From the Journal Sentinel
Madison — With Democrats still in Illinois, the state Senate abruptly voted Wednesday night to eliminate collective bargaining provisions for most public workers that have stood for decades, sending a flood of angry protesters into the Capitol.
The bill, which has drawn international attention, is to be taken up at 11 a.m. Thursday by the Assembly.
The attack on working people of Wisconsin is another clear example of the extent some will go for the furthering of personal power and profit. The tactics taken by the Republicans in the Wisconsin not only undermined their own justification for their action – the repeal of collective bargaining rights was not passed as part of a budget – it shows the extent powerful interests will go to to attack the people.
We, the people, must remain united in the face of these continued attacks on the people of this nation. We did not become the American nation we chose to live in by working on ways to attack each other, we became this American nation by working together in the hope of a better future. The search for power and profit – at the expense of our fellow citizens – shall not be allowed to stand and must be challenged by any means possible.
As our President said on that cold January morning over two years ago:
Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.
On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.
On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.
Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends — hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world; duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.
Others will not let the world progress in the fashion we desire.
Only we can work for the future we desire.
Let us rise to these challenges of our time and create the nation, and world, we want.