What started in Madison, Wisconsin and the fight over Governor Scott Walker's plan to end collective bargaining with (and destroy) the public service unions in that state has grown into the beginnings of a national movement to save the America of, by and for the people.
That is literally what is on the line.
What Walker represents is a corporate funded lackey, a sycophant office holder doing the bidding of his corporate sponsors that are out to destroy our democracy and make this country the United States of Corporate America.
Michael Moore, in his rousing oration to the protestors last Saturday in the Wisconsin capital said it all, "You will live in the history books. You have inspired so many people. You have inspired the whole country. I just had to come and thank you", to which the crowd responded, "Thank you, thank you."
Moore and others like him have long recognized we have a closed political system in this country, a system beholden to the big moneyed and special interests who bankroll our elected officials campaigns who then become the elected representatives to enact the laws, regulations, oversight and enforcement to benefit those moneyed and special interests to the detriment of the peoples interests.
It is why they bailed out the banksters after the financial implosion (which they caused), why the "reform" of health care and the financial industry were merely reform at the edges and not the fundamental real reform that was required.
It is why the military/industrial/political complex is at the heart of our war based economy that requires an endless "war on terrorism", a militarism and imperialism that serves to justify its bloated existence.
Add in last years Supreme Court decision in "Citizens United" that formally granted corporations the same rights as people while lifting all restrictions on corporate financing of elections, the "corporatization" has all but been finalized. That is until now.
The passivity and inertia that characterized progressives has been shaken off in Wisconsin along with rallies in solidarity happening all over the country. In Tunisia it was the desperate act of a citizen's self immolation, caused by a corrupt government's agents' humiliation and disrespect that was too much to bear, was the spark to ignite the Arab world. In Wisconsin the catalyst was the denial of collective bargaining (with public service unions), something most people recognize as a fundamental right.
The glass of indignation that had been brewing and filling finally spilled over, caused by the zealous over-reach of a tyrannical, corrupted governor.
In Wisconsin Moore also said, "We have had it", a sentiment that is beginning to happen nation wide.