There’s a lot at stake in November election
Editor, Daily Times:
Is it possible for the people of Wisconsin and United States to step back from the mess that is the upcoming election and consider the bigger picture and what’s at stake? Political ads and editorials crying for attention in the media will not be helpful. That’s particularly true for all negative ads. The same is true for media reporting and big named speakers making the rounds. Surely you’ve noticed how we the people are treated like ignorant lemmings who must be fired up to vote a certain way based on emotion, false promises, lies and threats. A lemming is a person who unthinkingly joins a mass movement, especially a headlong rush to destruction.
Any government’s main job is to maintain the peace and good order. That means punish those who break laws; encourage or reward those who practice good citizenship. When government fails, you have chaos, anarchy, riots in streets on campuses, attacks in restaurants and hallways, freedoms lost, property destroyed, officers dead. Our government’s job also includes defending the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. That is supposed to protect my rights to life, liberty, property from you; and your equal rights from me. That’s what is at stake in November.
If you understand what a constitutional republic is, the reasons for the separation of powers, the checks and balances, the rule of law, due process, and the reasons for the Bill of Rights, you know what’s at stake. If you understand natural law, natural knowledge of God, inalienable rights, individualism, social contract, consent of the governed, you know what’s at stake.
Consider our governor’s race. According to PEW Research, Wisconsin is one of four states of the 50 that has its public pension fund mostly funded. Minnesota and Illinois are among the 12 worst states currently failing to fund pensions. Except for Act 10, Wisconsin would be in that position too. Without Act 10 current retired public service employees could be seeing cuts like New Jersey. Illinois had a funding shortage of $250 billion in 2017 according to Moody’s.
If you think roads in Wisconsin are bad, you haven’t driven in Illinois lately. It simply isn’t true that Wisconsin roads are among the worst in the nation. The states with the worst roads are found mostly in the East. It was Gov. Jim Doyle who raided the Major Highway Program and compounded the deficit problem solved by Act 10.
Consider the House and Senate elections. If you believe in higher taxes and the government should control the economy; if you believe in regulations that drive out businesses, in open borders, in Medicare for all costing $30 trillion over 10 years, in a totalitarian state in which your right to life, liberty and property is determined daily for you by bureaucrats you didn’t elect, if you believe that socialism will work here when it’s failed everywhere else, think about the definition of a lemming given above.
President Cleveland said, “The people should support the government. The government should not support the people.” He was a Democrat. President Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” He was a Democrat. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a liberal Democrat, opposed the establishing of public service unions because he saw the potential for corruption which now exists in U.S. The total U.S. public pension failure now stands at nearly $2 trillion. This potential national disaster started in Wisconsin in 1959.
Finding Republicans, Democrats, progressives or socialists who think like those three is difficult. If you value our constitutional republic, a Constitution which guards your rights against an oppressive government, abusive neighbors and illegal aliens; if you value principles like innocent until proven guilty, due process, individualism, sovereign national self-determination not globalism, inalienable rights to life, liberty, property, vote for that in November. It is not an exaggeration to say that your freedoms and those of your children may well be at stake.