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I, like many of you here and around the country, are watching something wonderful unfold today in Wisconsin. We all sit here at the edge of our seat, biting our nails, and fretting and hoping for the best possible outcome.

I don't live in Wisconsin, although I do have some family there (yes they have been peppered and are voting today!), but having donated time and some cash would like to feel that maybe I got a little cheese in my head. Not the whole thing mind you, maybe an ear..or two.

In any event for this out of state person, this is what today means for me.

I am awed by your tenacity badgers, I am floored by your resolve, and even if victory does not come your way today know this. You've done something that many of us across the nation, including myself, have taken notice of. You have proven that it is possible to fight big money and corporations. We might not always win the day, or the week, or the year. But you have proven that winning the war is possible when you have the right resolve.

It's inspiring.

You've inspired me back into the electoral process and with Occupy inspiring me to activism it means that here in Indiana I plan on working as hard as I can getting the better candidates the votes they need to win, even if that candidate isn't someone I totally agree with. For me that means organizing for GOTV efforts here in this state towards electing as many democrats as possible.

I'm not an idiot, I know that chances of turning Indiana into a progressive blue corn fest is a pipe dream...for now though. The democrat canidates here leave a progressive like me wanting quite a bit more from them. However the republicans around these parts scare the living hell out of me. So I know my pipe dream is a long time coming, what else do I know though?

We in this state have a good chance of grid locking the assembly again and getting a soft moderate democrat for governor. We have a good chance of holding the line in the House and getting a pick up in the Senate in DC. Things that will help the nation as a whole because right now the Right in this nation has declared war.

Winning this war, all of it, is going to be dependent on GOTV efforts. Getting people registered and getting people to the Polls.

Its why I'm getting involved and helping to organize this effort. Canvassing campuses and making sure people are registered. Canvasing everywhere I can. Knocking door to door. And when people say they are not registered?

Hey guess what future voter? I have a tablet PC, WiFi and Indiana can get you setup right now.

It's why in addition to getting people registered, we are softly talking about getting together voter transportation options. Trying to organize as many ways as possible to get people registered and to vote.

We know its a long shot here, but thank you Wisconsin. Because even if you lose this particular fight, a lot of us are recognizing the broader war and want to stand in solidarity with you on the front lines.

Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 6:42 AM PT: So Walker is still in office.....but the state senate is now taken. You badgers while unable to take offices so you could reverse the perversity of the Koch agenda have taken ground. You took ground int he senate and HELD THE LINE. You held that line despite being outspent by record proportions.

Now, just imagine what we all can do come November? An on season for youth vote, not a special election, and with republican opinion numbers still in the tank?

I see ripples...I see ripples that can turn into a tsunami. We just need everyone in the street making waves.

Originally posted to Hoosier Progressive on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 12:20 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive and Community Spotlight.

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  •  a nice sentiment nicely put. (3+ / 0-)

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 02:15:13 PM PDT

  •  Paul Ryan is no longer safe. (10+ / 0-)

    Wisconsin strikes fear in the hearts of corporate lackeys everywhere.

    •  Please please FSM make this true. (7+ / 0-)

      I HATE that smug jerk.  And the country would be better if he was a talking head on Fox, rather than creating insane policy.  

      "The next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president of the United States, please, pay attention." Molly Ivins

      by janmtairy on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 03:07:30 PM PDT

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    •  Even with the Walker win this is still true (0+ / 0-)

      Last night has shown that people power is powerful. We forced corporations to spend twice the amount of money than in the previous race.

      Had this not been a recall? I think chances are almost certain dems would have walked away with the bank.

      --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

      by idbecrazyif on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 06:35:48 AM PDT

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  •  As a Hoosier this has energized me too (8+ / 0-)

    As well as Lugar's defeat at the hands of someone I find terrifying.
    That was like a cattle prod to the backside, tbh. I'm getting involved in the elections like I never have before.

