Joanne Kloppenburg announced she would not challenge the results of the recount of her defeat in the April election for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the courts. Here is the significance her decision: none.
The recount was an insignificant event, and she is an insignificant person - an empty vessel with a shiny surface that reflected the unionists’ hatred for Governor Scott Walker back to them. That was the glow; there never was anything more to it.
The Kloppenburg saga captures perfectly the essence of what so many of us find most objectionable about the state of affairs of our politics these days: insignificant people we don’t care about get in our face and stay there 24/7. Should we be grateful to Ms. Kloppenburg that the beatings have stopped? Sure. Thanks. Bye.
Most of us are not political crack-heads, jonesing for our daily fix of victimhood, partisan spin, overhype, and payback. We prefer to focus on our families, homes, businesses, jobs, neighborhoods, churches, clubs, hobbies, schools, sports teams, meals, clothes, entertainment, charities, and friends.
Here is how this is supposed to work; candidates campaign for a job and then we vote on who gets it. Voting is the end of the job interview; you got the job or you didn’t. Go fix a bridge if you won, and go lay by your dish if you lost. Either way, just leave us alone until the next time we have to decide who will represent us.
We are sick of the relentless drama. It started in 2007 with the contest between Hillary and Barack, then their fight over Florida and Michigan delegations, which ran us right into the Presidential campaign, which flipped immediately to GM bailouts and trillion dollar stimulus, which bled right into a whole year of health care, which fired up the Tea Parties until the 2010 elections were upon us, which ran right into the lame duck session and tax showdown and…
[We interrupt this rant to thank the Green Bay Packers for their fantastic playoff run and Super Bowl victory, which gave us a one month reprieve from the self-absorbed crack-head pols and the coverage of their machinations by the pom-pom press.]
…then on to Walker’s Budget Repair Bill and six weeks of insanity and paralysis at the Capitol and then the Supreme Court election in April, which should have been a yawner but instead we endured Scylla and Charybdis bombarding us day and night, and then the mistaken count, and then the real count, and then the canvass, and then the recount, and then the wait for the decision on the court case, and then it will be the recalls and then it will be time to crank it all back up again for 2012. The partisan bickering is not amusing anymore; it is exhausting.
The libertarians’ best argument for much less government is made every day by the incompetence and insincerity of the big-government advocates in both parties who fiddle and futz and waste money they do not have on things that do not matter. Like, for example, a recount that never had a prayer.
I don’t hate anyone, including Joanne Kloppenburg. What I hate is that Ms. Kloppenburg, and people like her, force me to stay engaged in the political process day after day when I have 100 more productive things I would rather be doing.
I hate it that I have to defend my rights from the very people I pay to protect them. And I hate it that I have to explain my rights to someone who came within a whisper of sitting on the Court that is my last line of defense in this state.
I hate it that young people discover truths about liberty in my column that they were not taught in school. I hate it that journalists are so biased and ignorant that I have to read eight papers to get a fair idea of what is going on in this world. I hate it that people who don’t work claim to speak for those of us who do.
I hate it that Joanne Kloppenburg made her problem our problem and indulged her appetite for a vendetta at our expense. I hate it that she was the best the Democrat Party could come up with to sit on the Supreme Court. And I hate it that the Republican’s best candidate could only beat her by a few thousand votes.
Goodbye, Ms. Kloppenburg. Thank you for exiting the stage. Please stay gone.
“Moment Of Clarity” is a weekly commentary by Libertarian writer and speaker Tim Nerenz, Ph.D. Visit Tim’s website www.timnerenz.com to find your moment and watch for the upcoming release of his new book, “Capitalista!”