Paul Adair is a 21-year Germantown resident, retired scientist, writer, and lecturer.
Several weeks ago, Just Sayin' examined the thirty-six year Congressional record of Jim Sensenbrenner. We concluded that the Congressman has not justified being re-elected to yet another two-year term. He is a senior member in the most do-nothing Congress in history. He played a major role in last year's pointless and shameful government shutdown. He has repeatedly voted to privatize Social Security and voucherize Medicare. Sensenbrenner has simply not represented us in Washington.
I often get into frank political discussions with people whose views are to the right of my own. If the conversation lasts long enough, they invariably tell me: "You libruls think that...." followed by some gross exaggeration such as "...you are entitled to all of my money !" or "...capitalism is bad !" or "...the gu'ment should run everything !"
When voting, we usually pick the candidate whose views most closely match our own. Often, we don't fully agree with either major party candidate, so we select the perceived lesser of two evils. Democracy might be better served if we had a wider selection of candidates, from across the ideological spectrum. For November's election, there will at least be a third viable option for Wisconsin voters. The Libertarian Party is running candidates in each of the five statewide races.
This year's race for Governor is a critical one for the future of Wisconsin. The contrast between candidates Mary Burke and Scott Walker could not be more stark. The personal ethics of Walker have recently dominated the discussion, but this race is about so much more.