much worse than whatever you've heard Wisconsin's Republican governor,
Scott Walker, say, or what you thought about him, after hearing the faux
phone conversation between him and the pretend-David Koch.
It has to do with what the governor really said when he said what he did on the now infamous recorded call. (http://www.newser.com/story/112716/buffalo-beast-impersonates-david-koch-dupes-wisconsin-governor-scott-walker-in-prank-call.html)
Washington Post's Dana Milbank gets near the apron of the gist of it in
"Scott Walker's unprincipled rigidity", linked below. But even Mr. Milbank seems
to have missed the core issue that should have every American up in
arms. Granted that too many are happy on their knees, they should be up
in arms. Here's the phrase that cuts through all the parsing: ". . .
he's not one of us. . . ."
"Not one of us." How easily it slipped right off the governor's tongue,
as if the phrase had been long believed and practiced until it was an
uncontrollable habit. But is that not exactly what the Republican
leadership and the party's bigoted supporters and voters have been
practicing -- and driving hard to achieve -- since at least the early
"90's, of everyone who doesn't bow down before the divisive mantra? To
separate the chosen wheat from all the rest of the
The governor was referring to the Democratic state senator, Tim Cullen.
But over the years, it's been the "coloreds" they felt were "not one of
us." It's also gays and lesbians . . . "not one of us." When George
Bush, entirely out of some character defect, wanted his place in history
anchored as a "war president," sent Americans to do his dirty work,
Republicans, only one of whom at the time, Alaska's Senator Stevens, had
ever served on active military duty, stood tall as could be against
those with questions as "not one of us." Arizona's Governor Jan Brewer
and the state's Republican legislature feels that way about the Latinos
who are in the state: "Where's your photo ID, Señor y Señorita; to prove
you can be here; "cause, from the looks of that suntan and that Mexican
accent, you are "not one of us.'" And adding to the acidic social
atmosphere, if someone works hard, yet belongs to a union . . . yep,
"he's not one of us."
Who are these miserable misrepresentations of people, and how did they get so ugly? -- Ed Tubbs, Palm Springs, CA