I did spare myself a lot of unnecessary agony, however, by not actually listening to him deliver it….below are just a few passages that I found especially egregious.
“After the preamble, the start of this treasured document now reads:
“All people are born equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights; among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; to secure these rights, governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
These are powerful words. A few moments ago, I took an oath to support this constitution and the Constitution of the United States. I take that charge seriously.”
Unfortunately, you don’t get to pick and choose the parts you like, Governor Walker. Just a few paragraphs farther down in “this treasured document” is SECTION 4. Right to assemble and petition. The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged. Tell it to the hundreds of folks who were arrested, ticketed and harassed for singing in the Capitol building.
“We will ensure every child—regardless of background or birthright—has access to a quality education. For many, like my sons and me, it is in a traditional public school. For others, it may be in a charter, a private, a virtual or even a home school environment. Regardless, we will empower families to make the choice that is right for their sons and daughters.”
Even Dale Schultz had to admit that most communities in Wisconsin can’t sustain one school system since you took power, much less two or more. And there’s no accountability.
“But for many of us, that dream is as simple as ensuring our children live in a place that it is better than the place we grew up in. As mentioned, Tonette and I decided to run for Governor years ago because we wanted our sons to grow up in a state where they, and future generations, have the opportunity to dream big and work hard to make those dreams a reality.”
Call me crazy, but the Wisconsin I grew up in was pretty damned amazing. My parents both had a solid union jobs which allowed us to live well in a nice suburban environment with a great school system. We had a great upper middle class life. I graduated from college (and Graduate School) with no debt. My Senator tried to save the environment (you know that little Earth Day thing) and supported civil rights and civil liberties. My Governor worked to make college more affordable and more accessible to all. Our hopes and dreams in the late 1970’s were bigger and brighter and much more attainable than the future holds for any of these children that you are referencing.
If you have any desire to read the whole thing: http://walker.wi.gov/newsroom/speech/governor-scott-walkers-2015-inaugural-address#sthash.YyIZQCZS.dpuf