Recall Lazich Rally
I was lucky enough to grow up in a family where a high degree of importance was placed on political awareness and activism. As I’ve traveled to Madison multiple times with my boys over the past several weeks I’ve been even more aware of how important that is to continuing to build a vital democracy.
My parents have both been engaged in this battle in ways I haven’t seen for decades. It’s been awesome to see. Locally, they’re both heavily involved in the Recall Lazich campaign. It’s a tough district, and I’m not sure that they’ll succeed in a recall but I’m certain Lazich will no longer run unopposed, which is a victory in and of itself. There was a rally yesterday, outside New Berlin City Hall. They had a hard time coming up with a teacher who was willing to make some remarks, so my mom, now retired but still actively substituting, volunteered to be that voice. Provided I wrote her remarks, of course.
Mom led the crowd in a rousing rendition of “Roll out the Recall” which was about ten different kinds of awesome - not her creation, but she’s a good sport and helped get folks fired up. She spoke first, and I was - am - so proud of her. I was proud to stand next to her, as her prop assistant.
I put the text up on Facebook, but thought I’d preserve it in this space, too. Text after the jump, but first a picture from that morning:
There was never any election fraud.
I watched the press conference today, and I saw someone who was very nervous try to explain what happened, and the only point at which it sounded bogus was when a bunch of people in the press who clearly have no idea how Microsoft Access works started reporting on something they didn’t understand and thus they chose to ask really obscure questions at the press conference and throw around words like fraud in their broadcasts.
That was made worse by the Waukesha County Clerk being really awful at explaining technical matters to non-technical people, so let me try to make some sense out this for you who don’t understand the finite details of what happened. For those of you who do think you know exactly what happened, read through anyway if you think this has anything to do with election fraud, because it doesn’t.
An open letter to the state of Wisconsin; It's not me. It's you.
This probably isn’t the first post you’ve seen like this. Doubtless it will not be the last either.
Tonight, the state I grew up in, loved, learned, hurt, cried, and defended to my very breath betrayed me. Again.
Not only that, but this lingering sense of not belonging here only got firmer, of knowing that Wisconsin is not where I belong.
Sure, the first time, we could blame poor voter turn out, but here we are today, record numbers flocking to the polls, people registering in droves and standing in line like it’s a goddamn rock concert. Missing work. Cab companies offering free rides to and from the polls just to get people out to vote.
At 30% of precincts reporting with people still waiting in line to cast their vote, they called it for Walker. Walker who is a puppet of big business and an enemy to anyone who has ever had a uterus.
Walker who bought this recall election and knows it.
I’m done, Wisconsin.
I can’t defend you anymore. I can’t care about you anymore. I can’t give you my heart and my soul and expect you to do what? Continue to try to convince me through poor electoral choices that I’m less than? Less than what? Human? Or just less than you because life is fucking hard or because somehow you’ve been suckered into this thought that you want to protect this…puppet governor because you’ll achieve the American Dream™ one day and need him to protect your wealth.
Look, I don’t have a lot in the realm of marketable skills, but I work hard, and I’m as driven as I can be given the way the world seems to be working for us these days.
I tried, Wisconsin. We’re done. Two plus decades and all you’ve shown me is that you not only really don’t like people who are even slightly queer, but you don’t like teachers and you don’t like nice, matching pairs of x chromosomes. Shit though you love football.
Let me tell you something, though. Our little secret, yeah? Your beer’s shit and the brats are too.
Who wants to help me find a new place to call home, because the Dairy State has made me well and truly lactose intolerant.
Even Minnesotans hate Sheila Harsdorf
(4:09:26 PM) Alec W: sheila harsdorf is the most annoying human being on the planet with the possible exception of michelle bachman
(4:09:35 PM) Joe S: yeah, sorry about that.
(4:09:41 PM) Alec W: her ad is ‘I’m a mom!!!!!!’
(4:09:53 PM) Joe S: yeah, she’s insane. i’ve lobbied her before.
(4:09:53 PM) Alec W: I DON’T GIVE A SHIT IF YOU’RE A MOM
(4:10:34 PM) Alec W: you suck at your job and you need to be fired