When Wisconsin governor Scott Walker was confronted with a setup by liberal activists, he handled the matter well and he handled the matter poorly. This one incident, planned by activists bent on subverting our sovereignty, demonstrates how conservatives have the high ground - that may remain barren.
While touring Iowa, liberal activists drove Wisconsin resident, medical supply factory worker, and illegal alien Jose Flores to the site to confront the governor. Walker is one of the Republican candidates who has a healthy chance of receiving the party nomination for president next year, and he has demonstrated the ability to ignore political pressure once he makes up his mind. It is important for liberals to be able to discredit Walker. If he receives the nomination, they know that defeating him will be incredibly difficult.
First, the positive: Gov. Walker was calm, articulate, and relentless. He stuck to his points, highlighting the hypocrisy of the current occupant of the White House. When waiting activists and media members (forgive the redundancy) heckled him, he sternly quieted them on one occasion; responded properly, politically speaking, on another.
Now, the negative: Gov. Walker sounded like he was repeating memorized talking points, he hinted at amnesty, and he failed to respond properly on an important point that would have resonated with many Americans.
The matter of repeating memorized talking points is not terribly relevant. We are early in the nomination process, and there are many months to go before “average” voters will be following the candidates.
A concern should be when Gov. Walker responded, at one point, by saying that we need to “(put) in place a logical system.” If a wall is a system, many conservative Americans will be fine with that. If self-deportation is a system, then that’s great. Many people do not understand the concept of self-deportation, but the short answer is that if laws that prohibit the employment of, and payment of government benefits to, illegal aliens are stringent enough, then there is no pot of gold under the red, white, and blue rainbow.
Dry up the jobs and government benefits, dry up the flow of illegal aliens invading our nation. No jobs, no “safety net,” no illegals.
Gov. Walker wants to put in place a logical system, but we don’t know what that system is - or is not.
The second concern came when he was heckled by the activists about “separating” the family. He responded, forcefully, that he “did not say” that he would separate them, or that he wanted to do so. Later he responded again that he “did not say” that he would separate the man’s family. Again, this hints at amnesty.
Conservative Republican candidates should take note of the circus put on by these activists who act in opposition to our system of rule of law. Neither Republicans nor conservatives nor Americans of any stripe are breaking up families from other countries. True, liberals- in both parties- incentivize illegal activity, but the fact is that Jose Flores made a choice, and that choice was not to stay and fix what was wrong in his own country or to lift that country out of economic and political mediocrity. Jose Flores chose to put his family on a path of separation by breaking our laws.
One other facet of Gov. Walker’s response that is concerning revolves around the obvious: the family does not need to be separated. Question: “Why do you want to separate my family?” Answer: “You are the one who made the decision to separate your family, the minute you crossed our border illegally. If you don’t want to separate your family, take them back with you.”
The liberal activists and media activists (journalism is dead in America) would flip out, the Beltway pressure would be on, and the weak and sensitive among us would cry for a day or two. Gov. Walker has proven to be strong enough to endure the orchestrated faux D.C. tizzy, but he stopped short. He did not take the full step to the rule of law, even as he spoke about the rule of law.
Standing in front of the top executive of a US state was a man who admitted that he was in violation of the law. Jose Flores had no fear of being arrested and punished. That has to change, or we will lose our national sovereignty. The conservative Republican aspirants need to learn the lessons, positive and negative, of Gov. Walker’s encounter. If not, many years hence, Scott Walker’s grandson will be asking Jose Flores’ grandson if he has a plan to restore America to being a First World country.
Brian W. Peterson has been a columnist for a mid-size California newspaper, is a veteran of political campaigns, and was a member of the publicly elected Republican Central Committee of Los Angeles County. His psychological thriller Dead Dreams and sci-fi adventure Children of the Sun are currently available through Amazon.com. You can follow Brian on Twitter @cybrpete.
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