Video: The ugly protest at Wisconsin’s Messmer Catholic School over Walker visit

posted at 1:00 pm on August 27, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker visited Messmer Preparatory Catholic School yesterday, while the school repaired the first vandalism that had occurred at the facility in eleven years of operation.  While Walker read Dr. Seuss to the grade-school children inside, unions protested the visit and the school outside.  Want to guess which group was more well-behaved?  Actually, you don’t have to guess.  The MacIver Institute shot video of the protest and the visit and then interviewed Messmer’s President, Brother Bob Smith.  We see childishness, petulance, and bullying — and then we see Messmer’s students (via Wisconsin Reporter):

It got ugly on the street outside the facility, which is no surprise, since Messmer is a “choice school” — an alternative to the union-gripped public school system. It’s an alternative that sends 85% of its high-school graduates to college. It’s also no surprise that “choice schools” threaten the union’s power in the state, which gave them extra added incentive to protest Walker’s visit … and to attempt to intimidate Messmer staff while doing so. The video provides a jarring disconnect between the well-behaved students on the inside and Brother Bob’s explanation of teaching positive discipline and self-control to the self-indulgent nastiness taking place on the sidewalk outside.

At the 1:05 mark, a man in a “JOBS NOW” union T-shirt bumps Brother Bob in a clear attempt to intimidate him, which amusingly has no effect. At 1:48, a protester harangues another member of the staff, telling her to get out of his neighborhood; the protester appears again at 2:40 in the apparent conclusion to the incident, saying “You must be really proud of what you’ve accomplished.” Well … yeah.  They’re actually educating students rather than interfering with someone else’s attempt to do so.

The same protester appears a few seconds later demanding an explanation of why they invited Walker to tour the school and get “the attention of your students.”  Does he not know that Walker really is the governor of the state, and that’s significant enough for the students?  If that’s an example of what students get in his classroom, maybe parents of his students should call Messmer to see if there are any openings.

Finally, have unions bothered to change their protest marching cries in 40 years?  We hear the ubiquitous “hey hey ho ho” rallying cry, and a chorus of “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye,” last seen on the charts as recently as 41 years ago.  For the unions, it’s the same old, tired song, the same old, tired rallying cries, and the same, old, dismal failure in both public schools and public relations.  I’d call them childish, but that would insult the well-behaved and well-educated students at Messmer Prep.  Let’s just call them ugly.  This is what it looks like when those who feel entitled to power and control lose both.

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Great work Ed.

Schadenfreude on August 27, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Any sand parents should see and emulate this.

The thugs will still be on the streets when this school’s students will be prominent professionals. We might even see some on TV.

Walker should keep this video for the reacall season.

What an upside down world it is.

Lefties, you should really, really be ashamed of yourselves, alas…all you care for are power and to keep kids in plantations.

Schadenfreude on August 27, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Too bad he Walker didn’t visit some muslim school. I highly doubt any vandalism would’ve happened.

SouthernGent on August 27, 2011 at 4:44 PM

That redheaded geek with the horned rimmed glasses, really needed an intervention.

keep the change on August 27, 2011 at 1:08 PM

I was thinking the bully needed to “trip” over a curb. But then I’m kind of a vindictive person when I see someone bullying a person smaller than themselves. I notice the little punk wasn’t in the face of the school headmaster.

AZfederalist on August 27, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Why do liberals hate black kids?

CurtZHP on August 27, 2011 at 1:03 PM

It’s not just black kids. Liberals want all children to go to publik skuuls so they will be property indoctrinated.

My kids both graduated from a Catholic high school that taught them values laie spirituality and patriotism. Liberals wish schools like that wouldn’t exist.

bw222 on August 27, 2011 at 4:48 PM

What a pathetic display.

As Ann Coulter said about the war on terror…until 9-11 only one side was fighting.

To all these union thugs….you are no longer the only side fighting.

