The scary thing is that this harassment for many starts on the computer, and then it's taken to the extreme of people actually showing up at people's homes, leaving threatening notes and letters on doorsteps, which happened to a friend of mine. Walker's got a group of serial harassers known as "Knot My Wisconsin," who are only notable for being online losers, stooges, and the group who actively sought to burn recall petitions in 2011. They've been incredibly active online for the past four years, stalking progressives online and turning that online harassment into real-life harassment. I'm very curious how they feel right now knowing their precious governor is trying to quash the only thing they do with their lives.
I think I can safely speak for tons of other people when I say we've been on the receiving end of dozens of endless barrages of threats, comments and attempts at intimidation. While it does initially make you angry, or upset, it's easy to remind yourself that this is a grown adult acting like a bratty child on the playground. But for many people, the threats create fear that lasts. I'm glad that we now have newer protections in place, especially for female progressives. Have you even tried being a girl on the internet who has an opinion? Oh, it's not pretty. If you do not say an opinion that praises our high and mighty governor, the onslaught of threats of sexual violence, comments on physical appearance and intellect WILL NOT STOP. I will get notifications on my phone for hours after I've stated an opinion on the Governor's facebook wall, or wrote a negative tweet about him.
I mention furthering this bill so as to tackle physical threats, because as many may remember during the recall, gather signatures could literally become a life or death situation at the flip of a switch. You would stand there and hope no one wanted to pick a fight that day. I know that organizing signature gatherers in Ozaukee county became quite a tasks after many people reported having terrorizing situations involving Walker supporters. Perhaps Walker is looking to clean up his online reputation now that he might (totally is going to, don't even deny it anymore) run for president.
I've included a few more examples of Walker supporter harassment just so you, the reader, can see the level of immaturity and disconnect from reality these people live everyday. It's almost sad.
|Violent! Always classy.|
|Of course I'm a whore! I have an opinion different than you!|
I'm very happy Wisconsin has this bill as a step forward in the right direction. Now we need to take it all the way to the finish line to include physical threats and intimidation and political harassment. Oh, how Walker's army must be crying on their keyboards right now...