Why don't they just relocate to Walkersha?
Today's Wisconsin State Journal resoundingly proves that Lee Enterprise/WSJ doesn't have any respect nor concerns for the citizens of Madison. An editorial titled "Judge made the easy decision" reeks of hypocrisy, arrogance, and disdain. Someone please remind me why we should purchase any of their products and/or support their advertisers.
Today's biased hit-piece begins by proclaiming that the arguments in Judge Juan Colas' decision to overturn ACT 10 are "complex" and directly states that they need to be left to the courts. Everything that follows represents circular fallacies, straw-men arguments, and ad homin attacks -- very clever propaganda, devoid of facts and full of slight-of-hand.
Because the decision goes against Lee Enterprise/WSJ darling, Wisconsin's Deceiver-in-Chief Gov. Scott "John Doe" Walker, they criticize the judge for making the "easy" decision and then immediately undermine their premise by stating "Nor do we know if Colas allowed politics or public pressure to affect his decision."
And when courts rule in partisan favor FOR Walker? Well there's no editorials proclaiming our state's Constitution needs to be changed because partisan ship has reached crisis proportion. And when David Prosser receives many thousands of extra votes the next day after being declared the loser and Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board does not demand that massive irregularities that indicate the chain of custody of those extra votes has been broken?
In other words, the editorial is entirely based on the assumption that politics played a role in this decision, WSJ refuses to provide any details or analysis of the decision on its merits -- they just proclaim it "complicated". They even admit the decision might be just -- but since it goes against their philosophies; they attack the judge for copping out with the "easy decision".
And what does WSJ think of the people that it expects to buy this trash? They dismiss Dane County residents as "union lovers" and proclaim that decisions that are "inconvenient" to corporate interests are "not the way its suppose to be". Perhaps not in the America Mitt rMONEY/Paul rAYN & Scott Walker want to create and which WSJ fully-endorces, but the rest of us are suppose to have a say in government too.
Evidently, not according to Lee Enterprises/Wisconsin State Journal.
WSJ correctly points out: "Unlike governors and lawmakers, our judges are supposed to be impartial and independent." which might make a reader assume the editorial is going to veer back in more reasonable and intellectual honest direction -- they hit-piece continues with a rational sounding statement before taking a sharp-turn back to wing-nuttery:
Walker, oddly enough, suggested Colas should have paid more attention to public opinion — not in Dane County, but across the state. Labeling Colas "a liberal activist judge," Walker cited his own recent recall election victory as evidence Colas was moving Wisconsin backward.
But judges aren't supposed to gauge the popularity of their decisions. They're supposed to follow the lawThey also admit that Wisconsin's Supreme Court is dysfunctional at this time, though they avoid the reason: Walker's former mentor, David Prosser, believes he can swear at, threaten, and choke women on the bench and the other republican justices on the high court refuse to hold him accountable. Wisconsin doesn't have a Supreme Court at this time -- it has a bully-dominated Choke-A-Paloooza that can only act along entirely partisan lines.
Laughingly, the editorial closes with claims that "I'm takin' my ball and goin' home" Tim Cullen (Whiner -- Janesville) and Dale Schultz, (Republican -- Richland Center) have a bipartisan solution. Cullen is not really a democrat unless he gets pampered and treated like a king -- he was going to jump ship a few months back. He has a D after his name, at least until he throws anther hissy-fit.
The solution Cullen and Schultz promote? MERIT SELECTION! which is just another form of appointing judges without having elections. Like most of the rhetoric WSJ uses, the words sound good, but they are double speak.
Tim should have retired a long time ago -- Badger State residents should be grateful that this former health-insurance company executive wasn't appointed to chair any committees about health care.
A quick Google search immediately proved that WSJ is selling snake oil here -- indeed the Cullen/Schultz plan is just a cover to allow the governor to appoint judges [emphasis added]:
They envision having the Government Accountability Board appoint members of the Judicial Selection Commission, and seats would be filled as they are vacated. The Commission would review applications, interview candidates, and refer a specified number to the Governor. The Governor would pick one candidate from the list to nominate and forward him/her to the state Senate for confirmation. The existing 10-year term for justices and 6-year term for appellate judges would remain.ummmmm... they are advocating that the Governor appoint judges... Wisconsin's GAB can be demonstrated to be a highly partisan organization.
While five of the six current members on the board were originally appointed by former democratic Gov. Jim Doyle. Three of them, Barland, Deininger, and Nichol, have all previously served as Republican elected officials. Only 2, Cane and Brennan, have not been elected to partisan office -- clearly the board is not nonpartisan at all.
Neither WSJ nor tweedle-dumb/tweedle dee have any details on how "merit" would be identified, much less assessed -- this proposal would actually just provide cover to a process to emerge that takes away citizen's Constitutional Rights to participate in the judicial branch and replace it with partisan and political criteron for "merit" and enable the appointment of judges under they guise that somehow the appointments had nothing to do with politics.
Lee Enterprises/WSJ obviously thinks we are pretty stoooooopid -- the regularly print biased stories and editorials, propping up republican interests. The bigger picture is this:
Madison's noooozepaper does not respect the community -- it dismisses the entire Dane County population as "union lovers" incapable of thinking for themselves.
Why does WSJ feel so strongly entitled to our business?