A left-wing ‘temper tantrum’ to short-circuit elections and their consequences

Three years ago, the combination of a $787 billion stimulus and multibillion-dollar bailouts sparked the first tea party rallies. The tea partyers protested, yes, but most importantly they pledged to “remember in November” — that is, November of the following year, when the next congressional elections would be held.

Liberals, confident the tea parties would fail, called it a “temper tantrum.” That “tantrum” wound up sweeping many a Democrat out of office. Now, liberals are throwing a fit of their own. But they aren’t waiting for the next elections. They want their way, now.

That’s the upshot of both the threatened boycotts of a conservative legislative group’s corporate sponsors and the attempted recall of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The left, having lost last time, is too impatient to bide its time.

The conservative group in question, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), has been around since 1973. It has been quite active in Georgia since Republicans took the reins here a decade ago.

By ALEC’s count, each year one in five bills based on the group’s model texts becomes law. That rate hardly signals a rampant rubber-stamping of laws written in secret and railroaded through statehouses.

The two ALEC-approved laws at the heart of the boycott threats are one requiring voters to provide photo identification and the “stand your ground” self-defense law that gained national notoriety after the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

But states began passing voter ID laws nearly a decade ago. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2008 upheld Indiana’s version, one of the strictest, noting plaintiffs presented no one denied the vote because of the law. “Stand your ground,” meanwhile, is a century-old legal concept long approved by courts. In recent years, it has been codified by a number of states — including eight with Democratic governors at the time.

Now, suddenly, these court-approved laws have made ALEC public enemy No. 1. Companies that donated to it are shrinking in the face of boycott threats. What changed? Why now?

Permit a theory: The urgency stems from the conservative wave that swept over numerous statehouses in 2010. Republicans now control 26 statehouses and 29 governor’s mansions. That’s a stark change from before the 2010 elections, which produced the largest loss of statehouse seats for one party in decades and the most GOP state legislators in 82 years. Suddenly, ALEC has a lot more influence. And the left doesn’t want to wait for the next elections — and to have to win a reversal at the polls — to stop it.

In Wisconsin, labor unions aghast at the changes Walker and GOP legislators enacted — including limiting collective bargaining rights for some public workers and requiring them to contribute more toward their health care and pensions — will try to recall him in an election next month.

Never mind that Walker campaigned on most of these changes, won the election and followed through. The unions want to remove him from office more than two years early. There’s talk Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder could face a recall as well due to his union-limiting law.

Fledgling democracies mark a significant milestone when they transfer power safely from one group to another. We haven’t fallen that far.

But it is disturbing to see some groups try to lessen the effect of their electoral losses by making threats and seeking to remove officers carrying out an electoral mandate. They tread on dangerous ground.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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td

April 20th, 2012
6:40 pm

Great article Kyle. I love the time you took to show the evidence and call the libs out on what they are doing. One of you best articles I have read.

josef

April 20th, 2012
6:41 pm

Hillbilly
In case you check in, missing you greatly over at Jay’s given the passing of Levon Helm…you are a gentleman much of the same spirit…

AND
The Rest of y’all who know me…HOWDY! Hope life is treating y’all as you deserve…

(KYLE…thanks for the space to stop in and say hello to some folks I’m rather fond of…)

MarkV

April 20th, 2012
6:52 pm

Personally I am opposed to recall efforts. However, it rather dubious to condemn a constitutional process because we do not like at whom it is directed. Boycott threats are a more dangerous tool, which might be justified only in most extreme situations.

Puck

April 20th, 2012
7:02 pm

Interesting the Gov. Walker did not limit the collective bargaining rights of public safety unions. Then again, they tend to be male dominated and vote Republican. Rather he went after the unions that tend to be female dominated and vote Democrat.

Real Athens

April 20th, 2012
7:17 pm

5 day work weeks; minimum wage; work place safety standards; establishment of social security for retirees; equal rights for minorities and women in the workplace; standardized the 8 hour work day; overtime pay; child labor laws; unemployment insurance; pensions; no labor stoppages during WWll; funding for the rehabilitation of disabled workers; creation of the middle class; basic rights for all workers – union and non.

Unions suck.

Road Scholar

April 20th, 2012
7:19 pm

Maybe we are paying our politicians too much since they aren’t the ones we thought were researching and writing the bills they vote on! Plagiarism? Oh that’s right……there’s no limit on “gifts” to our elected state officials!

Michael H. Smith

April 20th, 2012
7:22 pm

Be back later after a few much needed zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzs’

Michael H. Smith

April 20th, 2012
7:25 pm

Oh image that… a socialist liberal whining about “NO LIMITS” on something.

