Going to the State Capitol yesterday at noon, there was a chill in the air at the Rotunda. While no one was arrested at that particular time for being an American citizen who still has the First Amendment as an available defense against tyranny, those there holding signs were waiting for the Capitol Police to make arrests. It’s now going to only get more interesting with the Solidarity Singers and others testing just how far the soon-to-be-declared unconstitutional Walker’s Department of Administration rules on “Rules on State Buildings and Facilities“.
Things quieted down at the state Capitol Thursday after a police crackdown resulted in the arrests of three more protesters in the morning, following the eight arrested Wednesday for carrying signs in the rotunda.
After the morning arrests, police apparently took a hands-off approach as a group of sign carriers practically dared them to make a move.
“I can draw two possible conclusions,” says Brian Standing, who at noon stood in the Capitol rotunda holding a sign reading, “I bleed for Wisconsin Union and Solidarity Sing Along,” a movie camera affixed to his head. “Either they’ve realized the error of their ways and recognized their violation of our constitutional rights, or they’re acting in a arbitrary and capricious manner” by targeting specific people.
Standing, 46, a Dane County planner, was among a handful of people holding signs as the Red Cross conducted a rotunda blood drive a few feet away.
The protesters were responding to the new hard-line policy by Capitol Police Chief David Erwin, who vowed last month to bring order to the Capitol after more than a year of continuous protests, in part through enforcing a permit requirement.
The real showdown could come on Friday, as the Solidarity Singalong, formed early last year to protest the union-busting policies of Gov. Scott Walker, takes its act inside the Capitol after ceding the rotunda for the last couple of days to the Red Cross, which obtained a permit for the blood drive. The singers have refused to apply for a permit.
In Walker’s World, you can carry a gun into the Capitol. If you are a grandmother with a sign you made on a piece of paper that you hold, you are handcuffed and arrested. Here is some footage taken on September 5, 2012, where American citizens were handcuffed and arrested for holding cardboard signs with some letters on them in the Wisconsin State Capitol.
It turns out that handmade signs are not “displays”, as the Department of Administration’s Building Rules § Adm. 2.07(2) states: “No displays, signs, banners, placards, decorations or graphic or artistic material may be erected, attached, mounted or displayed within or on the building or the grounds of any state office building or facility without the express written authority of the department.”
“An “as applied” challenge requires the Plaintiffs to show that the rule was applied to them in an unconstitutional manner. See Eggert Group, LLC v. Town of Harrison, 372 F. Supp. 2d 1123, 1134 (E.D. Wis. 2005). However, the Plaintiff cannot establish what rule was even applied to them. This observation is not intended as a criticism of the Plaintiffs. Indeed it is entirely possible that this is one reason the District Attorney declined to prosecute these cases. Without first determining what substantive rule the Plaintiffs violated, there is no way for this (or any) Court to determine whether the application of that substantive rule was unconstitutional. Accordingly, the Plaintiffs cannot bring an as applied constitutional challenge to § Adm. 2.07(2) or any of the other substantive rules the parties suggest.”
The deafening silence from Scott Walker regarding how he has turned the Wisconsin Capitol into his personal Palace with police-state tactics is only seen as pure Orwellian theater when you remember Fitzwalkerstan Cult apparachik Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc), who stated his nonsensical support for the new Wisconsin State Capitol Police Chief David Erwin’s heavy-handed tactics at the Capitol by saying: “I don’t think anyone who wants to express their opinion through their right of freedom of speech will be stopped. But those who are there just to heckle, scream, denigrate, breaking the rules, should be and apparently will be stopped.” Representative Chris Taylor (D-Madison), appears to be a bit more accurate when she states about Erwin: “This guy looks like he’s going to stifle people’s ability to express themselves in peaceful ways around the Capitol.”
Taylor was scheduled to meet with Erwin to discuss his tactics. Erwin, on record that he will be banning beards and goatees and wanting to get new uniforms with traditional police dress hats with the Capitol Police, seems a little too preoccupied with wanting to make the Capitol a police state. Shame on him.
As for Walker, he is so out of touch that he thinks no one will “remember the protestors”, as when interviewed by “On The Capitol (OTC)”:
Walker told the OTC that his story with protesters can be compared to the relationship between the Harlem Globetrotters and the Washington Generals.
“Remember the Harlem Globetrotters?” he said. “I do,” OTC said. “Remember the team called the Washington Generals?” Walker said. OTC did not. “That’s the team that nobody remembers,” Walker said. “That’s the traveling team they always beat. Well, the protesters are the Washington Generals.”
If you need a permit to be an American when visiting the Madison State Capitol, this should suffice:
It turns out that Police Chief David Erwin can’t handle any scrutiny in the new “policy” regarding attacking the people of Wisconsin who wish to express their American right to freely express themselves. After meeting with Representative Chris Taylor, he and an assistant walked out of the meeting that can only be described as a form of cowardice. You would think Erwin, a former Marine, would have the courage to handle a discussion about being a tad heavy-handed. It seems rather evident that it’s too much for Erwin to be able to handle unconstitutional discrepancies under pressure. Taylor replied after being walked out on that “I asked direct questions, as I stated in my letter to the chief, and they refused to provide answers.”
Wisconsin state Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) blasted Capitol Police Chief David Erwin Friday afternoon for refusing to answer “basic questions” about the recent arrests at the state Capitol and for abruptly ending a meeting on the topic.
“I was very shocked and disappointed today when you and Department of Administrative Assistant Gwendolyn Coomer walked out of a meeting scheduled in my office,” she wrote in a sharply worded letter (PDF) that was hand-delivered to Erwin’s office in the state Capitol. Taylor also took the police chief to task for being unable to identify the “specific conduct you believe to be unlawful.”
The Solidarity Singers and others decided to make a show of solidarity with the Founding Fathers. This is a portion of the event on September 7, 2012 at the Capitol Rotunda. This video features the reading of the Wisconsin State Constitution, Article One, Section Four, which states: [Right to assemble and petition.] “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.” Then the song “We Shall Overcome” follows those sacred words.
Madison Capitol Police Chief David Erwin is a former Marine. Perhaps he forgets these words he swore to when he became a Marine:
“I, David Erwin, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God. “
Which side are are you on, David Erwin? Prove you are still a Marine and defy the Fitzwalkerstan Cult’s unconstitutional ALEC-Koch Brothers agenda. Another question remains as well. Where are the other representatives in the Madison area? Does Chris Taylor have to be the only one with courage to take on the Fitzwalkerstan Cult’s anti-American tactics? Where is Mayor Soglin? Where is Mark Miller? Where are the others? Is this too much to ask for some backup?
We all know the filth that spews from Teatards like Vicki McKenna and the other Walkerbots who talk about protecting the U.S. Constitution but are too fucking stupid to even understand that they are willing to go against their own “principles” if it involves Americans that don’t drink their Political Kool-Aid. Yes, the MacIver Institute will try to document “Madison socialists” in their quest to get paid by their Koch Brothers Masters, for they have the backbone of a worm.
Where are the other leaders who care about Wisconsin’s own Constitution? Is it too much to ask for some backbone and perhaps some proof that they give a shit? Should we vote them out or write in “Bob LaFollette” on Election Day? We can. Mark Twain always is spot on:
You are a coward when you even seem to have backed down from a thing you openly set out to do.
– Mark Twain