“I want a commander in chief who will do everything in their power to ensure that the threat from radical Islamic terrorists does not wash up on American soil,” said Walker, a likely 2016 presidential candidate. “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.”Yeah, okay. Just call me caliph capper.
Walker's show of faux machismo was met with instant criticism:
“To compare the hundreds of thousands of teachers, students, grandmothers, veterans, correctional officers, nurses and all the workers who came out to peacefully protest and stand together for their rights as Americans to ISIS terrorists is disgusting and unacceptable,” Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, said in a statement. “Coming together to peacefully protest for freedom, to raise your voice for a better Wisconsin, this is not an act of terror.”Even the right wing National Review Online didn't let Walker off the hook:
Marquette Law School political science professor Charles Franklin said Walker “may have crossed the line” by linking international affairs and union protests. “But it’s not a brand new thing for him to connect toughness in Act 10 and toughness in international affairs.”
That is a terrible response. First, taking on a bunch of protesters is not comparably difficult to taking on a Caliphate with sympathizers and terrorists around the globe, and saying so suggests Walker doesn’t quite understand the complexity of the challenge from ISIS and its allied groups.The best line came from the DNC:
Secondly, it is insulting to the protesters, a group I take no pleasure in defending. The protesters in Wisconsin, so furiously angry over Walker’s reforms and disruptive to the procedures of passing laws, earned plenty of legitimate criticism. But they’re not ISIS. They’re not beheading innocent people. They’re Americans, and as much as we may find their ideas, worldview, and perspective spectacularly wrongheaded, they don’t deserve to be compared to murderous terrorists.
"If Scott Walker thinks that it's appropriate to compare working people speaking up for their rights to brutal terrorists, then he is even less qualified to be president than I thought. Maybe he should go back to punting," DNC communications director Mo Elleithee said.And punt is exactly did when Walker realized he made a major blunder and tried to backpedal from his statement by blaming it on the media:
Walker immediately sought to clarify his comments as he shuttled between media interviews after the speech. His political nonprofit group also issued a statement.Make no mistake in thinking that this was a gaffe by Walker. If there is one thing he does well, it is blowing the dog whistle. The only mistake he might have made was underestimating the level of blow back he would receive. Even his staunchest supporters are eventually going to pull back if he keeps making one inane statement after another.
“Let me be perfectly clear: I’m just pointing out the closest thing I have to handling this difficult situation is the 100,000 protesters I had to deal with,” Walker told reporters. Asked if he regretted the statement, he said, “No.”
“You all will misconstrue things the way you see fit,” he said. “That’s the closest thing I have in terms of handling a difficult situation, not that there’s any parallel between the two.”
But take a moment to think about Walker said.
This is what he says prepared him to take on savage terrorists with missiles, machine guns and a blood thirst:
Walker's other claims to heroism turn out to be just fabrications of his warped mind.
As the gentle reader can see, his claims of the threats he faced were so exaggerated as to being to the point of ridiculous. But not only were the supposed threats exaggerated, he also conflated his level of success against them.
As this past week showed with thousands of people converging on the Capitol, he did not do away with the unions.
And those savage Solidarity Singers? They all had their civil and constitutional rights protected by a court of law and are still singing there every day.
In summary, Walker's idea of terrorists are Americans exercising their constitutional rights, people singing and figments of his imagination. Even worse, he has proven himself to be ineffective against such grave threats.
What again is he going to do when confronted with armed terrorist who are not afraid of killing or being killed? I mean, besides wetting himself and running away, screaming like a little kid.