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Wisconsin, Not Washington, Shows Us What Democracy Looks Like

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Everyday Wisconsinites Display Their Protest Signs by Joanne Boyer

The whole debacle of the alleged crisis with the debt ceiling has left me with the all too familiar feelings of disgust, sadness, anger; pick any emotion other than energized or excited. It's taking every ounce of energy I have to try and regroup and look forward. And then I think of the Wisconsin state senate recall elections that are less than 10 days away.  Of course, Wisconsin. Their state motto: Forward. The only direction progressives can go.

Whatever you want to call what happened in Washington, D. C. last weekend, the last thing that comes to mind is "democracy at work."   To contrast the insanity that was playing out there, I thought back to Wisconsin last winter. What resonated for me were the chants from those Wisconsin protesters who marched for weeks:   "Tell me what democracy looks like" they shouted to the crowd. The response came loud and clear from the tens and sometimes hundreds of thousands who were protesting:   "This is what democracy looks like."

As difficult as it may seem right now to look forward with optimism, we cannot lose sight of the fact that what Wisconsin started back in February 2011 is what must be duplicated over and over again if we are going to stop the travesty of what continues to happen in Washington.  (Campaign finance reform would help a lot too.)

Tuesday August 9. It seems as though we've waited forever for the chance for Wisconsin voters to turn the tide, right the wrong and change the landscape in this country. For those who need a slight refresher, this all began when a handful of Teaching Assistants (TAs) said, "No."   It grew from those few to more than 100,000 on multiple Saturdays in February and March.  

And they never gave up. The marches turned to petitions for recall elections. And now Wisconsin has a chance to show big money interests what grass roots organizing can do.  Fighting Bob LaFollette and Paul Wellstone are smiling somewhere and saying, "Thank you, Wisconsin, for remembering."  

People In Madison Have Inspired The Nation by Joanne Boyer

The hard work and sheer determination of those in the Badger state remains a beacon for all. The work ahead to change the climate in Washington, D.C. will be long and hard, but what takes place on August 9 with those Wisconsin recall elections can be the beginning of what we all need to remember: "The only antidote to organized money is organized people."

If Wisconsin voters (and hopefully no surprise ballots that pop up two days later) turn the Wisconsin Senate back to a Democratic majority, it will be the first sign that the people still have a say in democracy.  

Forward Wisconsin.   And onward to victory!

 

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Joanne Boyer is founder and editor of Wisdom Voices Press and www.WisdomVoices.com. Her first book is "Wisdom of Progressive Voices." Joanne has worked in professional communications for more than 30 years. Her career includes being the first (more...)
 

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Amen we are just COMMON citizens not the $$$$$$ied... by thepiffler on Wednesday, Aug 3, 2011 at 1:02:11 PM
Hailing WI as a victory for "the working people" i... by Miriam Callaghan on Wednesday, Aug 3, 2011 at 1:44:04 PM
Poor Faun.   It may be her thinking is some... by Dennis Kaiser on Wednesday, Aug 3, 2011 at 3:32:30 PM
A lawyer has two to three extra years of education... by Doc McCoy on Wednesday, Aug 3, 2011 at 10:09:04 PM
Much as teachers have been maligned for years the ... by Dennis Kaiser on Thursday, Aug 4, 2011 at 6:59:52 AM
As for student loans, many teachers get their Mast... by Dennis Kaiser on Thursday, Aug 4, 2011 at 7:12:35 AM
Voters in other states who disagree with the way t... by Mari Eliza on Wednesday, Aug 3, 2011 at 3:06:17 PM
Wisconsin was the first place that unions, progres... by Howard Schneider on Wednesday, Aug 3, 2011 at 3:07:47 PM
Howard: Thanks for the kind words. As a native Wis... by Joanne Boyer on Wednesday, Aug 3, 2011 at 3:30:36 PM
;)... by Working-class UK Socialist on Wednesday, Aug 3, 2011 at 9:16:01 PM