The recall against Gov. Scott Walker has some of Wisconsin’s and America’s core principles at stake.
When you elect an official, you’re stuck with them. Sometimes it’s a harsh and unfortunate truth.However, some citizens of the state of Wisconsin have pushed for another election for governor, despite Walker being elected only two years ago.
Instead of waiting out his term, we are having a referendum on a two year term. This is not how our government was laid out.
It’s important to remind Wisconsinites that politicians are not always popular.
Recently, George W. Bush left office with a 22 percent approval rating, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll.
Bush’s departing approval rating was the lowest since the approval rating was created by Gallup 70 years ago.
Despite Bush’s lack of popularity, there was never a real push to end his second term early. Federal laws are different than Wisconsin’s, as a president can only be removed from office by an impeachment from the House of Representatives and a conviction by the Senate. A president can also resign.
President Barack Obama is still in office despite members of the GOP disliking his health care bill, also dubbed as “Obama Care.”
Recently, the Wisconsin legislature discussed a bill that would make it more difficult to recall an elected official. The bill would ensure that a recall would only take place if the official was committing a crime or immoral act, not based on policies.
Although this bill has all but fizzled out, it’s one that should consider a close look. This urge for a full term isn’t about partisan politics. It’s about the shape our democratic republic has taken today.
A recall election is imminent, but what will it say to future elected officials if we do recall Gov. Walker?
The fear of making a big decision will always have the cloud of a recall overhead. The only thing an elected official should have to worry about is doing their job, the way they said they would when they campaigned. A referendum on their policies is necessary after their term, not in the middle of it.
Walker needs a chance to get Wisconsin’s fiscal house in order. In order to do so, he will need a full four year term, rather than a shortened one.
While the GOP may sympathize with this viewpoint more than the left at the moment, it’s important to remember that both sides of the party have had rifts with elected officials on the other side throughout history.
Republicans are currently making a strong push to unseat Barack Obama in this year’s presidential election.
Democrats were successful in taking the empty seat left by Bush in 2008. Americans know what they want. Walker was elected because the majority of the state wanted him to be governor.
Wisconsin had spoken and we should be letting Walker finish his term. The approaching recall election is something that should not be taking place.