Democrats have an amazing talent for not recognizing critical threats to U.S. policy. Example: When Scott Walker was elected governor and Republicans took over the majority in the legislature, lame duck Democrats had a chance to prevent the total destruction of public unions collective bargaining rights by simply approving an agreement before leaving office. But...
Democrats quietly ended a messy lame duck session to approve state contracts Thursday, hours after one of their key leaders (Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker) unexpectedly turned on them and voted the deals down. Decker offered no explanation why.
Public and private unions were stripped of power, right-to-work passed, and Scott Walker became a right-wing template for the grifting conman politician weaponizing victimhood and resentment.
Fast forward to todays QAnon-Patriot Party-America First-Anglo-Saxon traditionalists, who wouldn't know one policy detail beyond the words "freedom" and "liberty."
Without any sense of urgency, Senator's Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin are blissfully protecting the filibuster like nothing has changed in the Republican Party. Hello, what about voter suppression, state bans on protesting, government threats of censorship, protecting a police state, and rising white nationalist talk of overthrowing elections and the government. My god, what would it take?
Target America's Youth with QAnon slanted Indoctrination
: Scott Walker's YAF
, Young America's Foundation, is not just going after kids and college students with authoritarian messaging in what Walker calls "The Long Game," but they are trying to eliminate liberal organizations through intimidation and lawsuits. Most universities have not caught onto this scheme:
First, the "liberal indoctrination myth," where facts and reality are always liberal:
A new poll conducted by Echelon Insights at the behest of Young America’s Foundation (YAF) suggests youths are always more progressive, more taken by the newest social fads, and convinced that they have more to remedy than to be grateful for. Time spent on a campus — being governed by progressive administrators, being taught by progressive faculty, and most important, living amongst progressive peers — tends to turn you into a much more progressive person. YAF’s “Long Game” initiative shows promise. So does Florida governor Ron DeSantis’s attempt to banish divisive, falsehood-laden racial theories from public schools. Cancel Racial History
: DeSanti actually wants a Republican created "Seal of Excellence" credential for teachers pushing right-wing propaganda with a $3,000 sweetener:
DeSantis suggested a civics education should turn down the heat in the U.S., “There is no room in classrooms for things like critical race theory.” Critical race theory “presupposes that racism is embedded within society and institutions.” He would create the Florida Civic Seal of Excellence, a new professional endorsement for civics education. The proposal includes a $3,000 bonus for teachers who get credentialed in teaching civics.Gin Up Student RESENTMENT
: As for Scott Walker, his push polling YAF scheme isn't fooling anyone, it's still all about divide and conquer:
Nearly 7 in 10 college students want taxpayers to eat their loans. But when @yaf told them non-college types would have to pay, support dropped nearly 20 points. 'Progressive ideas are — at their core — unfair and unjust."
The answer-as tweeted by Jake's Wisconsin Funhouse:
YAF is flat-out LYING. Why would non-college types pay a dime when loans are written off? There's nothing paid out from anyone. And it frees up money from ex-borrowers to let them spend on goods/services, which help "non-college types" (and everyone else)
What's hilarious about Walker's scheme is that it's based on disproved Republican talking points that have "factual" sounding answers that keep alive long held GOP myths. For example, who doesn't hate higher wages...?:
Forcing some nameless corporate leader to pay higher wages sounds good to some, but seeing people lose their jobs over it isn’t fair. In my book “Unintimidated,” I argued that conservatives need to take up the fairness argument.Fairness = Resentment, Walker style
: Scott Walker is the ideal emotionless face of division and resentment.
And what feels like cold hard facts, aren't really. Instead, they are deceptively repackaged problems ignored by lazy Republican politicians who claim doing nothing is what "small government" is all about:
"There's this sense that people in those communities are not getting their fair share compared to people in the cities," said Katherine Cramer, a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin who studied how Gov. Scott Walker appealed to rural voters. "They feel like their communities are dying, and they perceive that all that stuff — the young people, the money, the livelihood — is going somewhere, and it's going to the cities," she said. Cramer has labeled these intense, negative feelings against people in the cities "rural resentment." For example toward government (much of which is focused in large cities), as well as liberal, city-dwelling professionals.
So how does a politician harness this rural resentment? In an April column, Cramer pointed to how Walker appealed to rural voters by talking about getting their roads fixed, as opposed to spending on high-speed rail between big cities. Walker also ran against government and public employees in Wisconsin. Those workers often were higher-income than their peers, and with more generous benefits, so for non-public sector workers in rural communities, that was another source of resentment.