Several years ago I read a book entitled, What’s the Matter With Kansas? It was a discussion of politics in America. It speaks to the issues that confront us all; taxation, unions, gun control, abortion, etc. All those hot-button issues that garner votes. It’s not just Kansas. It’s everywhere. Like, what’s the matter with Wisconsin? They elected these people—why?
Clearly, it has not been in their best interest! For weeks, their government, their duly elected government, has been at a stand still. An impasse over the budget. Democrats fled the state – stood their ground. Fines were imposed. Jobs threatened. The governor, a first term republican, tried to make it look as if it would be the fault of those refusing to vote for something they believed was not in the best interest of the people who elected them.
After weeks of fanfare, protests, front page headlines, the Wisconsin state government passed their budget bill – without any of the financial considerations included. Cause, you know, that makes sense. Budget with no finance.
The system usurped.
The people of Wisconsin robbed. Cheated.
Politicians pander to single issue voters, and look where that gets us… In order to have a healthy government, we have to have an electorate that votes in a rational way. All too often voters in the United States vote against their best interests. Single issue voters skew the polls. They disrupt the balance. Cheat us all.
My 84yr old mother, god bless her little heart, votes republican in every election, because that’s the anti-abortion party. She often chides me saying, “no, no, they’re not anti-abortion, they’re pro-life.”
Not so much. Pro-life is a propaganda term. Pro-life would mean anti-abortion, anti-death penalty, anti-gun, anti-war. It would mean pro-universal health care (including birth control – which doesn’t necessarily mean unlimited access to abortion at the government’s expense), nationalized education, equal rights. A pro-life movement would insure that her medications were affordable.
And it’s not just conservatives in on the game. Liberals have their hot-buttons. Pro-choice is the opposite of pro-life. Let’s buy these folks a dictionary. These are completely unrelated words…
I am, as most of you know, liberal at heart. In my perfect universe, no one would worry about the cost of healthcare, schools would deliver the same education everywhere, women’s earnings would be equal to men’s… But, it’s not the world according to the liberal mindset – and it shouldn’t be the world according to the conservative either.
Our laws should be based on the compromise and balance that suits the majority best. The newest conversation is the “radicalization of the Muslim extremist.”
What about the rest of the extremists? The Tea-party? Those who would like to see a Christian Nation? Anarchists? Westboro Baptist Church? The Minutemen Border Patrol? The Ku Klux Klan?
National sanity (thus security) lies in the middle; the middle class, the centrist… the individuals willing to compromise. We are a nation built on the notion that there is a middle ground; that we can find that balance – we have checks and balances…
If we don’t check our government with conscientious, many faceted votes there can be no balance. With no balance there will be no liberty… And we are all denied the pursuit of happiness.
What has been playing out in Wisconsin should be seen as a warning to us all. It may be coming to your state sooner than you think. Human history has a way of repeating itself. Think about another time extremism took center stage…
When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Jew.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.
I’m sure the people of Wisconsin feel there is no one left to speak for them today. And the rest of us dangle in a more fragile balance…
It’s Lent, let’s give up insanity.
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