Republicans Attempt to Create De Facto One Party System

Governor Scott Walker signs Voter ID bill as Republican legislators look on.

Governor Scott Walker signs Voter ID bill as Republican legislators look on.

February 25, 2012 by WCMC

Here’s a number for you: $688,000 and counting. That is the amount of taxpayer dollars that Republican legislators and the Governor of Wisconsin have paid to date to private law firms to draw and defend redistricting maps designed to create a de facto one party system and to disenfranchise voters.

Some of these funds were, in fact, spent to draft contractual “secrecy agreements” under which these same Republican legislators swore to keep silent about the truth regarding the map drawing process. They also swore to keep the content of the maps a “secret” from the very constituents they were elected to serve.

Before all is said and done, the legal fees paid to private law firms will easily surpass one million dollars. The Governor has authorized an additional $637,000 in future fees to the law firm protecting his interests. Make no mistake about it, the taxpayer monies are committed solely to protect his and the Republican legislators interests, and not those of we the people.

Add this to the approximately four million dollars the Republicans spent on the Voter ID law more commonly and, perceptively, known as the voter suppression act. Another piece of legislation enacted expressly in the interest of disenfranchising voters to consolidate Republican power and create a de facto one party system.

The Republican’s passion to subvert a democratic state was never more evident than in the repeal of collective bargaining rights and the attendant restrictions they enacted to destroy public sector unions. They did this using propaganda – the “big lie,” if you will – that the repeal of collective bargaining rights was necessary to balance the state budget.

They have continued to spew this lie even after the Governor was compelled to testify under oath in congressional committee proceedings last year that the repeal did not save the State, “one nickle.” They have continued to spew this lie even after the Senate Republicans extracted the fiscal provisions from the Budget Repair Bill and passed what is now Act 10 in the dead of night as a separate measure. By doing this, they conceded that the repeal of collective bargaining rights was not a monetary budget item and in fact had no fiscal impact.

The true impact and intent of the legislation was to destroy a perceived political enemy and the organized power base of the opposition, all in the interest of creating a de facto one party system.

On the other side of the ledger, the Governor and his acolytes’ unbridled assault on education, consumer rights, women’s rights, the environment, health care, the elderly, the working poor and disabled has been conducted at the behest and will of their corporate masters. In return, they fill the campaign coffers of those who do their bidding.

Not content with mere direct campaign contributions, they then spend millions more through 501(c)(3) “corporations” and ch. 527 Super PACs on bogus “issue advocacy” ads. What results is the kind of Koch Brothers-funded “It’s Working” tripe that has been flooding our airwaves. Or, as I refer to it, 30 lies in 60 seconds.

The unfettered flow of cash to Governor Walker and his legislative cronies further serves to foster and create their desired de facto one party system. In short, there is no expense too great, no act too devious, nor lie too big to dissuade the Republican pursuit of the consolidation and perpetuation of power and control.

3 Comments on “Republicans Attempt to Create De Facto One Party System”

  1. Beverly Skelton February 25, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

    The “no act too devious” is the most frightening, especially when we see that the Justice system seems to
    be below them in the outcome of their illegal crimes. We have seen war crimes on the national level become untouchable. This information, while it is bone-chilling, does not seem to enter the brains of so many of our citizenry, although I do believe it has entered the majority of them and still too many of these people remain silent. That is the most frightening fact of all. Seriously, are they brainwashed with subliminal war crime hypnosis techniques? Is it literally in the water or the billions of pills people take, which end up in our water. I think not, although these ideas must play some role. The national apathy is so many years old that what we are looking at in Wisconsin is new for us, relatively. What will we do with it? I do not know. Can we start to have the forums statewide, and have them in Madison starting next week? Do we have a room large enough in the capitol we can start with and then a free one to move to soon?

  2. Beverly Skelton February 25, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    Any ideas? This artcle is too important to just sit here and have a few people who already understand it read it. It is immportant that if we had such a system, we would call it a RED ALERT, we would sound the STATEWIDE ALARM SYSTEM TO WARN AMERICANS OF AN IMPENDING STRIKE AGAINST US. This strike has already hit us. We need to SOUND THE ALARMS AND NOT STOP THEM UNTIL WE HAVE THE ATTENTION OF EVERYONE IN OUR STATE.


  3. Bradley Geyer February 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    Letters to the editor across the state. This would allow the information to get out to the people who are not political junkies like me. Present the information in a straight forward manner without inflammatory language and unfounded accusations to plant the seeds of truth for those who may be looking for it.

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