This is the pot I found in our old log house, missing handles, dusty, with a few dead lady bugs inside. I stepped outside and crashed the lid against the pot, like cymbals, and nearly deafened myself.
This is the humble pot I chose to take along with me to the hastily organized protest against our new Governor, Scott Walker's visit to La Crosse yesterday afternoon. Barb (in-Dell) alerted me to the protest, and she brought her chicken feed pan, and a spoon to beat on it, as well. Here is my equation: one woman with a cooking pot equals approximately 4 protesters without cooking pots. The noise level is incredible. I wish every one in that crowd of 500 had brought its cooking pot.
Scott Walker, the new, regressive Governor of the State of Wisconsin has been making decrees from what he must think of as his throne, since before he took office. His latest, to end 50 years of collective bargaining for almost all state workers, teachers, school lunch ladies, etc. as well as benefit cuts, is more than most people can swallow.
Collective bargaining means that everyone has a say about what wages and concessions will be made. Both sides agree on common goals, and work toward them. It's a civil system that has worked very well for over 50 years. Scott Walker says, There is nothing to negotiate, and besides that, he has decided that state employees aren't even going to be allowed to negotiate. He said yesterday, that he was sorry, but there's nothing he can do.
I thought it was the other way around, that there's nothing he thinks he can't do.
Icelandic women dissatisfied with Parliament surrounded the building for days, beating on the sides of the building with cooking pots, until their demands were met. This was years before the masses of people persuaded Mubarak to depart Cairo. The cooking pot idea is a marvel. When you feel angry, bang some pots and pans. My grandma did, and probably her grandma, and her grandma.