Hilarious!

Out here for now :lol:

Rafe Hollister

April 20th, 2012
7:27 pm

Puck, I think the public safety unions were excepted because of the necessity of their jobs and to insure public safety. A strike, blue flu, or disruption of work of a cop or fireman has more adverse effect on the citizens, than DMV employees holding their breath and turning blue. Their gender and political affiliation had nothing to do with it.

When the left attacks these public companies and corporations they always seem to back down. It is as if they know that the conservatives and right thinkers will just say, “I am disappointed” and go on with their life. The left is relentless with the intimidation and boycotts, probably because they have little hope of using reason, usually because public opinion is against their point of view.

I just wish the right side could push back and offset the pressure on these firms. I am sorry that Coca Cola and others were so quick to cave, over the protests of voter ID. Most of the public is in favor of Voter ID, so why the cave, other than to quiet the Loonies on the Left. Coca Cola and others should be ashamed that they have no backbone. Peace at any price for Coca Cola.

td

April 20th, 2012
7:28 pm

Real Athens

April 20th, 2012
7:17 pm

Unions were good and did some good things in the private sector and I still think they should be able to organize in the private sector, although I do not agree with closed shop states. Unions and management both a stake in the private sector and if they fail to communicate, cooperate and work for the best interest of the company then they all fail. Unions have NO place in the public sector. Workers already have (and should have) civil service protections against the abuses of new administrations coming in and out. There is no such mutual stakes for the unions or the politicians of failure in the public sector so therefore there are abuses all over the place.

td

April 20th, 2012
7:31 pm

Road Scholar

April 20th, 2012
7:19 pm

” Oh that’s right……there’s no limit on “gifts” to our elected state officials”

There are limits set on the gifts politicians can receive and it is set by the people that put them in office. If they are ok with the gifts then it is on them if they are not then they should vote the politician out of office. The voters have to take some responsibility or they get the representation they deserve.

td

April 20th, 2012
7:34 pm

Real Athens

April 20th, 2012
7:17 pm

One other point: Unions have dug their own graves by becoming political and only supporting on party. If they are really for the worker then they would stay neutral and work both sides of the isle.

Ronnie Raygun

April 20th, 2012
7:38 pm

Actually Gov. Walker never claimed he would strip collective bargaining from the unions. He said the opposite. He’s also under criminal investigation from his actions in his prior public office.

Real Athens

April 20th, 2012
7:44 pm

td:

Don’t paint with such a small brush. Page two totals are very interesting – skewed Democrat as one would think but not to the disparity you’d imagine. Follow links to money for congress at the bottom of the page.

http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/summary.php?id=d000000088

Hillbilly D

April 20th, 2012
7:49 pm

As I’ve said before, I’m a firm believer in unions but I believe getting involved in politics was the biggest mistake they ever made. They aligned with one party and allowed that party to take them for granted and it allowed the other party to paint them as an enemy and demonize them. They’d have been far better off concentrating on looking out for their rank and file.

Josef

Thanks for the kind words. Heard Levon say once that he felt this performance was the best performance the Band ever gave of this song. The song is his masterpiece, a tour de force of emotion in a vocal. Either people get it or they don’t. So this one is for those who get it…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOi0tC00Luc

jconservative

April 20th, 2012
7:51 pm

Actually it is nothing to get upset about Kyle. It is the American political process in action.

Both wings of the spectrum have ups and downs. Both rise and both fall. We should celebrate it, not denigrate it.

Rafe Hollister

April 20th, 2012
8:00 pm

td

You make a good point, as a former civil service employee I can say, that civil service employees have job security and salary, that in this economy, are much better than what you can expect in the private sector. Unions are not needed for civil service employees, protections already exist.

td

April 20th, 2012
8:29 pm

Real Athens

April 20th, 2012
7:44 pm

The appearance looks good for them but you really have to look at soft money. I think the President of the AFL-CIO said they would raise $250 million to spend on Obama’s re election this year.

josef

April 20th, 2012
8:33 pm

Hillbilly

Thanks for the post here. I said over at Jay’s when it comes to this song, if you understand this song, you understand the South. If you understand the South, you understand this song. As you put it, you either get it or you don’t…

Before I forget, check out Sarna’s “When General Grant Expelled the Jews.” I went into it with a jaundiced eye, for sure, but overall it’s not bad…he just should have called it “General Grant and the Jews.” General Order Number 11 is only a small part of it and it, as you would expect, is colored by Yankee Sharia…

Take care and trust and pray life is treating you and yours well…

td

April 20th, 2012
8:33 pm

“Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin says he’s unsure whether he’ll vote for his party’s leader, President Barack Obama, or the likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney.”

