If you’ve ever been to a Solidarity Sing-Along in Madison at the Capitol building, you are in for a treat where many songs are song with passion and humor combined with the full message of recalling Walker and diminishing the dark spirits of Fitzwalkerstan. It’s always a pleasure to hear such beautiful music of the people of all stripes and parts of society join together peacefully and express their First Amendment rights.
Even though Walker’s Department of Administration decided to try to attack basic American freedoms and attempt to force those who wanted to petition their grievances to pay large fees as if democratic freedom of expression was only for the well-heeled, those extremist policies have been abridged to a point of reason by the Capitol Police, who have done a great job balancing the rights of Americans with some limitations, however somewhat draconian.
With the recent anniversary of Walker’s attack on working families and extremist overstepping by he and the Fitzwalkerstan Cult, there were and continue to be rallies at the Capitol where Solidarity Sing-Along events happen peacefully.
Having several hundred people singing and chanting appears to bring out the wild-eyed brownshirts who support Walker and want to stifle American freedom of expression because it appears to discomfort them. Add that Koch Brothers-funded halfwits from the MacIver Institute want to try to be concern trolls regarding a couple who wanted to get married at the Capitol during one of the Solidarity Sing-Along events. They can give Eagle Scout speeches about how much they love the US Constitution, but get a wee bit uncomfortable when the freedom of expression isn’t within their narrow scope.
Now we have a couple Walkerbot extremists who have sent a letter to Mike Huebsch, heading up the Department of Administration. They apparently want a police state at the Capitol to quell sound and fury over the actions of Walker and his rubberstampers:
February 17, 2012
The Honorable Mike Huebsch
Wisconsin Department of Administration
P.O. Box 7864
Madison, WI 53707
Dear Secretary Huebsch,
We are writing to again express our concerns to the Department of Administration (DOA) regarding the lack of enforcement of the Wisconsin State Facilities Access Policy. As you know, this has been an ongoing issue for many months. Based on a series of recent events in the Capitol building, it is clear that the Capitol Police have proven incapable of uniformly enforcing the security guidelines and access rules set by your department.
Not only does this lack of enforcement demonstrate and facilitate a lack of respect for the rule of law in the Capitol, it also endangers the safety of visitors, staff and members of the legislature in the building. As stated in previous correspondence, we continue to note a disturbing pattern of selective enforcement of the Access Policy by Capitol police.
Time and again, the Solidarity Singers, organized labor groups, and other protestor-affiliated events have blatantly ignored and outright broken the rules that were to have taken effect December 16th, 2011. For the Capitol police to continually overlook these infractions and capitulate to the demands of the disillusioned few, is tantamount to a violation of rights for the law-abiding citizens who visit the Capitol each and every day.
The events listed below are just a few examples of the many egregious incidents:
On February 14, 2012, as reported by the MacIver Institute, several weddings that had permits for use of Capitol facilities were forced to delay their ceremonies. It was later learned that Capitol Police Chief Tubbs had a pre-arranged agreement with the protest organizers, to allow them to amass in the Rotunda and carry on their planned demonstration, with the “mutual understanding” that they would vacate at 1:00pm and respect the scheduled weddings. It should be noted that each wedding party had followed the permit process and had been assured that the Capitol police would ensure the ceremonies could go as planned.
To the surprise of no one, the protestors did not hold up their end of the apparent bargain and the noise disturbance continued on well past the scheduled start time for the weddings. Chief Tubbs expressed his frustration to the protest organizers that they had not followed through as was “agreed upon.” We are happy to provide video evidence of this upon request.
On Tuesday, February 14th, Rep. August notified your department of a profound disturbance to the Assembly Committee on Consumer Protection and Personal Privacy. This committee meeting took place in Room 300NE. At approximately 12pm, he reported that the singing and screaming that reverberated throughout the Rotunda had become so loud it impeded the hearing proceedings up on the 3rd floor. This was due to the unauthorized protest that was allowed onsite to commemorate the “one-year anniversary” of the 2011 protests. In addition, items that have been expressly banned from the building including drums, trombones, megaphones, and other noisemakers were allowed into the building and confiscated only sporadically, if at all.
On Monday, February 6th, a youth government group hosted by Rep. Farrow was gathered in the North Hearing Room of the Capitol for its annual seminar. The youth group had followed proper Capitol protocols, and reserved the space months in advance for its private use. Two protestors disrupted the event, causing great alarm and disturbance to the children. After repeated efforts by the Capitol police, the offending individuals were removed.
These few examples leave us with far too many questions. Why did the Capitol Police Chief have an apparent off-the-books arrangement to allow a planned demonstration inside the Capitol building? Why do the citizens who follow the prescribed process and obtain a permit for scheduled events, such as a wedding, have to take second-priority? Given the concerns we have outlined above, we are asking the Administration to conduct a review into the operations of the Capitol Police, as well as to pursue all appropriate disciplinary actions against those who are found not to be enforcing the Capitol Access Policy in an equitable and uniform manner.
Representative David Craig
83rd Assembly District
Representative Paul Farrow
98th Assembly District
Do these brownshirt Republican extremists want the Capitol Police to “crack heads” while a peaceful crowd sings “We Shall Overcome”? There are dozens of people taking photos and video while these events happen. Would these brownshirts also want to confiscate their cameras?
Fitzwalkerstan Cult members like David Craig and Paul Farrow are also very busy trying to control women’s reproductive freedom, take away the collective bargaining and use the Republican myth of “voter fraud” to disenfranchise Wisconsin voters. Farrow is on record stating his disregard for American freedom when he chortled: “I have read the First Amendment many times. Interestingly enough, nowhere in the Amendment does it include the word “volume.” There is no justifiable reason that one group should be able to shout down the rights of another – or “sing down”, as the case may be.”
Perhaps these people need to be reminded what the text of the First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution is :
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Here’s an example from December 19, 2011. Solidarity forever indeed.
When the union’s inspiration through the workers’ blood shall run,
There can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun;
Yet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one,
But the union makes us strong.
Solidarity forever, Solidarity forever,
Solidarity forever, For the union makes us strong.
They have taken untold millions that they never toiled to earn,
But without our brain and muscle not a single wheel can turn.
We can break their haughty power, gain our freedom when we learn
That the union makes us strong.
They say our day is over; they say our time is through,
They say you need no union if your collar isn’t blue,
Well that is just another lie the boss is telling you,
For the Union makes us strong!
They divide us by our color; they divide us by our tongue,
They divide us men and women; they divide us old and young,
But they’ll tremble at our voices, when they hear these verses sung,
For the Union makes us strong!