Governor Scott Walker’s resounding victory in Wisconsin yesterday speaks volumes. It was a battle with constitutional conservatism and fiscal sanity on one side, and parasitic government employee unions on the other. Given that Walker and company won in Wisconsin, the home of the modern progressive movement, we should try to do the same here in Ohio.
We lost the SB5 battle a few months back, but we haven’t lost the war. If our side tweaks the proposed legislation to exempt the union privileges of police, firefighters, and first responders, we’ll have many more supporters. We should make sure that the new law prohibits mandatory public union membership and mandatory dues collection. We should also remind people that we correctly predicted there would be widespread layoffs among teachers and other public employees if SB5 was repealed … and it’s still happening.
We probably can’t get everything we want in one fell swoop. We should achieve what we can next year, and when the voting public sees how the state budget and local budgets retreat from the brink, we can push for more — namely, evisceration of the unions for police, firefighters, and first responders.
If Ohio can try again in 2013, we’ll almost certainly benefit from economies of scale. Every conservative governor and legislature watched the fight in Wisconsin, and today they’re thinking “If Wisconsin can win against the public union thugs, why can’t we?” The full might and fury of the nationwide union machine rained down on Scott Walker and the Wisconsin legislature … and failed. Now imagine the union response when five, ten, or twenty states simultaneously apply the Wisconsin Strategy. The union thugs will be forced to divide their dwindling resources, and their natural constituency will be weaker here in middle-of-the-road Ohio than in über-liberal Wisconsin. What an opportunity to apply maximum force to the opponent’s weakest point!
One more optimistic factor: a 2013 special election will be dominated by activists. 2012 is a presidential election year, so we’ll see high turnout among low-information voters. Next year, grassroots conservative activists have a much better opportunity to push the electorate because we’ll be a larger percentage of the folks who actually show up to vote. The low-information voters will stay at home to watch American Idol and the Kardashians. Leftists will be listless and demoralized if Barack “I’m A Cool Celebrity” Obama suffers defeat, making them less likely to go to the polls.
It took decades for progressives to eat away at our constitutional republic. Restoring it will take decades too. We have been asleep too long, but it’s not too late to cure the cancer that ails America. Next year we can excise a big chunk of the malignant tumor known as the public employee unions.
Time to get back to work.