    I won't rot // Not this mind and not this heart // I won't rot

    by Remsicle on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 03:08:43 PM PDT

    •  Murdoch doesn't scare me as much (2+ / 0-)
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      agnostic, idbecrazyif

      As Chocola and his damage machine known as the Club for Growth.

      The Club for Growth is a cancer.

      It is going after people that had the capacity to be reasonable, if not moderate. Lugar is but one example.

      Down here in TX they're supporting Cruz for US Senate. The  tea party backed candidate. None of the candidates were good, but some are/were seen as more moderate than others.

      •  They all come packaged in the same (0+ / 0-)

        shit sandwich IMHO

        But polls have shown that Murdoch is beatable and that means we just need to work that much harder

        --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

        by idbecrazyif on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 06:34:11 AM PDT

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      •  Chris Chocola was my congressperson (1+ / 0-)
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        for several years in Northern Indiana. He is one conservative ideologue for sure. And dangerous now as Head of C for G.

        •  I was in Mishawaka back then (0+ / 0-)

          And had the chance to meet him once.

          That was all it took. The two things he did? Arrived at my workplace looking for a handout from the bossman, and then pontificating to the staff on how his opponent spent most of his time in Washington.

          Someone tried to ask him about policy, and it was circled back around to points 1 & 2.

          The next election, he didn't live in his district. Even though that WAS the campaign strategy the first time around, no one mentioned it that time.

          Even used car salesmen don't bother me as much as him.

  •  Thank you ... (2+ / 0-)
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    3goldens, idbecrazyif

    Thank you for your efforts, for your diary, and for your encouragement!  I hope there are others who are inspired by Wisconsin's efforts.  Solidarity!

  •  Cheese heads and stump jumpers (4+ / 0-)
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    That is what mike Royko called our eastern and northern nay-bors. I always was curious why they called us ill in noiseians.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 03:27:43 PM PDT

  •  Great post (1+ / 0-)
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    oceanview

    I second your sentiments - as a Hoosier, I agree it's important us Midwest dems stick together...

    •  Thank you, we really do. (1+ / 0-)
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      I think a midwest strategy rally could really help people before Nov. Get them to think locally first you know? Focus on the seats you KNOW you can win. Whether it be school boards or common councils or state seats. Focus on places where you know its possible and hammer as hard as you can with as many boots as you can.

      --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

      by idbecrazyif on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 06:33:11 AM PDT

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  •  all I can say about Hoosiers tonight is (2+ / 0-)
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    what the fucks wrong with you people????

    We all know the top billiuonaires have been gutting the middle class for 30 yrs. That killing unions mean working folks have NO MATCH for CORPORATE "PEOPLES" BILLIONS spent on the top 1%'s agenda.

    And what do middle class Hoosiers vote for... THE KOCH BROTHER BIGOTS, FROM KANSAS PROPAGANDA !!!!
    Good luck with that.

    Teabaggers making the John Birch Society proud!

    by covertaccess on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 09:20:37 PM PDT

    •  they turned people against each other (1+ / 0-)
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      divide and conquer indeed.  I hear all the time.  The insane resentment that people have for public worker benefits.  as if that will really improve their lives.  you wonder how bad will things get until the right wing runs out of scapegoats ...

      "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

      by noofsh on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 04:22:12 AM PDT

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      •  I agree. You have to know what you are up (0+ / 0-)

        against.  A pension is simply: work now, get paid later.

        The republican message is: "They already put the work in, lets not pay them.   We'll split it, $1 for you, $1M for my crony capitalist buddies, $1 for you, $1M for my crony capitalist buddies,..."

        "Independents" see this as: Gee, the republicans are giving me a $1, what are you giving me?

        and their contempt for the Latin schools was applauded by Theodoric himself, who gratified their prejudices, or his own, by declaring that the child who had trembled at a rod would never dare to look upon a sword.

        by ban48 on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 08:03:33 AM PDT

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    •  Us in the Blue fell asleep at the guard post in 08 (0+ / 0-)

      And we apologize.

