FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

We call BS! Now, Will You Please Get Over This Partisanship?

After 8 years and 3 elections (one of those a recall) Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was defeated on November 6th in his bid for a third term by Democrat Tony Evers.

Clearly it was a close election, Evers won by about 31,000 votes, a margin of 1.2% (results were not final until Wednesday morning) and legally, much as he may have wanted to, Walker could not request a recount because of a law he signed last year.

Due to a recount requested by Green party candidate Jill Stein, after President Trump won Wisconsin by 23,000 votes in the 2016 election, the Wisconsin Legislature passed and Walker signed a law mandating that, in the future, candidates could only request a recount if they were losing by less than 1 percent, — Walker lost by 1.2 percent. Ouch, – he probably didn’t see that coming back to bite him.

Since Republicans still control the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate, having a Democratic Governor, it was hoped, might insure some semblance of checks and balance to the Wisconsin legislative process, right? Theoretically, yes, but within hours Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he would discuss ways to limit Evers’ power as Governor with Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, who of course was open to the idea.

I guess that’s how Democracy is supposed to work, or not work in these times—if you don’t have total partisan control of the process, you try to pass laws or throw up any possible road block to restrict any intrusion of the opposing party into the power structure you somehow seem to feel you have a right to own.

A similar situation was, of course, played out by President Trump, who obviously felt the sting of the Democratic wins in Tuesdays election that gave them control of the House. Feeling threatened by the Republicans loosing total control of the government and fearing the newly empowered Democrats could launch potential investigations of his finances, the ethics scandals within the administration, Russian collusion, even possible impeachment proceedings, Trump, preemptively fought back.

Trump threatened a “Warlike Posture” if the Democrats try to investigate him, indicating he would use the Republican controlled Senate to investigate as yet unnamed, alleged acts of misconduct committed by Democrats.“They can play that game, but we can play it better. Because we have a thing called the United States Senate.

So, this is what we have come to? In Wisconsin and I would guess other states where the balance of power has shifted, partisan politics and the need to maintain total political control totally upends any idea of bipartisanship and as they say, “working across the isle”?

In Washington, the President feels it is a game? You push me, I’ll push you? If there were legitimate reasons to investigate misconduct committed by the Democrats, of course investigate, but why wasn’t that done when the misconduct occurred? Why wait until the threat of investigation could be used as a cudgel to try and suppress investigations of his administration?

Listen, all federal, state and local politicians, pay attention and I do not care what party you claim allegiance to. Voters and perhaps more-so, those who are so disgusted with politics they feel voting is a waste of time, would really like to see some changes. Montana Senator Jon Tester noted in a speech after his re-election that “The people I talked to, the biggest issue they bring up is, Why can’t you guys work together?” And to his credit he concluded, “We can, and we will.” Thank you Senator.

That’s what we want. We are sick and tired of the unmitigated partisanship, bullying and voter suppression.

This isn’t supposed to be a power struggle by a bunch of narcissistic, self serving opportunists, this isn’t a game. Peoples lives, peoples futures are determined by your actions, so get over it— it is not about you. If the November 6th elections and the primaries before showed anything it was that, perhaps, there is a new awareness that voting does matter. You can loose your job, no matter how long you have been in office, no matter how powerful you think you are.

As Fanny Lou Hamer famously stated “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired”. So are we.

More articles by:

Jim Goodman is a dairy farmer from Wonewoc, Wisconsin.

January 24, 2019
David Rosen
Roe: 47 Years and Counting
Joseph Essertier
Warmongering Over Warmbier: US Hypocrisy and a Double Standard on North Korea
Glenn Sacks
L.A. Teachers Strike Dispatch #9: What We Won
M. G. Piety
An Essay on Grief
Karen J. Greenberg
Creating a Global Lost Generation
Jesse Jackson
America Has Lost Its Common Sense
Noa Mendelsohn Aviv
Rebranding Canada’s Solitary Confinement Policy Doesn’t Change What It Is
Ramzy Baroud
False ‘Victories’: Is the PA Using the ‘State of Palestine’ to Remain in Power?
Binoy Kampmark
Eyeing the White House: the Democratic Field
Russell Mokhiber
Single Payer Gold Standard HR 676 Rest in Peace
David Swanson
The World Will End in Fire
David Macaray
Celebrity Bullshit
Dean Baker
How Worried Should We be If China’s Growth Rate Slows to 6.4%?
Wim Laven
What Makes America Great?
January 23, 2019
Paul Street
Time for the U.S. Yellow Vests
Charles McKelvey
Popular Democracy in Cuba
Kenn Orphan
The Smile of Class Privilege
Leonard Peltier
The History Behind Nate Phillips’ Song
Kenneth Surin
Stalled Brexit Goings On
Jeff Cohen
The System’s Falling Apart: Were the Dogmatic Marxists Right After All?
Cira Pascual Marquina
Chavez and the Continent of Politics: a Conversation with Chris Gilbert
George Ochenski
Turning Federal Lands Over to the States and Other Rightwing Fantasies
George Wuerthner
Forest Service Ignores Science to Justify Logging
Raouf Halaby
In the Fray: Responses to Covington Catholic High
Kim C. Domenico
No Saviors But Ourselves; No Disobedience Without Deeper Loyalty
Ted Rall
Jury Trial? You Have No Right!
Michael Doliner
The Pros and Cons of Near Term Human Extinction
Lee Ballinger
Musical Unity
Elliot Sperber
The Ark Builders
January 22, 2019
Patrick Cockburn
On the Brink of Brexit: the Only Thing Most People Outside Westminster Know About Brexit is That It’s a Mess
Raouf Halaby
The Little Brett Kavanaughs from Covington Catholic High
Dean Baker
The Trump Tax Cut is Even Worse Than They Say
Stanley L. Cohen
The Brazen Detention of Marzieh Hashemi, America’s Newest Political Prisoner
Karl Grossman
Darth Trump: From Space Force to Star Wars
Glenn Sacks
Teachers Strike Dispatch #8: New Independent Study Confirms LAUSD Has the Money to Meet UTLA’s Demands
Haydar Khan
The Double Bind of Human Senescence
Alvaro Huerta
Mr. President, We Don’t Need Your Stinking Wall
Howard Lisnoff
Another Slugger from Louisville: Muhammad Ali
Nicole Patrice Hill – Kollibri terre Sonnenblume
The Scarlet “I”: Climate Change, “Invasive” Plants and Our Culture of Domination
Jonah Raskin
Disposable Man Gets His Balls Back
Thomas Knapp
Now More Than Ever, It’s Clear the FBI Must Go
January 21, 2019
W. T. Whitney
New US Economic Attack Against Cuba, Long Threatened, May Hit Soon
Jérôme Duval
Macronist Repression Against the People in Yellow Vests
Dean Baker
The Next Recession: What It Could Look Like
Eric Mann
All Hail the Revolutionary King: Martin Luther King and the Black Revolutionary Tradition
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail