I hate to say it, but the word “courage” seems to be getting a real workout lately from our most ardent authoritarian politicians. Courage means nothing more than ignoring angry constituents. It means doing whatever they want, without consequences. It means they no longer serve us.
Chicago Tribune: Sen. Ron Johnson said Wednesday in Eau Claire, "People around the country realize how important it is. If the reward for showing courage -- to actually acknowledge a problem and fix it -- is to get booted out of office before your term is up, that's going to send a very bad signal to other elected officials," Johnson told the Leader-Telegram editorial board.
Yes, that’s the signal we’re hoping give Johnson and Walker. They seem to think that by calling us outsiders, liberals, thugs, mobs and sore losers, that makes everything okay?
But state Democratic Party spokesman Graeme Zielinski disputed Johnson's interpretation of courage, saying, "There is nothing courageous about rolling back Wisconsin's freedoms" and pursuing policies that gave Wisconsin the worst job loss in the country last year.
Dumb Ron Johnson’s deep thinking includes name calling and making the poor, poorer:
Johnson noted that Sunday marked three years since the Senate last passed a budget … failing to offer a plan that tackles long-term Social Security and Medicare spending … called Obama "the most divisive president I've seen in my lifetime," … labeling him "economically illiterate" and saying he is offering no leadership.
Zielinski characterized Johnson's views as extreme.
"Ron Johnson has established himself as a dangerous zealot ... He does not speak for Wisconsin when he is willing to gut Medicare to pay for tax breaks for the richest among us."