      Not going to happen again though.

      --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

      by idbecrazyif on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 06:31:27 AM PDT

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  •  Chris Hedges and hitting the street (1+ / 0-)
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    post on Monday on Canada and evolution of OWS

    http://www.commondreams.org/...

    Check him out on www.truthdig.com

    The two parties frame the debate of the 1%

    The educational effort to take back the country is huge

    •  I agree with his sentiment that unless we change (0+ / 0-)

      directions soon, a volcano will erupt.

      --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

      by idbecrazyif on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 06:22:33 AM PDT

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  •  The only thing... (0+ / 0-)

    ...anyone needs to take away from Wisconsin is this: if you're going to try to recall a sitting governor then you damn sure need to make sure you have a solid candidate to take him/her on.  I've been pulling my hair out over this since the day the cadidates announced - Wisconsin Dems launched a recall without having slated a bullpin of good candidates in the wings.  

    For the Dems to have won they needed turnout similar to the presidential election turnout in 2008.  Walker, whose supporters felt under attack, were highly motivated to vote.  That meant getting the Dem base and a hearty share of independents to the polls.  And what happens?  The Dems nominate the SAME GUY that got his ass handed to him by Walker the first time.  Barrett was a known quantity...two years didn't change anyone's opinion about the guy.  If you weren't excited to vote for him the first time and you weren't all that bothered by Walker, then where's your motivation to vote?  

    I know a lot of people on this site like Barrett - or claim to for partisan reasons - but he strikes me as the typical lame-ass cocktail liberal Democrat that goes down like thick, stale pabulum.  In short - not the kind of charismatic happy warrior you need if you're launching an historic recall.  

    And the proof of this theory is in the exit polls.  There was no "historic turnout" - turnout was virtually identical to 2010.  Barrett couldn't hit the 2008 numbers - he managed to garner virtually identical support as the last time he ran.  Let's face it, that's the man's vote ceiling.  He will NEVER be governor of Wisconsin.  In a final kick to the teeth - a hefty percentage of Walker voters actually plan to vote for Obama in the fall!!  

    There is no stronger repudiation than that.  You can talk all you want about outside money, blah blah blah - but this election was lost by a Democratic party that is hopelessly in need of some better political leadership at the top of its ticket.  I have no doubt that, given a good candidate, Walker will ultimately be a one term governor.  

    No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices. - Edward R. Murrow

    by CrazyHorse on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 04:46:19 AM PDT

    •  I can agree with that (0+ / 0-)

      Without the turnout numbers the candidate couldn't stand against, especially in a recall.

      I think however, what this recall did prove. Is that the ground game can win when we do get a candidate worthy of electing. That when we do get the 'right' person, we as democrats can nullify the money.

      --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

      by idbecrazyif on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 06:24:40 AM PDT

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  •  I'm not sure your goal should be a 'blue' state. (2+ / 0-)
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    That seems to foster the impression of: Ok, we're a blue state, where is my pony?  I think the OWS approach of:  "We're not going to roll over and play dead nicely" is more solid.

    Giles has the money quote in his diary:

    Ultimately it is about the people who allow themselves to be fooled, who want to be given simple answers. Walker is a symptom.
    Don't let it be simple.....

    and their contempt for the Latin schools was applauded by Theodoric himself, who gratified their prejudices, or his own, by declaring that the child who had trembled at a rod would never dare to look upon a sword.

    by ban48 on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 04:57:47 AM PDT

    •  I agree with that sentiment I do however here (0+ / 0-)

      in IN we live in a very bizarre state.

      Those who want progress are forced to at times rob Peter to pay Paul. We must make a deal to accept certain folks in office just so we can avoid Satan taking office.

      --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

      by idbecrazyif on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 06:29:47 AM PDT

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