This week’s radio commentary:
Six months ago who could have imagined that we would be facing nine State Senate recall elections this summer? Most of us had very different plans for our summer than getting involved in campaigns, volunteering and voting. And yet, we’re faced with the very real possibility of losing the pro-life, pro-family, pro-liberty majority we voted in last November.Whatever happens in the Senate this summer will affect all of us, whether we live in a Senate recall district or not. The nine recall elections this summer could change the majority in the Senate, giving power back to the same Senate Democratic caucus that voters removed from power last November.
Our sister organization, Wisconsin Family Action, has been working hard over the last six months to forward your pro-family, pro-life, pro-liberty values in Madison and with your help, we’ve met with good success. However, we still have a lot to do to protect our families, our churches and our communities in Wisconsin.
Now, the focus is on the recall elections. Political parties and other interested parties from both sides are pulling out the stops to get their candidates elected or re-elected in those nine districts. And everyone is calling on their grassroots to get involved.
You are the game-changer this summer. Your involvement in the campaigns, your decision to vote and your conversations with friends and acquaintances this summer could mean the difference between victory and defeat for the candidate you support.
Whether you live in one of the nine recall districts, or not, you can still get involved. The six recall elections for the Senate Republicans are Senate District 02: Rob Cowles (Green Bay); Senate District 08: Alberta Darling (River Hills); Senate District 10: Sheila Harsdorf (River Falls); Senate District 14: Luther Olsen (Ripon); Senate District 18: Randy Hopper (Fond du Lac); and Senate District 32: Dan Kapanke (La Crosse).
The three recall elections for the Senate Democrats are Senate District 12: Jim Holperin (Conover); Senate District 22: Bob Wirch (Kenosha) and Senate District 30: Dave Hansen (Green Bay).
There are two main ways to get involved this summer; giving of your money and giving of your time and effort. If you live too far away from one of these districts to volunteer your time, you can still give money. If you do live close enough, there are many opportunities to volunteer, whether it is with the candidate’s campaign or with others attempting to get out the vote.
Wisconsin Family Council and Wisconsin Family Action are working to educate voters and to get-out-the vote this summer for the recall elections. We would love to have you partner with us this summer! If you would like to volunteer with us, you can sign up on our website. Go to www.wifamilyaction.org and click on Take Action. Or you can give us a call at 888-378-7395.
Since the beginning of this year, we’ve heard a great deal of talk about having “our voices heard.” Well, in a Constitutional Republic such as Wisconsin we have a very effective, tried-and-true provision for making our voices heard. It’s called a free and fair election. When we turn out to the polls and cast that vote, government hears our voice loud and clear—just like it did last November.
Naturally, we still have a responsibility to contact our elected officials and to hold them accountable once they take office. But the crescendo for our collective voice is when we cast that ballot on Election Day and choose someone else to represent our voice in the halls of government.
Think about it. Election Day is the biggest rally ever! Tens of thousands of Wisconsin citizens gather at the polls—not to fight, not to shout and yell—but to silently and formally delegate our right to self-government to individuals who will be our voice in closed-door meetings, in public hearings and committees, in the media and on the floor of the Senate and Assembly chambers. That’s the beauty of a representative form of government!
So what will you do to protect your vote and your values this summer? How will you get involved in our representative form of government?
This is Amy Lewis for Julaine Appling at Wisconsin Family Council reminding you the Prophet Hosea said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”