A Wink in the Clink: Another Scott Walker Aide Pleads Guilty To Crime

I have recently been informed on Twitter by an “ordained minster” that Republicans are right to disrespect the President because God tells them to call out those who “pervert” the Bible. Keep this in mind, then, as I tell you the story of Wisconsin today, because it seems like Republican God has mysterious values.

Today in Wisconsin, former Vice Chair of the Milwaukee County Republican Party Darlene Wink, wearing a rather hard to miss cross around her neck, skulked out of the courtroom after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges for raising money and campaigning for Scott Walker’s 2010 gubernatorial run on the taxpayer’s dime during his County Executive term.

Ms Wink’s attorney assured us that she would rather not discuss all of this. He said she is “loyal.”

WisPolitics reported:

Darlene Wink, a former aide to Scott Walker when he was Milwaukee County exec, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges she did campaign work on his gubernatorial campaign during from her government office.

Wink entered the plea to the two misdemeanor counts as part of a deal with prosecutors overseeing a John Doe probe into allegations former Walker aides did political work on county time. According to the outline of a plea deal prosecutors released after her arrest, Wink has agreed to testify about destroyed digital evidence and other issues related to the John Doe…

Wolff said he could not answer questions about the digital files that are missing.

“Miss Wink just wants to put this behind her,” Wolff said. “She doesn’t like being in the limelight, and she’s a very loyal person.”

Somehow, loyalty in Republican world means that you are willing to violate the law because you think you are right. There is no mention or thought that actually, as a public servant, Ms Wink owed her loyalty to us, the taxpayers, and to upholding the law. There is no thought about using taxpayer money for partisan purposes and abusing the public trust. No, all of that is justified as being “loyal.” Loyal to whom?

Now, think about this because it’s important.

Republicans justify disrespect by saying God sanctions, nay, demands that they do it. They sanction illegal activity by saying it’s loyalty to the Party, implying it was a good thing for the right cause. So, there are no laws for the Party and since the Party has the favor of God, they do not need to show courtesy or respect to anyone.

Scott Walker ran as the family values conservative, the good Christian, and yet he has attracted far more corruption around him than Blagojevich, whom Republicans love to hold up as proof of “Chicago Politics”. One wonders what would they call a network of crime that infiltrated an entire state political party, with convictions dropping left and right on Republicans who deeply abused public trust and this is all the preview to the Big Show. Will systemic corruption come to be referred to as Wisconsin Politics?

We still don’t know who or what John Doe is. We just know it centers on the very disingenuous Scott Walker, whose history of city, illegal campaign tacticsis nothing new. I wrote about Walker’s history in February of 2011, before we knew about the John Doe investigation. Oddly, conservatives were proud of his history at that time; proud that Walker was a cheater. Somehow this makes him more conservative in their eyes, which makes me wonder what they think the word conservative is supposed to mean.

Might makes right in the GOP; all that matters is the win. Cheaters and people who are willing to violate the law to win are obviously drawn to and encouraged by the Wisconsin Republican Party.

How do you trust people like this? It’s as if they have made their own little world, where there aren’t any rules for them and they are God and God rules the Kindgom. God cheats and lies whenever he pleases, because God wants to.

The people have no say, because the spoiled little despots of the GOP kindergarten have taken over. They expect you to fund their campaigns whether you like it or not. They expect you, me, and the President of the United States to sit here and take their potty mouth temper tantrums because they feel entitled and superior.

They expect their employees (taxpayer employees) to be loyal to them and the Party over the people and the country. And who will take the fall when these “loyal” patsies break the law for their higher calling — Do we see Scott Walker pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges? Speaking of which, Kelly Rindfleisch, Deputy Chief of Staff to Walker in 2010, is facing four felony counts of misconduct under the same John Doe investigation. I hope he also has a big cross. We know if you lie, cheat and steal for God it’s acceptable and in fact, a great résumé builder in the GOP.

The utter lack of concern over serious breaches of public trust (and this is just the beginning of the John Doe case) should shock citizens. Had the Republican Party an ounce of shame, they would denounce this behavior. But instead, they cheer it and justify it because it seems to them that they are doing it for God.

So, here’s a hint for the Republican Party aides and other patsies: when God asks you to violate the law for His cause, it’s not God’s voice you’re hearing. Just sayin’.

And just because I can’t resist: Wink turns fink to avoid clink. Although technically, the judge could refuse her plea bargain. Expect more “Wisconsin Politics” soon from the GOP, and that means more charges, more felonies, more misdemeanors, and more convictions on the ride to the big fish. We recall her plea deal, “Wink has agreed to testify about destroyed digital evidence and other issues related to the John Doe.”

