Scott Walker’s Illegal Arrests Of Protesters May Cost Wisconsin Taxpayers $1 million


For the past six years the evangelical fascists attempting a somewhat ‘bloodless’ coup d’état to force a Christian theocracy on America have, with the Papal-5 on the Supreme Court, made the 1st Amendment their fascist religious tyranny weapon of choice . However, there is much more to the 1st Amendment than a distorted means of “cramming” Christianity’s fascist underpinnings down all Americans’ throats. Likely, the Constitution’s Framers never imagined a plainly worded amendment could be so blatantly distorted, or abused, to deny Americans their rights, but this is 21st Century America and in conservative circles not only is fascism very much in vogue, it has become Republican politicians’ raison d’être.

Literate, semi-educated, Americans may be aware that the 1st Amendment not only deals with religion, and is supposed to guarantee the right of Americans to be free from religious tyranny, it also plainly says that the government is forbidden from making a “law abridging the freedom of speech…or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” It is such a simple declaration of Americans’ rights, but in 2011 a fascist Republican governor in Wisconsin, one Koch puppet named Scott Walker, concluded that the First Amendment did not exist except for religious tyranny. In Walker’s mind, Wisconsin residents did not warrant 1st Amendment protections of “freedom of speech,” or the “right peaceably to assemble,” or “to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

Denying those basic rights is the mark of a fascist dictator.  When that fascist punished peaceable protestors assembling to seek redress of their grievances, using their 1st Amendment “freedom of speech,” by having them seized, arrested, and incarcerated, it was a violation of the Constitution according to a Wisconsin Judge. Now, it appears that the fascist’s actions denying Wisconsin residents their 1st Amendment rights is going to cost Wisconsin taxpayers upwards of one million dollars in damages and attorney fees; all because Scott Walker could not countenance the outrage of tens-of-thousands of Wisconsinites protesting his assault on school teachers livelihood.

Maybe some Americans recall that four years ago when Scott Walker sought to eliminate Wisconsin public workers’ right to bargain collectively, Wisconsin residents peaceably protested and sought redress of their grievances. Walker’s response, typical of a fascist unaccustomed to being challenged, was to have many protestors arrested and fined for exercising their 1st Amendment rights; something Dane County Judge Frank Remington ruled was unconstitutional and order Wisconsin to pay damages and attorney fees for the first six protestors with the wherewithal to take Walker to court “for redress of grievances.”

Apparently when the Wisconsin Capitol police arrested the protestors it was for failing to have a permit to hold a sign on state property. The lawyer representing the six protestors challenged the legality of the code, and the lawfulness of the arrests” at the state finally admitted that the bizarre rule was the issue; a rule that Judge Remington said was, like the arrests, patently unconstitutional and violated the protestors’ civil rights. That fascist violation cost Wisconsin taxpayers $45,000 and according to the lawyer representing the six, “it is just the tip of the iceberg.”

The lawyer, Jeff Scott Olson, said that anyone arrested under that administrative rule could file a claim, including the Solidarity Singers who were arrested and cited for singing without a permit; a rule an appeals court in January ruled was also unconstitutional. Olson estimated that hundreds of protestors are likely eligible for taxpayer-funded awards as a result of the court rulings that Scott Walker’s fascism was unconstitutional. As Olson noted, “Wisconsin taxpayers are paying the bill for the bad tactics of the people they chose to be their leaders. There’s a better way to deal with mass civil disobedience and mass protests than to arrest and cite hundreds of people under unconstitutional rules.” If conservatives had their way, being unconstitutionally arrested, cited, and fined would be the least of the protestors’ problems. In fact, a conservative think tank believes that Scott Walker and the Republican Wisconsin legislature are the victims and should be compensated by the protestors because apparently exercising First Amendment rights is reserved for teabaggers and evangelical fanatics.

In an article on a conservative belief tank, the McIver Institute, website, a conservative bemoaned Judge Remington’s ruling and demeaned the protestors for daring to claim that “their liberty was threatened when they were wrongfully arrested.” The McIver Institute Director of Communications, Nick Novak, was angry that the six protestors claimed being arrested caused them embarrassment, created difficulties finding a job, and fostered a negative stigma in their personal records that will follow them for the rest of their lives. The real victims who deserved reparations, according to the belief tank advocating the Kochs’ free markets, individual freedom, personal responsibility and limited government, were “multiple Republican legislators that were harassed in the halls of the capitol and the governor who was routinely compared to Adolf Hitler.”

