Not your father’s Democratic Party

Some of us still remember when Democrats and Republicans actually held some important values in common. Sure, there were arguments, often bitter ones, over how to fairly divide the economic pie. But people on both sides tended to understand where the pie came from.

Then came the 1970s when we saw the hard-core Left, a movement built on hatred, complete its hijacking of the Democratic Party.

Products of that era still thrive in positions of authority, seeking to turn reality on its head by applying the kind of methods against which Republicans and Democrats used to stand shoulder to shoulder in opposition.

The latest perpetrator is Madison Mayor Paul Soglin who made explicit his intent to use taxpayer dollars to retaliate against businesses that fail to toe the Party Line.

A letter from the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) protests the deliberate suppression of constitutionally-guaranteed liberties in Wisconsin’s great Progressive Tabernacle of civil liberties. Mayor Paul Soglin is himself an exemplar of the mobs who passed themselves off as civil libertarians back in the day.

Now Soglin is proposing a common council resolution that would force city contractors to disclose their donations to non-profit organizations.

In a pointed letter to Soglin, the Wisconsin Center for Law and Liberty (WILL) wrote:

On May 8, 2013 the Cap Times reported that you had introduced a Common Council resolution that, if passed, would require City of Madison contractors to disclose their contributions to advocacy organizations. According the Cap Times, your purpose in introducing the proposed legislation is to expose and discourage contribution to groups supporting conservative causes. Even if this is not an accurate report of your intentions, you are actually quoted by the Cap Times as stating that the purpose of the proposed resolution is to curtail contributions to groups that hate government and try to make it less efficient.”

WILL’s letter went on to point out the obvious legal and constitutional problems with Soglin’s proposal. Not that any Dane County judges are likely to take issue with it.

We’ve written before about the Left’s Fascist cronyism. Soglin’s blood would boil, hearing the word applied to him. That’s tough. His actions define it.


About Wisconsin Club for Growth
The Club for Growth is a national network of over 40,000 men and women, from all walks of life, who believe that prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom. Wisconsin Club for Growth, Inc. is dedicated to informing, educating and rallying citizens of Wisconsin to embrace and enact policies that lead to sustained economic growth, limited government, and minimal taxation. Wisconsin Club for Growth can and will have an enormous impact on the direction of our state. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes that effective lobbying is done at all stages of the budget cycle, including when our leaders make public promises and can be encouraged to support policies that spur economic growth. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes we must support pro-growth policies and encourage public officials with backbones to remain truly committed to making our economy and our state stronger. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes our leaders must stand up to the tax and spend mentality in Madison and work tirelessly to cut taxes and unleash the power of the free-market.

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