Tuesday we collectively turn in our signatures guaranteeing the recall of Governor Scott Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. The official number of signatures needed is 540,208. I have heard rumblings of turning in a number far beyond this. The Blood, sweat and tears of thousnds of Wisconsinites who went door to door, stood on corners, collected 2 signatures or 200 will all be culminated when the thousands of pages of petitions are turned in. That is when stage two begins.
Stage Two will consist of two phases. The first part will be deciding who will run against Scott Walker in the recall election. There are many different possibilities (I agree with Heather and want Russ Feingold to run). The Second part is much more complicated. This is where the republican party(they will mistakenly be called the Tea Party). How do we know that they are one in the same? Thats simple, the tea party really does not exist anymore.
Their goal will be to delay, muck up, intimidate, slow down, stop, change, reduce or anything they can to taint the recall process. For these immensely mislabeled “fiscal conservatives” will have no qualms about spending taxpayer money. They also have no problems creating a bigger, more intrusive, less private government by forcing the GAB(to not only spend $100,000 of taxpayer money to set up a database), but put every citizen of Wisconsin, who exercised their rights within our State’s Constitution to sign a recall petition, name and address online.
You might say, and you will hear, whats wrong with that, we need to weed out fraud and keep things transparent. I am one of the biggest advocates for transparency in government that you will find, but this is a special circumstance so lets break it down a little.
First off, There was massive documented fraud in the last round of recall elections perpetrated by republicans, and yet that was met with deafening silence at the time. It is nice to know that they finally realize the error of their ways!
Secondly and most important is the desperation. As we have chronicled too many times to count, there has been too much violence from the right and attempts to intimidate those gathering signatures. How are they going to react when they know that the recall is inevitable?
Tea Partyright wing groups in Wisconsin and around the country have recruited nearly 10,000 volunteers from 49 states to scrutinize the signatures and verify that people who signed petitions are indeed who they say they are.
On top of that, the nationally known Tea Party Express is offering its support of the Republican governor and is actively raising funds to defend Walker in a recall. The group is sending regular emails its supporters, imploring them to make donations
(yes I also thought scott Walker was against out of state influence – I guess not so much.)
Anchoring the efforts in Wisconsin are the Wisconsin Grandsons of Liberty and We The People of the Republic (WPR). The two groups combined forces and launched VerifyTheRecall.com to recruit volunteers to vet the more than 540,000 signatures that are expected to be filed with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board on Tuesday.
Of course, These are the groups(with Reince Priebus) that planned on voter caging in the last election to keep minorities from voting.
Even more troubling than a group “verifying the vote” who wants only white upper middle class people voting, is the hard core scott walker supporters who are wisconsinites. As politiscoop recently focused on one of the leaders, and found out he was a member of the right wing militia(which the Bush Administration classified as domestic terrorists).
Brey recently showed his character with a recent facebook posting:
i saw some recall scumm going door to door here in Beaver Dam. I SOOOO hope they knock on my door.
as if that was not enough he had to really show pure class in the thread:
P T: I think the song is: Somebodys’ knocking should I let em in? Lord, it’s the devil, would you look at him? and then chic chic BANG.
January 8 at 1:57pm · 2
MKG: They will not knock here, I already called them and told them my entire rental property is off limits, no solicitation of any kind is allowed. I am openly armed and it is private property. So come at your own risk.
January 8 at 1:57pm · 3
Brey: Well we DO have castle doctrine in this state now…
January 8 at 1:57pm · 3
Boy nothing is funnier than threatening to shoot innocent Wisconsinites – Right Kevin? These are the people that your republican party have not only armed and unleashed on the citizens of Wisconsin, but they fought hard to allow them online access to your name and address. While I believe that the vast majority are good Wisconsin citizens who just want the best for our state but are incredibly misinformed, it is a fact that some just are not. How many acts of violence are acceptable? How many have the republican party planned on? Where do we draw the line and how do we stop it once it has started? These are all questions that the republican party must answer and know that they are responsible when these actions happen!
To wrap it all up, the republicans want to spend taxpayer money, and put everyone who has signed the recall petitions, name and address online for all to see. Then they are going to sic their insane group of followers on those who did.
These people are NOT to be messed with, if any of them come to your house, or harass you in ANYWAY call the police. Do not answer calls from them and lock the doors to your house. Do Not engage with them. Scott Walker and the rest of the republican party will not step up and denounce these thugs’ so its up to us to protect ourselves.
Finally in case you think I am just being hyperbolic, check out what the GAB thinks of "tea party"!
The board did not disclose where recall petitions would be reviewed, but Kennedy said the process would take place at a “state-owned building in Madison.” He said GAB staff members still were preparing the location, which will be disclosed next week. The building is surrounded by surveillance cameras and security gates topped with barbed wire, and police officers will be there when GAB staffers are on-site, Kennedy said.
Yes they need to keep them under heavy guard because you never known what the “tea party” is up too!
I also dont want to have too heavy of a post, so I will leave you with one of the funniest lines I have read!
“We want to make sure the people of Wisconsin are the ones who have the choice, and that it’s not left to fraudulent practices. When that happened there was public outcry for someone to do something,” said WPR founder Ross Brown. “We want to emphasize that our efforts are independent, and being done in a nonpartisan way.”
Yes that line cracked me up also!!!
Stay safe and on to the election!