You have no right to be silent

The last few weeks have been a blur of protesting, frantically emailing senators, and creating clever-yet serious-protest signs.   The so-called “riot” in against Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker’s bill to eliminate union’s rights to collectively bargain has been nothing but peaceful, energetic protesting.  I have been there almost everyday, and have seen that it is nothing close to a dangerous “riot”. Here is a great video showing just the state that Madison has been in for the last 15 days. 

When I first went to the protest in favor of worker’s rights on Wednesday, February 17th, I saw many signs about Walker and wanting to recall him immediately.  At the time, I thought that those signs were over-exaggerating because one-we can’t recall him for 11 months, and 2, WE JUST HIRED HIM!  Give him a chance…right?  My feelings for Walker continually became more and more angered over the last few weeks.  My anger at Walker finally hit its peak a couple of days ago when a journalist from Buffalo Beast called Walker posing as David Koch-a conservative campaign donor to Walker.  The call was posted on the Buffalo Beast blog for all to hear.  Walker mentions in the call thinking about planting “trouble-makers” in the protest crowd.  He also refers to the Wisconsin workers protesting as “60’s Liberals” and doesn’t even flinch when Koch refers to “Democrat Bastards”.  The call, which lasts for almost 30 minutes made me shiver.  I now had a strong reason to dislike our Wisconsin Governor.  The thing that makes this whole thing even worse is that Walker won’t even try to compromise with the people of Wisconsin.  I really think that he cares more about himself, and his rich friends than he cares about the people of his State.  Doesn’t sounds like a very great Governor, does it?

In the very beginning of the protest I didn’t really know what was going on.  It didn’t really seem to matter to me.  But, as this has all played out I realise that it is really important to all people.  I saw a sign “Worker’s rights are human rights”.  I think that this sign really says it all.  We cannot allow rich, selfish people to control our government.  This is OUR democracy.

One thing that is making this whole experience even more interesting is the fact that just before the protesting began I finished reading “The Silenced” by James DeVita.  The book was an amazing read for this time, because one of the main themes is “you have no right to be silent”. We have no right to stay silent when our rights (and our friend’s rights) are in jeopardy. I won’t give away the details of the thought-provoking book, but I will tell you that it is a must-read.  You can buy the book from Amazon.

The Wisconsin pro-union movement has spread to many other states and continues to grow.  We need to move forward-not backward.

You have no right to be silent.

More interesting stories:

Workers toppled a dictator in Egypt, but might be silenced in Wisconsin

The Other Shoe, or Will You Be Marching in March?

Wisconsin Power Play

 Transcript of Scott Walker-“David Koch” Conversation

Walker Booed, asked to leave Downtown Tavern

Wisconsin Police Have Joined Protest Inside State Capitol


4 thoughts on “You have no right to be silent

  1. While I deeply respect your opinions, and your right to express them, and I really like the idea of “having no right to be silent”, and will definitely be checking the library for that book, I must, respectfully, disagree with much of what you have said.

    I don’t have any great love for Gov. Walker either, but I DO support much of what his bill says. Not because I dislike unions – quite the contrary. My mother is a government worker, and is in a union. But I believe in fairness, and right now, the odds between the public and private sector are not fair. At ALL. Don’t get me wrong; I know for a fact that most government workers work EXTREMELY hard. But my dad, who is self-employed, or my friend’s dad, who works in the private sector and is at the same time trying to put two children through college, also work just as hard, but don’t get the benefits that government workers do.
    I don’t relish the thought of my family having to pay more for health benefits, but I think it is fair, and I believe that justice is more important than money, or personal comfort.

    I’m not trying to force you to agree with me; This post seemed very one-sided, so I was merely exercising my right not to remain silent. If you really care about human rights, then you need to consider all points of view very seriously.

    1. Thank you for adding to the conversation. You brought up some interesting points. No one has any right to be silent. That’s what I love about opinions! :) However, I still stick strong to my opinion that Unions should be able to negotiate. This is a very interesting website: There is a graph about incomes for US citizens throughout the years. It shows very clearly how the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. If we abolish unions, the super-rich will gain even more control and the routine will continue to get worse. As Paul Krugman in a New York Times stated; “It’s about the power,”.
      Again, I am not trying to cram anything down your throat either, but I still stick strong to my opinions.


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