The dreaded plant is an outright killer. It is native to Burma, held briefly in sway of the British Empire. Within the Commonwealth, it became known as Rangoon Creeper. The plant uses stealth to grow up a healthy tree and wrap its tendrils around the victim before the tree feels the full effects of its deadly grasp. Rangoon Creeper then sucks the nutrients out of the tree, and deprives it of the light it needs to survive. It is a parasitic plant of the worst kind.
Wisconsin’s healthy Tree of Democracy has been placed in the grasp of The Milwaukee Creeper, Governor Scott Walker. Scott Walker came out of Milwaukee before freedom loving and decent Wisconsin citizens of all parties even knew what had slid snakelike up our tree of liberty, and it was firmly in its grip.
Milwaukee residents have rid themselves of the Milwaukee Creeper only because the creature was moved from the County to Madison where it has now been planted by those who support the Governor. Residents of Milwaukee County who wish to walk in the park, see the zoo, get a bus to where they need to go and when they need to go there, apply for aid, try to retire with dignity from County service and more all know about The Milwaukee Creeper.
The nutrients Wisconsin needs to be healthy are now being sucked right out of our Tree of Democracy by the Budget Repair Bill and the proposed State Budget of 2011-13. Another tendril put itself further up that tree and wrapped itself around it just this week.
The Milwaukee Creeper and his minions accepted the routine publication via a procedural move from the non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau as being final and effective the following day, putting into law what was pulled out of the Budget Repair Bill in an hour and fifty-one minutes, to end collective bargaining and passed in clear violation of Wisconsin’s Open Meetings Law AND a court injunction against making the law final and binding in the State of Wisconsin until the case could be heard in court and perhaps in as high a court as the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
The Legislative Reference Bureau published the law ending collective bargaining in Wisconsin at 3:15 P.M. Friday, March 25, 2011. Bureau Director Steve Miller said the move does not mean the law takes effect Saturday. Miller indicated that won’t actually happen until Secretary of State Doug La Follete orders the law published in a newspaper, and the legal injunction against that orders La Follette not to publish making it law.
Yet, The Milwaukee Creeper insists otherwise. We now know how this plant will continue to grow. After sucking out the essential nutrients in the soil for our Tree of Democracy provided by collective bargaining, it will continue going on to suck out access to Badger Care and Medicare and Medicaid for the poor and the elderly.
Nutrients needed for the Tree of Democracy to provide the State with a prosperous economy were agreed to when some citizens thought that traditional watering with the money of public servants might be withdrawn for this hardy plant: some $660 million dollars over two years that will be lost as discretionary income for Wisconsin public servants and that will be transferred instead to nourish the Wisconsin Association of Manufacturers, Koch Industries, and the 2012 political campaign of whoever the Republican Party puts up for President against Obama.
The essential nutrients for Wisconsin’s future Tree of Democracy, education for our children, is about to have $900 million sucked out of the Tree of Democracy by Walker, The Milwaukee Creeper and the sunlight enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of leaves, our children, will fade and they will brown and fall to the ground.
The Huffington Post via the Associated Press’s correspondent Todd Richmond reports Wisconsin Union leaders as saying the law will not take effect until the legal challenges to implementation of the law have been resolved.
Wisconsin Union leader Marty Beil speaks for many when he says:
“The problem is they’re (Republicans) the dictator here so we have to go into a court of law and reaffirm it. This is Scott Fitzgerald and Scott Walker’s gulag here. It’s craziness. These guys are off the wall. They’re drunk with some kind of power or misconception of reality.”
No Marty, it is just another tendril of the deadly Milwaukee Creeper showing us now that indeed the rot is deep and that our Tree of Democracy is very sick and necessary light needed for it is being taken away as well.
Arthur Conan Doyle’s great character, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, waxed eloquent in a botanical sense when he remarked that “There are some trees, Watson, which grow to a certain height and then suddenly develop some unsightly eccentricity. You will see it often in humans. I have a theory that the individual represents in his development the whole procession of his ancestors, and that such a sudden turn to good or evil stands for some strong influence which came into the line of his pedigree. The person becomes, as it were, the epitome of the history of his own family.”
This observation does not bode well for Walker’s family. We can entirely exclude his wonderful parents and loving wife and children from this nasty business. And we can only hypothesize that he is the dominant appearance of some recessive gene that is rarely expressed but is present in most families, if not in all our families.
Wisconsin does not want our Tree of Democracy, tall and strong, and nurtured on collective bargaining rights, justice for our poor, elderly, our immigrants, children, and all our citizens to become sick and die.
Peacefully, non-violently The Milwaukee Creeper must be re-potted and replanted. It will be a big job. The Tree of Democracy in Wisconsin has already fought back with a hundred thousand leaves waving for what it stands for. It has begun to respond with phone banks urging people to vote on April 5th for Klonnenberg to express our disgust with what has happened and to elect a person of moral character to the Wisconsin Supreme Court bench. The Tree of Democracy is responding and defending itself with thousands of people with clipboards going about the State to recall or replant The Milwaukee Creeper in the soil it really loves.
Here is the real advice for the care and feeding of Scott Walker, The Milwaukee Creeper, every bit as lethal as Governor of Wisconsin as is the Rangoon Creeper of old Burma:
Plant next to healthy trees of corporate special interests, large hyper right-wing plants. Especially likes the soil of pure money and Koch Trees. Once established it steals light from any tree it is connected to and starves it of nutrients for its own dynamic growth. Will grow nicely near power plants in Washington D.C. or state capitols, and around the Heritage Foundation.
The Milwaukee Creeper: go get your gardening tools and let’s re-plant him somewhere where he can suck the Koch Brothers, the Heritage Foundation and the far right dry. Then let the Wisconsin Tree of Democracy thrive once again and have access to all the nutrients it needs.