We Don’t Need no Stinkin Right to Privacy!
The Wisconsin Republican Party is pissed at University of Wisconsin History professor William Cronon. In fact, they’re so angry at Professor Cronon, they have demanded access to all of his e-mails that are associated with his university account. In particular, they are looking for all of his e-mail that includes the term Republican, or names of any Republican politician.
Why is the Wisconsin Fascist Party demanding copies of his e-mails? It’s simple; Professor Cronon started a blog, “Scholar as Citizen.” His first post gave an accounting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) plays an important role in defining and introducing hard right conservative legislature on state and national levels.
According to the Daily Kos, ALEC is a hush hush non-profit organization that uses tax and lobbying loopholes to push its nefarious agendas, which include turning big business interest’s think tank policies into state legislative law drafts, bribing Republican state legislators with travel, entertainment, and other “amenities,” and giving memberships to conservative politicians, as well as any corporation that can pony up at least $50 thousand to sit on their many task forces, in order to turn think tank ideas into legislation.
ALEC’s corporate membership includes heavy hitters such as Enron, Exxon, Pfizer, Nationwide, and you guessed it, the Koch Brothers, who contributed $408 thousand dollars to their cause last year. In turn, ALEC has “persuaded” politicians to introduce over 1000 bills, 18% of which actually became law, including the Arizona anti-immigrant bill.
I have no doubt that ALEC and the Koch brothers are behind the movement to crush the middle and lower classes on a state level. These classes are generally pro-labor and Democrat, which are four letter words on the corporate level. I’m sure Professor Cronon’s blog post included these notions, and in turn, the Wisconsin ReKochlicans are trying to find any correspondence with Cronon’s name on it that will besmirch his name and reputation.
That’s how the Republicans roll; first they intimidate, then they infiltrate. Then last but not least, they insinuate. The hard line Republican stance now is to attack, attack, and attack. There is no debate, no negotiation, and no compromise. It’s either their way, or you’re a no good, socialist, god hating, patriotism undermining, pinko commie. There is no middle ground anymore in their eyes.
Is this our idea of an open, democratic society now? The corporate sponsored Republicans are trying every method at their disposal to eliminate the opposition; including investigating those who would dare refute their policies. This country has become a nation ruled by fear and suspicion, in addition to open discrimination and class warfare. Be careful what you say, or you may be the next target. Do I hear goose- steppers behind me? Uh-oh…
- “Wisconsin’s Most Dangerous Professor” and related posts (mostlywater.org)
- Wisconsin GOP Launches Witch Hunt Against Professor William Cronon (bigthink.com)
- William Cronon emails: Wisconsin Republicans have every right to file a FOIA request. (slate.com)
- Wisconsin Republicans Seek Return to McCarthy Era (skydancingblog.com)