Dear Editor: I read with bemusement that Scott Walker is resorting to fear-mongering, scapegoating and paranoia to rally gullible voters for the fall election. Warning of a “#BlueWave,” our ethically challenged governor tweeted before the polls closed that “The Far Left is driven by anger & hatred,” and that “we must counter it with optimism & organization.” Translation: Democratic voters are energized to show up on election day, and Republicans must overcome them with voter suppression and massive amounts of money.

It wasn’t clear to voters in Walker’s previous campaigns that he is essentially a scam artist, much like his counterpart in the Oval Office. It is becoming clear now. His supposed “bold reforms” against unions, public education, voting and poor people were attempts to disenfranchise those who vote against him. His efforts to weaken corporate responsibility and protection of the environment were rewards to those who vote for him — at least some of them. The rest were fooled by Walker’s phony portrayal of his opponents as the enemy.

The question for the November election is: Will it work again? The voters appear to be tired of it, but that is no guarantee of victory for Democrats. They have to show a belief in principles of governance and of how a civilization functions properly. In recent decades they have chosen to play it “safe,” not standing for anything, but relying on getting out the vote among reliable constituencies.

If Democrats listen to their highly paid consultants they will squander this opportunity, same as they did in 2010, 2012 and 2014. The saving grace this time around is that at the grass-roots level new candidates are running for office — in areas previously assumed to be “red” by political consultants. Thankfully, new candidates can’t afford these all-knowing consultants, and are running for office — in places “Up North” and throughout the state. They may save the Democratic Party, and in so doing, save us from Scott Walker.

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John Hamilton

Madison

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