Thursday, February 21, 2013
Wisconsin, the Enemy State
On this date in history the United States congress voted to denounce Robert La Follette and 9 other Wisconsin congressmen for opposing American entry into World War I. La Follette opposed a violent tide of war fever that swept the nation and Wisconsin was branded an enemy state. The war was pointless, about absolutely nothing other than senseless slaughter, and, for the most part, our people could see that with a rare clarity. How ironic that our Red Arrow Division had to put a fork into the entire damned enterprise by cracking the Siegfried line wide open. Once again, like Russ Feingold did when we entered the equally pointless Iraq War, Wisconsin stood on the side of sanity. The US congress wasn't through with the Badger state. Prohibition, an all out attack on our beer culture in the form of the 18th amendment, was just around the corner for this country. Both WW I and prohibition were disasters of a magnitude that would touch later generations in the form of WWII and the birth of wide scale organized crime. May we always be doubters,
independent and forward thinking.
The excerpt below is courtesy our wonderful State Historical Society and it's website.
The move to denounce Sen. Robert LaFollette and the nine Wisconsin congressmen who refused to support World War I failed in the State Assembly, by a vote of 76-15. Calling LaFollette "disloyal," the amendment's originator, Democrat John F. Donnelly, insisted that LaFollette's position did not reflect "the sentiment of the people of Wisconsin. We should not lack the courage to condemn his actions." Reflecting the majority opinion, Assemblyman Charles F. Hart retorted that "The Wisconsin State Legislature went on record by passing a resolution telling the President that the people of this state did not want war. Now we are condemning them for doing that which we asked them to do."