By Andy Whorehall
Hideaway Your Power to Vote: One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. – Plato
93,000 people and counting seem to love this video above. The locals really love it, and a few nationwide media outlets picked up on it. I’ve been trying hard not to cover this, pretending to be dead with my friend El Doug. What did I learn watching this? Nothing. Wait. I learned something I already knew again; Rick Nielsen could sell Satan’s biography as a political endorsement for anyone and the locals would eat it. It does feature some nice comments about Sock Monkey Sound’s hometown, Rockford, IL—and it was made by people I respect. Still, it features Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick which I believe is the only reason many people watched this.
It’s a Rockford marketing gimmick. When all else fails, mention Cheap Trick. It’s pathetic and lazy too. In this case, the commercial, it works as a marketing ploy quite well; but it also plays up a safe, conservative, cheap marketing trick to fool the viewer and listener from really getting to the dark heart and truth of the issues it dances with.
On the surface, Rockford, IL, can best serve Wisconsin Senators on benders (that are fighting for their state’s rights) by offering them a place to hide, play, and spend their state’s money here (while they play hooky from paying jobs they have). Afterall, in Rockford, working, having jobs, isn’t quite our specialty anymore. (Please, come here to Rockford, IL, where we have the most unemployed people in the state not to mention nationwide. You’ll fit right in, plenty of bars and churches to hideaway in. Charlie Sheen, while I’m at it- come on over to Rockford too and hideaway with us?) To the whiners, elitists and those delusional from too much positive thinking (poor is not cool), this is not negative in its intentions, this is the cold truth. Hideaway the truth, Rockford, IL; or the northern province (as referred to by John Oliver on The Daily Show, Monday, March 7th). Somehow again, Rockford, IL, is connected to what is not right about this country. The death of an Industrial city that now markets on behalf of the death of Democracy in Wisconsin. A tragic comedy in 2 parts.
A funny thing happened in Wisconsin tonight. Democracy took a swift blow to the head, stomach, and the heart. The heart of the midwest, and the heart of America- what’s left of it right now is yet to be seen. Picking up similar criminal traits previous Illinois governors and leaders have practiced for decades, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin proceeded to make moves on stripping public workers (teachers, etc.) of their collective bargaining rights. Regardless of what you think of unions, or what I think of unions (many whiners, few winners), the governor of Illino- oops- Wisconsin, moved forward on his budget cut bill minus the 14 Senator Democrats enjoying their out-of-state plight in the name of Democracy. Democracy doesn’t matter to the GOP. Gov. Walker along with their party’s recent poster boy, Congressman Paul Ryan, have proven their actions are party driven, not people driven.
That is the true crime- the demolition of democracy was thrown down like a pile driver on every American from Madison, Wisconsin. Unlike Illinois where corruption and delusional leadership has run so rampant for decades that we believe it’s normal, I don’t expect Wisconsin to be quiet about this ruse like it’s neighbor’s state has behaved. We, Illinois, are like a herd of depressed, positively delusional, pathetic, over worked, over taxed minions who take more pride and time in luring other state’s Senators on policy benders to vacate in economically depressed cities like Rockford, IL. When we should be standing up and yelling right back at our own state leaders too- or easier, at Wisconsin’s senators, Get back to your f*cking state and do your job- at least you have one. Them being here, does not help us create more jobs- MYTH. Illinois is a state raised on myths, crime, and corn along with complacent cows and corrupt pigs.
The bill in Wisconsin is going to pass, and there will be action by the working class, the unions, teachers, public workers. They will fight and fight unlike Illinois, but there’s a core problem to address; the power of the vote. A few important facts point out that the common man and woman, those with the power to vote nationwide, took their own personal rights for granted last November when the House of Representatives was turned over to the GOP by the power of the vote. It was a bold move the American people made, not the GOP. It was done like this:
1. Brains, collectively, fail.
2. Eyes, collectively, fail.
3. Ears, collectively, fail.
4. Hands, collectively, fail.
5. Vote, collectively, succeed to fail and vice versa
6. Refer to #1 above, start there, re-educate.
The list goes on. The power of the vote deserves respect, responsibility, and research before the act and not after. Many Americans, Wisconsin in this case, forgot I guess. It comes down to some core skills we’re taught as children in grade school to formulate original thought, in return, maybe a little intelligence is rewarded for the hard work. Many Americans have forgotten how to read let alone formulate a decision based on facts or reason. Then, to make responsible decisions. Wisconsin, you failed yourself last November. America, are you watching? Reading? Listening? It’s pretty scary, it’s happening right here in the heartland. To the people of Wisconsin, I commend you for standing up and yelling. I can not say the same for Illinois. We want you to hideaway here. Come on, hideaway your blues with us?
We used to be a nation of dreamers, workers, leaders- we are not that I fear. We are not what my grandfather fought for. If he were alive, he would be pissed, looking for an argument, a fight, angry, and then a laugh with fellow citizens, right there with the public workers of Wisconsin, fighting for the rights of the common man and woman. We are now a nation of whiny failures, myself included.
As for the GOP and their new wonderboy, Paul Ryan, the party was dead in the water and feeding off of it’s spin off show last fall, The Tea Party. Meanwhile, the Democrats have proven time and time again that they are easily manipulated, weak, unable to acknowledge that the GOP fights for their party or other countries controlled interests, and not for the American people anymore. It’s time for people to get pissed and educated regardless of party interests. (Refer to the numbered pointers far above.) In Wisconsin, the GOP is alive, breathing, and destroying democracy at any cost now. Can you blame them? No. The power of the vote is like a swinging door; don’t get caught standing there wondering what you just did or didn’t do with your vote last November. The responsibility is all ours, America, and still there’s so much to learn from our own actions or lack of- again and again and again.
The power of the vote just did a 180 on Wisconsin. I hate to say it, Wisconsin is only the beginning and more states will follow their lead to correct bad math at the expense of the working class. Cities like Rockford, IL will continue to market cheap tricks on behalf of socio-economic & demographic survival. What happened across the border to my neighbor state was a constitutional blow to the idea of Democracy. Whether you take my minion advice or that of Plato’s, maybe a hideaway in Rockford, IL isn’t that bad. Afterall, we’ve already been educated quite well for decades on the idealisms of collective deceit and corruption at the expense of the working class.
From the heartland, they reap what you sow.
The hogs are in harvest.