Can you say already hedging bets. Wonder how many Dems in red states will come out with similar statements between now and November.

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/04/20/dem-senator-doesnt-know-if-he-will-vote-for-obama/

Hillbilly D

April 20th, 2012
8:58 pm

Josef

If you remember I told you a good while back about a documentary I saw about South America, I finally remembered the title, it was “Eyes Wide Open”. Don’t know if it’ll ever be on TV again or not. Those people down there have a lot in common with the Oldest Colony, only worse.

http://www.ecofilms.gr/popup2005en.asp?Year=2010&reqid=L-04

Also recently read Bernal Diaz, “The Conquest of New Spain”. It was written from the Spanish point of view, of course, but it was interesting to read an account from somebody who was actually there. Sort of reinforces my thinking that there’ll always be folks out to exploit other folks, and they’ll find whatever reason is handy. I actually thought Montezuma and Cortez were an awful lot alike, when you got right down to it. Neither one of them was too admirable in my view.

ld

April 20th, 2012
9:07 pm

One person’s “temper tantrum” is another person’s “tactic”–and which party uses which label changes w/each change in party in control.

It has been said that the “only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys”. The pity of it is that it is this country’s future that is the toy football the kiddies busy electioneering keep kicking and the price for it ends up being paid by taxpayers.

josef

April 20th, 2012
9:14 pm

Hillbilly

I saw part of that “Eyes Wide Open.” And true, that similarity. I may have told you this one, but, with the indulgence of Kyle’s readers, I’ll repeat it.

I was in Panama back during the Reagan years and was out with some buds for a night on the town. They’re both judios and look like they stepped right out of Brooklyn, but are Central Americans. Anyway, there was some nasty anti-American protests taking place a few blocks away. A rather nasty tempered woman at a table nearby took off on the “norteamericanos,” and one of my friends wanted to say something, but we held him back. Then she started off on the “gringos,” and H. had to be held in check again. Still not getting her response, she went on to the “imperialistas.” Again a check. When she started off on the “yanquis,” H. went to her table and, in his perfectly accented Costa Rican Spanish informed her, “Madame, a norteamericano, he is. A gringo, he is. Probably a bit of an imperialista as well. But unless you want to restart the American Civil War, I suggest you not call him a yanqui!” He got a round of applause from the good neighbor policy patrons, and a fine evening of cross-cultural discourse on the subject of Yankee imperialism was had… :-)

Hillbilly D

April 20th, 2012
9:24 pm

Josef

Yeah, I’m not nearly as up on things Latin American as I probably should be but I have had some discussions with folks about things. I’ve been looked at like I had 2 heads when I said it but I can understand why some of them don’t want to emulate our system. Our system may have worked pretty well for those up here who’ve done business down there over the centuries but it hasn’t worked for the people there. I was reading something the other day about gold mining in the 3rd world. I’ve never been one to want to invest in gold, anyway, but it’s quite a contrast in the people who profit from the gold and what the ones who get it out of the ground go through and how little they share in the pie.

I see where there’s a show coming on about the Hatfields and McCoys, soon. I wonder if they’ll really get into what kept the feud going, or if they’ll just take the usual route.

Real Athens

April 20th, 2012
9:24 pm

Hillbilly@7:49.

Sure ’nuff. Funny thing though, with the exception of Levon, The Band were Canadians. So much for stereotypes.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

April 20th, 2012
9:26 pm

“Wonder how many Dems in red states will come out with similar statements between now and November”
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Just the ones who put country above party.

Real Athens

April 20th, 2012
9:37 pm

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April 20th, 2012
10:06 pm

The New “Wisconsin Idea,”

was the Old Wisconsin idea.

In fact, Wisconsin has often been at the forefront of important national debates. Beginning in the late 19th century, Wisconsin was the the first American state to begin importing welfare-state ideas from Europe; “the Wisconsin Idea,” as it was known, soon spread to the rest of the country, culminating in the New Deal.

Yet in the late 20th century, as the shortcomings of the New Deal welfare state became more obvious, Wisconsin led the way in rolling back its worst aspect–a runaway welfare system and the resulting culture of dependency and pathology.

Gov. Tommy Thompson, elected to the Madison state house in 1986, was able to reduce his state’s welfare rolls by more than 80 percent; his efforts were controversial but popular–he was re-elected three times. In other words, while the voters of Wisconsin in one era were eager to see the welfare state built, in a later era, they were eager to see it pruned back.

