Tuesday, March 1, 2011

On, Wisconsin!

In my last column I made known my opinion about tenure and unions that add a level of bureacracy.  Then I stood back and realized that people may read it 'round the corner and think I'm against the protests in Wisconsin.

I've lived in Wisconsin.  I love Wisconsin.  I'd move there quickly if I had a job and could move my home there.  And one of the things I love about Wisconsin is Madison.  It's not just a city, it's an attitude.  And it's an attitude I wish I could import to South Carolina.

The fact that gazillions of people peacefully march on the capital square and make their voices heard above the political machinery makes my heart proud. I hope it catches on.  I hope people in every state start telling the government officials and their owners where to get off. 

What's going on in Wisconsin isn't just about teacher unions, though governmental employee rights to collective bargaining is in there.  It's about saying, "Oh, no you don't!" to the government that is changing the rules in the middle of the game.  THAT'S the part I love.

Even if I don't agree with everything they're are arguing for, I love the fact that so many are moved to speak out.  Is that cool or what?  Isn't that what this country is supposed to do?  Ya, ya betcha it is.

So here's to you, Wisconsin people!  Tonight I'll have some brats and beer in South Carolina, wishing I could be lifting a Spotted Cow with you at the Great Dane.  Yous people of Wisconsin are my heros!


  1. Yes -- on, Wisconsin!
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  2. I agree -- regardless of one's politics, the notion that so many are standing up to be heard matters, especially with the widespread changes we are seeing in our country. Our ability to speak out without fear is part of what defines us.

  3. Hey Fay,

    I may live in Upstate New York now, but I grew up in what was considered a surburb of Chicago. It was really kind of far from Chicago. It was a little town one hour south of the Wisconsin border. I actually had a friend who with her family moved to Wisconsin when we were in high school. I used to drive and visit her. So when they show Wisconsin it's something fimilar.

    I totally agree with you about people standing up for what they believe in. God Bless an America where we can do that with out the only footage of it being on camera phones.

    Hugs with blessings,