The 1973 Movie “Battle For the Planet of the Apes” was a sequel to the 1968 Movie “Planet of the Apes.” In this movie we see a pivotal scene that serves as an allegory to what is happening politically in The State of Wisconsin. It involves what happens when any human in this movie’s post-atomic, bizarre world says “no” to an ape.
He overheard when Aldo ripped up one of the parchments (written affectionately by Cornelius for the teacher, “Ape shall not kill Abe”) in the school, and the teacher reprimanded and yelled “No” at him, like a slave master might have spoken in the old days of servitude. Virgil reminded the teacher that this was an “unspeakable” word: “In all our years of slavery to mankind, the word ‘no’ was the one word we were electrically conditioned to fear. Caesar has forbidden you its utterance in perpetuity. An ape may say ‘no’ to a human, but a human may never again say ‘no’ to an ape.”
(Ob. Cit filmsite.org).
Aldo, the ape told “no”, then goes on a rampage and attempts to kill the teacher as described below.
Angered by the teacher, Aldo struck out at him, tore the classroom apart with other gorillas, and caused the Teacher to flee and race away through the village.
(Ob. Cit. filmsite.org)
In The State of Wisconsin, newly-elected Governor, Scott Walker, has been forced into a similar role to the teacher in the aforementioned movie. His official duties, complicated by a projected $3.6B deficit in the Wisconsin State Budget, are requiring him to tell an extraordinarily self-entitled and arrogant political interest group “no”.
The Apes in the 70’s Era Sci-Fi movie felt unlimited entitlement to push the human teacher around. They had their rights, the human teacher did not. In Wisconsin, the public unions have the same unlimited sense of entitlement. They have their rights; the taxpayers exist to make sure they user extra-soft toilet tissue, when the wipe the noble public official’s rear end.
Yet in the last two days, as a result of The Wisconsin Democratic Party’s overwhelming reenactment of the losing side at Cannae last election, Scott Walker, and the GOP majorities in the Wisconsin Legislature, have told the Public Employee Unions “No”. The Seattle Times describes the legislation recently passed to restrict the union bargaining rights that have contributed to many of the budgetary trends destroying the solvency of Wisconsin’s State Government.
Stoking Republican efforts to check union power across the country, Wisconsin’s state Assembly sent Gov. Scott Walker a bill that would limit collective-bargaining rights of government workers. The vote, during another emotional day at the Capitol, is expected to intensify bitter fights in capitols from Idaho to Indiana, emboldening other budget-cutting Republican governors to press ahead with anti-union legislation.
Like Aldo the Arrogant Ape, the Far Left has exploded into deracinated outrage. Michael Moore, predictably veered into class warfare and attempted to blame the projected $3.6B state budget deficit on The Rich. His Qaddafiesque screed follows below.
“Contrary to what those in power would like you to believe so that you’ll give up your pension, cut your wages and settle for the life your great-grandparents had, America is not broke. Not by a long shot. The country is awash in wealth and cash. It’s just that it’s not in your hands. It has been transferred, in the greatest heist in history, from the workers and consumers to the banks and the portfolios of the uber-rich.”
Regrettably, on this occasion, Michael Moore is what passes for the responsible, sane, loyal opposition. He, at least, is talking about political debate, rather than organizing an old-fashion, down-South lynching mob. Not all Democrats have remained that closely tethered to ratiocination. As described by one of my colleagues at Redstate here The Wisconsin GOP Legislators have received the following death threat.
Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for more information on possible scenarios in which you will die.
(HT: LaborUnionReport’s Blog at Redstate.com)
Whether this was just PsyOps, or a genuine measure of the author’s heartfelt intent only matters in terms of degree. America has degenerated into a nation that no longer asks not what their country can do for them. Nobody really does anything for “the children.” Half the teachers out striking in Madison, WI secretly wish those little brats had been aborted anyway.
The rabble currently attempting to overthrow democracy in Wisconsin consists of public servants who have inverted the moral order of their occupational role in America. As a government Civil Servant, while on my job site, I exist to serve the American People. The American People and the US Government, do not exist to enrich and entertain me.
I serve at their leisure, I do not set their taxation levels, or the Federal Government’s expenditure levels to provide for enhancements in mine. My Father and my Maternal Grandfather were civil servants. We live well, but not extravagantly. Our pay and benefits have been good, but our educational achievement and work skills learned have been well above the American median.
My salary was capped and has not been increased in over 14 months. I am thankful to be stable in my employment, unlike many people in the private sector. I am grateful that my remuneration allows me to live in large house, without any difficulties paying for the mortgage.
The only anger I feel towards my Senior Leadership in DC is over matters of political policy which I am allowed to voice my concerns over via the Internet, and every time our nation holds another election. I live a blessed life as a Civil Servant and a proud American. I would never consider rioting or calling Obama the Kenyan Hitler over my pay freeze.
Thus I detest the behavior of these Wisconsin Public Employee Unions. They are despicable. To the extent that my good name as a Federal Civil Servant is tarnished by their behavior, these evil, insane fools diminish my standing amongst my friends and peers. I look at their ignorant and detestable violence and feel like offering them up a famous line from the first Planet of The Apes Movie.
Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!