Scott Walkerâ€™s Recall, A Battle for Sanity
Gene Lalor | June 5, 2012
Tuesday, June 5thÂ might be the dayÂ that determinesÂ the future of the state of Wisconsin andÂ offers a glimpse ofÂ America’s futureÂ post-November 6th.
The results of the misbegotten, hugely expensive, recall election of the Badger State’s duly elected Republican governor at the instigation of Big Labor and civil service unions will effectively serve as a barometer of nationwide voter sentiment on economic realities, despiteÂ Democrat efforts to play down the significance of the outcome.Â Â
At this late stage, with conservative Scott Walker leading liberal Tom Barrett by as many as eight percentage points in various polls, it appears WalkerÂ will still be the governor after the dust settles and the ballots are honestly counted.Â Democrats are notorious for minimizing theÂ importance of contests they think they will lose, a habit perfectly illustrated by their president’s failure to support their candidate or even visit Wisconsin in the closing days of the election.Â
The state’s Republican Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch nailed the truth of the significance of a probable Walker victory: â€œHow can they [Obama's Democrat Party] possibly spin this?Â There is no consolation prize here.Â Itâ€™s clear–the path to prosperity is paved with fiscal responsibility.Â And everyone shares in prosperity.â€
The supreme irony in the unprecedented recall attempt is that Walker was elected primaily onÂ his pledge to return his state to fiscal sanity after years of Democrat recklessÂ spending.Â Â Â To the chagrin of Democrats and their union supporters, Walker has largely fulfilled thatÂ pledgeÂ andÂ they despise him for his achievement.Â
Â The WisconsinÂ recall has been described as “the battle of our times,”Â which it is and isn’t.
It isÂ undoubtedly a battle.Â
Last spring, the nation witnessed the disgraceful lengths to which Walker’s opponents would go in that battleÂ when teachers abandoned their classrooms in order to trash the Capitol building in Madison, slander and threaten the governor and his family,Â employing tactics more befitting Third Worlders than Americans.Â
Complementing thoseÂ mindless displays, Democrat legislatorsÂ literally ran away from their legislative responsibilities inÂ MadisonÂ and state troopers had to be sent to round them up.Â Â Â
For the secondÂ time in two years, this electionÂ pits Governor Scott Walker against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a classic struggle between Republican moderation and Democrat excess, between a governor who has succeeded and a mayor who has failed, between public workers’ exorbitant demands andÂ a publicÂ forced toÂ dig even deeper to payÂ for those demands.
On the other hand, as momentous as it is, the recall hardly represents “the battle of our times.”
Considering the many other struggles America faces under the reign of President Barack Hussein Obama, Walker v. Barrett pales in comparison.Â
ContrastedÂ withÂ our ongoingÂ wars with al-Qaeda and the Taliban,Â our moribund economy and 8.2% unemployment rate, our multi-trillion dollarÂ debt, our disillusioned and frustrated citizenry, andÂ ourÂ host of other major national and international issues, Walker-Barrett is relatively small potatoes.Â
Still, the battleÂ isn’t simplyÂ a typical RepublicanÂ versus Democrat race.Â ItÂ represents more thanÂ a man who accomplished what he promised to do versus a man who for eight years served as mayor of Milwaukee and presided over that city’s decline.Â
Depending on the outcome, the recallÂ results will reflect whether Americans want continued economic stagnation andÂ national malaiseÂ or progress and recovery.Â Â Â
However,Â confronted byÂ the adament oppositionÂ of labor unions who are noted for strongarming and intimidation and who would prefer Wisconsin declare bankruptcy rather that surrenderÂ union rights to “bargain,” there is no certainty.Â Â
As someone once cynically observed, it’s not a question of who votes but who counts the ballots; on Monday, Obama’s Justice Department announced it would be sending DoJÂ ”monitors”Â to insure there are no violations of federal law.Â
Rejecting Walker won’t be the end of the world as we know it.Â Â It will only be anotherÂ sign that our country is in dire straits and another indicator that voters disrespect the orderly democrat process.Â
Re-electing Walker will send a clear signal to Washington that voters are fed up with the “party of the people” employing thuggery to accomplish change and with out-of-control governments using deceptions to implement their destructive economicÂ goals. Â
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