By Jeff Simpson Cross posted at Purple Wisconsin!
May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy addressed the Joint Session of Congress and called upon the people of America to do great things. Listen to it here!
President Kennedy stood in front of Congress and the Country to ask for
everyone to band together, spend a massive amount of money(Up to $9
Billion dollars) and not just send a manned space flight to the moon,
but also a Rover nuclear rocket, weather satellites and other space
Then more than a year later, President Kennedy gave his famous "We choose to go to the moon" speech in front of 35000 people at the Rice Football Stadium :
"Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the
best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation may
never come again. But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our
goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35
years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?
We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this
decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because
they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the
best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we
are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which
we intend to win, and the others, too."
President Kennedy realzied we are all in this together and called
upon the country to work together and accomplish great things. Which we
did! In 1969, Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. Proving we can accomplish great things when we work for a common goal.
President Kennedy showed us that leadership is pulling people
together. In Wisconsin, we have the exact opposite. Our Governor has
lived by a credo and philosophy of "divide and conquer". Scott Walker
tipped his hand early on, when he shared his philosophy with his number one donor.
While President Kennedy called upon the country to unite to be stronger in his signature speech, Governor Walker gave us the exact opposite with his signature speech.
This is — you know, I told my cabinet, I had a dinner the Sunday,
or excuse me, the Monday right after the 6th. Came home from the Super
Bowl where the Packers won, and that Monday night I had all of my
cabinet over to the residence for dinner. Talked about what we were
gonna do, how we were gonna do it. We’d already kinda built plans up, but it was kind of the last hurrah before we dropped the bomb.
And I stood up and I pulled out a picture of Ronald Reagan, and I said,
you know, this may seem a little melodramatic, but 30 years ago, Ronald
Reagan, whose 100th birthday we just celebrated the day before, had one
of the most defining moments of his political career, not just his
presidency, when he fired the air-traffic controllers. And, uh, I said,
to me that moment was more important than just for labor relations or
even the federal budget, that was the first crack in the Berlin Wall and
the fall of Communism because from that point forward, the Soviets and
the Communists knew that Ronald Reagan wasn’t a pushover. And, uh, I
said this may not have as broad of world implications, but in
Wisconsin’s history — little did I know how big it would be nationally —
in Wisconsin’s history, I said this is our moment, this is our time to
change the course of history. And this is why it’s so important that
they were all there. I had a cabinet meeting this morning and I reminded
them of that and I said for those of you who thought I was being
melodramatic you now know it was purely putting it in the right context.
President Kennedy talked in terms of what we could build together and
Governor Walker talks about "dropping a bomb" on public workers. Even
his supporters readily acknowledge that divisiveness is his one talent: Walker's tenure as governor has been among the more dramatic, divisive and consequential in state history. Scott Walker even leads the nation in most negative advertising in this election cycle.
While this starts with Scott Walker, it does not end there. With
the electoral success, that the divide and conquer strategy has
brought, it is now ingrained in the Wisconsin republican philosophy.
Wisconsin was recently rated as having the most negative ads in the current election cycle.
Go to MaryBurke.com and you will see a republican controlled website
with nothing but negative attacks on Mr. Walkers opponent. Even the latest Scott Walker TV Ad - "wedding dress' - while
it is demeaning to women, it portrays the Democrat as stupid, dumb,
illogical and foolish. It also portrays a rift between the Bride and
the mother of the bride.
In Scott Walker's Wisconsin, no one is allowed to get along!