I am of the opinion that what is happening now in Wisconsin, and whatever resolution comes about, is the most important political event of my lifetime, and the most important political event since January 22, 1973, when the Supreme Court decriminalized abortion. I do not make this statement lightly.
In case you have been asleep at the wheel, for the last few days thousands of protesters, many of them teachers in Wisconsin public schools, have practically taken over the state capitol. This as the state senate was prepared to vote (and presumably pass) a bill that would not crush unions or collective bargaining, but rein in their power and their ability to continually overburden the taxpayer. This is seriously needed in a state with a massive budget crisis.
In November Wisconsinites elected Scott Walker, a Republican, as Governor, and elected a Republican legislature. Perhaps more than in any other state, this was a sign of the level of voter outrage at President Obama and the Democratic Party’s policies, because for Wisconsin to go so Republican is a very big deal. After all, as Alice Cooper so eloquently informed us in the movie “Wayne’s World,” Milwaukee is the only major U.S. city to elect three socialist mayors.
Now Walker and the Republicans are trying to do what they said they would do when the people elected them: help alleviate massive state economic problems. What they are getting in return are petulant, vitriolic protests. Walker is being compared to Hitler by men and women who teach school children (rock on, public schools!). The leader of the AFL-CIO is there to rally the troops, as is Jesse Jackson, trying once again to become relevant.
None of this compares, however, to how President Obama has interjected himself into the fray. In an action almost unprecedented since Abraham Lincoln, Obama is speaking out against the elected officials of Wisconsin and showing where his true allegiances lie (as if it weren’t abundantly clear already). He is not a Muslim, as so many misguided people like to allege. And I do not believe him to be a believer in Jesus Christ, no matter what he may call himself and no matter what other Christians may attempt to defend him (I’m comfortable that God will correct me in due time if I am in sin here). No, the President is just being who he is, and who he was when he campaigned: a secular humanistic socialist with heavy ties to unions.
When the President won election back in 2008 he repeatedly told whoever was listening to him that “elections have consequences.” The American electorate, for the most part, closed their eyes and ears to who the President so clearly was and is and voted him into office, and the consequences have thus far been disastrous for the country. Although, let it be also said that the current state of affairs in this country economically, militarily, and socially are by no means solely the blame of the current President. We’ve been on this road for over 100 years now.
Nevertheless, President Obama needs to consider his own mantra, that elections have consequences, and so do the Democrats in Wisconsin, who so classily high-tailed it out of the state to avoid having to vote on the bill when it came up, denying the Senate of a quorum needed to pass the bill. Can you imagine the national media’s outrage if Republicans were doing the same thing? The hypocrisy is mind-numbing. The same people who were ready to string Sarah Palin up for the Arizona shooting and campaigning for shutting down talk radio are the same ones drawing Hitler mustaches on Scott Walker. But conservatives are the ones full of hate.
But I digress. Why do I believe this is the most important political event since Roe v. Wade? Because of this: If the Democratic strategy is allowed to prevail in Wisconsin then we have found out that in America the voice of the voters really is subservient to the bullying of the unions. And that is exactly what this is: bullying. Nancy Pelosi may call it “an extraordinary show of democracy in action,” but is it democracy when the majority of voters who spoke in November are thwarted by the ultimate special interests groups? Is it democracy in action when elected officials run away to prevent a vote (literally taking someone else’s ball and going, not home, but to Illnois)?
If the unions, and thus the Democratic strategy, are allowed to prevail in Wisconsin I guarantee you that the type of behavior going on in Wisconsin right now is coming to your state next. Elections have consequences, but only depending on who is voted in apparently. The President may wrongly call the bill “an assault on unions,” but what he’s endorsing is nothing less than an assault on our democratic republic, the Constitution, the state of Wisconsin, and voters everywhere. I am thankful that my hope is in Jesus Christ and not the future of this country, because where this ends should the unions prevail only God knows. In my opinion this is one of those times. Wisconsin is the line in the sand.