An Unbelieveably Foolish NRO Editorial On Wisconsin
Newt Gingrich was on the radio with Larry Kudlow last night. He pronounced recent events in Wisconsin and what Scott Walker and Republicans have accomplished as one of the most significant developments in American politics in four or more decades. I agree with him. Yet, what do we get from NRO?
Gov. Scott Walker and the sober Republicans in Wisconsin’s state legislature are celebrating a victory, to be sure, but it is in truth a modest one….
Increasingly, we see insipid nonsense from a publication that would claim the mantle of Buckley. There seems to be no appreciation for the real world – outside of, perhaps, prep schools, or the right universities and Washington internships, which profess to produce a class of conservative author, editor, or pundit worthy of representing the conservative cause in the media.
I don't begrudge anyone such things. Buckley was, in fact, to the manner born. But for God's sakes, the man also understood the real and real political world in which he lived – one in which we all live. It's that, along with his education and intellect, that made him such an effective advocate for conservatism. If anything, it was his more important aspect, as intelligent, clear-thinking people are indeed born to every class and able to access a quality education. That's part of the beauty of America.
If you put yourself on YouTube, yell something at someone during a stump speech, today, many of the pantywaists at NRO will get their panties wet. But stand boldly against the hardest of the hard Left, experience incredible harassment, multiple death threats and endure facing up close and personal the genuine thugs of the Left to start reversing a disastrous, costly entrenched trend in American politics, while gaining national attention, thereby fostering such discussion nationally – well, that's not really such a big deal – at least not according to NRO, apparently.
Is anyone stopping to ask why there are supposedly 100,000 union supporters protesting even today in Wisconsin, even after the law was passed? Have we seen anything like what we have seen in Wisconsin in New Jersey, where today's purported conservative Republican champion, Chris Christie, has moved some numbers around on the ledger, using some tricks like not paying off debt to make it appear balanced? Oh, and he expressed his support for collective bargaining for public employees while doing it, by the way.
Is it only the Left that gets it? They are in Wisconsin today and have been for weeks precisely because they do get it. So, why does a publication like NRO seem to not get, let alone appreciate the battle we're in on the Right? How the hell are they going to stand athwart history and yell stop, if they don't even comprehend where the most genuine battle-lines are drawn? This was an official publication editorial, not some columnist.
Oh wait, I see below they do get it. They simply concluded that a governor under incredible pressure finally standing up to it somewhere in America is a moderate accomplishment. No, the very moderate Christie is the one accomplishing those types of temporal changes in New Jersey. Walker, on the other hand, is governing like a genuine conservative and the fight he started and won represents serious long-term institutional change. That, not simply heated, videotaped rhetoric, is what we need in America today. Perhaps Walker should encapsulate it and post it to YouTube so that the editors at the purportedly staunchly conservative NRO might actually take notice of it. They could always email Christie, or Pawlenty, or Mitt for permission first, assuming that's a concern.
And that is the real source of the rage on the left: Mandatory union representation, empowered by mandatory collective bargaining and mandatory dues deductions enforced by the state, creates an enormous flow of cash for Democratic political candidates and their pet causes. From 1989 to the present, five of the ten biggest donors to American political campaigns have been labor unions, including public-sector unions such as the National Education Association and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. The overwhelming majority of those donations go to Democrats. The union bosses and their Democratic patrons know that giving workers more of a choice about union representation will diminish that power and reduce that cash flow. That is what this is about, for all of the cheap talk about “civil rights” — as though federal employees in Washington were being treated like second-class citizens because their unions do not enjoy the same princely powers until now wielded by Wisconsin’s.