BY ROHN BISHOP
Ah, February, the month of love.
February is obviously best known for Valentine’s Day, a date all of us married guys best not forget. February is also known for the Super Bowl and the beginning of Spring Training. In fact, several years ago spring training for the Chicago Cubs started on Valentine’s Day. I got my very lovely wife a Valentine’s Day card with a personal poem that read,
“Roses are red,
Baseball’s a sport,
On Valentine’s Day,
Pitchers and catchers report!”
I was more excited about it being the first day of spring training than I was about Valentine’s Day, and Jenny was kind enough to let me watch the MLB Network; after I took her out for dinner, of course.
February also contains one of the “second tier” holidays I ridiculed in last month’s column.
President’s Day falls on the third Monday of February, and while I ridicule the notion that we give federal government employees a needless paid day off, I do find it appropriate to have a day that recognizes America’s 43 Presidents and their legacies for America.
President Dwight Eisenhower said,” No easy problems ever come to the President of the United States. If they are easy to solve someone else would have solved them.”
If you own a presidential place mat or remember those calendars from school that would display all the presidents in the order of which they served, it’s a neat way to look at American history. The presidential portraits reflect the American culture at that time, from change in apparel, to facial hair and hair styles, or just how new the gesture of smiling for a portrait is.
Since George Washington assumed the presidency on April 30, 1789, America has had 43 men occupy 44 different presidential administrations. Each president would be “keeper of the American flame,” and do his part to pass on a better America.
An example was started with the integrity of George Washington, who could have been king, but wanted power to remain with the people, and stepped down after two terms. Their’s the humanity of Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration of Independence, and the courage of Abraham Lincoln, who held the union together through the Civil War and ended slavery. There was the leadership of Franklin Roosevelt, who led America out of the Great Depression and fought off Nazi fascism, and the determination of Ronald Reagan to restore American greatness while destroying an evil empire and freeing millions from the bondage of communism.
As we take a day to honor the presidents of the past, you’ve probably noticed that the news coverage has been focusing on the election of the president of the future, especially here in Wisconsin, where our governor is about to jump into the race, and win!
And they’re off!
Almost since election night of 2014, speculation has been growing about the upcoming 2016 contest. Presidential candidate debates will begin in the fall of this year, followed by the Iowa Caucuses on January 18, 2016. So anyone wanting to win their party’s nomination needs to get in by early summer of this year.
Democrats look ready to coronate Hillary Clinton, despite her lack of any significant accomplishments. Not to mention her role in the Benghazi cover-up, her role in Whitewater, her role at controlling “bimbo eruptions,” her luck at cattle futures, let alone Bill’s recent sex scandal with underage girls on Jeffery Epstein’s island…but I digress. The Democrat side is looking pretty dull. On the other hand, Republican primary voters are looking for a courageous conservative to tackle America’s problems head on.
In mid December, Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced he would be exploring a presidential run, followed by “Tax Hike Mike” Huckabee who announced he would be leaving his popular FOX NEWS show, fanning speculation that he’s about to run.
Other potential candidates include Ohio Governor John Kasich, Texas Senator and blow hard opportunist Ted Cruz, Kentucky’s Senator Rand Paul, 2012 nominee Mitt Romney, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
There is also a growing list of second tier candidates without much of a chance, including Former Senator Rick Santorum, Donald Trump, and this cycle’s token black candidate Dr. Ben Carson. (Think Alan Keys and Herman Cain)
There were also two potential Wisconsinites running, both top tier candidates, Governor Scott Walker and Congressman Paul Ryan.
Walker and Ryan needed to decide which one was going to run; in mid January Ryan announced he would not run for president. This was the correct decision for Paul Ryan.
Mr. Ryan, who’s only 44, is now the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, a very powerful and distinguished position.
Furthermore, members of congress don’t fair very well in presidential contests, in fact only three members of congress have reached the White House since 1900, and the last member of congress to be elected president directly from the House of Representatives was James Garfield in 1880!
With Ryan not running it opens the door for the governor to begin his campaign, and no other potential candidate has as strong a track record of bold reform as Governor Walker, a tested and proven leader. “I’ve got a master’s degree in taking on the big government special interests, and I think that is worth more than anything else that anybody can point to,” the governor said.
The Governor is in an enviable situation. While each candidate has a core constituency, they also have factions of the party that strongly oppose them. Walker on the other hand is liked by all factions of the GOP. The establishment likes him because he is competent, the base likes him because he’s a proven reformer, and conservative talk radio likes him for his accomplishments. Walker is everyone’s second choice, the candidate all Republicans can agree on, and that is a great place to be in a crowded primary field!
The irony is the left’s attempt to destroy Walker here in Wisconsin and their over reaction to common sense reforms is what has made Walker a hero to national Republicans. Walker stood strong in the face of thuggery and won three elections in four years! He endured bogus investigations and cheap personal attacks, but never backed down. All while achieving many of his goals; including balancing Wisconsin’s budget, cutting taxes, and shrinking government, all very popular with Republican voters, and giving him an inside lane to the nomination.
History shows us the party in the White House rarely can win a third term, and with Obama’s unpopularity weighing down the Democrat ticket in the general election, early on, this looks like the Republican’s race to lose.
As I see it now, Walker has at least a 50/50 chance of becoming the nation’s 45th president. I could be completely wrong, but looking at the race today, that’s the way I see it.
Throughout our history we’ve always seemed to elect the right person when we’ve most needed them. Whether it was when America needed a Lincoln in 1860, a Roosevelt in 1932, or a Reagan in 1980. In 2016 America desperately needs a reformer with results, a bold leader willing to take on the big issues and the big government special interest.
America needs someone like Scott Walker!
The time is now. Scott Walker should run for President.
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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