If I could live in any time in history, it would be the from the Death of the Gracci's to Augustus' rise in Ancient Rome. One of my cool (and beautiful) friends in the Goth scene is knowledgeable and she enjoys studying Ancient Egypt. I think that's why we get along so well :}
Since we are just past the Ides of March, let us see how a Republic slowly dies:
However, I don't need a TARDIS to see history repeat.
Here is how I see what happened:
November 2010: Gov. Scott Walker and a majority of Republicans win in WI State Assembly and State Senate
Feb 14, 2011: A Budget Repair Bill proposed by Gov. Walker shutting off collected bargaining from State Level Employee Unions goes through the Statehouse
Feb 2011 - Mar 2011: The Minority State Senate Democrats ("The Fleebagger 14") run from WI to IL instead of voting on the measure. Riots ensue in the WI State Capitol; Teachers and kids, Union members from other states harass State lawmakers and issue death threats.
Mar 9 - 10, 2011: The WI Senate GOP members separate the funding out of the Bill and vote on ending Collective Bargaining for Unions; The next day, the State Assembly follows suit. Governor Walker signs the bill passed by the State Legislature.
Now during the protests, the Mob kept chanting, "This is what Democracy looks like!"
Um, no it doesn't.
Democracy occurred in the Election and the Legislators who voted, not in the mob who took over the State Capitol.
As I have said many times before, History repeats in American Political life, but what does not repeat is how Democrats and their allies cannot handle being on the losing side.
How many times have the Democrats whinged about Election 2000 Overtime?
How many times did the GOP complain about disparities in Election 1960?
Now, where does history repeat here?
During the 90's the Clinton Administration went after the cigarette companies. Did they do it for the health reasons? NO Did they propose that cigarette smoking is bad, but let business' choose their own path? NO (Just in case anyone thought that Democrats cared about peoples "Freedom," Another myth bites the dust)
It was all about how the cigarette companies funded the National GOP. Now, after Election 2010 where Democrats lost seats statewide in Wisconsin and nationally in Congress, to see History repeat (again over funding) is funny and scary as hell.
The Mob rule was one of the signs of the Republic Falling (at least a decade before Caesar's assassination). And I quote Rubicon, by Tom Holland:
"Of course, Clodius being Clodius, he could not resist seeing just how far the intimidation could be pushed. In August [59 BC], as Pompey was crossing the Forum to attend a meeting of the Senate, a clattering of stone on metal rang out from the Temple of Castor. One of Clodius' slaves reportedly dropped a dagger. Pompey, believing his life to be in danger, at once retreated from the Forum and barricaded behind his front door. Clodius' gangs pursued him and set up camp outside. The Tribune [Clodius] threatened to do to Pompey what he had already done to Cicero: seize his mansion, level it and build a temple to Liberty in its place. Pompey, unlike Cicero, did not bolt and run, but he found himself blockaded, unable to leave his house -- a staggering reversal for the greatest man in the Republic....For Clodius...it was an intoxicating, scarcely believable moment of triumph. Champion of the aristocracy, patron of the slums, he appeared to be the master of Rome,"
-- Rubicon, Tom Holland, Pg. 244
In America, Political Power comes from the Provinces. As a provincial myself, I understand this. The Tea party started out protesting the spending in local hometowns, and then get down to electing candidates to Congress for the last election.
The last time Democrats ran across State lines was in Texas against voting for Re-districting. The next cycle, the Democrats LOST.
Why? In America, you stand and fight for your beliefs, not use a loophole to cause trouble. The GOP was legitimate in using it's loophole after the Democrats absconded for almost a month. Goose and gander, Valley people, pot and kettle too.
These protests are the beginning of the end of the American Republic.
Follow me down to "What if?" territory:
Imagine in 2013, President Palin and a majority Republican Congress follow the same route the WI Republicans take. Will the AFL-CIO, SEIU and AFSCME destroy the Capitol and the White House to prove a point?
Hell, Lefty protesters already go to the homes of those they Hate! What's the next level?
Or as I have been asking: What is the protesters endgame? Is it to destroy the concept of voting or is it to exterminate any opposition to any Leftist (not Liberal) view?
My question: Who is the modern Democratic Party Clodius?
UPDATE 8:50PM PST: Welcome Instapundit readers! Please make yourselves at home in the Valley. This weekend I will be reporting (and voting) at the CAGOP Convention in Sacramento. Remember: Power lies within the provinces!