Monday, June 04, 2012
Remember? Tomorrow is our chance to prove we meant it then, and we mean it now: Scott Walker has got to go.
Remember what it was like? This was Feb. 19, 2011 -- the second Saturday after Scott Walker dropped his budget "bomb." We went to the Capitol in the hope there would be other people there who shared our view that Scott Walker had crossed the line and that he had to be stopped. We found an unbelievable 70,000 people who felt so strongly they showed up from all over the state to rally at the Capitol, marching around the Square and completely filling the streets while Twisted Sister's "We'Not Gonna Take It" blared from the speakers. It was one of the most incredible moments of my life. I've never been more proud of my state and its people.
The pundits are still saying Scott Walker has a slight edge in tomorrow's recall election, but they have consistently downplayed the grassroots commitment and passion of the Wisconsin Uprising. Remember, on the same day that these 70,000 people took to the streets to demonstrate against Scott Walker's assault on democracy and workers' rights, the Tea Party turned out all of 2,000 counter-protesters. The Tea Party was outnumbered 35-1, not that you would have known it from most of the media coverage.
Has all that grassroots energy and all that passion just disappeared? Has recall fatigue set in? I don't think so. The election is the culmination of a year and a half of hard work and organizing to take back our state, and tomorrow the people of Wisconsin have the chance to prove the experts wrong and end the assault by rightwing special interests that have been destroying worker rights, education and healthcare in our state.
Tomorrow we have the chance to prove we meant it then and we mean it now. We're not gonna take it, and Scott Walker has got to go.