Is this where we're headed? -- The Chicago 8 trial revisited, with the Wisconsin 14? | WisCommunity

Is this where we're headed? -- The Chicago 8 trial revisited, with the Wisconsin 14?

Is this how the Wisconsin State Senate expects to pass Gov. Scott Walker's union-busting budget repair bill, with one of the Democrats gagged and tied to his/her chair to maintain a quorum?

Thursday, GOP senators found the 14 missing Democrats in contempt of the Senate and ordered them arrested and returned.

I have a lot of contempt for the State Senate majority myself these days. Should I flee, or at least lock and barricade the doors?

If someone apprehends a Dem senator, say sneaking into his Janesville home, for example, to get a change of underwear, do they plan to drag the senator in chains to the Senate and then pass the bill?

Does that sound crazy? Of course it does. But these says it does not seem like an impossible scenario at all.

For the younger set, Bobby Seale was a co-founder of the Black Panther Party, charged along with seven others with conspiracy to disrupt the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. When Seale would not be quiet during the ensuing show trial, Judge Julius Hoffman ordered him gagged and tied to his chair in the courtroom. Eventually his case was separated from the others, and the Chicago 8 became the Chicago 7. He was sentended to four years in prison for contempt of court.

In Wisconsin, Senate President Mike Ellis, a Neenah Republican, would probably be cast in the Judge Hoffman role, since he presides.

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March 3, 2011 - 6:16pm

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