In the wake of the very sad events of yesterday , this cartoon just begged to be passed on. Sometimes, even in sad situations one needs to smile. Wisconsin and Libya are, of course, not equal in scale. Wisconsin has a nutty Governor who may soon be gone if the people of Wisconsin have their way. Libya on the other hand, is under the heel of a mad dictator who has been in power for forty years of bloody, despotic rule and now seems bent on murdering the entire population of the country.. It may seem like an insult to the brave people of Libya to compare the two situations, but there are some similarities.
Governments govern only with the consent of the governed . In both Wisconsin and Libya, that consent is in the process of being withdrawn, albeit in vastly different ways. The people of Wisconsin are picking up placards. The people of Libya are laying down their lives. Wisconsin is calling a general strike. Libya is living through a bloody popular revolution. The difference is one of scale. In both cases the people are making their voices heard and in the end, they cannot be denied. They will have their way.
Power to the people, in Libya, Wisconsin, and all over the world. We are not separate. We are one and what happens in Wisconsin or Libya has far reaching consequences for all of us who call planet Earth home.