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Protesters Descend On Wisconsin Capitol To Send A Message: Were Done Staying Home
The Federalist ^ | April 25, 2010 | Kylee Zempel

Posted on 04/25/2020 6:09:05 AM PDT by Kaslin

Wisconsinites are signaling they're done playing political games and aren't buying into the idea that they're 'Safer at Home.'


MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin stay-at-home orders were supposed to expire Friday. Instead, thousands of disgruntled Wisconsinites descended upon the capitol in protest after the Evers administration extended the Dairy State’s so-called Safer at Home order another month.

Endless blaring honks turned to white noise as vehicles backed up East Washington Avenue before circling the capitol, with many waving signs and flags out of windows and sun roofs. One man drove a Yukon decked out with Trump 2020 gear, pulling a trailer he had transformed into a “Trump Unity Bridge” and leading passersby in a chorus of “M-A-G-A” to the YMCA song.

One man played an audiobook of the Constitution from a boombox in his driver’s window. Somebody navigated a remote-control plastic virus, chasing people around the State Street intersection, and one man tossed out roll after roll of toilet paper, which a nearby woman scurried around to gather.

Some rally attendees donned masks and stuck to the periphery, while others packed in close to one another. Several counter-protesters straggled through — a woman in scrubs held a “Go Home” sign — but they were few.

Coronavirus Cases in Wisconsin Aren’t What They Seem

April 16, on joint letterhead with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, Department of Health Services acting Secretary Andrea Palm unilaterally decided the stay-at-home order would continue through May 26, ensuring schools, many houses of worship, and “nonessential” businesses will remained shuttered for more than another month at least. Republican state lawmakers on Tuesday filed a lawsuit to block the latest order, asking the state Supreme Court to take the case directly, which would bypass lower courts to get a faster ruling.

As of April 20, a total of 5,350 people in Wisconsin have tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus, with 262 fatalities. Wisconsin has 5.8 million residents, meaning positive cases are 0.09 percent of the state population.

“This isn’t a game. This isn’t funny,” Evers wrote on Facebook. “People die every day because of this virus — often times painful and lonely deaths — and the more we delay or play political games the more people die.” Of the stay-at-home orders, the governor said, “It’s working. We have flattened the curve here in Wisconsin and have prevented the death of at least 300 Wisconsinites, and perhaps as many as 1400 lives.”

While Evers cites “flattening the curve” as the impetus for continued shutdowns, statewide data reveals most counties have few-to-no COVID-19 cases. Milwaukee County, the urban hotspot, has seen the greatest outbreak in the state by far, with 154 deaths. From there, the numbers drop off dramatically. Dane, Waukesha, and Racine counties follow with 21, 14, and 10 deaths, respectively. Most other counties in the state show zero or one fatalities.

“Rural counties of our state haven’t seen nearly the number of cases that urban and suburban areas have, yet are bearing the full economic impacts of this crisis,” Republican Scott Fitzgerald, the Senate majority leader, said in a statement.

Many Wisconsinites, especially outside Milwaukee, are tired of the draconian lockdowns. Some are skeptical the shutdowns will end in May after seeing the April deadline so easily extended despite the drastic economic toll. More than 380,000 people have lost their jobs after countless businesses have been deemed “nonessential.”

“I think that everything that produces a paycheck is essential,” Nanci Valentino of Monroe, a county with only 14 positive cases and zero coronavirus-related deaths, told The Federalist.

“I’ll tell you what irritates me — to be treated like a child, almost like being told to go to your room,” Gerry Holton, a business owner from Delafield in Waukesha County, told The Federalist. “We’re adults. Tell us what the issues are. Tell us what the risk is. Tell us about the virus — I get that. We’re adults. We will adjust. Even with our workers, we give them masks, we give them hand sanitizers, make sure they have it constantly, tell them to keep their distance from each other. … You can’t just shut [businesses] down. It’s wrong.”

“It’s so over-the-top,” his wife Linda added. “And it’s hurting people, little people. It’s got to stop.”

Churches Are Essential

The Freedom Rally also invoked religious themes, with speakers praying and calling for attendees to keep the faith.

Pastor Tim Hallett of Birch Street Baptist Church in Eau Claire told The Federalist how his congregation is adapting to the governor’s order, meeting in the same building for services but spreading throughout the 17 rooms with no more than nine congregants in each. Eau Claire has had 23 confirmed cases of COVID-19 so far, with zero fatalities.

“My desire is to see all churches open back up so that we can start seeing folks come back to church, and be able to hear the gospel and be able to hear a message that will be helpful and encouraging to them,” Hallett said.

The Federalist | WI Freedom Rally Interview with Pastor Tim Hallett

This Rally Follows a Train of Abuses

The Wisconsin protest follows a similar rally in Michigan last week, when thousands gathered in Lansing to protest Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s sweeping order, under which the “little tyrant” dictated even which items were essential, telling grocery stores which products they could or could not sell. Fruit and vegetable plants and seeds were banned, but lottery tickets made the cut. The use of motorized boats was prohibited, but not boats without a motor.

The Dairy State rally also comes on the heels of other state drama earlier this month when Evers issued an executive order to postpone the Wisconsin election less than 24 hours before polls were scheduled to open, a move the state Supreme Court struck down. While Democrats blamed Republican lawmakers for the election panic, saying the GOP forced voters to choose between their safety amid the pandemic and their constitutional right to vote, the timeline of events suggests Democrats tilted the election in their favor.

