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Lying In The Bed You Made - Blue Jean Nation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike McCabe, Blue Jean Nation   
Friday, 14 October 2016 11:08

bed-nailsConservative Republicans and talk radio hosts are falling over each other in their effort to distance themselves from Donald Trump, but as parents have been saying for generations, you made your bed and now you’ve got to lie in it.

ALTOONA, WI - A weird political year got weirder still when the flamboyant conservative radio and TV personality Glenn Beck said voting against Donald Trump is the “moral, ethical choice” even if it means Hillary Clinton is elected president.

Charlie SykesBeck is hardly alone among conservative pundits having pangs of conscience about what the Republican Party is turning into. Milwaukee’s conservative radio host Charlie Sykes recently owned up to his role in creating an environment where the likes of Trump could thrive, acknowledging that he and other right-wing media personalities have “created this monster.” And then Sykes announced he is ending his radio show.

Most of Sykes’ conservative media peers have gone to great lengths to deflect responsibility. Acting as if he and right-wing commentators like him had no hand in making the Frankenstein that is now laying waste to the GOP, Jonah Goldberg self-righteously proclaims Donald Trump’s supporters “oblivious to the fact that he needs more than his base to win. And once again, conservatives who’ve made a career thumping their chests or their Bibles about the importance of character and morality found themselves making excuses for a man who personifies everything they claimed to oppose.”

Other conservative heavyweights like George Will and David Brooks also have expressed horror in recent days at the ugly turn American conservatism has taken. Brooks says “Trump breaks his own world record for being appalling on a weekly basis” and his “performances look like primate dominance displays — filled with chest beating and looming growls. But at least primates have bands to connect with, whereas Trump is so alone, if a tree fell in his emotional forest, it would not make a sound.”

Brooks concludes: “It’s all so pathetic.”

Will calls Trump an “arrested-development adolescent” with “feral appetites and deranged sense of entitlement.” He goes on to say Trump is a “marvelously efficient acid bath, stripping away his supporters’ surfaces, exposing their skeletal essences” without displaying a hint of awareness of his own culpability as an intellectual architect of modern “conservatism” that has now morphed into Trumpism.

Will then grasps for straws, wishfully speculating that maybe “Trump is the GOP’s chemotherapy, a nauseating but, if carried through to completion, perhaps a curative experience.”

As parents have been saying for generations, you made your bed and now you’ve got to lie in it.

That would be all well and good, if not for the fact that the rest of us are going to have to suffer the side effects of their sleep disorders.

— Mike McCabe

Paul Ryan, Donald Trump Push Ayn Rand Philosophy Of Selfishness, Divisiveness PDF Print E-mail
Written by Solen for Congress, Lauren Young   
Friday, 07 October 2016 12:20

donald-trump-thumbs-upDownplay service, sacrifice. Decisions made from Rand’s selfish philosophy that the “noblest activity” is to “pursue your own happiness as your highest moral aim.”

MOUNT PLEASANT, WI - Dorothy Parker wrote that Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, “is not a novel that should be thrown aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.”

Unfortunately, Paul Ryan did not hurl the poorly written Atlas Shrugged with great force. Every decision he makes comes from Rand’s selfish philosophy: that the “noblest activity” is to “pursue your own happiness as your highest moral aim.”

paul-ryan-speakerPaul Ryan thinks his noble purpose is Paul Ryan, something exemplified by his gathering of political power at the expense of both his constituents in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District and the rest of the Americans who have been denied important legislation because of the Speaker’s commitment to party politics and obstructing Democrats in general and President Obama in particular.

ryan-solen-in-armyOn the other hand, Ryan Solen, Paul Ryan’s Democrat opponent, has made his way in the world trying to do good for others. Solen served his country for eight years in the United States Army, including a deployment to Iraq. He puts his wife and four children ahead of himself and he is running for Congress not for political power but to help the nation in a meaningful way. In fact, his promise to the voters in the district is to work to enact term limits in Congress to prevent career politicians who legislate as a means to getting reelected. Solen proposes that House members serve six two-year terms for a total of twelve years and that Senators serve two six-year terms for the same total of twelve years. Ryan Solen has pledged to serve only twelve years in the House regardless of whether he is able to pass term limits.

Paul Ryan’s devotion to Rand is not news. What is news is that Donald Trump, too, describes himself as an Ayn Rand fan. He said The Fountainhead, “relates to business (and) beauty (and) life and inner emotions. That book relates to … everything.” That book that is, incidentally, shelved in the Fiction section.

