By Bruce Robinson
SCOTT WALKER’S JUNE 5 VICTORY over an attempted recall is a clear sign the good guys are winning. Not only has Walker successfully called the bluff of the public unions in Wisconsin, he’s also added impetus to the fiscal and educational reform efforts of governors in Indiana, Virginia, Florida, Louisiana and elsewhere. Even San Diego and San Jose, Calif., are getting in on the act!
Walker’s victory has also awakened a few sleeping giants in the Democratic Party — most notably Bill Clinton, who’s going rogue with his call for extending the Bush tax cuts; and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who’s feeling queasy about Obama’s gang-banger use of drones to win the hearts and minds voters who “cling to their guns and religion.” Then, too, there’s ex-Mayor Willie Brown who, after schmoozing with Obama’s Burlingame supporters last month, opined to SF Gate that Obama has “lost his mojo.”
By the way, did anybody notice the stock market had its strongest week of the year right after the Walker victory, and that Romney now has $16.8 million more in his campaign war chest than Obama?
Is it possible that God’s on Walker’s side? He was certainly explicit about thanking God during his victory speech, unlike our always politically correct and now overtly anti-Catholic president!
Yet, as John Agresto writes in the June 2 Wall Street Journal, “The myth persists that the left — while it might often be naive and unrealistic — still has its heart in the right place. … Those who demand social justice are more sincere, more compassionate, more spiritual, and surely more Christian than the rest of us.”
Not hardly! The most conspicuous feature of the Walker recall campaign was rowdiness. Remember the howling mobs of teacher and police protesters who jammed the lobbies and galleries of Wisconsin’s capitol throughout 2011? Remember the Wisconsin Democratic legislators spending weeks in Illinois at taxpayers’ expense to block voting on Walker’s reform bills? These yelling union yahoos were way more dangerously determined than the goofy pot-heads in the Occupy Wall Street movement.
I remember all too well the manifestation of this same Robin Hood righteousness when I was in graduate school at Columbia University in 1968. In late April of that year, a scrawny 19-year-old sophomore from New Jersey named Mark Rudd mounted the steps in front of Low Library and demanded that thousands of his fellow students close down the university. I never really understood what all the fuss was about. I just remember being really ticked off because some jerky kid actually closed the place down and disrupted my classes.
According to Wikipedia, the 1968 campus shut-down had something to do with Columbia’s investments in the military defense industry. At the time, Rudd was a member of Students for Democratic Society who saw this as a shot at his 15 minutes of fame. Eventually, he became involved with the even nastier Weathermen and somehow he’s managed to continue being a troublemaker at some obscure community college in Texas.
Give us all a break! Who cares about these clowns anymore? Game’s over, and the good guys won!
Bruce Robinson is an author and former Benicia resident.