Jvette on August 27, 2011 at 4:59 PM

It really is a shame that we don’t have a free and unbiased media in this country that would show this story so black Americans can see a bunch of spoiled white (mostly white), lowlife, communist morons disrupting an excellent school with primarily black students. A school run by a black man teaching black children how to thrive and excel in our society. The enemy of black Americans is the left but unfortunately black Americans have been sold out by thier fraudelent greedy leaders foisted upon them by the democrat party and the media.

peacenprosperity on August 27, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Spoiled brats.

The damn union teachers; not the kids.

hillbillyjim on August 27, 2011 at 5:24 PM

What a pathetic display.

As Ann Coulter said about the war on terror…until 9-11 only one side was fighting.

To all these union thugs….you are no longer the only side fighting.

Jvette on August 27, 2011 at 4:59 PM

And the only place you’ll find out about it is here. The Democrat Media has no interest in this stuff.

Del Dolemonte on August 27, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Speaking of Wisconsin the official report on the incident between the Justices came out yesterday. Turns out there was no “choke hold” by Justice Prosser.

The Democrat National Media is totally ignoring this story, but you can find plenty over at Ann Althouse’s blog.

Del Dolemonte on August 27, 2011 at 6:02 PM

These unions thugs remind me of those Westboro Baptist Church goons who protest military funerals. They are rude, coarse, unwanted and reactive, not caring about the neighborhood or the kids. It’s their issue that matters, and yours doesn’t.

It is a cult system, pure and simple.

savvydude on August 27, 2011 at 6:10 PM

And the only place you’ll find out about it is here. The Democrat Media has no interest in this stuff.

Del Dolemonte on August 27, 2011 at 5:59 PM

The loss of their monopoly on the media is another reason they are so angry and why much of their hate is directed at FNC. They no longer control the message and therefore, no longer control the outcome. They are a dying breed and they know it.

Jvette on August 27, 2011 at 6:15 PM

I live in the Detroit area but recently pulled up behind a red car with Wisconsin plates and a “union solidarity” bumper sticker. It was on a Hyundai.

bw222 on August 27, 2011 at 6:20 PM

All of the Union grocery stores in So. California (Vons, Ralphs, Albertsons, etc) are going to go on strike in the next week or two. You might presume that they are going to go on strike in an attempt to force their employers to provide safer working conditions, and/or better pay, and/or more meaningful and useful benefits. Not so.

They’re going on strike because of one solitary item in their recent negotiations. The single bone of contention is… they’ll have to contribute 92 bucks a month to their health insurance where previously they had to contribute nothing to their health insurance. That’s it. Just 92 bucks per month out of their pay in contribution to their health insurance as proposed by the employers has thrown the Union into a tizzy and now they’re going to strike. The grocery store employers are operating, and struggling, in the exact same economy as everyone else. As a result, they’ve proposed employees contribute 92 bucks per month of their pay towards their full coverage health insurance and the Union is outraged.

Unions used to have a valid purpose ages ago before the advent of the Dept. of Labor and other more recent employment overseeing government agencies in making sure employees had safe working conditions, were paid a fair wage according to law, and that individual’s rights were not violated by employers in the form of ‘sweat shops’, employing young children, and so on.

Now the sole purpose of the Unions is to justify and perpetuate their existence. One way they justify their continuing existence is to hold employer businesses hostage over more and more ridiculously paltry contentions, and to do so using bully tactics and thugs to intimidate and divide. Unions are no better than the mafioso.

FlatFoot on August 27, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Unions know that outside of the right side of the web, no one will hear of their tactics. Of concern are the “moderates” who don’t follow politics too closely. As long as these thugs can act like thugs with cover from the press, they will continue to try and intimidate.

mankai on August 27, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Now imagine if this were a Tea Party protesting outside of a minority school where Obama stopped by to visit.

JellyToast on August 27, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Did that Union Thug yell “Christians for Big Oil” at Brother Bob or did I imagine that?

visions on August 27, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Now imagine if this were a Tea Party protesting outside of a minority school where Obama stopped by to visit.

