On Tuesday, hundreds of state Democrats of every color, age, class and occupation made a special delivery to the offices of the Government Accountability Board in Madison.
The delivery was more than a million signatures on petitions seeking the recall of Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican state senators, one of whom is the majority leader of the state Senate.
The number of signatures collected and turned in this week are twice the needed amount to initiate a recall election, which would be the first of its kind in Wisconsin’s history and would be the third gubernatorial recall election ever in the history of the United States.
That fact alone is mind-boggling and proof a large number of Wisconsinites are serious about replacing the governor, lieutenant governor and state senators whose ideology and legislation passed during 2011 have devastated many in our state, particularly minorities, state workers, seniors, the poor and families.
Many who call the badger state home are not happy with what the governor has done as it relates to collective bargaining for unions, cuts in education funding and badger care, the state’s medical program for low-incomed and poor, just to name a few. And the governor is well aware of the potency of this recall effort.
That is why since the recall petition effort began, there have been television and radio commercials with the governor touting his accomplishments during his first year in office.
But in truth, those “accomplishments” only benefit corporations and conservative special interests. As recall petitioners turned in the signatures, the governor was in New York at a fundraiser hosted by Wall Street businessmen, where he rubbed elbows with conservatives who support his efforts in Wisconsin and whose financial contributions will go towards Walker’s recall election.
In many respects, the recall election–if the collected signatures survive the scrutiny of the GAO and Republicans (given the number of signatures collected, there’s a very good chance they will)–is a battle between the haves and the have-nots; the 99 percent who believe in the tenants on which this country was founded and the one percent who live by the “Golden Rule”: “He who owns the gold, makes the rules…and keeps his gold!”
We hope our community saw what happened in Madison on Tuesday and will be inspired to become involved in this movement.
Though Black Wisconsinites have been part of the recall effort from the beginning, we urge the community to show even greater support by voting when and if the recall election for governor becomes a reality.
We urge you to register to vote–even if it means jumping through hoops in dealing with the state’s odious new Voter ID law–and vote when the time comes. Get your friends to register and vote as well.
With the upcoming local elections for mayor, Common Council and County Board, now would be good time to go through those hoops if it means turning back a political agenda that favors the affluent over those struggling to make ends meet.
If we are going to get our state back, ALL of us must be involved and working together towards a common–and doable–goal.
Step one is done. Now the real work begins.