I am disappointed in our state’s politicians. Yes, the Fab14, those 14 Senate Democrats who have decided to leave the state of Wisconsin to give Wisconsin’s populace time to process the Budget Repair Bill Governor Walker has proposed are skipping out on their elected public responsibility. What choice do they have? By deciding not to be present to begin the session on the Senate floor to debate this Bill, the Senate Democrats have exercised THE only leverage they have. Governor Walker has public said there is no room for debate, so what is the point of the Fab14 coming home? I do not consider them heroes. I do not consider them cowards. I believe they are acting within precedented governing rules and simply personifying Democracy.
The more I hear Governor Walker speak, the more I see his face in the media, the more disappointed I become in the position he holds. The state of Wisconsin voted him to be our Governor; his responsibility is to maintain compassion for all the great citizens of our state and to uphold human decency in representing his constituents, every citizen of the state of Wisconsin.
I was disgusted as I listened to the tone of his prank phone call with “Dave Koch”. Listening to his words, tone, and plans for our great state solidified my belief that politicians do not always act in the best interest of the people. In fact, it was clear to me as he conveyed his message loud and clear to “Dave Koch” that Governor Walker’s best interest is himself and those in his closest circle.
I have moved beyond arguing with people about the politics in my home state. Generally, I believe in people. I have always wanted to believe in the compassion, empathy, and pride of politicians who have often campaigned with such rhetoric and persuasive technique. I now have serious doubts about the public statements Governor Walker has made in seemingly good faith in contrast with his private mission. Maybe he does want to be the Republican nominee for the President of the United States. Maybe he wants his 15 minutes of fame.
But please, Governor Walker, don’t risk the well-being of men, women, and children across the great state of Wisconsin for your political gain. There are families being impacted emotionally, intellectually, and financially, their are neighborhoods being divided. If this is your goal Governor Walker you certainly have succeeded.
What happened to leaders bringing people together? Sure, the protests in Madison have brought people together, but this isn’t a picture of serenity and peace.
In light of the colossal public disaster of the “Dave Koch” phone call, a disgusting display of arrogance and abandonment, it would be an absolute travesty if the Budget Repair Bill is passed without amendment.