Is the lesson of DEMOCRACY being learned by Scott Walker?
Is the lesson of DEMOCRACY being learned by Scott Walker? Hopeful, but NOT optimistic!
I believe that WE THE PEOPLE of WI owe a major THANK YOU to the 14 DEMOCRATIC SENATORS as well as the thousands of persons who protested Scott Walker’s budget repair bill handed down (I use this term because it is used when there is a FINAL authority articulating, e.g., GOD at Mount Sinai or the US Supreme Court) his budget repair bill on Friday, the 11th of February 2011 with the order that it be passed by the WI State Legislature by Friday, the 18th of February.
FORTUNATELY, the 14 DEMOCRATIC SENATORS escaped FROM WI so that everyone was FORCED to study the Governor’s budget repair bill. And, the large numbers of demonstrators at our WI State Capitol persuaded/motivated the REPUBLICAN members of our WI State Legislature to STUDY carefully ALL of the provisions in the budget repair bill.
Isn’t it AMAZING all of the facets which Walker built into this QUICKIE bill?! What was the MOST surprising facet to YOU? I dare to HOPE that all of our WI state legislators – both REPS and DEMS – are carefully studying the Governor’s WI State Budget proposal for 2011-2013. Again, we are finding numerous facets.
Consider the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's editorial, "Patch Walker's request" focusing on the need to carefully consider Gov. Walker's proposal on transportation in WI. What do YOU think?
I myself am OFFENDED by the PUBLIC POLICY issues which the Governor put into both bills. Year-after-year there has been criticism of putting PUBLIC POLICY into state budget bills. When the DEMS are in the majority, it is the REPS complaining? When the REPS are in the majority, it is the DEMS complaining? HYPROCRISY! I honestly wish that all of our politicians would follow the appropriate process created to IDENTIFY and REMOVE public policy facets from state budget bills! WHY NOT?!
I am convinced that Scott Walker is maturing as a political leader as he realizes that he was NOT elected “KING OF WI.” Rather, he was elected to be a GOVERNOR – that means a governing LEADER who provides healthy leadership. HEALTHY LEADERSHIP always includes conversation, negotiation and compromise! Again, WHY did Scott not consider US President Gerald Ford’s wise advice, “Compromise is the oil which makes governments go.” Note: Gerald Ford was a REPUBLICAN, Scott.
Today’s report on page 1 of the Gazette provides some HOPEFUL information and I am among those who HOPE that Walker is maturing so that there will be more significant communication and REAL COMPROMISE! The cost for this situation is very high! Consider loss of MORALE! Consider reduced productivity! I continue to have a sense that Walker has CLOSED WISCONSIN to BUSINESS for now.
DO NOT MISS the political cartoon by PHIL HANDS in today’s Gazette! Or, take a look at the original published in the Wisconsin State Journal last Monday, March 7, “Hands on Wisconsin: The Guv in the Hat”! POIGNANT and INCISIVE political OpEd. See it! What do YOU think of Phil Hands’ comment via the political cartoon? Always: A graphic/picture is worth a 1,000 words – actually, I think MORE like 10,000 words!
I am not allowed to provide a link to the Gazette article re. the e-mails obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel using an open-records request, so, I encourage you to read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s feature article published yesterday, “E-mails reveal possible Walker concessions on union bill.” Valuable information and perspective.
I am persuaded that IF Walker had been able to railroad his WI budget repair bill through our WI State Legislature as he originally strategized, we would NOT have had any meaningful democratic process. NOW, the evidence is very clear that WE THE PEOPLE of WI are sharply divided. This means that the Governor and members of our WI State Legislature MUST review and consider what WE THE PEOPLE of WI are willing to accept.
For additional information, I encourage you to read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s feature published last Sunday (March 6, 2011), “Opinions polls show sharp divisions on Walker.” Be sure to check the valuable graphics on the polls complementing this article.
I dare to HOPE that our SITUATION in WI on the IDES of MARCH – that’s next Tuesday, the 15th of March – is safer for WE THE PEOPLE of WI than it was for CAESAR. Remember: “Beware the IDES!” I am sure y you studied Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” – did YOU? IF you want more information about the ”Ides of March,” I suggest you use this link to the Wikipedia feature article.
As we approach THE IDES OF MARCH next Tuesday, March 15, 2011, I say to WE THE PEOPLE of WI, “Beware the IDES!” Forewarned is forearmed!
I think it is VERY IMPORTANT that our DEM 14 carefully consider the IDES of March warning! "Beware the IDES!" After what we KNOW from Gov. Walker's own words, DEMS must be careful NOT to buy a "pig in a poke" or TRUST Gov. Walker and the REPS. So far, I have not observed that Scott Walker, the EAGLE SCOUT, is "TRUSTWORTHY" and all the other qualities of a Boy Scout (at least back when I was a Boy Scout). Time will tell.
I dare to HOPE that this whole episode has provided needed life experience so that our Governor and WI state legislature have learned a very crucial lesson about DEMOCRACY! We are, after all, as guaranteed by our US Constitution, a REPUBLIC! Don’t forget that Gov. Walker!
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.