Saturday, February 19, 2011


The video above is getting a fair amount of attention for the comparison of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to Adolf Hitler, and the hypocrisy of senior Democratic politicians on the subject of Hitler comparisons and overblown rhetoric.

But have you noticed how many of the union protesters are invoking the Egyptian uprising against Hosni Mubarek? And carrying the Egyptian flag?

Because the freely and fairly elected Governor of Wisconsin is just like the former dictator of Egypt; the honestly elected Wisconsin legislature is just like the Egyptian parliament installed through rigged elections; and ....

We should all strive for a government just like the current military council in Egypt ... (perhaps they need to think through the analogy a little better).

It's a good thing they are not carrying the Gadsden Flag, because that would be uncivil.

Update: A commenter mentioned a "join or die" flag being used by protesters, I believe this is it (via Ann Althouse, who notes that "Sic Semper Tyrannis" is what John Wilkes Booth yelled when he shot Abraham Lincoln):

And, even Joe Klein gets the irony (h/t @benpolitico):

Revolutions everywhere--in the middle east, in the middle west. But there is a difference: in the middle east, the protesters are marching for democracy; in the middle west, they're protesting against it. I mean, Isn't it, well, a bit ironic that the protesters in Madison, blocking the state senate chamber, are chanting "Freedom, Democracy, Union" while trying to prevent a vote? Isn't it ironic that the Democratic Senators have fled the democratic process? Isn't it interesting that some of those who--rightly--protest the assorted Republican efforts to stymie majority rule in the U.S. Senate are celebrating the Democratic efforts to stymie the same in the Wisconsin Senate?
And Professor Bainbridge makes the case against public employee unions:
... public sector unionism lacks the economic justifications for private sector unionism. It results in significant distortions of the political process, which have real adverse consequences for the taxpayers. What's happening in Wisconsin ... thus is quite heartening. The efforts by the Governor and the republican legislative caucus to reform public sector collective bargaining rights is an essential step towards fiscal sanity and political democracy.
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