Yes, we are the ones we’ve been waiting for…

Happy Independence Day! Most contemporary Americans probably hadn’t fully digested what “independence” means, but we’re getting a giant-sized dose right now.

We say that because among other things, the U.S. Supreme Court’s stunning acquiescence in the abominable health care law is a stark demonstration that when it comes to defending liberty, we’re on our own.

If there’s anything positive about last Thursday’s ruling aside from the fact that it will increase conservative voter turnout, it’s that we must all now be thoroughly disabused of the notion that someone else, somewhere, will fix things before they go horribly wrong and we suffer genuine consequences.

Many of us had fallen into the habit of thinking that the Supreme Court was there to protect us against the attacks of rogue government. Turns out there’s nobody to protect us except us.

We’re surprised no one else has said this but the fundamental absurdity—or insanity—of the health care ruling is that by the Court’s shoddy reasoning, liberals get to do what they want to do because they were wrong. We’re left to assume that If Democrats had been right (i.e., the individual mandate was not a tax,) the court would have voided their action.

But we’re dealing with absurdity/insanity, so don’t be too sure.

There’s only one remedy.  For every office, from dogcatcher to the White House, it’s up to each of us to actively support genuine conservatives and prod everyone we know and trust to do the same.  Those others who were supposed to save us aren’t coming.

They never were.


Trying it our way

As a public service, back when there was no guarantee Scott Walker would remain Wisconsin’s governor, we offered a little travelogue of states seeking to address their fiscal problems in ways that differed from the Walker approach (“Trying it their way, I-VIII”).

We thought it helpful to show the paths Wisconsin might take if Walker were removed. Now other states might benefit from a look at Walker’s way, and what better place to start than Illinois? Last Friday’s Chicago Tribune featured suggestions from the Governor himself. Some salient points:

“In times of crisis, citizens should demand leadership. In the weeks leading up to the Wisconsin recall election, a supporter and friend told me: ‘If you hadn’t gone as far as you did, you might have avoided this recall election.’ I responded, ‘We also wouldn’t have fixed our problem. I’m not planning on it, but I’m not afraid to lose.’”

“The actions we took in balancing the state’s budget and implementing collective bargaining reforms were solely aimed at ensuring that my two sons and other kids would inherit a state better off than the one I had. Burying the next generation under a mountain of crippling debt was never a realistic option…

“Two years ago, a survey of Wisconsin employers showed that just 10 percent thought the state was headed in the right direction. Today the survey shows that 94 percent believe Wisconsin is headed in the right direction and a solid majority plan to add jobs…

“What we did in Wisconsin was common sense. Like many small businesses and households, we had challenges, and we set out to fix them.”

That’s a hard reminder that our political culture regards common sense and acting on it as hazards to one’s career.

Buon appetito, unionistas

Among those who count themselves eager for “the healing process” to begin, this can’t be good news.

Fifteen attempted recalls of state elected officials and $18 million in special election expenses over the past two years are not enough for Madison leftists who insist that chaos must reign until they have their way.

Last week, State Representative Terese Berceau (D-Madison) made clear that the appetite for chaos remains unsatisfied when she turned up with a proposal to conduct recall elections not just against living individuals like legislators and executive branch officials, but against legislative enactments.

Berceau is clearly hoping for something like the Ohio system of referenda on newly-enacted laws that generate controversy—which famously allowed unions to thwart Walker-style reforms last year and led this year to public employee layoffs.

To Berceau’s credit, she would set a higher bar than exists under the Ohio law, but that’s all the credit she’s going to get from us. Her proposal is just another iteration of the Left’s incessant theme since the day Scott Walker was elected Governor: Elections don’t count and nothing is ever over with, until the Left regains power by any available means.

This defies the logic of fixed terms for elected officials, which exist to allow legislative programs to be judged on performance.  A quick repeal before performance could be measured is what allowed the Ohio unions their victory last November.

Knowing the fondness of Liberals for European social democracy, perhaps they are hoping to replicate the stretch between the end of World War II and 2000, when Italy formed 57 new governments in 55 years.

No, grazie.