Walker Knows (the Thing to Bomb)

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is obviously not the sharpest tool in the Republican shed, but you can be sure of one thing: he’s read The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Specifically, Chapter 14.

Walker knows that two workers are not as perplexed and vulnerable as one. Walker knows that a shared plight heartens the downtrodden. Walker knows that to faithfully serve his primary constituency, he has to try to keep downtrodden folks apart. Walker understands that, in the real world, “Davids” on their own almost never succeed against “Goliaths,” but they have a chance if they band together. Walker realizes that the thing to crush, destroy and, yes, even bomb, is two, three or a hundred Davids standing shoulder to shoulder willing to challenge him and his ilk.

Walker knows this, but—like Mubarak—he’s too late. The Davids are winning this round, and the people who run things are going to lose. It’s a small step in a single state, but lots of Davids in lots of states are paying attention. And the fear of their collective will is going to send Walker and those who fancied him a rich man’s messiah scurrying back to their bunkers to regroup.

It won’t do them any good, of course, because—as Steinbeck put it (and I’m paraphrasing)—their wealth has frozen them forever into the “I” approach to things and forever cut them off from the collective sense of “we.” This is why they loathe unions; this is why they despise the Democratic Party.

The mere utterance of the phrase “We’re in this together” makes them dash to the bank and make sure their money is secure. And critics of “income inequality” make them buy more guns.

They are the American equivalent of royalty and their paranoia and rapaciousness rule our puppet government.

E.R. Bills is a writer from Aledo, Texas and the author of Texas Obscurities: Stories of the Peculiar, Exceptional and Nefarious (History Press, 2013). He can be reached at: erbillsthinks@gmail.com. Read other articles by E.R..

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  1. penelope l.m.s. kelly said on March 4th, 2011 at 8:57am #

    “why they loathe unions”

    no one messes with army ants because army ants are organized.

    terrific article thank you.

  2. Don Hawkins said on March 4th, 2011 at 9:22am #

    Army ants let me do some research into this.

  3. Don Hawkins said on March 4th, 2011 at 1:04pm #

    Army ants like warm tropical temperatures.

    These ants are mostly found living underground or up in trees. This is their safest way to avoid being stepped on, which is most commonly the death to many of these creatures. However, as many of these ants get trampled, it is highly unlikely for them to grow extinct. In just one colony there will be an average of 5,000 to 18,500 ants. A single queen can lay anywhere from 100,000 to 300,000 eggs. Most Army Ants will have a lifespan of 3 to 13 years.

    If you are ever in a known territory for Army Ants, please take extreme caution. These ants will attack any living creature they feel is a threat – and yes, that means you too! If you step on a nest, or fall asleep near a nest you are likely to become their next prey. The soldiers attack in extremely large groups, covering their meal completely as they begin to cut the flesh into tiny pieces. As savage creatures they leave the organs in place, causing whatever they kill to be torn apart while still alive – ouch. So be sure to watch your step or you may become their next feast! scienceray

    Then we have fire ants;

    Once a young fire ant colony is well established and has a few thousand workers, it can quickly develop into a mature colony containing tens of thousands of ants.
    Small colonies develop into large colonies especially quickly if there are no bigger colonies nearby to compete with them.

    It takes several months for a colony to get large enough to build a mound large enough to be noticed in the average home lawn.

    As I was looking up fire ants I just happened to come across this;

    A FIRE economy is any economy based primarily on the paper-intensive sectors of Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate (FIRE). The origins of the term are unclear. Barry Popik describes some early uses as far back as 1982.[1] Since 2008, the term has been commonly used by Michael Hudson[2] and Eric Janszen.[3]

    It is New York City’s largest industry and a prominent part of the service industry in the U.S. overall economy and other Western, developed countries. FIRE activities are unique[citation needed] in that they generate relatively large profit margins with little productive resources or capital employed other than people and paper. Wiki

    Large profit margins with little productive resources or capital employed other than people and paper I wonder do they like warm tropical temperatures?

  4. Don Hawkins said on March 4th, 2011 at 1:24pm #

    Did anybody see Glenn Beck yesterday as he did a little on the AFL-CIO and was talking to the police yesterday and told them with the help of his blackboards that if we go all the way to the top these unions are in with the terrorists. You can’t make this stuff up he told the police the one’s that watched his show that to stand with the unions you are fighting against yourselves. Oh Beck nice try but no cigar as am sure you have heard of the tea party and shall we talk about just who is fighting against themselves while using newspeak and doublethink old boy.

  5. Don Hawkins said on March 6th, 2011 at 6:53am #

    Someone on CNBC said a few day’s ago that no mater the weather the party will go on. The wedding well if they would have invited me I would have to say no thank’s as probably have nightmares just thinking about it. How’s that education system going in the UK.

  6. Don Hawkins said on March 6th, 2011 at 8:13am #

    Heck maybe the UK could take the lead from the United States what schools and the one’s that are still open for business make sure you use the text book’s written in Texas sure wouldn’t want to get history screwed up.