Spray it with Round-Up.

@@

April 20th, 2012
10:23 pm

Price Controls Keep Venezuela Cupboards Bare

Asked where a shopper could get milk on a day when that, too, was out of stock, a manager said with sarcasm, “At Chávez’s house.”

At the heart of the debate is President Hugo Chávez’s socialist-inspired government, which imposes strict price controls that are intended to make a range of foods and other goods more affordable for the poor. They are often the very products that are the hardest to find.

Socialism…ain’t it grand?

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

April 20th, 2012
11:00 pm

Too bad the libs in Wisconsin can’t see that Walker’s reforms are actually making a POSITIVE difference in state and local budgets.

But then, these unions have been waddling up to the public trough for decades, and haven’t cared what their wants do to the taxpayers for that same time frame.

Michael H. Smith

April 20th, 2012
11:07 pm

But it is disturbing to see some groups try to lessen the effect of their electoral losses by making threats and seeking to remove officers carrying out an electoral mandate. They tread on dangerous ground.

You’re absolutely right on that call Kyle. All it would take is one effective counter boycott to send this socialist liberal crowd packing. When companies realize there is as much opposition to them caving into the demands of these sake down artist and extortionist as these extortionist clowns pose to their bottom line and public image, then these companies may well grow a corporate spine, “stand their ground” and tell these extortionist clowns to hit the road with their boycott.

Furthermore, Unions, particularly government employee Unions that clearly pose a conflict of interest have lost their Propaganda – Public Relations war with the average citizen. These latest tactics will only gain them more public disdain and rejection.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

April 21st, 2012
12:21 am

Every time I see a lib posting a laundry list of things that unions did for the American worker (operative word being “did”), I am reminded of the buggy whip.

It, too, served it’s purpose decades ago, yet like unions, it’s time is also past.

yuzeyurbrane

April 21st, 2012
12:31 am

Every major bill proposed by the Republicans in the legislature has been virtually a carbon copy of ALEC drafted model legislation. Most of these legislators don’t even read the bills, much less have the brain power to draft them. And the legislative drafting staff is so woefully undermanned that they can’t do it either. Kyle, you know the Ga. legislature, so at the least you must be smoking some of that stuff you want to legalize.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

April 21st, 2012
12:45 am

“Every major bill proposed by the Republicans in the legislature has been virtually a carbon copy of ALEC drafted model legislation.”

So? Why reinvent the wheel?

marko

April 21st, 2012
5:57 am

I’m a member of two minorities. First I have no previous experience working in a fast food restaurant. Second, I was once a union member. It was a long time ago , but I worked my way through college as a member of union. My job was hard , dirty and a little dangerous, but it paid me well enough to feed my family, buy a small house, compact car, and even allowed me to pay my school tuition as I went. From my personal experience, America worked better before conservatives decided it needed saving.

I’d like everybody to do a little homework. Nothing too tough. Just watch a couple of movies. First I’d suggest Norma Rae. Sally Field earned an academy award for her portrayal of a feisty single mother working in a southern cotton mill. She deserved it. Second, watch Fast Food Nation. Take a good hard look at the world that gave us pink slime for meat and ketchup for vegetables. Remember you are what you eat.

Wall street bankers, and the run away military industrial complex, Eisenhower tried to warn us about, drove us off a cliff. The Tea Party got mad and decided to take it out on women, immigrants , and labor unions. It’s like Moe slaps Larry so Larry gets Mad and Slaps Curly. This time around it doesn’t seem quite as funny for some reason.

I don’t remember Kyle complaining when the good people of California threw out a democratic governor and elected the Terminator. This time around the governor’s republican so it’s a temper tantrum. That’s Kyle, consistently inconsistent.

If your kitchen sink was leaking, and the plumber you hired to fix it, came in and shot your toilet, Would you have a temper tantrum?

Joel Edge

April 21st, 2012
6:09 am

It gives them something to do. Not to mention wasting a heap of money on these recall efforts.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

April 21st, 2012
7:07 am

“I’m a member of two minorities.”

So in your mind, you must be a victim twice over.

I’d suggest you do one thing, marko. Read the Federalist Papers. It’s a long read with no pictures so it might take you a while. They speak to something foreign in this nation once liberals decided they wanted to change it. Liberty. Individual responsibility. Self reliance. Small government.

