In a move that has taken political pettiness to a new level, the Wisconsin unions have gone from protesting at schools and gluing school door locks to banning republican lawmakers from marching in the Labor Day parade in Wausau. The parade is organized by the Marathon County Central Labor Council, whose president is Randy Radtke. According to him,
It should come as no surprise that organizers choose not to invite elected officials who have openly attacked worker’s rights or stood idly by while their political party fought to strip public workers of their right to collectively bargain.
The added wrinkle in all of this is that the parade is funded by taxpayers and the city is now threatening to cut its funding for what amounts to a partisan parade (“State Rep. Donna Seidel, D-Wausau, is listed as the grand marshal of the parade on the labor council’s website”).
So, why are they only banning lawmakers? Over half or the local population voted for Governor Scott Walker and again, voted for Justice Prosser after the collective bargaining bill was passed. It seems that Randy Radke has conveniently forgotten this point. He has instead chosen to ban republican lawmakers, like Sean Duffy, who had nothing to do with the bill, while allowing republicans who voted for and supported those who passed it. If our lawmakers are guilty then we all are.
I voted republican and plan to do so again. I am pleased with the great achievements of our republican lawmakers in Wisconsin. I support my republican lawmakers and encourage everyone else to do so. Call, write, and email them to let them know that you support them and will not participate in a parade where your representatives are not welcome. Let us tell Randy Radke, “I’m Spartacus!”