Remember Wisconsin governor Scott Walker? Remember how a couple of years ago, it looked like his Koch-backed union busting would finally cause the people of Wisconsin to rise up and vote him out of office via a recall election? The outrage came from across America, the media was all over the story and when all was said and done, Scott Walker walked away victorious. Not only did he beat back organized labor, but he became a hero of the Republican Party which has been busy over the last few years trying to destroy unions (along with reproductive choice and gun laws) once and for all.
Now Scott Walker is a rising star within the GOP and serious contender for the party’s nomination in 2016. At a Q&A session last week at CPAC 2015, he claimed that as president, he could handle ISIS after dealing with union activists in Wisconsin. Seriously, Scott Walker actually made that statement. From Right Wing Watch:
During a question and answer session at CPAC, Ned Ryun of American Majority asked Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker how he would take on ISIS if he were president.
Walker responded in a characteristically vague way, simply stating that he believes in protecting America’s freedom and “wants a commander-in-chief who will do everything in their power to ensure that the threat from radical Islamic terrorists do not wash up on American soil.”
However, Walker boasted that he is fully capable of taking on the terrorist group since he pushed through anti-union legislation in his state in the face of massive protests: “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.” (Source)
Comparing union supporters to an Islamic extremist group is par for the course if you want to gather primary support in the Republican Party, as well as the millions of dollars from anti-labor Super PACs. Scott Walker know this all too well and is hoping to capitalize on his record of busting unions in order to jump ahead of Rand Paul and Jeb Bush as the best candidate the Koch Brothers can buy. In the CPAC straw poll, he came in a close second to Rand Paul after these remarks and is considered the “conservative stallion of the moment,” according to Jim Newell over at Salon.
Many of the speakers at CPAC 2015 were political celebrities, including Donald “Roadkill Combover” Trump and a former half-term governor from Alaska. These celebrities are little more than perennial figures desperately trying to remain relevant, and they also serve as an excellent smoke screen for the real shenanigans going on behind the conservative curtain. The fact that Governor Scott Walker would even consider comparing union supporters to extremists who light people on fire and chop their heads off shows just how brazen the Republican Party has become. While we’re distracted by the things that don’t matter or believing the astro-turfed comments across social media that “both parties are the same,” the GOP is busy stripping away rights from women, workers and making it even harder to vote.
This is a party that is void of fresh ideas or solutions and is counting on your apathy while their supporters, spurred on by conservative propaganda, show up at the polls not only in the general election, but at organizing events and primaries. Scott Walker’s comparison of American workers to terrorists is proof enough to anyone who hasn’t seen it yet that the Republican Party has declared war on worker’s rights. If you thought what happened in Wisconsin was bad, just imagine if he’s elected president in 2016.
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