As is increasingly the case, Wisconsin is a harbinger for what is to come from the progressive movement on the national scene. Fortuantely, at home in the Cheddar State, the ongoing invisible town hall revolution has been taken up a big notch.
There, Paul Ryan’s refusal to provide constituents with a free means to meet with him has been met by protesters bringing the town hall to him at all four of his Wisconsin offices. Morover, it has included a multi-day, multi-office sit-in for jobs from unemployed members of his district. Ryan is now dodging angry cheeseheads left and right, even calling the cops on those he purportedly represents who are suffering direly from the jobs crisis.
This is all too fitting, considering how central the Ryan Budget and his efforts to cut the social safety net have been to the angst at most of the town hall outbursts. With the upcoming super committee vote, it couldn’t be more timely either.
The super committee represents Ryan’s best shot yet at codifying his hopes and dreams of ever more corporate welfare at the expense of even a semblance of economic security for working families. The Tea Party and Republicans at large are all in lock step behind him too.
In this vein, I couldn’t be more encouraged by efforts to take heed from Wisconsin and follow their inspiring tactics. Namely, by Fighting Back uncompromisingly for what is right.
In New York, Congressman Ryan Grimm is being confronted with this spirit. Of late, this includes a paralleling of the ‘Where is Paul Ryan’ framing from the sit-in organized by Wisconsin Jobs Now. Like Paul Ryan, 'Where is Michael Grimm' is similarly apt considering he has also been MIA to his constituents:
Moreover, in the Empire State, we will be paralleling the Wisconsin fight against Ryan that much more by bringing the town hall to Grimm.
Tomorrow, a coalition including the Working Families Party, MoveOn, and the Job Party is staging a rally at Grimm’s Staten Island office. Of course, we'll be bringing some Job Party cheeseheads to help visualize the Wisconsin spirit. And also similarly to Ryan’s district, this action includes a contingency of unemployed folks taking action to hold Grimm to account for his inaction on the jobs crisis.
It will be a great time and just comeuppance, but this is all also undoubtedly a building thing. We need a strong foundation to bring that much more ardent of a fight to Grimm and Tea Partiers across the country, and taking Wisconsin’s lead with focusing on Ryan at this crucial time couldn’t be more symbolic or impactful.
Sybmolic, becuase if Paul Ryan has his way, he would be a Scott Walker on the national stage.
Impactful, because the Ryan budget is nihilistic and un-American. If we don’t fight back against its insidiousness, it is looking like Ryan will make major strides in his goals to dismantle the most essential services for working families.
As it is in Wisconsin, the time to fight back against Ryan on a national scale is now. Fortunately, as Rep. Grimm will see tomorrow, we can fight back against Ryan through our local congressmen who are following his lead.