United Wisconsin Calls on Supreme Court Justice Roggensack to Denounce Inflammatory Remarks Made by Senator Ron Johnson

United Wisconsin calls on Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack to denounce inflammatory remarks made by Senator Ron Johnson at a Jefferson County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner

Today, United Wisconsin calls on Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack to denounce inflammatory remarks made by Senator Ron Johnson at a Jefferson County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner, where the two were both among the featured speakers.

Johnson’s speech, riddled with extreme partisan rhetoric, went as far as calling political opponents “Marxists” and referring to their positions as a “cavity [that] is turning into an abscess that’s now infecting the body.” Johnson told his audience, “We are up against a strategy that is taking place by liberals, progressives, Democrats, whatever they call themselves nowadays, Socialists, Marxists.”

Sharing the stage with Johnson was incumbent Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack, who is currently seeking another ten-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

“We expect to hear such ridiculous partisan rhetoric from a Senator like Ron Johnson, whose party’s out-of-touch agenda has led to significant electoral defeats nationwide,” said United Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck. “But if Roggensack expects voters to trust her to continue serving in the non-partisan position of Supreme Court Justice, she must immediately come clean with the people of Wisconsin and answer whether or not she shares Johnson’s extreme political views.”

Concerns about Justice Roggensack’s partisanship have been heightened in recent weeks, as special interests groups have taken to the airwaves for her campaign.

Even before the upcoming primary election, the right-wing Wisconsin Club for Growth, along with anti-public education groups have already committed over $130,000 to electing Roggensack, with much of the money traced to out-of-state wealthy donors. Roggensack is seen as a key player in the conservative agenda to dismantle public education through the diversion of funding to unaccountable voucher schools.

According to the Jefferson County Daily Union, “Roggensack said voters could expect her to continue to uphold the legislative intent of the [Republican controlled] state Senate and Assembly.”

“A fundamental role of a Supreme Court Justice is interpreting and applying the State Constitution,” said Subeck. “Roggensack has made it clear that she views the job not as providing a system of checks and balances, but as a rubber stamp to the extreme policies of the GOP controlled Legislature.”

Wisconsin voters deserve to know if a candidate running to serve on our state’s highest court shares Johnson’s extreme political views and whether these views influence her judgment when interpreting Wisconsin’s Constitution.

“Roggensack’s appearance with Johnson, coupled with her own remarks, clearly calls into question her ability to fairly judge issues that come before the court,” Subeck said. “Roggensack should denounce the inflammatory statements made by Johnson and provide honest answers to the voters about her own seemingly partisan statements and positions.”

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United Wisconsin is an independent, grassroots organization of citizens restoring the Wisconsin tradition of democracy in action. For more information, visit our website at www.unitedwisconsin.com.

