In Face of Death Threats, Wisc. GOP Passes Curb on Unions

-By Warner Todd Huston

Last night we reported that the Wisconsin State Senate separated from the budget bill the curbs on government unions that Governor Scott Walker campaigned on achieving and passed it out of committee for a vote by the full Senate. Today, in a smashing success for Wisconsin Republicans, the senate voted on the union curb bill and passed it. And all this in the face of death threats and attempted mob rule by Democrats and their union thug masters.

The final vote count was 53 in favor and 42 opposed. Four Republicans broke ranks with the leadership and voted with the Democrats, but the bill still goes to Gov. Walker’s desk for his signature and will then become law.

In a statement, Walker said, “I applaud all members of the Assembly for showing up, debating the legislation and participating in democracy. Their action will save jobs, protect taxpayers, reform government, and help balance the budget. Moving forward we will continue to focus on ensuring Wisconsin has a business climate that allows the private sector to create 250,000 new jobs.”

We have to stand and salute these Badger State Republicans. For the first time in recent political memory, a Republican that ran for office on a specific platform and with a legislative history to back that up got elected and then proceeded to fulfill his promise immediately upon entering office. Gov. Walker needs to be commended for standing firm where most other Republicans fold under pressure.

Further with only a few exceptions the GOP caucus in Wisconsin has backed up their governor and similarly stood firm. These are all very unusual actions for Republicans who usually campaign on a promise of strong budget medicine then compromise everything away once being elected.

It is also a lesson for congressional Republicans in Washington. It can be done. Principles can form the basis for political action.

As I mentioned above, this is in the face of attempted mob action by union toughs, attempts to shut down the democratic process by minority party Democrats, and also in the face of death threats. As WTMJ, Milwaukee reports, a letter was sent to all sitting Wisconsin Republicans that threatened to kill them.

Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for more information on possible scenarios in which you will die.

WE want to make this perfectly clear. Because of your actions today and in the past couple of weeks I and the group of people that are working with me have decided that we’ve had enough. We feel that you and the people that support the dictator have to die. We have tried many other ways of dealing with your corruption but you have taken things too far and we will not stand for it any longer. So, this is how it’s going to happen: I as well as many others know where you and your family live, it’s a matter of public records. We have all planned to assult you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head. However, we decided that we wouldn’t leave it there. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the message to you since you are so “high” on Koch and have decided that you are now going to single handedly make this a dictatorship instead of a demorcratic process. So we have also built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent. This includes, your house, your car, the state capitol, and well I won’t tell you all of them because that’s just no fun. Since we know that you are not smart enough to figure out why this is happening to you we have decided to make it perfectly clear to you. If you and your goonies feel that it’s necessary to strip the rights of 300,000 people and ruin their lives, making them unable to feed, clothe, and provide the necessities to their families and themselves then We Will “get rid of” (in which I mean kill) you. Please understand that this does not include the heroic Rep. Senator that risked everything to go aganist what you and your goonies wanted him to do. We feel that it’s worth our lives to do this, because we would be saving the lives of 300,000 people. Please make your peace with God as soon as possible and say goodbye to your loved ones we will not wait any longer. YOU WILL DIE!!!!

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On Friday, March 10, Governor Walker signed the bill curbing some collective bargaining privileges for government employee unions.

Just before he went to the signing, Walker sent out a Tweet saying, “I notified the unions of the good news this AM.” Ha, ha. I love that.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s,, and, as well as,,,,, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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