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In 1941, the Japanese won the battle at Pearl harbor but lost the war.  Will the events in Wisconsin prove to be a political Pearl Harbor?

Some people may have heard of the quote attributed to Admiral Yamamoto after the Pearl Harbor attack: "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."  According to the Wikipedia article on the quote, Yamamoto probably never said this, but did feel that making war on the United States was a mistake and that Japan could never win a long war against the US.

The situation in Wisconsin may be a similar turning point, arousing the people to start to defend the middle class.  The Republicans have shown their true colors, and people are beginning to catch on to the attack on the middle class.  It is time for progressives to be filled with resolve.

Are there any Republicans who have the same feeling about Wisconsin and the other moves by Republicans that Yamamoto had about his war?  If not, I hope the tide turns so convincingly that they will have to realize it.

This is just the beginning of the beginning.  The election of 2008 was a false dawn.  I hope the people will start to feel in their gut, in a way that did not happen before, that we have to fight for our society and all of its people.  Maybe this time we can have a real dawn someday soon.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    "The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt." Bertrand Russell

    by Thutmose V on Wed Mar 09, 2011 at 08:12:19 PM PST

  •  Over? (10+ / 0-)

    Over? Did you say "over"? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!

  •  2400 killed and 1300 wounded (0+ / 0-)

    at Pearl Harbor. Similar in scope to 911. And I don't think that either is a good metaphor for what's gone on in Wisconsin.

    I'm in the I-fucking-love-this-guy wing of the Democratic Party!

    by doc2 on Wed Mar 09, 2011 at 09:14:38 PM PST

    •  WARNING: Metaphor police at large! (1+ / 0-)
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      Hide your creative creative imaginations!  Women and children to the lifeboats!  Abandon all hope, ye who dare to compare!

      Bite me, doc.  The author's comparison is valid.  The driving force behind what's happening in WI---and OH, and elsewhere---doesn't give a flying fig about the hundreds of thousands of hard-working people that these political sneak-attacks will hurt.  They couldn't care one whit less if the hundreds of thousands of children affected by these "Dissertations of Draconiae" dropped off the planet and died first thing tomorrow morning.

      I'll call your 3,700 killed and wounded at PH, and raise you a couple hundred thousand kids who's moms and dads might have to buy less groceries every month on account of "Banzai" Walker and his sh!theaded samurai.  'kay?

      I count even the single grain of sand to be a higher life-form than the likes of Sarah Palin and her odious ilk.

      by Liberal Panzer on Wed Mar 09, 2011 at 09:49:04 PM PST

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      •  Perhaps if your father died (0+ / 0-)

        at Pearl Harbor you would feel differently.

        I'm in the I-fucking-love-this-guy wing of the Democratic Party!

        by doc2 on Thu Mar 10, 2011 at 04:30:21 AM PST

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        •  No---but I lost an uncle at Bataan. (0+ / 0-)

          Almost lost my father during Korea---which would have meant "no me.".  Lost a cousin over 'Nam, and another in the jungles of same..  I have no claim of ownership over any of those, just as you have no claim to ownership over PH.  Using the past to control present thought and speech is what has gotten us into this mess.

          And are you actually suggesting that the loss of a father, nearly 70 years ago, makes everything that's happening now---the rape of the Republic, and the enslavement of her Citizenry---an okay thing?

          I count even the single grain of sand to be a higher life-form than the likes of Sarah Palin and her odious ilk.

          by Liberal Panzer on Thu Mar 10, 2011 at 05:47:45 AM PST

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          •  You think this is rape now? (0+ / 0-)

            So it's rape and the murder of thousands? Get a grip. This is not the equivalent of injurious violence. It's a political attack, not a physical one.

            I'm in the I-fucking-love-this-guy wing of the Democratic Party!

            by doc2 on Thu Mar 10, 2011 at 09:05:28 AM PST

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            •  It is, and I shall be blunt about this, (0+ / 0-)

              an injuriously-violent political attack, with the malicious intent to inflict maximum damage, against a huge swath of the People of these United States, with you apparently choosing to be a front-and-center apologist-slash-enabler of those who are committing said violence.

              I count even the single grain of sand to be a higher life-form than the likes of Sarah Palin and her odious ilk.

              by Liberal Panzer on Thu Mar 10, 2011 at 03:19:39 PM PST

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              •  Yeah, and you're just the rational, (0+ / 0-)

                sensible guy here. How about this one - what Walker did to Wisconsin is the same as what we did to Hiroshima.

                I'm in the I-fucking-love-this-guy wing of the Democratic Party!

                by doc2 on Thu Mar 10, 2011 at 05:46:44 PM PST

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    •  Why isn't it a good metaphor? (0+ / 0-)

      Is it because Walker didn't use carrier-based fighter-bombers to ram this bill through?  Is it because the Democrats' carrier fortuitously happened to be out to sea? Clue us in--- your assertion isn't so obvious

    •  let's not be uptight. (0+ / 0-)

      He obviously wasn't talking about the dead, but what the 'victories' in each 'battle' meant symbolically to the parties involved. If metaphors had to always be similar in concept and could take no creative leaps in showing how dissimilar things can display similar characteristics, there'd be no point to metaphors.

      Finally, we -- as a people -- compare moments in history to famous battles all the time. Whether it's the Battle of Bunker Hill -- winning a battle in a way that'll lose you a war -- or, of course, Waterloo (was this X person's Waterloo?), these kinds of metaphors are frequent and accepted. Why should Pearl Harbor be treated any differently? Japan did awaken a slumbering beast in its actions, and when "slumbering beasts" are awaken by parties who overreach... it seems like Pearl Harbor references apply. And like it or not, as any good metaphor should do, people will quickly understand what the writer is trying to talk about when making that kind of metaphor.

  •  Remember to keep fighting (2+ / 0-)
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    The dawn is just the beginning of the day. You can't just pull the sun up and let it make its way across the sky.  Conservatives will fight all day to put the sun back over the eastern horizon--- we have to pull pull pull and never stop until you reach the west.  

    Elections are crucial but they are not enough.  We have to engage every day between elections, too.

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