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FreeThought Troy February 15, 2013 at 06:59 PM
BornFree – All I hear is a bunch of unsubstantiated accusations with nothing to back them up. Even the charge of liberal bias is unfounded. It seems to be a recurring theme to conservatives to blame the media when their policy positions are shown to be oh so very extreme, insensitive and out of touch for the majority of the country. Again, questioning the citizenship of the President? We aren’t past this, yet. Ridiculous
Johnny Blade February 15, 2013 at 07:05 PM
And that is why Collectivism/marxism/socialism/neo-conservatism is EVIL .. Lyle please enlighten me on when Forced taxation meaning income and property tax was enacted because it wasn't in the constitution. being a supposed history guru you should know. When have we given them the power of force against its own people, why should the govenrment be able to use force and i can not. So you condone VIOLENCE to meet your ends and this is inherently EVIL .. This is not freedom
Johnny Blade February 15, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Lyle .. If this was truly a free country i should be able to OWN my land, grow my own food, educate my own children, provide my own water .. WTF do i need the government for .. So yes your ideology is EVIL, I don't see how it isn't
FreeThought Troy February 15, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Johnny – If America is so oppressive, you are welcome to leave any time you see fit. Here is my question. Where in the world are you going to go and not pay any kind of tax? You had better be well armed. Anarchy means all that personal property you so love and crave are as good as stolen by those more powerful. Oh, by the way. If you are a homeowner/landowner, you do own your land. If you have a note from the bank, they can seize it for non payment, but that is not the governments fault. It is in the contract you signed with the bank in order to purchase the property.
Mike Fischer February 15, 2013 at 07:50 PM
"America, love it or leave it"? Nah, I don't like that one. If everyone did that, we'd still be the same backward place we started out as. How about - "America, love it? Help to make it even better!"
Steve ® February 15, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Of course it is Free Troy. You voted Obama and are low informed. Thanks for playing and proving our point. His name is Van Jones.
FreeThought Troy February 15, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Steve – disagreement is not low information. It is disagreement. Van Jones is not Marxist or Communist or anything like that. Turn off Fox News and crazy blogs. They are misinformation and lies.
Randy1949 February 15, 2013 at 08:43 PM
"f this was truly a free country i should be able to OWN my land, grow my own food, educate my own children, provide my own water .. " What's keeping you from doing that, Johnny? Other than maybe you don't have a right to more than your share of the groundwater.
Bren February 15, 2013 at 08:53 PM
jbw, that's unlikely to happening in this country anytime soon because we are a democratic republic. The countries which identify as "communist" are actually Socialist. In the U.S., corporations and their paid lobbyists have more influence on politicians than ordinary citizens in most cases. That isn't nationalist socialism, that's a corrupted political process that needs to be fixed by voters. We can do that because we're a democratic republic.
jbw February 15, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Okay, I agree with you. I have heard a lot of talk about finding ways to redistribute outsized corporate profits to those in need, though; and I think we could see some true Socialist policies put in place with voter support if conservatives lost enough ground politically at this point. I also still think that many of the liberal talking points I've heard are based on the ideals of state socialism advanced by Karl Marx. The government could implement some of them without us becoming a communist state the same way we now have some government regulation of business combined with some free market capitalism. China is increasingly a hybrid of various political and economic models as well. I don't think that makes the Marxist ideas any less Marxist.
CowDung February 15, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Other than the breakdown in decorum, what was the justice actually wrong about? Alito mouthed the words 'not true' at the SOTU speech. Politifact rated Obama's statement at the SOTU to be 'mostly false'. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2010/jan/27/barack-obama/obama-says-supreme-court-ruling-allows-foreign-com/
CowDung February 15, 2013 at 09:30 PM
...and the fact that you don't like a decision made by the SC doesn't make it 'wrong'. They need to rule according to the constitution, not according to what they feel would be the effects on election spending.
Bob McBride February 15, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Troy, I honestly don't care what sources you use. If it's something that actually happened, it should be pretty easy to verify across multiple sources. As in: Justice So and So was at a function where Speaker So and So said "such and such", which could be construed as an inflammatory remark. The ability to identify situations such as that doesn't rely on sources as much as it does your own personal ability to identify what may be an inflammatory remark from a non-partisan standpoint. If that's too much work for you, then I guess I'm satisfied that your expressed concern over situations like these is pretty much limited to those put forth as such by partisan organizations like UW.
robert heule February 15, 2013 at 11:03 PM
As I posted earlier this month, Ron Johnson is the reincarnation of Joe McCarthy. Tail Gunner Joe was censured by the U.S Senate when his party was in control.
FreeThought Troy February 15, 2013 at 11:17 PM
Bob – it is not too much work for me to do. I am happy (indeed, obligated) to do this work. What will keep us from tyranny isn’t gun control or the like, it is an engaged electorate to keep our elected officials in line with what we want for the county. I do appreciate your candor (no snark here, I promise). Yes, I have concerns about UW. Though I have defended them in prior posts, I will admit the situation probably had at least as much to do with fundraising as it did information. As both sides of the spectrum involve themselves in this practice (notice on their emails, they ALL have a “contribute here” link, I will concur 100% with your point we need to use our reason and logic when it comes to these emails, press releases, etc.
