3 it's been good to know you.

    by YellerDog on Tue Feb 15, 2011 at 02:21:36 AM PST

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