Under the Maple Canopy

Singing Union Songs Since 2009

Get out and VOTE!

This post was originally posted as “They That Sow the Wind” on June 14, 2011 – 

This state is my home. I’ve lived here just about my entire life. It’s inextricably linked with my identity. It’s very terrain imprinted in my DNA. I am no fair weather citizen, but it’s quickly becoming a place I no longer recognize. It’s a bit like we’re married, me and my state, but I have fallen out of love.

I don’t recognize her anymore and the most vocal of my neighbors are like aliens to me. When did they get this way? Are they from out of state? When did they become so vicious? When did it become acceptable to stand on Highway 26 in Janesville with a sign that shows Obama to be Hitler in November and then claim the mantle of adulthood and civility in January?

I blame you, Scott Walker. Without you, they would have likely remained the less than sane outliers in political discourse in our state. Others would have ignored them – it would be the Wisconsin way – but you mainstreamed them. You fan the flames and make it acceptable to unleash the dehumanizing vitriol. Indeed, you set the example by using it yourself.

You are entitled to seek out your own ridiculous agenda. Indeed, many governors have before you, but you’re missing the critical qualities that make a leader. Cooperation, the ability to listen, and the talent for soliciting the input of others (even when they disagree with you). I want to believe you have the ability…the evidence seems to point to the contrary.

Instead, it seems an entire batch of political game players are hell-bent on destroying the very system from the inside out. Perhaps they that claim to love the Bible when it is politically expedient would be wise to remember: “They that sow the wind, shall reap a whirlwind.”

Where are the actual adults in the legislature politics…you know, the ones not afraid to vote on their own when it’s the right thing to do?

State before party. People before ideology. Civility instead of power.

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Today –

On year later (June 5, 2012) and I think the argument can be made that things have not gotten better – they’ve gotten worse.  Governor Walker continues to show a lack of leadership, compromise is still a dirty word, and party politics reign supreme.

The fight is still not over and regardless of what happens today or tomorrow we will still be here – although depending on the outcome of the election, some of us may start looking for a job that won’t become fodder for someone’s political campaign.

I didn’t stand out in the freezing cold to give up now and neither should you.   Be a voter!  Look up your polling location, carve out some time in your day, and make your voice heard.  Even better…head on over to your local Recall Walker Office and volunteer to help.  It’s incredibly easy.  They’ll give you the tools and training you need.  Your efforts could help decide the outcome of this election.  It may very well come down to a handful of votes and we need all hands on deck if we’re going to be successful.

Scott Walker was elected in 2010 because too many people stayed home.  Let’s not make the same mistake twice.

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