Friday, April 8, 2011

What Wisconsin's Judicial Election Means

The initial results of the Wisconsin judicial election was, to say the least, disappointing. Thankfully, a human error was discovered in the recount that revived my faith in the people of Wisconsin. The importance of this election cannot be overstated. Defeat of the conservative judge would have had a rippling effect throughout the country and laid conservative candidates vulnerable to the vitriolic union "thugs".

Heres hoping that an offsetting "human error" is not found in favor of the union candidate.

The ballots in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race show a relatively small difference between Justice David Prosser, the "conservative" incumbent, and JoAnne Kloppenburg, the leftist challenger. Yesterday, previously uncounted votes in Waukesha County swung the victory to Prosser by over 7,000 votes (out of almost a million and a half cast), though Kloppenburg earlier claimed victory by a much smaller margin.

In this case, of course, the term "conservative" means an impartial jurist who follows the rule of law without political bias. As for the "liberal" candidate, Ann Althouse, a University of Wisconsin law professor, noted Kloppenburg's lawn signs indicating that the latter had made up her mind about the state's new collective bargaining law.

Regardless of the ultimate result, there are vital lessons we should take from the race.

First, the machine of leftism, even operating in a structurally leftist state like Wisconsin, is a paper tiger. Unions long ruled Great Lakes states with an iron hand and a rubber truncheon. The well-paid army of union operatives, the dull armies of whipped members, and the timidity of possible opponents has meant that unions were able to drive the economy of the industrial heartland of the world's greatest economy into poverty and despair.

Second, elections that once were trivial have become crucial.

Third, everything is political. Everything is ideological. This is not what we want. We want a society in which the monster of government is confined to his proper cage, but the left demands that everything be political and everything be ideological.

Fourth, we are awake. The turnout in this normally humdrum judicial race was 70% higher than expected.

We grasp what is happening. We have stopped listening to the chatterbox phonies of the leftist establishment media. We see the inner workings of the left and its minions. We know now that a senator who votes for cloture on a bad bill but votes against the bill on the Senate floor (where it passes easily) is trying to trick us -- but we will no longer be tricked. We comprehend that the dreaded "government shutdown" means nothing when Congress and the White House before the election never even passed a budget. We see from our children's textbooks and the unruly behavior of their teachers that the regime of public school reeducation must be defeated and reformed.

The left has been winning because we have not fought the battles which we must fight. Now, we are fighting back. That ultimately is the key. We were unwilling soldiers at first, preferring to live in a civil society in which we could live in friendly peace. The Wisconsin judicial election, which forces the highest notions of impartiality -- judges -- into the war of ideology, and our response to players like Kloppenburg show that we are now fighting the war that we must fight, and the fight which we shall win.

Read full American Thinker article here.

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