I thought that with the “Recall Election of Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker” today, I would post this song by Aaron Copland called “Fanfare for the Common Man.” The song was written in 1942 for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra when American Citizens had a clear mind of who to empower and still had the fresh mind of the 1%, when left unchecked would allow their Greed, Predatory Capitalist, Conmen, and Thieving tendencies to take over.
It does appear that per the current polls today, Scott Walker will prevail this recall in Wisconsin. But this is more to the fact that the current generation does not remember how many died, sacrificed all, to hand to their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren the rights to be treaded humanely, with honor, and respect.
Scott Walker has run a corrupt government, a government which has taken away labor rights and favored the wealthy over the average Wisconsin citizen, and allowed himself to be influenced and purchased by right wing interests led by the Koch Brothers.
It appears that time has taken its toll on the memories of this current generation of American Citizens of what it use to be like for the Working Middle Class before the 1930’s. If Walker wins, it will be a major setback to the progressive movement, embolden conservatives, including the Tea Party Movement, and the other “Bully Governors”, and could affect the State’s vote plus the National vote for President and Congress in November.
Well I say, once again just like our Grandfathers and Great Grandfathers knew, it is better to fight and lose, than sit back and allow regressive policies to be emboldened and affect the nation as a whole! We must not cave in, but instead, continue to fight for basic principles of fairness and equity! The current generation will soon have to learn this lesson once again but will have to pick up the fight for human dignity coming from behind the abuses and regressive mandates that will already be installed. It would have been much easier to fight to keep what they already had. I guess each generation has to learn their own lessons.
The true and sad outcome for the State of Wisconsin is if Scott Walker does win and keeps up the worker’s abuse legislative mandates, doesn’t the Free Enterprise System still work and applied here?
An example of what I am talking about is if I were a very good teacher or police officer doing my job well, wouldn’t I decide to move to a State that appreciates and rewards those professions with respect, dignity and honor.
What I am saying those good and talented employees will eventually move and relocate to an area where a living wage can be earned with respectful treatment, leaving the “Lesser Than” behind to fill those ranks in Wisconsin. In the long run this is “Where Water Seeks It’s Own Level,” and the State Of Wisconsin will be the looser in the long run.
I am thinking of those who escaped the economic enslavement of “Company Coal Towns” of West Virginia. Those with the intelligence, foresight, and clarity of mind, to move to other more economic opportunity areas leaving the illiterate, less intelligence, behind in those coal mines. Are these the type of people you would want for a workforce pool to draw from, teaching your children or policing the towns and neighborhoods?
This is what Wisconsin is going to get should Governor Scott Walker withstand the recall. Wisconsin was once better than this and still could be. It will all be left to the voters today.
In conclusion, I do take comfort and solace with the fact that Freedom, Civil Rights, and Worker’s Rights, will be much like Pandora’s Box; once opened and let out, you can never force the Freedoms and those Rights that were once enjoyed by the Working Middle Class back into the Box, no matter how hard others try. In the long run, these reapplied shackles of repression will be thrown off once again in due time.