Scott Walker Condones Threats and Intimidation through his Silence

17 Nov. 2011
Dear Scott Walker,

Today I received a death threat to me and my family, at 4:00 in the morning. The anonymous person, who called from a cell phone that could not be traced immediately by police, said that I had "attracted the attention of some very bad people."  I spend the entire day dealing with this - talking to law enforcement, concerned organizers, media and others. We learned that the same person has also made calls to other recall workers in Wisconsin. But these are not isolated incidents. In the first three days of the recall, we have seen many reports of harassment of circulators and attempts to commit election fraud, and even vandalism of private property as one organizer's tires were deflated.

I hold you entirely responsible.

Ten months ago you unleashed on this state a firestorm of irresponsibility and disrespect that has led directly to this point - where regular people are personally targeted and threatened simply for exercising their rights to dissent and participate in the political process. 

It was you who threatened to call in the National Guard on our peaceful protests. It was you who was recorded (in what you thought was a private conversation with your benefactor, David Koch), saying that you had considered the idea of planting agent provocateurs in the crowds at our rallies.  It was you who implied, over and over and over again, that the teachers, nurses, civil servants, regular people, concerned citizens and workers of all walks of life in the streets protesting your anti-democratic and duplicitous policies were thugs to be alternately feared, ignored and despised. It was you who created a situation in which, shockingly, regular people like me were forced to go "public" just to defend the rights of our kids to decent and quality education.  It was you who made me a target.

And now, as the recall has begun and we are hearing these reports of intimidating and threatening behavior, you are silent.  Even yesterday, you even went so far as to deny responsibility for the recall effort itself.

Your silence would be a deafening endorsement of such behavior, as through your actions you have modeled precisely the sort of bullying and intimidation I was the victim of last night.

You have disrupted, at is core, the social contract of civility that makes democracy possible. In its wake, we are left to deal with strong-arming bullies like you who would rather threaten and harass than negotiate and compromise.

I understand that I have put myself in the public sphere by sharing my objections to your cuts to education and other essential programs at the expense of tax breaks, a rash of political appointments and the general lack of civility with which you've run your administration. And I understand that people on both sides of this issue have very - very - strong feelings about what's going on right now. I even understand that people are angry that those with whom they disagree seem to be "getting their way" with the recall despite having lost at the ballot box last fall.  And I understand that we all have the right to express our views - including the view that the recall effort is unwarranted.  I get all that. None of that, however, changes the fact that we have a legal right to recall you and that by your silence you condone the threats and intimidation of recall workers.
Fortunately, however, we do not need approval or permission to exercise our rights. We do not need approval to stand up for what is right and to protect the future of our children and their education.  Fortunately for all of us, democracy cannot be bullied into submission. These threats only fuel and empower our determination to restore the rule of reason to Wisconsin and return to a democracy where whatever our differences, we can unite to move forward. 

I don't expect that you will reply. But I do expect that you stand up for the safety of innocent citizens on both sides of the political fence and call for an end to this unpatriotic behavior that serves only to sabotage democracy and make a mockery of civic action.

Meanwhile, we continue to countdown the clock on your term of office. And it's going really well so far. 50,000 signatures in the first two days. At this rate, we'll be done soon.

We will see you at the ballot box. Please tell your supporters to meet us there, instead of harassing us in our homes.

And when you're ready to apologize for your role in all this, you know how to get in touch.

Heather

7 comments:

  1. Thank you for your e-mail message. I welcome you expressing your views and concerns to me, and I commend you for participating in your state government. I take into account the views of all of the citizens of Wisconsin, and I will keep your specific comments in mind during my service as your Governor.

    If you would like more information about my positions on issues, or would like to read my public statements on issues, I encourage you to explore my website: www.walker.wi.gov. I like to respond individually to every letter and telephone call I receive; however, I cannot respond to each e-mail individually due to the volume. If your request is time sensitive, please call my office at (608) 266-1212. You may also write to me via conventional mail at Governor Scott Walker: PO Box 7863, Madison, WI 53707.

    As noted on our website, please know that any communications may be subject to release under Wisconsin's public records law and that our policy is generally to release communications sent to this email address.

    Once again, thank you for contacting me. Please feel free to contact me again if I can ever be of assistance to you.

    Sincerely,

    Scott Walker
    Governor

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  2. Thanks, Illusory tenant.

    "Scott Walker cares deeply about your death threats."
    http://illusorytenant.blogspot.com/2011/11/scott-walker-cares-deeply-about-your.html

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  3. Did you stand up for him when people harassed him and his children and wife for believing what they believe? Did you stand up against those who threatened him when he took a political stance adverse to your own, but what a substantial number of people also believe in?

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  4. The reply you got from Walker makes it clear that he isn't at all interested in the death threat to you. It's obvious then that he has no concerns about the welfare of the people of his state.

    As to Anonymous who doesn't have the courage even to state their own name, I'm sure that Heather would condemn any death threat against any individual for their political (or other) views. It's only when you get a personal death threat that it strikes home. I hope very sincerely that you never get one.

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  5. Wow after what you went through Heather you get the generic letter that we all get when we either call, email or phone the governors office....nice really nice.....gods I hope we collect all those signatures within a matter of a month! He needs to go now. Stay strong Heather!
    Kim Schroeder R.N.
    Oshkosh Wisconsin

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  6. Heather - do you have a post on here about the on-line death threat to Scott Walker. You know, the one that the Dane County D.A. said he couldn't do anything about. Did you ever tell people to stop threatening the Governor and to stop intimidating he and his family by protesting outside their personal residence? Did you write a blog taking these people to task for tring to intimidate a PRIEST and his school? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHnbtkbgkfM

    So EVERYTHING is now Scott Walker's fault and he has the power to control every single fringe lunatic in this state. You are beyond pathetic Heather. Maybe it's time for you to leave the kitchen to the big boys and girls if you can't take the heat.

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  7. Julie SchwellenbachNovember 21, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Heather - thanks for having the courage to stand up for our state and our children. It is people like you who aren't afraid to use their own names when they express their opinions who help the rest of us stand up for what we believe is right! Keep fighting and never let second hand uncreative use of a proverb even enter your mind.
    Julie Schwellenbach

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