By Rohn W. Bishop
Who am I? Why am I here?
My favorite moment of the 1992 Presidential Election happened on Oct. 13, 1992. It was during the Vice Presidential Debate between Vice President Dan Quayle, Senator Al Gore, and Admiral James Stockdale. When asked for an opening remark, Admiral Stockdale, the candidate for Vice President on Ross Perot’s independent ticket replied, “Who am I? Why am I here?”
I feel the good Admiral’s response is an appropriate way to begin my first column for The Scene.
So, who am I?
Well, I’m a Conservative Republican. I’m married to a wonderful woman named Jenny and have a two and a half year old daughter named Reagan. I served on the Waupun City Council from 2002-2009. I have served as Treasurer for the Republican Party of Fond du Lac County since 2011. In August of 2012 I attended the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Then in May of 2013 I announced my candidacy for the Republican Nomination for Wisconsin Secretary of State.
In October of 2013, I testified before the Assembly Committee on State Affairs in support of AJR 48, a constitutional amendment to abolish the office of Secretary of State. I told the committee that what we have now is the worst of all worlds, we have a highly paid secretary, with a staff and a nice office, but they have virtually nothing to do. This is because in 1995 Governor Tommy Thompson created the Department of Financial Institutions. Over the years the department has taken over most of the Secretary’s responsibilities, leaving the Secretary with the constitutional responsibility of maintaining the Great Seal of the State of Wisconsin.
I feel strongly that this is an office in desperate need of reform and I feel I am responsible enough to maintain the Great Seal while working to restore integrity and reform the office.
That’s who I am but……Why am I here?
Well, because Mr. Casper asked me to write a monthly political/current events column for The Scene.
I hope my monthly column is thought provoking, and gives readers a good insight into the conservative way of thinking on issues of the day. Most future columns won’t be about me, but about whatever topic or issue I feel needs to be commented on. I’ll cover anything from international squabbles in the Middle East, to a tax issue in front of the Fond du Lac County Board. You don’t have to agree with me, but I sincerely hope you enjoy the column and read it monthly.
“I know nothing…!”
On the classic TV show “Hogan’s Heroes,” Sgt. Schultz always knew there was something special about Hogan and his crew, and that they were up to something, he just couldn’t put his finger on it. In most episodes Colonel Klink would question Schultz about what odd event had just happened and Schultz would reply with the defense of “I know nothing!”
Lately, Washington, D.C. reminds me a lot of Stalag 13.
Recently it was revealed that the NSA had been listening in on personal phone calls of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as other European leaders. When asked about this revelation the White House’s response was “the President didn’t know.”
There seems to be a lot that the supposedly ‘smartest President ever’ doesn’t know about.
We’re told Obama didn’t know about the Fast & Furious gun running program, or the security situation in Benghazi, Libya. Nor did Obama know about the IRS harassing TEA Party groups, or that his administration was spying on the Associated Press. After the oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico Obama didn’t know “whose ass to kick”. Obama certainly didn’t know that Healthcare.gov wasn’t going to work, or that your premiums are exploding. The president wasn’t lying when he said if you like your health plan you can keep it, he just didn’t know it wasn’t true!
America in 2013 feels like Stalag 13. We’re being held captive by a bunch of socialists, and we know people in the administration are up to no good, but every time we ask the man in charge, his response is “I know nothing!…It’s Bush’s fault”
For 30 years the left has harpooned conservative leaders as being stupid. Sarah Palin, Dan Quayle, even Ronald Reagan were often portrayed as less than bright. In fact, during the protest in Madison, Wisconsin over ACT 10, teachers carried signs mocking Governor Scott Walker for not having a college degree. Yet it’s the left’s hero, their leader, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, the graduate of Harvard, Columbia, and Occidental, the man who was going to heal the sick, and lower the oceans, the man who gave Chris Matthews a tingle up the leg, the one we’d been waiting for! Barack Hussein Obama! He’s the guy, who just doesn’t seem to know much about anything.
Well, I suppose, if you’re in President Obama’s situation, it’s better to be known as an ignorant president, then an incompetent, one.