Dear Editor: It was the best of speeches, it was the worst of speeches. It was the tale of two visions for our society. One was told by President Obama in his inaugural address; the other by Gov. Scott Walker in his State of the State address. Walker’s address embraced disunity and social Darwinism, the survival of the fittest. Obama’s address embraced unity.
Walker views our societal struggles the same way one would view a Packers-Bears football game: winners and losers. His address emphasized the importance of money and praised the “hardworking taxpayer.” Walker divides his citizens into makers and takers, pitting successful schools against failing schools. Walker fails to mention that his Republican Party’s tax-cutting economic theories have impoverished the nation by creating the greatest wealth disparity since 1928. The top 1 percent of the nation owns 42 percent of all financial wealth, while the bottom 60 percent of people own only 2.3 percent of the wealth. Walker’s emphasis on job creation is feeble — a slave has a job! People need jobs with living wages, medical care, and retirement security. Yet with his every word and stroke of his pen, Walker tears our state’s societal fabric apart.
Obama’s vision is that of a nation who cares for all of its citizens. “For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it,” said the president. “My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it — so long as we seize it together.”