Apparently, Republican God thinks none too highly of our laws or public trust.

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13 Replies to “A Wink in the Clink: Another Scott Walker Aide Pleads Guilty To Crime”

  1. I sound like a broken record, I know, but this is the exact reason the founders were so adamant about separation of church and state.

    The way it works with law, you do something and then people trained to identify issues and apply rules consistently look at it closely and make their best determination as to whether you have done something wrong.

    The way it works with religion, you are chatted up by people with charisma and little evidence, to whom you respond with , “Sounds right to me.” Depending on their values, they reinforce or do not reinforce things like putting the illegally obtained success of some ideology on whom you may have a fixation, or from which you anticipate rewards of some sort, ahead of loyalty to your country, your employers (the taxpayers), and your fundamental logic and personal integrity.

    If this produces a result diametrically opposed to that created by some other charismatic ideologue who attributes HIS notion to the same god, you just pick the one that best serves your goals.

    All I can say about that is, it’s lousy way to run a ship. For the first time in history, we have abdicated government by the people and adopted government by unelected charismatic leaders of sects whose members are in thrall to them. It’s no surprise we have put the ship of state on the shoals.

  2. The GOP loves their men and women, the nastier the better, the highter the pedestal they are put upon. Rick Scott, COWARD, Governor and thief of the state of FL, stole billions from MEDICARE. But buddies Jeb and Dubya didn’t want him to be labeled a criminal, cause he would be unable to run for Governor….so stealing billions from OUR government, got the GOP to back this bad boy! And he got off with only paying a hefty fine. A man who stole billions is not a criminal???? Then look at Trump, serial bankruptcy filer, gets all these people to invest in his businesses, pays himself a hefty salary, claims to reside full time in FL, so his personal assets and properties can not be touch when he files bankruptcy, again and again. He never loses his shirt, but all his investors do. The list of crooks and thieves are long….Palin, abuse of her power and position, shot her to the American fore front, got her a hefty paying position at FOX, and she is clearly dumb as rocks.

  3. In GOP NewThink conservative equals immoderate, and of course we all know immoderation is a virtue (so much as it’s an actual word).

  4. Interestingly enough, the only thing God actually said about human government is to respect whoever is the leader of your country. Doesn’t mean you have to like him, but you do have to respect him. God also said that pure religion undefiled is to keep His commandments and take care of the fatherless and the widowed. That includes, in the modern day, healthcare, housing, education, food. So I would encourage any politician or party that sees Family values and religion as more than a political strategy to seriously rethink how you choose to drag God into your conversations and sound bytes.

  5. Wink’s wearing her gigantic crucifix to court – apparently it helps her raise her voice in song. Sing, little canary, sing. Thou shalt imprison others and the snitch runs away with the spoon. So it is written.

  6. The saying that the fish rots from the head is so true about Scott Walker’s government. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him forced from office for malfeasance before he got recalled by the voters.

  7. In God we trust on money is the GOP and Fundie’s way to remember what they really worship. President Obama is more a Christian then anyone of these liars and crooks.

  8. This is not my “original work” but borrowed from…I can’t remember the source, sorry. However, it’s a checklist of destructive or aberrant behaviors/dynamics defining specific groups and their behaviors:

    1. The group displays excessively zealous and unquestioning commitment to its leader and (whether he is alive or dead) regards his belief system, ideology, and practices as the Truth, as law.

    2. Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished.
    ‪ Mind-altering practices (such as chanting “USA-USA-USA”, speaking in tongues, denunciation of the other,etc.) are used in excess and serve to suppress doubts about the group and its leader(s).

    ‪3. The leadership dictates, sometimes in great detail, how members should think, act, and feel. (via media contact, peer pressure).

    ‪4. The group is elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself, its leader(s) and members (for example, the leader is on a special mission to save humanity).

    5. The group has a polarized us-versus-them mentality, which may cause conflict with the wider society.

    6. The leader(ship) is not accountable to any “legal” authorities.

    7. The group teaches or implies that its supposedly exalted ends justify whatever means it deems necessary. This may result in members’ participating in behaviors or activities they would have considered reprehensible or unethical before joining the group (for example, lying or collecting money for bogus charities).

    8. The leadership induces feelings of shame and/or guilt in order to influence and/or control.

    ‪9. The group is preoccupied with bringing in new members.

    10. The group is preoccupied with making money.

    11. Members are expected to devote inordinate amounts of time to the group and group-related activities.

    12/ Members are encouraged or required to live and/or socialize only with other group members.

    ‪13. The most loyal members (the “true believers”) feel there can be no life outside the context of the group. They believe there is no other way to be, and often fear reprisals to themselves or others if they leave (or even consider leaving) the group.

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