Paul Ryan and Donald Trump’s perception of people are sadly identical. They believe in the divisive idea that there are only “looters” and “makers.”

Paul Ryan now tries to distance himself from Rand. He can’t. His most recent budget proposal is to cut food stamps to people in job training programs and higher education. He wants to cut benefits to the “looters”— veterans, the poor, the elderly, and the disabled. This is the opposite of how Ryan Solen plans to legislate. Solen is more concerned with, among other things, balancing the federal budget so that we can use the interest we had been playing towards improving our education system from kindergarten through college.

Paul Ryan wants to give the money to those who need it the least: the “makers”—the wealthy and his political donors.

Like Donald Trump, Paul Ryan cares only about Paul Ryan. The most important question in the November 8 election is not, “Who is John Galt?” Nor is the question, “Who is Donald Trump?”

The question is, “Who is Paul Ryan?”

Voters should consider that carefully and choose Ryan Solen who supports everyone.


Ryan Solen is an Army veteran of the war in Iraq and is seeking to represent Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District. He is a Digital Forensic Specialist and Computer Security Analyst. He is a married father of four and enjoys reading, writing, doing karate with his family, and relieves stress with his vintage Lego collection.

He is the Wisconsin Democratic Party’s Nominee to run for the U.S. House of Representatives to replace Paul Ryan. For more information, please visit

Last Updated on Friday, 07 October 2016 12:54
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign "The road ahead..." PDF Print E-mail
Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:47

scott-walker-dodgerScott Walker dodges the bullet again, thank John Doe prosecutors, next steps in campaign finance reform, and much more...

MADISON - Boy, the week started off badly!

The U.S. Supreme Court decision on Monday not to take the John Doe II appeal was a blow to clean government in Wisconsin:

Disastrous duck by U.S. Supreme Court! Walker off scot-free?

One final word on this matter: The courageous defenders of clean government, who stood up for transparency and accountability and were vilified for it, are owed a debt of gratitude for their valiant efforts:

John Doe prosecutors deserve our thanks

Now that the sting of the loss is beginning to wear off, I look at the road ahead for clean and transparent government:

Next steps in the fight for campaign finance reform in Wisconsin

Meanwhile, our research director, Mike Buelow, keeps cranking out interesting stories about which dark money groups are throwing money around right now:

Outside groups spending tops $1.7M in legislative races

One of those groups is American Federation for Children—you know, Scott Jensen’s school voucher front—and we’ve anointed them with our highly coveted “Influence Peddler of the Month” award:

Influence peddler of the month - American Federation for Children

So we’re not slowing down a bit. I was asked on one radio show this week if I’m discouraged. No, I don’t get discouraged because I know the vast majority of the people, in Wisconsin and in this country, are on the side of clean, open, and transparent government. And the special interests would love it if we got discouraged!

So it’s just another day, another fight.

Thanks for being a part of this great struggle for real democracy.


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Wisconsin Democracy Campaign "Heat on Walker Continues" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Saturday, 01 October 2016 10:28

walker-orange16 Democratic Assembly members urge Dane County DA to file new charges against Gov. Scott Walker.

MADISON - I’m just back from a road trip yesterday, which took me up to Green Bay and then down to Racine, and that reminds me to let you know that I’m available to come talk in your own community if you can arrange it. Just shoot me an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Meanwhile, before the weekend is in full swing, I’d like to tell you what we’ve been up to this week.

One key development, which got virtually no coverage in the statewide media, is that 16 Democratic Assembly members wrote a letter on Thursday urging Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne to file new charges against Gov. Scott Walker. Check it out here:

Wisconsin legislators keep heat on Walker

You know we’re against dark money, whether it’s coming from the Wisconsin Club for Growth or from a group that’s close to the Democrats. That’s why we exposed this new dark money group that’s cropped up in the Green Bay area:

New Dem electioneering group on air in 18th Senate race

And our research team did some original work examining the local government background of our state legislators to figure out why so many Republicans have been curbing local control. In fact, even though many had actually served in local government, respect for their roots has given way to party loyalty:

Votes on local control show special interests, party loyalty outweigh community

That’s all for now. Enjoy the weekend! Go Badgers…


Matt Rothschild is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a non-partisan political watchdog group headquartered in Madison.
We are a nonprofit watchdog group now in our third decade of working for clean, open and honest government and reforms that make people matter more than money in politics.
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, 203 South Paterson Street, Suite 100, Madison, WI 53703-3689

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