Katherine Kersten: In Wisconsin, mob rule and intimidation

It's an affront to democracy, but since it's by the left, the media look away.

Katherine Kersten

Katherine Kersten

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Death threats to elected representatives. Menacing mobs -- swearing, screaming, spitting -- surrounding them as they walk to work.

Rampaging crowds invading the Capitol, overwhelming police, kicking in doors and climbing through windows. Bomb threats, and rounds of ammunition discovered at the State Capitol.

Is this Nazi brownshirts at work, busting up a meeting of political opponents in 1933 Germany?

No, it's what has passed for "democratic opposition" in Wisconsin over the last six weeks.

As the dust settles (for the moment) on Cheeseland's bruising struggle over public-union power, union supporters are attempting to portray their battle to bring state government to a halt as a noble struggle to defend democracy and "the people's rights."

But the real threat to democracy -- and to the rule of law -- comes from union members and their Democratic allies who have tried to derail the democratic process through mob rule and intimidation. Their omnipresent poster says it all: It's Wisconsin in the shape of a fist.

On March 11, the Wisconsin Department of Justice announced that law enforcement agencies had "investigated numerous threats against elected officials over the last four weeks."

"It's not safe, I think, to be walking on the street and be a Republican in Madison right now," state Sen. Glenn Grothman told CNN. A note pushed under his office door read: "The ONLY GOOD Republican is a DEAD Republican."

"We will hunt you down," ran a threat e-mailed to another senator. "We will slit your throats. We will drink your blood. I will have your decapitated head on a pike in the Madison town square. This is your last warning."

"I as well as many others know where you and your family live, it's a matter of public records," warned another. "We have all planned to assult [sic] you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head."

Police advised GOP Sen. Randy Hopper, a death threat recipient, to cancel his plans to march in a St. Patrick's Day Parade in Fond du Lac.

"Officers say the lawmaker's absence will take some of the pressure off enforcement, but security will be high in Fond du Lac and at other parades in the state," reported Green Bay's WLUK-TV.

Hopper said in a statement that he "had looked forward to walking the parade route, but I in no way want to put the citizens of Fond du Lac in harm's way."

This is small town Wisconsin we're talking about, folks, not Mogadishu.

On the night of March 9, after the state Senate passed the union bill, police smuggled GOP senators through a tunnel to avoid confrontations.

 The lawmakers were loaded on a bus under police guard. Immediately, a howling mob swarmed the bus -- pounding on it, shouting curses and finally pursuing it.

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