Wisconsinites are signaling they’re done playing political games and aren’t buying into the idea that they’re “Safer at Home.”

“To extend [‘Safer at Home’] to the end of May, that’s just wrong,” said Holton. “It’s hurting people.”



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1 posted on 04/25/2020 6:09:05 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

You will never see this in NY and the northeast They think cuomo is king and is saving them


2 posted on 04/25/2020 6:12:06 AM PDT by ronnie raygun
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I apologize for the large pictures. I did not realize they were that large.


3 posted on 04/25/2020 6:14:17 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: ronnie raygun

Not just Cuomo, but also Blasio


4 posted on 04/25/2020 6:16:00 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
This.

“I’ll tell you what irritates me — to be treated like a child, almost like being told to go to your room,” Gerry Holton, a business owner from Delafield in Waukesha County, told The Federalist. “We’re adults. Tell us what the issues are. Tell us what the risk is. Tell us about the virus — I get that. We’re adults. We will adjust. Even with our workers, we give them masks, we give them hand sanitizers, make sure they have it constantly, tell them to keep their distance from each other. … You can’t just shut [businesses] down. It’s wrong.”

5 posted on 04/25/2020 6:16:30 AM PDT by Yogafist
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“I think that everything that produces a paycheck is essential,” - Nanci Valentino, Wisconsin

Thanks Nanci, I now have a new Tagline.


6 posted on 04/25/2020 6:16:52 AM PDT by Junk Silver (“I think that everything that produces a paycheck is essential,” - Nanci Valentino, Wisconsin)
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To: Kaslin
People are done with this crap.

Well, freedom-minded, America-loving people are. Lefties will continue goose-stepping to their Dem overload's commands.

Will the Dems call out their antiFA goons to counter this rebellion? Is any Dem governor stupid enough to think they can call out the National Guard on the protesters? Would the NG respond, or side with the First Amendment?

7 posted on 04/25/2020 6:19:11 AM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Kaslin

No one will mind. They’re great pics; thanks for posting them!


8 posted on 04/25/2020 6:24:37 AM PDT by AFB-XYZ
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To: Kaslin

Crowd looks much bigger than what the lamestream media has reported.


9 posted on 04/25/2020 6:31:38 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog (Patrick Henry would have been an anti-vaxxer)
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To: Kaslin

Have the cops busted any Muslim services yet?


10 posted on 04/25/2020 6:31:40 AM PDT by dljordan
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To: jeffc
Is any Dem governor stupid enough to think they can call out the National Guard on the protesters?

Of course they would...Why not?

would the NG respond, or side with the First Amendment?

First amendment ??? Huh....Wait, does that even exit anymore?

11 posted on 04/25/2020 6:31:48 AM PDT by Popman
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To: Kaslin

“”play political games the more people die””

The dems know something about “political games”...just a little projection going on here..


12 posted on 04/25/2020 6:31:51 AM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: Kaslin

Those pics are great. It looks to me like there are several Liberty Trees in that area that badly need watering...


13 posted on 04/25/2020 6:33:23 AM PDT by Junk Silver (I think that everything that produces a paycheck is essential. - Nanci Valentino, Wisconsin)
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To: ronnie raygun

My formally intelligent niece in NYC is all in for Cuomo and thinks Biden would make a great President cause he is Soooo caring.


14 posted on 04/25/2020 6:34:42 AM PDT by duckman ( Not tired of winning!)
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To: Kaslin

Traffic has picked up by leaps and bounds here in west central Wisconsin during the last week.


15 posted on 04/25/2020 6:39:20 AM PDT by gloryblaze
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To: Buckeye McFrog

They did that in MN last weekend as well.

Thousands showed up, including Jason Lewis (running for Senate) and leaders from many MN freedom/gun rights groups.

Local media

“dozens showed up to protest. nothing to see here”


16 posted on 04/25/2020 6:41:07 AM PDT by cableguymn (We need a redneck in the white house....)
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To: Kaslin

‘Rat gpvernors like Evers are 100% behind the Cloward-Piven strategy of collapsing the economy so that they can rebuild the country according to Marxist-Leninist principles. I’d like people on our side to keep repeating “Cloward-Piven” until the cows come home, and then, after that, repeat it one more time.

Evers is infanticidal quack Ralph MS-13 Northam without a medical degree.


17 posted on 04/25/2020 6:51:13 AM PDT by nd76
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To: Kaslin

‘Rat gpvernors like Evers are 100% behind the Cloward-Piven strategy of collapsing the economy so that they can rebuild the country according to Marxist-Leninist principles. I’d like people on our side to keep repeating “Cloward-Piven” until the cows come home, and then, after that, repeat it one more time.

Evers is infanticidal quack Ralph MS-13 Northam without a medical degree.


18 posted on 04/25/2020 6:56:15 AM PDT by nd76
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To: ronnie raygun
"You will never see this in NY and the northeast They think cuomo is king and is saving them"

There have been protests in Harrisburg PA and Albany NY. I see widespread non-compliance with masks in public, increased traffic, and a lot of people out on public trails, sidewalks and in parks. People are getting fed up but with more fatalities and a higher-density population, there is also more fear of contagion.

19 posted on 04/25/2020 7:05:01 AM PDT by Think free or die
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To: Popman

“You’re ALLLL under arrest!!!”


20 posted on 04/25/2020 7:11:08 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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