Johnny Blade February 15, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Really .. You guys are that ignorant, Do you know what allodial title is. Do i not rent my land in Wisconsin from the government, property tax is renting land from the government, it is the New Fuedal system. If i don't pay my rent, they take my land. You guys are seriously clueless. So cuz everyone is not free that means America should not be free. Iam not an Anarchist .. I am for limited government to protect your rights .. The Constitution. You guys are indoctrinated lemmings licking the trough of collectivism .. spewing your collectivist violence on people who want freedom. There has been a war going on between collectivizing, coercive government and the allied forces of individualism, freedom and markets for quite some time And Freedom will WIN
Johnny Blade February 15, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Now i have no problem paying sales tax, gas tax, usage tax .. But income tax is Slavery
Brian Dey February 15, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Not questioning...Just following the pattern of all the manure the Obama Administration spreads. Why would we believe anything this guy says.
Brian Dey February 15, 2013 at 11:37 PM
There is no doubt that the Democratic Party has adopted the Socialist ideal of redistribution of wealth. One only need look at what Harkin said when he stated that there was no spending problem, just a wealth distrubution problem. Excuse me, but only the Communist regimes believed that government had the right to determine one's wealth. Get real, you liberals are proof that the zombie apocalypse is happening. And you are the zombies believing every piece of crap this Barry guy utters.
Urban Pioneer February 15, 2013 at 11:47 PM
It is unfortunate Troy that the President doesn't instead find ways to stop spending a Trillion dollars a year more than we are collecting. I do recall how he bullied the Banks in his first few months in office, how he chastised the successful and warned them against going of to Las Vegas, etc. He has been constantly on a screed against the Millionaires and Billionaires for 5+ years. I'd think every person in every room he's made those comments should demand an apology and then I'll call Justice Roggensack and ask for her apology.
Steve ® February 16, 2013 at 12:16 AM
Mmm kay Good thing youtube is around to save it forever.
Luke February 16, 2013 at 01:11 AM
robert heule February 16, 2013 at 01:32 AM
Steve, Are you using the trademark symbol legally? Is it registered? What does the alleged trademark protect? Your name? If it does, I am intentionally violating it (Steve). Or is one of your comments? I am intentionally violating it (Mmm kay) Good thing Youtube is around to save it forever.
Lyle Ruble February 16, 2013 at 02:22 AM
@Johnny Blade….I would like to ignore your virulent rant against society, but I think you’re going to unnecessary extremes. I make no secret to the fact that my personal ideology is as a social democrat. However, my position as a social democrat recognizes the need to balance the needs of the greater community with the needs of each individual. These concepts are contained in the two concepts of the sovereign community and the sovereign individual. Our founders drew up and agreed to the principles of our sovereignty, forming a social contract between the community and the individual. The foundation of the social contract is our constitution. In order to reap the benefits and protections of the community for each individual; we as sovereign individuals, must give up some of our unfettered freedoms and a part of our accumulated wealth to support the needs of that community. (continued)
Lyle Ruble February 16, 2013 at 02:24 AM
@Johnny Blade (continued).....The accumulated wisdom of the community has devised means and policies to support the needs of the community. This includes taxes and fees assessed; the drafting and implementation of laws and regulations; and the institution of government to administer the will of the people. The government is charged to use whatever means necessary to maintain a stable and just society. We all have duties and responsibilities to help in the maintenance of the rule of law, the health and safety of the populations and the general security of all. If we all do our duty responsibly, then the government has little need to intervene with our personal lives and freedoms. We make our will known through the legal means of exercising our voting rights and the acceptance of the majority’s decision. Neither the community nor the individual can long survive without the other and we all share an equal dependency, to think otherwise is the thoughts of the unaware fool.
Bren February 16, 2013 at 04:41 AM
What about the redistribution of wealth to the upper 2% in this country? Executive pay skyrocketing, middle and working income stagnant at best. Since our government isn't a pulsating, glutinous entity but rather people, some of them are very susceptible to the blandishment of lobbyists representing large corporate interests. When government representation "marries" corporate interests, what is that? Let's look at real numbers and real facts. Special interests are the single greatest threat to our democratic republic.
Brian Dey February 16, 2013 at 05:37 AM
It amazes me the mindset that think wealth is a zero sum game. The middleclass is deteriorating because the unemployed labor pool is growing. Think about it. 12 million out of work for nearly half a decade. These people are willing to work for far less than their predecesors. They just want a job. Than Obama, who has no understanding of economics promises to raise the minimum wage, which will create more layoffs. That has been proven in the past repeatedly. So genius thinks that by taxing the wealthy, that will fix things. But in reality, it will either cause inflation, or higher unemployment. You social progressives amaze me. If that is what is taught at Harvard, I'm glad I didn't waste my time.
mr.chris a engel February 19, 2013 at 02:01 AM
PC sucks. youll be disapointed if you exspect people like Johnson& Roggensack to disregard their constitutional right to speak freely
morninmist February 19, 2013 at 06:44 PM
They can speak freely, Just speak nicely. Two years since Scott Walker 'dropped the bomb' and state economy is still shattered: http://host.madison.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/two-years-since-scott-walker-dropped-the-bomb-and-state/article_606a46a0-7518-11e2-bc13-001a4bcf887a.html#ixzz2KhY9NRMI … #WIunion
Greg February 19, 2013 at 07:13 PM
There are jobs but no takers, how is the state economy "still shattered". Just more sour grapes from the drum banging union scum.


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