"Time for healing to begin."
“Time for healing to begin” is the title of the OpEd piece by my long-time friend and colleague, Dr. Kenneth R. Mayer, a professor in the UW-Madison Department of Political Science, published in the Wisconsin State Journal.
Here is the link so you can access Ken's OpEd column, “Time for healing to begin."
I think Ken offers valuable perspectives and outlines how our politicans can encourage healing. That'll start on Tuesday, June 12, I HOPE with the bipartisan "brat summit" hosted by Gov. Walker at the Executive Mansion. New week! I hope WE THE PEOPLE of WI now move "FORWARD"! What do YOU hope for?
Two weeks from now, Ken and I will be starting the week-long (all day every day) workshop for AP US Government & Politics teachers which is part of the Advanced Placement Summer Institute sponsored by the School of Education at the University of Madison the last week of June. You can use the link if you are interested in more information and listing of the AP courses included in this year's AP Institute at UW-Madison.
My usual colleague for the AP Summer Institute is David Canon - he is on Fulbright in Germany this year. Ken and I are teaching as a team this year again. We teamed when David was on Fulbright in Hungary in 2004.
You can use this link IF you want to learn more about Ken, Kenneth R. Mayer. Ken has just returned from a lecture tour sponsored by our US Department of State on US political system and culture in Australia. He was on Fulbright in Australia in 2006.
Ken's OpEd column starts, "Now that the recall is over, can we look forward to some relief from the vitriol that has characterized Wisconsin politics?
“Both Gov. Scott Walker and Mayor Tom Barrett have expressed a desire to heal rifts. Let me offer some thoughts on how we might do this. The key? Stop undermining the legitimacy of the electoral process just because you lost.
“And lest anyone think I'm picking on the Democrats, I'll respond by saying what parents have said to squabbling siblings for thousands of years: ‘Knock it off. Both of you. I don't care who started it!’”
Ken KNOWS – he is a parent! In fact, a few years ago the Wisconsin State Journal reported on his visit to his daughter’s KINDERGARTEN class as a political scientist ready to respond to ANY question asked by the kindergarteners… and then invited the kindergarten class to visit his UW-Madison Pol 104 – American Government & Politics class where the kindergartners were seated in the front of the large lecture auditorium.
The kindergartners were invited to ask questions of the Professor! Big hit for the kindergartners AND THE UW-MADISON STUDENTS. Way to go, Professor & Father, Ken! It should be noted that KEN has been identified as one of the 100 best instructors at UW-Madison by the student association. IF one can teach kindergartners, one can certainly teach university students – correct? Just remember Robert Fulghum’s poem, “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten.” You can use the link IF you want to re-read that poem.
Dr. Mayer proceeds to articulate perspective and advice to the Democrats and to the Republicans and then adds advice to both Democrats and Republicans. I think he makes solid points. Do YOU?
He proceeds to challenge everyone, “And if you have a better way of resolving political disputes than by elections, which I doubt, let's hear it — as long as it's not ‘do what I want.’”
The FINAL parental warning, “So cut it out. I'll give you both timeouts. I will.”
Familiar warning to children. I hope our WI politicians have matured through the RECALL process and will NOW follow our state’s motto, “FORWARD.” Do YOU?
Happy to note that Governor Walker has now set up his bipartisan “brat summit” next Tuesday, June 12. This will be a significant opportunity for ALL of the members of our WI State Legislature and the Walker administration to clarify whether they are stuck on the talk-talk or will now WALK THE TALK!
I’ll be watching, will YOU?
Here we go…
John Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor of political science at UW-Waukesha and an advocate for democracy/civics education in Wisconsin high schools. John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.