JellyToast on August 27, 2011 at 6:45 PM

The coverage of that would dwarf the Irene hype.

Chip on August 27, 2011 at 7:10 PM

My impressions based on the video…

1) I noticed that alot of the children were minorities, and yet most of the protesters were white. Where were the calls of racisim?

2) That woman had the patience of Job with that dirty hipster in her face.

3) This video further proves my belief that all liberals need to be locked up in institutions for psychiatric care or locked up in cages like the animals they are.

Wolftech on August 27, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Can’t wait until Wisconsin has that right to carry that was recently passed become legal in September.

Twana on August 27, 2011 at 7:20 PM

That redheaded geek with the horned rimmed glasses, really needed an intervention.

Yep…down my way in a right to work state…he’d be bleeding from his ears,eyes, nose and mouth.

And he’d never talk to a woman like that again. But we know why he chose to berate a woman, don’t we?

Twana on August 27, 2011 at 7:28 PM

I notice that every comment posted on this thread condemns, disparages, or disapproves of the antics of the union (designated thugs). That is unusual for Hot Air. There is always a Drywall, crr6, or ernesto trolling opinions opposing the majority. Even they must disapprove or are hiding in the slime of their cribs. I believe that almost everyone in the country sees through the union antics and condemns their actions. This disapproval rubs off on most other misbehaving liberals and community organizers. Let them keep this up. The end result is that public approval and sympathy is declining. It would be interesting if the vaunted Rasmussen or other could get the public perception of these antics. What eventually will happen is there will be no one left to protect or defend these thugs when the final slapdown comes.

Old Country Boy on August 27, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Three non-Perry posts in a row. I’m disoriented.

ddrintn on August 27, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Your concern is noted.
Your mental health is questionable.

carbon_footprint on August 27, 2011 at 7:55 PM

These union twerps do NOT want us to rise up against them! If they think we will continue to endure their crap, they are sadly mistaken.

Oh please…we can only wish. That we’d pee on them as much as they have on decent people. We can only wish that decent people have had enough. Turn the tables…become vocal, active and if need be….just as uncivil or violent to combat the demented socialists, thugs, union freaks, racists and commies in red shirts.

Even Libyans realize the need to overthrow despots and traitors in their midst.

Do you really want your children’s futures, let alone “education” in the hands of these commie, red dopes that have dragged the country into such an ass backwards state of accepted “retardness”.

Twana on August 27, 2011 at 8:21 PM

As usual white liberals protesting the success of poor black inner-city children because non-union teachers could do what the union lackies could not…EDUCATE these kids and set them up for success…not failure.

sdd on August 27, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Those kids are at school!

Arrest those marching hoodlums!

Another example of the rule of law being broken down by progressives.

In fact, you stand a better chance of being arrested for doing the RIGHT thing these days.

Lawless is the new law.

Acting in accordance with the rule of law will get you in hot water before you know what hit ya!

Sherman1864 on August 27, 2011 at 8:41 PM

If the MacIver News Service was a single woman, I would get down on my knees and beg it to marry me. I wish FNC was more like MNS.

L.N. Smithee on August 27, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Union Members are Union Members because they can’t stand on their own. Literally.

THE CHOSEN ONE on August 27, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Nice breasts on the protester in the white shirt at 0:30 sec.

Rest assured…it was a tranny.

Twana on August 27, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Old Country Boy on August 27, 2011 at 7:36 PM

They are all away from their computers because of fear of their parents basements flooding in the hurricane.

Corsair on August 27, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Awesome article Ed!

csdeven on August 27, 2011 at 10:38 PM

Mommy why to those white people hate my school?

Kenosha Kid on August 27, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Hey, hey!
Ho, ho!
Tired old chants
have got to go!

Hey, hey!
Ho, ho!
Tired old chants
have got to go!

The Monster on August 28, 2011 at 12:08 AM

The more I watch this video the more I get outraged.

Pretty pathetic that a group of teachers were raising a ruckus outside a school where kids are trying to learn, causing a distraction and disruption during the school day.

