The Kobayashi Maru
By Emma X
The Ship of State is being reprogrammed
one legislature at a time, because ultra-
Conservatives are in denial about
Cut to the great State of Wisconsin, where Conservatives in the State Assembly last week very quietly passed a proposed Constitutional amendment that would limit the recall power of constituents. Currently, Wisconsin’s constitution allows for the recall of any elected official for any reason that the voters see fit, including no confidence. The proposed amendment would limit the recall right to only cases where an elected official is convicted of a felony or an ethics violation. Republicans deemed this move necessary after Governor Scott Walker came narrowly close to recall last year as a result of his changes to collective bargaining rights, a successful union busting push. Voters felt betrayed by Walker, who was elected on a ‘jobs and job creation’ platform. They initiated an unsuccessful recall move against Walker and several State Senators.
As you might imagine, the proposed Wisconsin constitutional amendment was passed on party lines. All Republicans voted for it, and all Democrats voted against it. Once again party politics threaten the legal power of voters to keep elected officials from running rampant through the ideological mine fields of political territorialism. And as we have seen before, what is successful in one Conservative State is often repeated in others.
So we should not be too critical or even amused by the plight of our Canadian brothers and the Bacchanalian carny show they are trying to deal with up North. It may turn out to be a Grace of God situation. Not only have we reached a point where scandalized Western politicians are not willing to consider stepping down from office for any reason, rational voter recourse may soon be a moot point as well.
Republicans are abandoning the 'Southern Strategy' in pursuit of the 'Kobayashi Maru', which is to say, if you can't win the game, change the rules. Forget that the rules are there to protect constituents against the possibility of an American Rob Ford, or worse. In this war the most important thing is to take and hold strategic ground, and make no mistake, it is a war. One in which voter rights are acceptable collateral damage. So we can expect more politicians like Rob Ford or Trey Radel, because things like character and purpose are not even worth lip service when facing full-out ideological battle. But having a partisan ass rooted in a powerful chair that will always vote the Party agenda, now that's government by the people!
Integrity was always overrated anyway. And what's a little aberrant recreational behavior among well meaning friends? Go Badgers.