The nine words you never want to hear: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

April 21st, 2012
7:16 am

marko: I don’t remember Kyle complaining when the good people of California threw out a democratic governor and elected the Terminator.
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Why would you? Kyle wasn’t commentating for the AJC nine years ago, Einstein.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

April 21st, 2012
7:19 am

marko: If your kitchen sink was leaking, and the plumber you hired to fix it, came in and shot your toilet, Would you have a temper tantrum?
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Replace “kitchen sink” with “economy”, “plumber” with “Obozo”, and “shot your toilet” with “told you you needed to buy a government-designed health insurance plan” and you’d have something.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

April 21st, 2012
7:28 am

Funny how the libtards are always complaining about the dreaded “military-industrial complex” but have no problem being force themselves to purchase a product from the dreaded “health insurance complex”.

Dumb masses.

marko

April 21st, 2012
7:32 am

Union members aint victims Bub. We kick ass and take names. I find it beats sitting around waiting for the trickle to arrive. The Federalist papers were the works of three men Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay. They were all great men, and I admire them. By the same token they were men. I don’t worship men.They didn’t quit manufacturing brains in 1776. It just seems that way when you’re talking to a shallow right winger. Do they make them any other way?
The revolution was organized military resistance. Unions are organized labor resistance. Tyrants have just cause to fear both.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

April 21st, 2012
7:40 am

Who sits around “waiting” for something to arrive? Other than the welfare check, I mean?

And you don’t worship men, just movies that reinforce your victim mentality. Smart.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

April 21st, 2012
7:41 am

marko, why do you continue to worship an organization that has as much relevance as a buggy whip?

This ain’t the early 20th Century, bub.

And you’re right; union members ain’t victims.

They’re leeches.

Joe the Prophet

April 21st, 2012
7:57 am

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_horse_prophecy

Do you believe that the Constitution is hanging by a thread..? If so, then you should cast your lot with Glenn Beck, Orrin Hatch, and Mitt Romney…and the false prophet, the felon, and heretic Joseph Smith…

Never before has Matthew 7 and Mark 11:15-19 been so applicable to TRUE CHRISTIANS…!!! Never before has the choice been so clear..are you going to choose polytheism, plural marriage, and heresy….or are you going to choose the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.!?!?

I will stay at home before I cast my lot in with the heretics..!!!!!

Ayn Rant

April 21st, 2012
7:57 am

Kyle, your description of the founding and motives of the Tea Party is inaccurate. The Tea Party came to life because black people were living in the White House. Their deficit-whining is a front. There wasn’t a whimper from them when President Reagan started big-scale, peacetime deficit spending, or when President Bush I continued it, or when President Bush II perfected the art of giving the ultra-rich big tax breaks, then borrowing the money back at current interest rates and passing the debt on to the American people.

The aims of the Tea Party are simple and straight-forward, though never said aloud: to get black people out of the White House even if it takes sabotaging the American government and economy to do so.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

April 21st, 2012
7:57 am

My problem with unions is that they’re like an obese person who doesn’t know when to push back from the table and say, “Enough”.

And except for police and fire, that goes double for public sector unions.

Samantha

April 21st, 2012
8:01 am

All the concern about voter ID would not make any sense if the democrats were not so terrified that they might lose the advantage of systemic fraud in thier big city power base.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

April 21st, 2012
8:08 am

“The Tea Party came to life because black people were living in the White House.”

Ah, the race card. Always used by lesser-intellects who have no capacity for reasoned debate.

Their deficit-whining is a front.”

Yeah, ’cause you can’t spell Taxed Enough Already without a few K’s thrown in. :roll:

“There wasn’t a whimper from them when President Reagan started big-scale, peacetime deficit spending,”

No need, as the cause was just in trying to remove the greatest military threat to mankind.

“or when President Bush I continued it,”

See above.

“or when President Bush II perfected the art of giving the ultra-rich big tax breaks,”

And yet there was. While you may not have heard it due to selective hearing on your part, it was beginning. However, the REAL reason why it ramped up was the doubling down of this administration to waste more money we didn’t have in three years with no appreciable results than the last administration did in 8 years. Oh, and wasting a whole year of b*tching about health care when they should have been doing ANYTHING about this economy – like getting out of the way of business.

Reality sucks, doesn’t it, Ayn?

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

April 21st, 2012
8:10 am

Joe the Prophet at 7:57

Don’t worry, Joe. Stay at home.

We don’t need morons casting votes. That’s how we got this current Disaster-in-Chief.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

April 21st, 2012
8:10 am

“The Tea Party came to life because black people were living in the White House.”
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Ayn Rant: Racist.

The Tea Party came about because of the unprecedented spending an deficits of your Idiot Klown.

You do know what “unprecedented” means, right?