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Union Thugs Shout Down WI Townhall

From Milwaukee’s NBC affiliate WTMJ:

Capitol Chaos: Protesters Shut Down Wauwatosa Town Hall

By Jay Sorgi and the WTMJ News Team
Mar 8, 2011

WAUWATOSA – Budget protesters shut down a town hall meeting in Wauwatosa.

"Shame, shame, shame" were among the words that came out of protesters mouths as the meeting ended, according to a video taken at the meeting that was placed on YouTube.

Menomonee Falls Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner and Wauwatosa Republican State Senator Leah Vukmir were hosting the events at the Wauwatosa Library.

The nerve of elected representatives appearing before the people — while Republican. Who do they think they are?

The following is among the exchanges that happened before the meeting adjournment, according to the YouTube video (seen below).

"This state is so (angry) at Republicans right now because their trying to shut down debate," yelled one protester to loud cheers which dominated the room.

"I’m holding a meeting where everybody is invited," responded Sensenbrenner.

"At a library?" yelled another protester.

"That means that everybody else…" Sensenbrenner was saying before a protester said, "You’re trying to shut down any response from these people who live in a free society" to claps and cheers.

"Power to the people" the protester yelled.

Eventually, Sensenbrener said, "this meeting will be adjourned" to a chorus of boos and the eventual "shame, shame, shame" chant.

Sensenbrenner’s communications director gave  this statement to TODAY’S TMJ4 on Tuesday morning.

"Congressman Sensenbrenner and the Wauwatosa library director repeatedly asked individuals attending last night’s Town Hall Meeting to be respectful as other patrons were using the library. After numerous requests for attendees to listen to the individual speaking and be mindful of other library patrons were ignored, the meeting was adjourned…"

This is ‘mobocracy’ at its finest. And where is the media outrage? Once again, just imagine if this townhall had been shut down by chanting Tea Party supporters? This would be the lead story all across the country.

(Remember, back in August 2009, people were asking questions at Townhalls. Not chanting and shouting, so that no questions could be asked. And still they were upbraided by our watchdog media, while these union thugs will never be.)

Do we really want country where the side with the loudest rent-a-mob wins?

And speaking of hired thugs, here is how this event was reported on the AFL-CIO Now blog:

Wis. Republicans Flee Public Meeting Filled with Supporters of Public Employees

by Tula Connell, Mar 8, 2011    

Seems some Wisconsin Republicans don’t want to hear what the majority of their constituents believe: Gov. Scott Walker is wrong to try and take away the right of public employees to collectively bargain for middle-class jobs.

Late yesterday, U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) adjourned a town hall meeting he was holding with Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir after a large crowd, opposed to Walker’s plan, shouted objections to Vukmir’s comments on the budget.

According to Milwaukee-based WTMJ-TV, the crowd then broke into chants of “Shame, shame, shame”—as did state House Democrats when Republicans used a tricky maneuver to pass the anti-worker budget bill

What "tricky maneuver" would that be?

Actually having a vote after 60 hours of ‘debate’?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 9th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Union Thugs Shout Down WI Townhall”

  1. BigOil says:

    I found the closing chant of the union thugs “this is what democracy looks like” to be appropriate. Shout down elected representatives, pay off a political party, subvert and intimidate the majority. In the end you are left with mob rule – which is in fact the democracy they desire.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    1928 United States Army Training Manual, defined democracy as:

    A government of the masses. Authority – derived through mass meeting or any form of ‘direct’ expression. Results in mobocracy. Attitude toward property is communistic – negating property rights. Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether it be based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences. Results in demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy.

    Exactly why I cherished growing up in a Republic.

    • tranquil.night says:

      “Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether it be based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences. Results in demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy. Exactly why I cherished growing up in a Republic.”

      Amen, Jack.

      In American Constitutional Conservatism, freedom is self-responsibility.

      In the so-called Humanist Democracy, freedom is ignoring self-responsibility.

  3. wardmama4 says:

    I am still wondering and questioning as to why the DNC, Unions, and msm have made WI ‘the event’ on this issue – here in OH the bill passed the Senate, is in the House and while we have had some vile moments and comments – it is moving along well. Meanwhile the corrupt IL is becoming the hiding place for corrupt Dems from surrounding states who are avoiding the vote, proper procedures of democracy and lying (and obscenely disparaging the Republican/Tea Party side – not to mention some violence) – and subverting the results of the last election – I thought elections have consequences.

    When it is in Dem majority – elections have consequences – means that they can lie, cheat, wheel and deal and shove down the throats of the majority (never forget, even at the end of the Obamacare debate it was 61% against approval) desires of the citizens (and I don’t know many non-Union citizens who would approve of all their ‘benefits’ and ‘rights’) – but when Republicans are in majority – it becomes compromise, give in or we will hold up the vote for as long as we can, any way we can.

    IMPEACH, RECALL, REPEAL, CUT and send the bums packing.

    Reform is a code word for – NOT DOING A DAMN THING. by. both. sides.

  4. proreason says:

    There are more of us than there are of them.

    Bring it on.

  5. Mithrandir says:


    Just state the facts, put on headphones so you can’t hear interruptions, say what you must say, and then just walk out.

    They all came to riot, and cause problems. I would clear out the signs, cut off microphones to obnoxious speakers, throw out shouters. Every college campus allows these kinds of tactics, and it’s surprising disorderly conduct citations ($150 a pop) aren’t handed out.

  6. sheehanjihad says:

    “it’s surprising disorderly conduct citations ($150 a pop) aren’t handed out.”

    It’s not surprising at all, considering those who hand out the citations belong to a union themselves, and are helpless to do anything against any other union! And that is by design, not by circumstance.

    Union “leaders” have co opted every business they have infested for nothing more than personal gain. Now their greed is suffering under the disinfectant of sunshine….and the back room deals for political favors and power for nothing more than greed has been exposed for the con that it is.

    Regular people know that there are no “working class” people being destroyed. What is being destroyed and none too soon is the union’s ability to steal other people’s money, use it to purchase politicians who will give it back to them in the form of tax dollars that were never designed to fatten the pockets of a select few people at every (non union) working person’s expense.

    Other people’s money is great if you can do it unseen…now, of course, it is in plain view, and nobody is buying it anymore. Democrats will suffer immensely at the polls, and hopefully, union influence in elections will be diminished to the point where they will have to steal like ordinary thieves….

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