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.