The fireworks in Wisconsin over Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to rein in government employee unions aren’t over yet. Unions have declared war on any Wisconsin businesses that won’t publicly oppose Walker, and the budget repair bill has been blocked by an activist judge, turning next week’s state Supreme Court election into a proxy battle on the issue.
Oh, and we’re not done with the onslaught of violence and vitriol on behalf of the unions and the educational establishment, either. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Wisconsin resident Katherine Windels is now facing felony charges for death threats she made against state Republican lawmakers:
The subject line of the second email was: “Atten: Death Threat!!!! Bomb!!!” In that email, she purportedly wrote, “Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your families will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks.”
“I hope you have a good time in hell,” she allegedly wrote in the lengthy email in which she purportedly listed scenarios in which the legislators and their families would die, including bombings and by “putting a nice little bullet in your head.”
According to the criminal complaint, Windels told investigators “I sent out emails that I was
disgusted and very upset by what they were doing.”
Asked if she intended to follow through on any of her threats, Windels told the investigators “No,” according to the complaint.
At Hot Air, Ed Morrissey reveals two key details about the story that the Sentinel left out: first, Windels is a pre-school and kindergarten teacher, and second, this isn’t the first time she’s done something like this—she sent the emails using the name and email address of Lisa Patterson, a woman who she allegedly sent threatening text messages to in October 2010.
Granted, as new details about wrongdoers trickle out, it’s only natural that some outlets will catch wind of them sooner than others. But there’s reason to suspect there’s more to the media’s delinquency here—in a March 19 post on Newsradio 620’s website, George Mitchell publicizes an email exchange with Sentinel managing editor George Stanley on the paper’s lack of coverage of the protestors’ less-savory antics:
Stanley responded, “Both sides are demonizing each other with deliberate, dishonest propaganda….You reap what you sow.”
I asked, “Are you suggesting that the behavior of Walker supporters is comparable to that of his opponents?” He replied, “I don’t ‘suggest’ like you, George. I didn’t say a word about behavior or go to your links. I prefer honesty to bullshit.”
I replied, “You use the word “propaganda” and say “both sides” are guilty. Death threats. Nails in the driveway. Obscene graffiti. The list goes on and on. This amazing and unwarranted conclusion apparently is how the MJS rationalizes not covering the story.”
I asked Stanley if I could quote him, as I wanted to submit an op-ed to the paper. He said, “No, you’re just full of shit, that’s all I’m saying.”
Yeah…I mean, it’s not as if we just had a prolonged media circus about alleged right-wing incitement of violence, prompting the President of the United States to call on all Americans to strive for greater civility or anything…and it’s not like the fact that a woman who told politicians their families were going to die is entrusted with the education of small children has much relevance to a debate about the condition of Wisconsin’s education system…
This case tells us a great deal about the Left. First, the fact that Sarah Palin might as well have personally driven Jared Loughner to Gabrielle Giffords’ doorstop, yet we haven’t heard a peep from the civility police about this, or numerous other stories of left-wing civility to come out of Wisconsin, speaks to their utter insincerity about the state of American public discourse. Second, while the average teacher isn’t a nut like Windels, the nation’s public schools have a higher share of refuse—political and otherwise—than many are willing to admit—as Megan Fox wrote on March 8, “the public school system, which is about the same size as the Catholic Church in America with a school in every parish, has more sexual abuse cases in ten years than the Catholic Church has had in fifty.”
Why? Because America’s educational establishment sees teaching as a vehicle for ideological indoctrination rather than a sacred duty to raise the next generation of virtuous, independent, well-adjusted citizens, and because union rules insulate their members from accountability.
Anti-Republican anger of a less murderous sort is still high in Wisconsin, and I still have doubts that my home state’s conservative leaders are making their case as effectively as they could be (a case Morrissey sees reason to believe the American people are receptive to). But they can’t give up—from fiscal solvency to the quality of our schools, this fight simply has too much at stake.