This is the first real test of what Citizen’s United can or can not do. It may well be a harbinger of the general election to come as to whether or not a bunch of rich old white guys can muster up enough millions to buy this nation and its citizens. Frankly, there is a very real distinct possib…ility that they can. And you can bet that if they win, even by the thinnest of margins they will take to the general election the lesson that if you throw enough money into the mix the mix gets cooked in favor of the money.
If the big bucks being thrown into this year’s election wins the day our nation and its citizens are going to be in for some really tough times. There’s a lot riding on Wisconsin and that includes, the rights of women, the rights of minorities, the rights of students to vote, the rights of workers to bargain collectively. Wisconsin was the birthplace of collective bargaining for public employees. But, it also spawned ‘Tail Gunner’ Joe McCarthy that alcoholic red-baiter who saw a communist behind every tree and on every street corner.
It won’t be over if Scott Walker wins, but it will make the road to change much more difficult and it will spawn copycat candidates all over the map. It will inspire a lot more rich old white guys to believe that if they throw enough money at an election they will get the results they want. This election matters, make no mistake about it. It’s not just about Wisconsin, it’s about the nation and its citizens and what direction our country will take in the next few years.
It’s about whether we will have representative government that reflects what the people want and not what a few old white guys would like for us to have. It’s about control and whether or not we continue to give more to those who already have much or whether not we learn to follow the teachings of that simple Jewish Rabbi and help those who have little have a better life, and help our nation and its citizens finally as Dr. King said, “Live up to our creed, that all are created equal!” It’s about working together for the common good and the general welfare. It’s not about, nor should it ever be about giving more to those who already have too much.”
We are a nation that believes in promoting the common good and this election is about whether that means anything to our people! —– Bob Bearden