You would think they would care enough about kids, and have enough respect for the activity of learning, which should be sacred to a teacher, no matter where it is happening, that they would have picked some other time and place to protest against Scott Walker.

If I was a Wisconsin Public school teacher, who hated Walker, and was the type to protest, I still would never have done this. If my compatriots said “hey let’s go down to the Catholic School, during the school day and go blow horns, yell, march around and protest against Scott Walker, I would say “During the school day? While the kids are at school? No way. I’m a professional, I don’t try to make things tougher for others in my profession while they work, whether I like them or not. I have too much respect for the importance of what I do.”

But then I was taught that whatever your job, you should be a professional, and act like one.

Obviously these clowns aren’t professionals. “A professional makes decisions based on their dedication to the craft and not the current circumstance”.
http://envoc.com/2010/12/professional/

These clowns are an embarrassment to their profession, they should fire their a****.

Awful. Just awful.

Dreadnought on August 28, 2011 at 12:16 AM

These protesters are ignorant of what they are even protesting.
In their brilliance, they say “Scott Walker has got to go!” But:
1. They don’t know why
2. They can’t articulate anything intelligently about why
3. They don’t understand that the vast majority of the state is
against government sector unions, as the trend across the
country shows
4. The vast majority of Americans have no sympathy for teachers
and administrators who are greedy.
5. The teachers in Wisconsin don’t want to contribute to their
retirement.
6. The teachers in Wisconsin want big fat salaries and big fat
pensions and free healthcare, and they want the taxpayers of
Wisconsin to foot the bill.
7. The taxpayers of Wisconsin don’t want teachers with fatcat
pensions.
8. The greed of these teachers is on full diplay!

Mark7788 on August 28, 2011 at 12:40 AM

When fascism comes to America, it’ll be wrapped in a purple shirt and quoting Marx…

SuperCool on August 28, 2011 at 12:57 AM

A question was asked to one of the protesters…

“Wouldn’t you like the opportunity to have a voucher to be able pick and choose the best school to send your children to based on your choice of accomplishment and belief…”

The answer…

“….. Goooooooooonnnnnnnn!!! Smash……!!! Break things….!!!”

Seven Percent Solution on August 28, 2011 at 2:25 AM

It’s pretty bad when your behavior is worse than your kid’s.

Religious_Zealot on August 28, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Three non-Perry posts in a row. I’m disoriented.

ddrintn on August 27, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Your concern is noted.
Your mental health is questionable.

carbon_footprint on August 27, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Really?? I’m mentally ill because I disagree with you? What does that sound like to you? Sounds to me like some sorta weird cult, or maybe Stalinism.

ddrintn on August 28, 2011 at 9:08 AM

For those who are lamenting on why the left hates choice. They don’t hate choice, as long as they are making the choices for you.

Bro. Bob did make one error, they protesters outside weren’t acting like children, children are better behaved. They were acting just like leftists.

TQM38a on August 28, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Didn’t the Obama administration cut funding to a successful, predominantly black, charter school in DC after being elected? Can’t have the ‘slaves’ stray too far off the ‘plantation’, lest they find out that children educated in a safe, respectful environment find success. Except for his own daughters, of course. What black parent wouldn’t jump at the chance to see their child blossom in a school like Messmer? Nope. Gotta keep ‘em down and angry, or they won’t vote Democratic. Where was Jesse Jackson? Probably in the midst of another race-baiting shake-down, or were there too few cameras there to make it worth his while?

tpitman on August 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM

I spent some time looking around and came to the conclusion that the redhead is some professional activist creep by the name of Jacob Flom.
-Newspaper stories quote him as being there
-He is associated with SDS, who was there, and there is a picture of the redhead standing with an SDS flag
-I found some other things that suggest he lives in that area, which would tie to his bullying comments about staying out of the neighborhood

You can google him yourself, but he’s got quite the resume for one of these lefty activist jackholes. Went to UWM, attends all the demonstrations in the state, doesn’t seem to have any other useful occupation.

