100,000 gather: this Wisconsin Farmer’s speech inspires them all.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Mar 15, 2011
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Family farmer Tony Schultz: “This is what democracy looks like.”

Since Monday, February 14, tens of thousands of Wisconsin residents have been flooding the State Capitol in Madison in protest of Governor Walker’s proposed budget “repair” bill that would end 50 years of collective bargaining for Wisconsin workers…for more.

A truly must-see, must-share video: “And we shall say no!” And when he kisses his wife at the end, I nearly cried.


“Family farmers, like the labor movement, value economic democracy. What is a union? [It’s] working people coming together to improve their lives. Today we stand here to say we reject this union busting bill; We reject this budget. Solidarity between the labor and the farm movement dates way back before even the populist movement. We fought together for the progressive income tax; We fought together for the 8 hour work day. ‘Our interests are identical because our enemies are identical.'”


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


6 Responses to “100,000 gather: this Wisconsin Farmer’s speech inspires them all.”

  1. […] more, see What Democracy Looks Like according to one inspired/inspiring Wisconsinite farmer. America isn’t broke. The only thing […]

  2. TamingAuthor says:

    Sad to see the education of this country push us into supporting corrupt, conflict-of-interest bargaining on the part of socialist unions intent on bankrupting the nation so they can put in place their utopian plan that has throughout history resulted in the impoverishment and deaths of millions. All one can do is stand with a dumbfounded look and view the absolute stupidity emerging.

    There was a warning. Years ago I used to watch America's Funniest Home Videos and I would marvel at the antics…. How could anyone be so stupid? was usually the response to some of the disasters shown. Now America's Funniest Home Videos have come to the world of politics and we are seeing the same people emerge from the shadows, emboldened by their AFV experience.

  3. Carol Horton says:

    It's tragic that so many Americans take the hard-won achievements of the labor movement for granted. I know the history and getting children out of factories and into schools, winning an 8-hour day (now effectively lost) and reasonable workers safety conditions (also going) took a lot of blood and lives. We're going back to the robbers barons of the 19th century – no, actually, we're already past that with the greatest concentration of wealth in American history, ever.

    American democracy WILL DIE without a middle class. And the middle class is going. This bill in Wisconsin is going to push them down further, dividing us more and more between the ultra-rich, the completely marginalized, and the fearful and resentful holding onto to economic security by their nails.

    Do the unions need reform? Yes. Are public school teachers to blame for our economic crisis? NO. Look to Wall Street for that . . . they've looted the country and now we're beating up on teachers and fire fighters while they rake off billions more.

    I could not applaud this man more and only wish that everyone knew and understood what he's talking about – unfortunately Americans usually don't know their own history and have no sense of how their political and economic systems work. Yes, the schools could do much better on this but it's also true that we expect the schools to fix every ill of society and they can't.

    Thanks for posting. Will share this one, definitely.

  4. Bruce says:

    I am glad to share this. Think of the juxtaposition of a small (50 acre) family farmer with a huge agribusiness corporation, able to hire lobbyist and gladhand politicians. who would you support?

  5. TamingAuthor says:

    Pam, excellent response. The reality — that Walker merely changed the rules of the game to match the Fed bargaining with the public sector — is totally missed by those who have been stirred up by the professionally choreographed protests of international socialists. I'm thinking we should start virtual tours of the wonders that Marxist socialism brought to Europe last century. Need to find a way of adding the smell of dead bodies so people can really get an accurate picture of the full benefit of socialism.

  6. TamingAuthor says:

    An in depth discussion of socialism. We can trip over our inability to clearly define what we are talking about. http://mises.org/daily/5080/Overt-and-Covert-Soci