Time to Start Swinging

If you’re Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

Each one of Walker’s three television ads to date feature someone in the education field (teacher, school board member) explaining that they are standing behind Walker for making the tough choices to balance the state’s $3.6 billion budget deficit. Two of the ads end with Walker himself calmly reassuring voters that Wisconsin’s best days are ahead. (The teacher in the second ad recently revealed she has been receiving threats for appearing in a pro-Walker advertisement.)

The ads are well produced. They make excellent, well-reasoned points and adequately defend Walker’s position. They are also a complete and total waste of money.

As an old campaign guru once said, “nobody ever successfully defended anything; there is only attack, attack, and more attack.” Walker is fighting the battle for his political life with a shield and not a sword; every dollar he wastes trying to explain his policy to the voters of Wisconsin, who have been saturated with stories about his policy for almost a year now, is a dollar he can’t spend aggressively moving votes in his direction.

Walker can no longer run against a concept, such as public sector collective bargaining. He needs to run against a bad guy — and the nomination for Wisconsin’s most obnoxious union loyalist currently stands as a 1,000-person tie.

So if it’s a waste of money to spend it defending his position, how should Governor Walker’s team be using money spent on advertising you ask?  Well how about educating Wisconsinites about those protestors who have been at it since mid-February.

Hours of footage exists of protesters screaming and being dragged feet-first from committee hearings. One young woman chained her head to a railing in the Assembly chambers while floor session was going on. Walker has received death threats and his children have been targeted on Facebook. Rabid union demonstrators have been arrested for pouring beer on lawmakers. Organized labor loyalists have disrupted Special Olympics award ceremonies and booed Walker at the state’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Union misanthropes are free to scream expletives at 14-year old girls.

In other words instead of  utilizing “reason”, utilize “emotion” by reminding voters how the unions and the left have been acting.  It could be very effective when this tidbit is considered.

The message is simple: If Walker is recalled, these people win. Their grotesque tactics will be vindicated, further ripping the state apart. Wisconsin will cease being the state its residents love; it will instead be a place where threats and intimidation reign.

Wisconsinites get this. When the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (my outfit) asked the state’s residents what they thought of the Occupy movement (which some would argue emanated from the Wisconsin collective bargaining protests), only 34% had a favorable impression.

When it comes to the recall effort, a valid point is made.

Scott Walker has a fire that could soon consume him. If he continues to appeal to reason while the unions appeal to emotion, he could soon hand the unions the nationwide win they have craved since he took office. It is now time for him to pull out his blowtorch and clear his path to victory. Until then, it is only his campaign money that he is lighting on fire.

The ultimate question is this: “Will  Mr. Schneider and others giving similar advice be listened to?”

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Online “Brown Bag” Lunches

Great move by Governor Walker to start utilize a popular aspect of his gubernatorial campaign.  Even smarter to expand it and utilize social media avenues.

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During political turmoil …

how Christians should treat one another.

A great piece by Pastor Peperkorn.

What I have been observing on all sides of these issues is hatred, vitriol, and presumptions about motivations that are certainly uncharitable, and very often slander or worse. And we are not talking about the “other” people. I am talking about Christians, even members of our own congregation. The conversations happen in bible classes, on the phone, on Facebook or Twitter, and really anywhere that people gather. I’m quite certain I have been as guilty of it as anyone.

All of this begs the question: what does it mean to be a Christian in these times? How am I to treat someone with whom I disagree? What if I believe their behavior is not only wrong politically, but is sinful? How am I to interact with them?

  1. Don’t concern yourself with motivations, secret plots, conspiracies and the like. Human beings will always operate in these ways, and today is no different than a hundred years ago.
  2. Do concern yourself with what the issues actually are, and not the personalities involved.
  3. Remember that Christians of goodwill can disagree on how love is to be shown to the neighbor. This does not mean someone who disagrees with you isn’t a Christian. It means that they understand things differently that you do.
  4. Our unity in faith is immeasurably more important than our unity in politics. If you have found that political agreement is more important to you than who you will be spending eternity with (or where!), then I would suggest your priorities are out of whack and need serious examination.

I encourage you to go to Lutheran Logomaniac and read the whole thing.

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Upcoming “Recall Hansen” Events

Numerous signature collection events are taking place throughout the 30th Senate District the next few days.

In Marinette signatures will be collected outside the Senior Citizens Center for the Indoor Flea Market from  8 am until 3 pm.  The address is 1603 Ludington St.

On Monday signatures will be collected outside Lombardi Middle School in Green Bay from 6 pm until 9 pm for the Community Forum.  The address is 1520 South Point Rd.

In addition there will petition collectors going door-to-door throughout the District on Saturday starting at 9 am.  Word is there may be a drive-thru location or two as well.

Petition circulators will also be at St. Patrick’s Day events as well according to organizers.

If you can volunteer some time as a circulator at any of these events email me or if you’re on Facebook leave a message on the “Recall Hansen” page.

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