Divided We Stand, United We Fall
From the August 2015 edition of the SCENE
The night Scott Walker officially announced his presidential candidacy
I had a dream (nightmare?) I was watching his inaugural address on Fox News in
January of 2017. In the dream Walker became the first incoming president to
ride a Harley
in the inaugural parade. Below are his remarks as they were
spoken in my dream:
Chief Justice Roberts, all Real Americans, and others: today we
continue an inaugural tradition as old as the Republic itself. What we do today
is possible only because our Founders had the wisdom and courage to articulate
and fight for Big and Bold ideas.
I thank President Obama for his service. I also thank him for resisting
calls from so called environmentalists that he boycott this inauguration due to
my pledge to make good on my campaign promise to issue as my first Executive order
the removal of solar panels from the White House. Thank you President Obama.
Wisdom in our time requires recognizing that our 21st
century challenges are not significantly different from what our Founders faced
in the 18th. Political
courage in our time requires the audacity to assert and fight for 18th
century solutions to 21st century problems.
You see our Founders did not bother with climate change, but they did
change the political climate from hot tyranny to cool liberty. So much did they
love liberty that they were willing to legally define nonwhite southern workers
as 3/5 of a person to get it. That controversial 3/5 compromise was what I call
18th century cool; a Big and Bold idea proving that our Founders
respected the sovereignty of each of the 13 original states more than they did
any dictates from Washington.
Big and Bold ideas like the 3/5 compromise
, or the Manifest Destiny
of natives to make room for our Real American ancestors, or the expansion of American power
and influence abroad, or President Reagan’s refusal to back down
in his confrontation with arrogant striking air traffic controllers, or my own
state’s abridgement of the tyranny of collective bargaining, have been
lambasted by critics as divisive. Such critics do not understand the profound
role division plays in accelerating the progress of the states.
Indeed, our Founders and all Real American leaders since are often pictured
as standing for some kind of vague principle of national unity. You don’t needa college degree
to know what’s wrong with that picture: vague unity is undependable,
puts mushy cooperation ahead of vigorous competition, and ultimately makes us
Division is dependable. Division works. It creates a critical mass of
US always wary of and willing to fight the attempts of THEM to transform our
traditional American values.
Our first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, is a remarkable example
of a decisively divisive leader frequently miscast as obsessed with unity. Two
years before becoming president, Lincoln said “I do not expect the Union to be
dissolved -- I do not expect the house to fall -- but I do expect it will cease
to be divided.” Yet he then went on to become the most divisive chief executive
in history, presiding over a civil war that killed hundreds of thousands of
Real Americans over an issue that deeply divided the nation for many generations.
What the Civil War could not kill was the 18th century idea
of state sovereignty. That is why today I say ask not what your
country can do for you, ask what your country can do for your state.
Does your state want to define what marriage is and who can participate
in that most sacred of unions? You now have a well-wisher in Washington.
Does your state want to be freed from onerous federal regulations of
air and water quality that degrade the desire of job creators to compete in the
global economy? You now have a well-wisher in Washington.
Does your state want complete control over voting rights, including the
power to pass the strictest possible voter identification laws? You now have a
well-wisher in Washington.
Does your state want to expand gun ownership rights to any and all
people the state sees fit? You now have a well-wisher in Washington.
As regards foreign policy, there too we call on the 18th
century for guidance. In the Declaration of Independence Jefferson condemns King
George III for not protecting the colonists against what he called “the
merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare is an undistinguished
destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.”
Today’s merciless Indian Savages are ISIS and their sympathizers. Our
administration will reject any attempts to rationalize ISIS as somehow a
product of the actions of American behavior in the Middle East or some other
alleged injustice that creates terrorism. Our administration will stand for the
principle that terrorism is caused by terrorists. Period. We will wage a liberty crusade ready and able
to pit our well-armed 18th century principles against ISIS’s twisted
dreams of a 7th century style caliphate. We will win. They will
Will the liberty crusade be divisive? Yes, as will our Big and Bold
domestic reforms. But fear not, because following in the tradition of our most
noble ancestors, we draw inspiration from the knowledge that Divided We Stand,
United We Fall.
Thank you and God Bless America.