WPRI on the web today:
Over on the mothership, I wrote a citizen’s guide to the new language of the Wisconsin public union protests. The dictionary has been remade:
“Democracy” – Traditionally described the process of people electing individuals to office, and those officials voting on their constituents’ behalf in the state legislature. Now refers to elected officials fleeing the state in order to avoid voting.
In order to test the veracity of this new definition, you are encouraged to sit on your couch all weekend with a sign that says “this is what mowing the lawn looks like.” If your wife agrees, she is likely in the Wisconsin Capitol rotunda holding up a sign.
At the National Review Online, I ask whether the two weeks’ worth of protests have actually accomplished anything:
So it has been for 14 days, and now that capitol police have capitulated to the protesters and allowed them to stay past their February 27 deadline, there’s no end in sight. Drums banging, bagpipes squealing, voices being yelled hoarse — for two weeks, people from all over the country have slept, eaten, and protested nonstop in the stately Wisconsin capitol. Yet amid the sometimes frenzied demonstrations, one question is rarely asked:
Is this making any difference?