Never in my life have I had such a strong desire to be in Madison, Wisconsin as I do today!
Honestly, I was happy to watch the events in Egypt unfold live on television, and talk about what was happening with my new friend Marwa Rakha – whose child will be born in a country populated by people who’ve taken part in a peaceful revolution and are heading toward freedom.
As we were watching those brave Egyptians take to the streets, I was wondering what it would take to get Americans off of our lazy asses to stand up for our freedoms. For the people of Wisconsin, apparently it was the hubris of their newly elected dictator governor Scott Walker, who wants to bust the unions.
Yesterday, I was joined briefly by John Nichols of The Nation, who happens to live in Madison. Obviously, he’s right in the middle of it all, but he filed this piece- “What’s Disgusting? Union Busting!” Chant Wisconsin Crowds that Swell to 30,000 last night.
I happened to watch The Ed Show on MSNBC last night,and I’m glad I did. Ed Schultz devoted practically his whole show to the ground zero of the American fight for democracy, and is headed to Madison today to broadcast his show tonight. Good for him! I’ll be watching. Here’s the video, which everyone should watch. And a note to Democrats: Pay attention to the Teddy Kennedy clip and learn something!
Today on the show, we’ll talk about how we can keep the momentum going. I’ll read some excerpts of another article from The Nation. This one, titled “How to build a progressive tea party” and the follow-up, ” A Ten-Step guide to Launching US Uncut” written by Johann Hari, tells about the UKuncut protests in Great Britain. The similarities between what the Brits were going through (and the Egyptians, to some extent), and what we’re facing here with corporation not paying their fair share of taxes are as plain as the nose on my face.
Apparently, Carl Gibson sees it too, and has taken it upon himself to kickstart USuncut: Targeting Corporate Tax Dodgers. Carl will join us in the first hour today to talk about the USuncut first day of action, scheduled for next Saturday, February 26. So be prepared to learn how to walk like a Wisconsinite/Brit/Egyptian this morning!
In hour two, I’ll be joined by Crooks and Liars founder/publisher John Amato, who is one of the forces behind the BlueAmerica PAC to talk about their campaign against GOP hypocrites regarding taking government health care.