Subscribe! This first appeared in the RightWisconsin Daily Update on December 19.

 

To listen to our leftist friends, Governor Scott Walker’s decision to sign the bills passed by the legislature is the worst crime against humanity since Baby, It’s Cold Outside debuted on the radio.

My least favorite complaint from the Democrats, their lefty allies, and the media is that Republicans are somehow interfering with the “peaceful transfer of power” from Walker to Governor-elect Tony Evers.

I’ll admit I was in Florida for part of the extraordinary session debates. But for me to believe that Republicans interfered with the “peaceful transfer of power,” CNN would have had to overwhelm my Walt Disney ride-wait app on my phone to inform me that the tanks were rolling through Madison with Walker announcing on a bullhorn from the governor’s mansion, “You’ll never take me alive! Give the paper industry a taxpayer subsidy, or give me death!”

Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee), who once fled the state to prevent a vote on Act 10 and encouraged protesters to take over the Capitol to prevent a vote in the legislature, was typical of the hyperbole.

“We have a rich American history of peaceful transfer of power for the good of the people,” Larson said. “This morning, Republicans instead decided to burn the house down on their way out the door.”

Somewhere the talking point machine was working overtime, because The Nation’s John Nichols caught Sen. Caleb Frostman (D-temporary) while he was packing boxes to get him to complain about the lack of a peaceful transition of power in a column that mentioned it five times.

“Unlike the tradition of a peaceful transfer of power, and unlike President Bush’s humble words of encouragement to incoming President Clinton, the [actions of Walker and his legislative allies] are hostile to democracy, display the petulance of children denied their third piece of birthday cake, and reek of supreme arrogance,” Frostman told Nichols about the only three votes of significance he cast in the short time he served.

We don’t know if the cartoonish Nichols conducted the interview with the same bullhorn he’s used to promise the eradication of conservatism from Wisconsin’s history and encourage protesters attempting to shut down the legislature.

poorly edited editorial from the editorial board of the Associated Press contributed to the genre. “Voters should reject such thin and obvious rationalizations of what is fast leading to a no-holds-barred tribalism that accepts no defeat and which erodes the peaceful transfer of power that has been democracys {sic} hallmark,” they wrote.

However, Seth Masket, the director for the Center for Politics at the University of Denver, beat the hyperbole to death. “What’s going on in Wisconsin today shouldn’t be dismissed as just one state’s experience,” Masket wrote. “If democracy can die there, it can die anywhere.”

Republicans are not just interfering with the peaceful transition of power, they killed it.

Finally, it took Dave Zweifel, editor emeritus of the Capital Times, to rehabilitate the word “thug” to identify the culprits. “It’s going to take lots of alibis and plenty of excuses for voters to forget how democracy was thwarted by a bunch of thugs, including a phony lame-duck governor,” Zweifel wrote.

We’re looking forward to the apology letter Zweifel will write to Black Lives Matters, or another enforcer of political correctness, for using what his Progressive friends consider a racist term.

The obvious retort is that the concern for the “peaceful transition of power” was oddly absent when protesters streamed through the Capitol office window of then-Democratic state Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine) to attempt to prevent a vote on Act 10, a real physical threat to the democratic process. Chanting “That’s what democracy looks like” does not excuse an un-democratic action, no more than it excuses the disruptive behavior of protesters nearly eight years later when the legislature was lawfully convened with duly elected members to consider legislation before the end of the term.

Ironically, the biggest threat to Evers’ authority comes from Democrats who would remove his ability to appoint the Department of Natural Resources Secretary. That’s not what democracy looks like, and ironically Evers can count on the GOP to support his constitutional prerogative.

The dumbest threat to democracy comes from Sen. Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) who proposes a two-thirds vote requirement for votes taken after an election. We presume Carpenter regrets his colleagues’ votes in December 2010. Given Carpenter’s anti-democratic effort to limit his legislative colleagues’ ability to exercise their constitutional authority through the end of their terms, we should wonder how Carpenter would feel about a two-thirds vote requirement before he is allowed to issue another press release click-bait public policy proposal. He probably would not be a fan.

There is not one action that was taken by the legislature that justifies the hyperbole, and there are no bars to Evers taking office. Evers can continue to sell tickets to his inauguration without fear that a military coup will take place. Walker will dutifully leave the governor’s office more quietly than he came.

Meanwhile, the Republican-controlled legislature, re-elected with a substantial majority, will continue to face more disruptions from Evers’ leftist supporters and more harassment in the Capitol from leftist protesters. But the legislature will continue to peacefully meet, provided our leftist friends allow them to do so.

James Wigderson
Editor
RightWisconsin