My stalker, Ben Velderman of the Michigan-based Education Action Group.
Being an outspoken union activist and teacher means that creeps like Ben Velderman of the Michigan-based right wing Education Action Group have chosen me as a target. In Illinois, public employees, including teachers, can have all their email be the subject of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Mine was.
Bill Cronon — or William Cronon, as I think of him — is a Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin. A few days ago he wrote an oped in the Times critical of Gov. Walker and his push to abolish collective bargaining rights for public employees in Wisconsin. About a week before that, he wrote a blog post — the first in a new blog called Scholar as Citizen — examining just who’s behind this big anti-union push. He focused on a group called ALEC (The American Legislative Exchange Council).
Now, so far, nothing particularly controversial about any of this. But then it took a dark turn. Or perhaps better to say, then the story got into gear with everything else we’ve seen out of the Walker administration over the last three months.
Less than two days after Cronon published the blog post, the Wisconsin Republican Party filed a state open records request to gain access to Cronon’s personal emails to get a look at what communications or discussions or sources or anything else went into writing it.
I joked about it when My Stalker, Ben Velderman did a FOIA request on my emails.
But really it’s not so funny. Now it is the Republican Party doing the deed.
When these creeps talk about less government interference in the lives of citizens, this is what they have in mind. It’s not just that they’re creepy looking like Ben Velderman. They’re creepy little fascists.