07 April 2011
Let me be clear...
I love politics. It is what I want to dedicate my life to in some way, shape or form. But man, I am so sick of reading/seeing/watching about this WI Supreme Court race, how it’s a reflection on Scott Walker and the Budget Repair Bill, and the potential government shutdown.
Politics has become less about the issues and more about who is in bed with who, so to speak. In November, voters in Wisconsin overwhelmingly went for Scott Walker and other Republicans who wanted reform, particularly in the budget area. The Republican’s voices were heard. Now, there are efforts all over the state to recall politicians—Democrats and Republicans alike—basically because constituents don’t like what they have done. If I recall my 8th grade civics class correctly, recall is reserved for a politician who did something illegal. Republicans did not do anything illegal in the process of formulating and attempting to pass the budget repair bill—and according to multiple sources, the passing of it was legal (I am not a lawyer—yet—so all I can go on is what I have read from various news outlets, from all perspectives). Now I don’t know the legality of it, and I won’t claim to, but the Democrats fled to Illinois to avoid a vote, which, while in my opinion, is a bit unethical, but I haven’t read/seen/found anything that says it was outright illegal (as in, a recall-able offense). This is not the democracy I grew up with (and I am only 20!) and this is not the kind of democracy I want. It shows the fickleness of our voters.
As the WI Supreme Court battle plays out, it will be interesting to see how the recounters and certifiers will handle it. I would imagine that it is no small task, and I hope that all of the people involved will use the most ethical behavior possible when determining this very important race. Either way it goes—Prosser or Kloppenberg—a lot is at stake. Depending on who comes out victorious, it will swing our Supreme Court one way or another, which could have a significant impact on the outcome of various legislations that are pending, namely the legality of the Budget Repair Bill (though I read that this matter should be settled long before the winner takes office).
I hope for wisdom for all involved, and I hope that our country can figure it out and make some headway. Each party needs to give a little and take a little in order to meet in the middle so we can avoid a government shutdown; something I don’t think anyone would like to see.
I will reiterate that I love politics, but it is frustrating to watch. Albeit interesting, this “politics as usual” is beginning to make me a little bit upset.
On another note, I wish I could write a political blog every day. I love it.