What it means to be a Republican in Democratic Controlled Counties across the USA
These are scary times. There is no question that our country is facing a looming debt crisis, but we could also be facing a looming democracy crisis. In the modern United States, we think of the rise of fascism as something from dusty history books, but increasingly the conditions for totalitarianism appear present here. During difficult economic times in Germany in the 1930s, Hitler rose to power because he promised a better future and the desperate people followed him. In the process, Europe was engulfed in war and millions of Jews were killed in concentration camps. But that could never happen here. We hope.
The persecution of Republicans has already started in Wisconsin. When Scott Walker (R) ran for the governor seat, the counties that were completely controlled by Democrats, Republicans’ homes were raided by swat teams and police in the middle of night without due process of law. Children in pajamas were separated from their parents as their homes were ransacked. The families were taunted and verbally abused by the police. Such conduct is clearly a violation of the Fourth Amendment.
In the United States of America, Wisconsin citizens were prohibited from contacting their lawyers. They were threatened by the police and swat teams ““Don’t tell anyone about this raid. Not even your mother, your father, or your closest friends.” The police also put the children under a gag order. “They were told they couldn’t tell anyone at school.”
Republicans in deep blue parts of Wisconsin have been subject to “so-called John Doe investigations, expansive and secret criminal proceedings that directly targeted Wisconsin residents because of their relationship to Scott Walker, their support for Act 10, and their advocacy of conservative reform.”
Act 10 was the Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill, the legislation proposed by Governor Scott Walker (R)and passed by the Wisconsin Legislature to address a projected $3.6 billion budget deficit. Act 10 sought to reform the law around public sector employees (other than firefighters and most law enforcement personnel) in areas of collective bargaining, compensation, retirement, health insurance, and sick leave. Government employee unions and other organized labor groups mounted massive protests seeking to block reform. Nonetheless, the bill was passed into law and became effective as of June 29, 2011.
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A political “John Doe” investigation on Republicans was pioneered by Democrat District Attorney Chisholm. Under Wisconsin law it allows Wisconsin officials to conduct investigations while keeping the target’s identity secret. “John Doe” investigations are not typical criminal investigation. There is no grand jury (ordinary citizens). The grand jury is replaced by a judge. There is strict secrecy on the prosecution and targets of investigation that prohibits the victims to speak to lawyers, public and family members about what happened to them such as confiscation, raiding, abuse, etc. while the prosecution cannot make public comments either.
The knock in the middle of the night and early-morning is how the Nazis and Stalin operated. On October 3, 2013, a new wave of raids took place at Republicans’ home with the same “John Doe” style. The Republican targets of these raids say that they don’t feel safe. They are intimidated, threatened and persecuted, saying, “I used to support the police, to believe they were here to protect us. Now, when I see an officer, I’ll cross the street. I’m afraid of them. I know what they’re capable of.” “Rachel talks about the effect on her children. “I tried to create a home where the kids always feel safe. Now they know they’re not. They know men with guns can come in their house, and there’s nothing we can do.” Every knock on the door brings anxiety. Every call to the house is screened. In the back of her mind is a single, unsettling thought: These people will never stop.”
It is hard to be Republican in deep blue states and counties where character assassination can go unchallenged. Here in Maryland, Montgomery County it is necessary for someone to keep an eye on the Democrat controlled government where is almost no media, on 06/18/15 the local newspaper, the Gazette, closed. Someone must stand for small business and someone must fight corruption. It is worth fighting for Democracy and Constitutional rights.
It is time for old school Democrats to wake up. The Democratic party doesn’t stand for what it once proclaimed in the past. This is no longer the party of John F. Kennedy. The Democratic party has been hijacked by an extremist, ideologue faction. Our country is burdened by: insolvent debt; chronic unemployment; corruption; over taxation of small businesses; expansion of social programs without means to fund the existing social programs; lack of real leadership in the national and international arena. Anyone of these issues could lead to crisis and the country may be moving towards extremism. With the help of technology where every aspect of your life, banking system, 401 (K), health records, personal records etc., can be seen and manipulated. In comparison, the Soviets lacked the technological ability to invade their citizens’ lives so completely.
Should a crisis occur, the party that said “Never let a good crisis go to waste…” and brought John Doe prosecutions in Wisconsin will look to assert themselves even more. The foundation of the country: democracy, constitution and liberty are at stake. Do not assume the deep blue states will adhere to the US constitution there will no such thing for Republicans as a free speech, 2nd Amendment, 5th Amendment -there will be simply no constitution. Wisconsin has provided an eerie preview of what may be in store.