By Collin Roth
Milwaukee Brewers MVP left-fielder Ryan Braun faced the media on Friday after winning an appeal of a positive drug test and a possible 50-game suspension. Wisconsinites from all over rejoiced with the news that the Brewer star was not tainted by the stain of cheating and performance enhancing drugs and would return to Miller Park for a full season.
Yet despite all the high-fives and warm smiles in a state so deeply divided, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin once again reminded everyone that they are they party of disunity, disharmony, and partisan politics. On Friday, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chairman Mike Tate published a blog post politicizing the Ryan Braun story to attack Republican Governor Scott Walker. An excerpt from the post entitled “Ryan Braun and Collective Bargaining” reads:
Whatever the case, none of this would have been possible without collective bargaining protections won not through the goodness of the baseball owners’ hearts, but because men that came before Braun stood in solidarity for something bigger than themselves.
And this is what Scott Walker can never understand.
Earlier this month, speaking to a cheering, sniveling crowd in Washington, D.C., of corporate extremists who want nothing more than to strip every worker of every right, Scott Walker proclaimed that collective bargaining is no right, but is merely an “entitlement” granted from up on high and at whim.
As Braun’s victory displays in dramatic fashion, collective bargaining is not merely about wages and benefits, it is the foundation for basic dignity in a workplace, and it radiates outward to all workplaces, whether it be a major league dugout or a welding shop, whether it’s a police precinct or a classroom.
Walker and his anti-union defenders who scorn collective bargaining must think that a millionaire ballplayer is not a sympathetic figure to people who work for a living. But that’s just not the case. Wisconsin understands that standing together makes us stronger.
Bravo, Mr. Tate. You’ve truly outdone yourself this time.
What is next? Was Gov. Walker somehow responsible for the Packers loss in the playoffs?
There is no shortage of trade rumors about Brandon Jennings leaving the Bucks. Could this be the result of a greedy owner (Democratic Senator Herb Kohl) conniving with Governor Scott Walker to hurt Bucks fans?
And what about Prince Fielder’s new contract with the Detroit Tigers? This surly elevated the former Brewer well into the top 1%. Using Tate’s logic, this must to be some sort of Walker ploy as well.
The realm of nonsense that the Democratic Party of Wisconsin is taking the rhetoric in this recall fight in nothing less than astonishing. And the scary thing is, it is only going to get worse.