He sees himself as an artist, which is hilarious because his “works” look like they took at most 15 minutes of cut and paste in photoshop. he basically just gets some news photos and mashes the interesting bits together into a series of tiresome knee jerk lefty themes.

Also, he is with IVAW, but he never was actually in a combat zone. Think about it:
-anti-war veteran who never was in combat
-labor organizer who has never had a real job

This guy needs to get a life, an attitude adjustment, and/or a significant dose of psychiatric meds.

Squid Vicious on August 28, 2011 at 12:33 PM

There’s a well written, produced and acted zombie TV show called The Walking Dead. It’s a great allegory for these times. If those f-ers could bit and infect you with the disease they carry in their hearts, they would. Only thing that stops the zombies is a puncture of the cerebral cortex.

pc on August 28, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Wouldn’t these be the same people who cry racist at every opportunity? Note the protestors are overwhelming white and the students overwhelming black.

pgrossjr on August 28, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Union Mobs are quickly reaching Fred Phelps levels. Can we get some angels on motorcycles up in Wisconsin? Geez.

Jewels on August 28, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Wouldn’t these be the same people who cry racist at every opportunity? Note the protestors are overwhelming white and the students overwhelming black.

Oh, but in this case, the problem isn’t the unions or the mentality of the left. Years ago, Br. Bob Smith said the students at his school — a majority of whom are black — are accused of “acting white” in the communities in which they live.

I truly believe these union goons reflect that mentality. Being a black person in the inner city, daring to get a decent non-public school education, means you can be criticized (even harassed, as is the case here) because you suddenly don’t toe the liberal line.

In other words, if you dare to rise above the feckless educational grasp of the left, you bring this sort of hatred upon yourself.

englishqueen01 on August 28, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Find one public school (non-charter) that has a higher percentage of graduates going to college than Messmer Preparatory Catholic School.

Until then, SEIU, sit down and STFU. Please.

BigAlSouth on August 28, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Democrats want their minorities barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. Functioning members of society don’t make good democrats. These poor kids have a life of abuse and ridicule to look forward to. Conjugation of verbs is a cure giveaway. They’re doomed.

pc on August 28, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Democrats want their minorities barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen.

No, they prefer them sterilized and working on the eco-friendly, alternative-energy powered commune. Upside: shoes are optional.

Functioning members of society don’t make good democrats.

Agreed. Functioning members of society often realize the heavy price of supporting modern-day Democrat policies.

These poor kids have a life of abuse and ridicule to look forward to.

Disagree. These kids are being afforded a great education at a great institution. They may face ridicule in their communities, but the success they’ll earn through good education will take them far away from the inner city of Milwaukee, and the ignorance bred therein by decades of Democrat-run social programs.

Conjugation of verbs is a cure giveaway.

WTF?

They’re doomed.

The public school loving union goons harassing Messmer students and faculty? Yeah.

The Messmer students themselves? No, their future is bright.

englishqueen01 on August 28, 2011 at 10:23 PM

Sigh…
Once again and slowly… :: ))

Schools that can turn away children that are poor learners are not a choice school, they are a business

and our business as a nation is to educate all our children

not just the smart ones.

Observation on August 29, 2011 at 12:10 AM

and our business as a nation is to educate all our children

not just the smart ones.

Observation on August 29, 2011 at 12:10 AM

Why colleges have transformed from education centers to diversity centers.

Extrafishy on August 29, 2011 at 7:42 AM

Garbage likes this makes me really miss the DoD schools of Germany and overseas. Teachers actually taught and on a very strict curriculum. No politics, just teaching the kids.

Charger73 on August 29, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Schools that can turn away children that are poor learners are not a choice school, they are a business

and our business as a nation is to educate all our children

not just the smart ones.

Observation on August 29, 2011 at 12:10 AM

A specialty school that just teaches poor learners is a business, too, and a very viable one. I don’t see the problem here.

Mary in LA on August 29, 2011 at 12:55 PM

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