What’s the Message?
Scott Walker is only the third governor in U.S. history to face a recall election. And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. He’s anti-middle class, anti-liberal, anti-poor, and most definitely anti-union. But you know what else he is? He’s also the winner in last night’s election.
Opponents say that since the day he walked into office, Governor Walker misled them. They say Mr. Walker figured that he could shove Koch (brothers) up everyone’s respective nose and the citizens would be so blinded by the sea of money that they’d sit back and take what Walker was pushing. Mr. Walker was wrong; citizens saw that their right to have a voice was worth fighting for. They were pushed and shoved until they could no longer idly sit by and watch an elected official rescind promises that the government had made to them — and the attempt to take away public employees’ right to collectively bargain was the last straw.
But what happened?
Last night’s results show exactly what happened: a dash of voter apathy mixed with a large dose of big money.
It’s the big money dudes vs. the unions. The Koch brothers vs. the middle class. Austerity measures vs. investing for the future.
It’s promises made and, where the middle class and labour is concerned, promises broken.
As for “We the people” in this election cycle? Well, only time will tell if we matter — but the clear message sent here is that if liberals and progressives are to move forward with an agenda that is fair for everyone, NOW is the time to get actively involved to ensure that our voices are heard in November.
The Brooklyn Dame is that snarky Brooklyn chick from the UK who founded Borderless News and Views. She enjoys left-side politics, economics, finance and great seafood chased with a glass of Muscato. When she’s not plotting her escape from her corporate overlords, she’s writing ‘fight the wrongs on the Right’ articles. You can follow her on Twitter and read more of her posts on the BNV site or on BNV’s Facebook page.