There is an idiom attributed to Whitcomb Riley, “If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.” The idiom means that something, in this case fascist Scott Walker, is probably exactly what he seemed to be and the protestors accurately trusted their assessment of Walker’s actions being exactly like Adolf Hitler for his attempt to abolish unions and ordering the arrest of protestors exercising their Constitutionally-protected freedom to assemble peaceably to seek redress of their grievance against a Koch puppet acting like Hitler;  actions that have already cost Wisconsin taxpayers $45,000 with another $1 million on the near horizon. One thought the people of Wisconsin would reconsider their electoral support of a Koch fascist like Scott Walker after his assault on public employees and protestors, but obviously they like the idea their hard-earned tax dollars going to compensate the victims of a fascist like Walker.

24 Replies to “Scott Walker’s Illegal Arrests Of Protesters May Cost Wisconsin Taxpayers $1 million”

  1. Harassed and being compared to Adolph Hitler…

    Solution- act like Adolph Hitler.

    Complain about a lack of ‘free speech’ on Politicususa forum.

    Ignore real Free Speech issues from one of your own.

    Republicans- beyond price, beyond logic.

  2. Could Wisconsin have elected anyone more stupid to be governor? It would have been close, but Ron Johnson was already in the senate.

  3. I would love it if Wisconsin residents had to pay through the nose. Maybe at some point it would occur to them that perhaps they should not elect right-wing fascists. Negative reinforcement works better than positive reinforcement.

  4. He looks like an empty shell, his eyes are dead. College dropout, now his two sons have dropped out to help him get elected. Sounds like the Rmoney “boys” and we all know how THAT worked out. Well, they SAY they dropped out. Look at dear old Dad, maybe the intelligence (?) was passed on down. The Koch brothers really know how to pick ’em, the more stupid they are, the more likely they are to train.

  5. Not only do I like this article, I love it~
    Now take these people down.. take the Koch’s down, let the rethugs fail in every action they try.

  6. This is the same s*it that Walker pulled in Milwaukee County when he was the County Executive. Against the opposition of the County Board, Walker fired the state security guards who worked at the County Building and replaced them with Wackenhut. The guards sued and won their jobs back. It cost the people of Milwaukee County a lot of money. You think he would have learned from that, but no.

  7. What an idiot, did he think no one would notice his lies about the UK, in fact Cameron is quite an admirer of Obama, also
    anyone who has lived for many years in the UK would know a sitting prime minister would never insult a president to a wannabee. The thing that got me when he was bragging about going to ’10 Downing’ in all my years in the UK no one has ever referred
    to 10 Downing Street as 10 Downing. Walker is like an ignorant kid pretending to be someone.
    He also wrecked the economy of his state in order to give money to the rich.

  8. I am a bleeding heart liberal democrat, and while I abhor many of Scott Walker’s actions and his conservative politics, he in no way should be compared to Hitler or labeled a fascist. This kind of over the top hysteria and exaggeration is one reason I detest the so-called Republican “compassionate” conservatives, and it grieves me to see my liberal compatriots using those same tactics to discredit opponents. Calling Walker on his record alone is enough to discredit him; no need to discredit yourselves in the process!!

  9. I disagree.

    Mr. Walker has demonstrated that he feels that any criticism of himself is tantamount to treason- and as such is treated appropriately.

    No he is not a Hitler. But he seems to be developing Hitler like traits.

    The best time to circumcise another Hitler is before they’ve grabbed power.

  10. fascism
    noun fas·cism ˈfa-ˌshi-zəm also ˈfa-ˌsi-

    : a way of organizing a society in which a government ruled by a dictator controls the lives of the people and in which people are not allowed to disagree with the government

    : very harsh control or authority
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    Full Definition of FASCISM
    often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
    : a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control

    If the shoe fits, …

  11. “bebe’, I DAMN SURE HOPE SO!! But highly doubt it. He already said he would disband the Wisconsin Supreme Court if they find against him. Hell, might as well. There seems to be a TOTAL LACK of Law in that COMMUNIST HOLE!

  12. I wish the writer did not use such redundancy. This muddies the message, so similar to yellow journalism and detracts from the message for me

  13. wALKER is a kOCH sucker who needs to be removed from any and all situations of power.
    I live in Germ, er, Wisconsin and, we with functioning minds are absolutely disgusted with this vermin.

  14. My Dad, rest his soul, had a long career in law enforcement, the latter half of which was as the founder and first Chief of the Wisconsin Capitol Police. This, I’m certain, was not his vision for the future of his department.

    They probably had to re-tamp his grave every day while this crap was happening.

  15. Wow! Some real haters here. Is there no sanity left. Is everyone so consumed by their own ideologies that the darkness is all consuming.

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