National Review Excerpt:
Noteworthy, Walker argued that when Reagan fired the PATCO air-traffic controllers over their illegal strike, he was sending a message of toughness to Democrats and unions at home as well as our Soviet enemies abroad. Similarly, Walker believes his stance against unions in Wisconsin would be a signal of toughness to Islamic jihadists and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
Don't be shocked. That is the typical mindset of today's republican party. They demonize any opposition first by associating them with some completely unrelated but known scourge, then transform those displaced associations into fear to be projected onto an unsuspecting constituency.
Even more disturbing than that is how Walker despicably draws a composite of Democratic and union contributions to America together as something that must be stopped as equally and urgently as the murderously destructive activity Islamic Jihadists impose on the Middle-East. It's not just patently wrong, Walker's comment is outrageous.
But, as despicable as Walker's comments are, they are not unusual coming from members of today's Republican Party.
In 2007, Rep. Paul Ryan said labor unions offered its members the same protection and opportunities Saddam Hussein offered Iraqis if they joined his Ba'ath Party. So, Republicans in general don't see Democrats or democratically instituted free market labor unions as productive components of the American Experience. They see them as terrorists and thugs. For more proof, all you need to do is read some of the articles and comments about unions posted at conservative right-wing websites and blogs.
Walker's message is both laughable and yet very disturbing with its dangerously aggressive and divisive construction because he thinks he is sending a message to outside enemies that he would rule with the same authority not of a Ronald Reagan, but as thug dictator Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq. Why Hussein? Because Putin or ISIS don't give a rats ass about Ronald Reagan, the Democratic party or the PATCO strike in 1981 - they simply can't relate, at all.
BUT, Walker is banking they understand fear and can relate to the psychoticism of a deranged American who knowingly hurts his own people simply for political gain, in the same context they fear a thug dictator would gas his own villages to hold onto power, like Saddam Hussein.
Walker is saying, if I do this to my own people, just think what I would do to you. THAT, they understand.
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