Don Taylor is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin’s School for Workers.
He is a long time member of Democratic Socialists of America, in New Hampshire and now in Madison.
Taylor, who has been heavily involved in the Wisconsin protests, reasons that Republicans have done “progressives” a favor in passing their “Budget Repair Bill.”
In Taylor’s mind, GOP tactics will unite the left unequivocally behind the Democratic Party.
From D.S.A.’s Talking Union Blog
The Republicans separated the anti-labor provisions from the budget bill, creating a “non-fiscal” bill with lower quorum requirements. They then passed that “non-fiscal” bill, 18-1, with no Democrats present. The next day, the state Assembly passed the bill 53-42.
In doing so, they have done the Wisconsin democracy movement a huge favor…
The favor the Republicans have done the progressive movement is that they have made the political lines of this fight crystal clear. The Democrats’ hands are clean in this fight. The distinction between those who stood with us and those who are against us is obvious and unblurred.
Granted, the Democrats are not a progressive political force at all times. But in the current fight in Wisconsin, with no reshaping of the party system imminent, we have a clear example of a party that mounted an unprecedented assault on working people and a party that took a stand against that assault.
Despair is hard to find; the people in the streets are more determined than before. The next stage of escalation has begun. The scale of direct action will grow and become more strategic. Yesterday, people withdrew nearly $200,000 from M&I Bank, a contributor to Gov. Walker’s campaign – causing the branch near the capitol to close. These types of actions against Republican politicians and their campaign donors will multiply and spread statewide.
Ahead of us lies a string of recall efforts and eventually, the 2012 elections. The Republicans have thrown a tanker full of fuel on the fire, and have done so in a way so that the people’s movement will not hesitate to support Democrats right down the line. They have removed the “lesser of two evils” from the political calculation, making our choices starkly apparent.
For that, I suppose, we can thank them.
We can also thank Don Taylor, for making the choices crystal clear for our side.
The battle is between the socialist left and their minions in the Democratic Party and the Tea Party movement and genuinely constitutionalist Republicans.
There has never been a clearer choice for genuine Americans. Any self proclaimed patriot who is still a union member or Democratic Party supporter should resign, or change allegiances immediately – or else openly admit they are happy to side with evil.