This first appeared in the RightWisconsin Daily Update on 11/8/18. Subscribe 

Rick: Don’t you sometimes wonder if it’s worth all this? I mean what you’re fighting for.
Victor Laszlo: You might as well question why we breathe. If we stop breathing, we’ll die. If we stop fighting our enemies, the world will die.
Rick: Well, what of it? It’ll be out of its misery.

Dear Readers,

Yes, I watched the election results on television with the sound off, followed on Twitter, and even listened to Ben Shapiro for a while. I tried to watch the television coverage, but if WTMJ-TV’s Charles Benson mentioned the exit polls once more – even after they were proved to be worthless again – I was going to drive to the television studio and yell, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!”

I strongly advise against doing that, by the way.

Maybe next election RightWisconsin will send out a memo to every news agency explaining why exit polls are useless as predictors, especially in the era of early voting. When some college kid with a clip board goes up to a liberal and asks them who they voted for, they get an enthusiastic answer. When a Republican is approached by the kid with the clip board, it’s “Go away kid, you bother me.” (Actually, that’s the polite version.)

Anyway, despite all the sources of information, the news was awful, at least in Wisconsin. I’m not going to rehash the results here. Wisconsin already has a drinking problem and I don’t want to be accused of contributing to it. (Instead, we’ll wait until the next governor is sworn in.)

But seriously, Wisconsin? Tony Evers as governor? Out of nearly 5.8 million people, this is the guy we pick? He’s The One? It’s going to be a long four years.

Now that’ve caught up on sleep and pumped the brain full of caffeine, work can begin again. We’ll look back at last Tuesday’s results over the next couple of days, but we must also look forward.

We’re in an era of divided government. That means Republicans must make the case for why they should be allowed back into the governor’s mansion. For the last four years, Wisconsin Republicans have been drifting along without a clear agenda for the future. At best, it was, “we’re running the welfare state better and should be rewarded for it.” At worst, it was “our crony capitalism will be better than their crony capitalism (or socialism).”

Things are about to get worse. As former New York City Mayor Ed Koch once said, “The people have spoken … and they must be punished.” Republicans are about to go on the defensive on every issue.

However, Republicans in the legislature should have – they need – a positive agenda. One that promotes freedom of opportunity and the sanctity of human life. We cannot decry the lack of entrepreneurship in Wisconsin while keeping antiquated laws that shackle the human entrepreneurial spirit. At the same time, we cannot have a healthy culture if we allow government to promote and expand a culture of death for our unborn children.

Finally, there is a broken bridge to both problems, the lack of a sound family foundation.

In the coming weeks and months, RightWisconsin will continue to promote ideas that should fuel the conservative movement. There will be times when conservatives disagree with each other. We’re going to encourage that it be done civilly without name calling, paranoia, conspiracy theories, and personal rancor. We cannot give in to the destructive impulses that will ruin the conservative movement.

And no, we shouldn’t mimic the uncivil behavior of the political left. Not only is it wrong, but by showing them a better way we can lead by example what a civil society should be like. Engaging in the type of destructive behavior that is the indulgence of the left will only contribute to the breakdown of society – and there is nothing conservative about that.

We must fight for our basic principles, not sell them cheaply just to score a point or two for “our side.” After all, the goal of the conservative movement is not just short-term legislative gains for friendly special interests, nor is the goal an immediate (but temporary) election victory. The goal of the conservative movement is lasting change in Wisconsin to make it better – to move Wisconsin Forward.

James Wigderson

Victor Laszlo: Welcome back to the fight. This time I know our side will win.