Giving credit where credit is due, Paul Fanlund, editor and executive publisher of The Capital Times, showed us how Scott Walker gained success by dividing and turning neighbor against neighbor for power:
Years before Donald Trump, Scott Walker was already dividing us: Max Boot in Foreign Policy magazine and was headlined: “America will survive Trump, but it won’t ever be the same.” Boot’s money quote: “What most troubles me about Trump’s presidency is the extent to which he is dividing Americans … in service to his own political ambitions.”
That also precisely describes Scott Walker. Indeed, Wisconsin’s governor had a six-year head start on Trump in the art of prevailing by dividing.
In the Bizarro State of Wisconsin, Walker's divisive agenda really means bring us together; From my own research, here are a few other points I'd like to add to Fanlund's piece:
1. Walker: "We need to change the tone in America from chants and rallies that fixate on racial division. Instead of focusing on what divides us, we need to concentrate on what brings us together."Because members of Black Lives Matter aren't voters, don't deserve representation?
2. On Aug. 21, Walker was asked if he would meet with representatives of the Black Lives Matter movement, and he answered: "Who knows who that is? I meet with voters. Who knows who that is. That is a ridiculous question. I'm going to talk to voters. It's a ridiculous question."
The partisan gap over Walker in Wisconsin was the largest for any governor in any state where exit polls were conducted last month. And it was the biggest partisan divide in any race for governor or U.S. Senator in Wisconsin on record, based on exit polls dating back more than a quarter-century.Democrats controlled by Washington's Big Government Bureaucrats? No, no, no! A favorite Walker line claims Democrats owe everything to Washington bureaucrats, the shadowy evil that must be feared. Check out Democratic Rep. Gordon Hintz, the new Democratic Majority leader's comments from 2015, where he passionately exposes that blatant lie. Who's controlled again?
Over that time span, partisan loyalty in Wisconsin has become almost universal in contests for major office among voters who identify with a major party. And “crossover” voting (Republicans voting for Democrats and vice versa) has all but disappeared.
Walker also said this: "...message that says in America we believe in the people and not in the government." In the articles comment section, one reader had this reply: "So the career politician tells us not to believe in him. Message accomplished."
Bizarro World Walker thinks "fighting" is good, a way to bring us together:
Harwood: "When you talk about fighting and winning, sometimes when I hear that, it sounds to me like the emphasis is on the fighting, almost like you're running to be the hockey team enforcer."
Walker: "Well I think right now people do want to fight in America. I think people want a fighter who can win, get the results. I fought, I won, I got results, and I did it without violating my conservative principles."
Letting Festering Racial Tensions Build is Scott Walker's Way: Nothing says dangerous disconnect more than ignoring what divides this country...because that will only bring us together:
Huffington Post-Don't Focus On 'Racial Discord' Or You'll Only Create More: "If we focus on unity we’re going to get more of that. The families of the massacre in Charleston showed us the way. I think it’s a prime example if we focus on things that unite us, ways to share the American dream."
Destroying their Democratic Enemies, by electing Pedophiles and Liars:
Dane County Executive Joe Parisi (said), "I think (Wisconsin Republicans) made a deliberate decision that their main goal, despite the stated goal of creating jobs, was to destroy their enemies."Which again brings me to MSNBC's Joy Reid's commentary. I've believed this for years, but it's also reflected in rural Republicans voters frustration and feelings of being left out. No kidding, that's because they're politicians haven't served them well, ignoring their communities under the guise of small government. "We won" made it even clearer, whether pedophiles or liars, it didn't matter, anything but a Democrat: