Update Wisconsin, 3:30pm, pst. Culture war fomented by “filthy rich” and their right-wing, tea party patsies.

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UPDATE 5, Saturday, Feb. 19, 5:10 p.m. CST: Here’s an encouraging statistic for those who followed the massive Wisconsin labor protests today. An estimated 60,000 people turned out, most of them suppo

UPDATE 5, Saturday, Feb. 19, 5:10 p.m. CST: Here’s an encouraging statistic for those who followed the massive Wisconsin labor protests today. An estimated 60,000 people turned out, most of them supporting labor but thousands of them backing Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. But not a single arrest was made around the capital, according to the Madison police.

Listening to right-wing posterboy Andrew Breitbart this afternoon, however, you’d have thought the entire event was on the brink of chaos. Breitbart’s speech before the pro-Walker contingent was a long ramble, bouncing from one strange topic to the next. Nazi signs, tea partiers supposedly getting punched in the face, and on and on. The worst of it came when Breitbart pointed to the marching labor protesters and declared that “anarchists were central” to their movement. Here’s the video:

Now, I didn’t embed with the labor folks nor trail them the entire day. But rest assured I didn’t see a single “anarchist” in the throngs of people, no one stirring up trouble just for the sake of it, no one instigating fights with the pro-Walker people or lighting cars on fire or whatever it is that Andrew Breitbart thinks anarchists do. I saw moms and dads and their kids, teachers and plumbers, security guards and cops and firefighters in kilts. Lots of college students. Plenty more retirees. No anarchists.

That’s the best Breitbart could muster. In fact, none of the speakers at the counter-protest had any kind of substantive response to the labor folks’ position other than to call them greedy or lazy or irresponsible. And even those accusations didn’t last long. By late afternoon, the counter-protest was over, the Americans for Prosperity signs nowhere to be found. The other side of the capital, by contrast, was as loud as ever, and the biggest rally of the week would last until sundown. As I walked to a nearby hotel to write this, there were thousands of them inside and outside the capital.

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One Response to Update Wisconsin, 3:30pm, pst. Culture war fomented by “filthy rich” and their right-wing, tea party patsies.

  1. The Destructionist says:

    Right Wingers, Left Wingers, Tea Partiers, and everyone else in between… It’s all a con game…

    (Forget your party affiliations for a moment and look at the bigger picture.) We are ALL Americans. We have ALL been deceived and purposefully spread out amongst the herd in an attempt to create a dividing line of hardened political issues and beliefs to divide and conquer our common voice, our common goals, and our common history.

    Regardless of our particular political “bents,” we are still one nation: though divided we are, united we still stand!

    Let no protest in this country, or any other country for that matter, deter us from true freedom and independence from government intrusion. Let no protest or revolution be unheard of or reduced to a sound bite, or left to languish and die on the bottom of our Television screens. People all across the world are waking up. This is our time. This is the time to stand up and be counted!

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