BY ROHN BISHOP
Can you believe it’s been a year?
A year ago, in the very first edition of “Rohn’s Rants,” I introduced myself to you with a quote from Admiral James Stockdale, Ross Perot’s running mate during the 1992 campaign for president, who during the Vice Presidential Debate, famously asked, “Who am I, and Why am I here?”
Well, here we are, a year later, and judging by some of the mail we receive many of you are asking, “Who are you, and why are you still here?
Thanks for asking.
I’m still here because enough of you find my musings interesting, informative, enraging, engaging and entertaining.
If you’ve been with me since last December you’ve read about my conservative political beliefs, my fascinating build up to the very important 2014 Republican Convention, and my strong arguments to reelect Governor Scott Walker.
You’ve also read about the time I took 35% of my daughters play money, (so she could pay her fair share in Obama’s taxes) my emergency appendectomy, and my frustrating trip to the DMV.
As I mark an anniversary with The Scene, I would like to sincerely thank you all for reading. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to write “Rohn’s Rants” in 2014 and look forward to writing more in 2015.
I would like to especially thank my editor, Mr. Mike “Silk” Casper, for giving me this opportunity, and for having my back! “Rohn’s Rants” has been known to generate some feedback, and the easy thing for an editor to do would be to just give in to those haters with the coexist bumper sticker on the back of their Prius, calling for my dismissal from this paper, because my ‘ignorant, uneducated writings don’t belong in such a fine publication.’
Well they’re right; this is a fine publication, and I’m proud to have been with the Fond du Lac edition of The Scene since day one, and now “Rohn’s Rant’s” is also in the Stevens Point edition!
Whether you agree with my opinions or not, I sincerely try to make a passionate and compelling argument to persuade you to my side, in an engaging and entertaining way.
Thank you all. Have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2015.
Election 2014: Four More Years! Four more Years!
Four years ago a Republican tsunami blew through Wisconsin as the GOP won the Governor’s chair, and along with it came the Lt. Governor, and Attorney General. The GOP won a 19-14 senate majority and won a 59-40 majority in the state assembly.
Walker and the GOP moved boldly and quickly to reform our state and close a $3.6 billion budget hole with the introduction of ACT 10.
Then all hell broke loose!
The protesters flooded in to shut down the capitol, schools closed as teachers protested, the Senate Democrats fled to Illinois, and shouts of Shame! Shame! Shame! rained down on Republican legislators.
Every piece of legislation Walker signed into law was struck down by a Dane County court. We had a very contentious State Supreme Court election, followed by a fight between two justices! Then a round of recall elections in 2011, followed by another round of recall elections in 2012, that saw Governor Walker increase his vote totals.
We’ve just finished the 2014 election cycle , where the big government Washington based unions made Walker their number one target, yet again spending tens of millions of dollars to destroy Governor Walker.
And after throwing all that at Walker and the GOP, what do the Democrats/unions have to show for it?
Walker was just elected for the third time in four years, winning 56 of 72 counties and is now considered a front runner for the 2016 Republican nomination for president. The GOP Senate Majority is back to 19-14, and in the Assembly; the GOP now has their largest majority since 1957!
This is even more amazing when you realize Wisconsin is a fairly blue state, having voted for the Democrat candidate for president in seven consecutive elections!
Wisconsin’s Democrats will have to take a step back and reevaluate what they’ve done to their party, how they let their obsessive support for government unions, and those unions demands for lavish benefits govern their party.
Like Captain Ahab hunting his whale the Democrat’s hatred of Walker, and there obsession to destroy him at any cost, they’ve ended up destroying themselves.
When leaving office in 1974 President Nixon said, “Those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself.”
The Democrats and their allies so loathe Walker that they’ve destroyed themselves. For his part, Scott Walker always stayed above the hate, staying calm and composed. This steady leadership is one reason why, for four more years, we can call him Governor Scott Walker.
The only disappointment in Wisconsin on election night was that Julian Bradley couldn’t unseat Democrat dinosaur Doug LaFollette for Secretary of State. It’s not surprising that Democrats would vote for the old white guy instead of the young energetic African-American, just look at their party history. What is surprising to me, is how LaFollette can survive these GOP wave elections. It goes to show the power of having a famous last name when you’re in a low profile office.
The Red Wave:
The Republican Party had a big night nationally too.
Republicans won control of the US Senate, as they had their best election night since 1980. Republicans netted at least 8 seats, and they look likely to win a runoff coming up in Louisiana, giving the GOP a 9th seat, 54-46 GOP edge in the chamber.
Consider this: Republicans won 3 of the 4 senate contests taking place in the presidential battleground states of Iowa, Colorado, North Carolina, and almost picked off Virginia, a surprise to everyone!
In the House, Republicans picked up 12 seats, earning 244 members of the 435 member chamber, giving the aforementioned their largest governing majority since the election of 1928, when Republicans rode the coattails of Herbert Hoover’s landslide victory over Al Smith!
At the gubernatorial level, Republicans fended off expected Democrat victories in Kansas, Michigan, Florida and in the hotly contested race here in Wisconsin. Republicans also won the governorships in the deep blue states of Massachusetts and Maryland. In Maryland, Governor-Elect Larry Hogan will be just the second GOP governor since Spiro Agnew left to become Vice President, and only the 7th Republican governor in the state’s history!
Republicans also won big in the state houses, leaving Democrats with control of just seven legislatures, their worst showing since the Civil War when Democrats were still defending slavery!
This election was a rebuke of Obama’s policies, sure, but it was also a rebuke of Obama’s inability to get anything done, both at home and abroad.
Obama has been unable to work with congress on budgets, debt ceilings, entitlement reform, or the Keystone Pipeline, while at the same time Healthcare.gov doesn’t work, the VA system is letting veterans die, and the IRS “loses” emails.
On the international stage Obama and America look weak as ISIS beheads American citizens. We’re slowly losing Iraq, Iran is still trying to go nuclear, and he’s alienated our closest ally, Israel. At the same time Russia’s Vladimir Putin pushes Obama around like a bully, as if Obama is the freshman student at the school of real world international affairs, and the Communist Chinese seem bolder than ever, buzzing American ships with war planes!
Republicans must show America what real leadership looks like! It’s time to pass a bold agenda that includes repealing Obamacare, border security with immigration reform, IRS reform, regulatory reform, the Keystone Pipeline and energy independence, while supporting the Ryan Budget with an overhaul of our entitlement programs.
Entitlement reforms may not be popular, so go explain to the American people why it’s necessary for the long term stability of the programs.
Obama will veto, but it shows the American people a clear contrast between new conservative Republican ideas, and the old failed liberal Democrat ideas that have gotten us into this mess.
Just like Walker and the GOP showed in Wisconsin, taking the bold and controversial steps to solve our problems will be rewarded by voters.
Rohn W. Bishop is a monthly contributor to the Scene. Bishop is a former member of the Waupun City Council and currently serves as Treasurer for the Republican Party of Fond du Lac County.
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