On the surface, the massive crowds that descended on the Wisconsin State Capital in Madison Saturday to protest for and against Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to limit union bargaining powers and other rights is Democracy in action.
The voters flexed their muscles, showed their colors, debated the issue and — for the most part –did so with incredible civility — something we don’t see a lot of in American politics, government or society these days.
But the stalemate remains. Walker is not budging. The Democrats are staying away from Madison. Nothing is changing. As The Associated Press reports: “It took Scott Walker only a few weeks to push the Capitol into political chaos.”
Is this Democracy in action or government out of control?
In Washington, the Tea Party-spawned and unruly Republican freshman who now swarm the House of Representatives like roaches, gutted domestic spending — while protecting America’s precious war machine — and served notice to Speaker of the House John Boehner that as far as they’re concerned it is they — not him — who run things.
And so far they have had things pretty much their own way.
Of course, every one of the extreme bills that emerge from the House like political diarrhea will get flushed down the toilet by the Democratically-controlled Senate.
What we’re up against here folks is political and governmental Armageddon: The grand recapture of government fantasy foisted on a gullible electorate by Tea Party operatives and their co-conspirators has brought what little government we had left to a standstill.
Meanwhile, more and more Americans lose jobs, more and more families lose their homes in foreclosures and more and more big corporations get rich off a system that rewards corruption and abuse of power.
This is change?