Gov. Walker: Ordinary Citizens Risk Futures for Hope of a Better America

Gov. Scott Walker reflects on Independence Day this July 4.

Editor's Note: The following column was written by Gov. Scott Walker.

The United States of America is arguably the greatest country in the history of the world because in times of crisis, whether it be economic, fiscal, or military, ordinary citizens have risked their futures with the hope that they could make our country better off for the next generation. 

I was reminded of this when, not too long ago, I visited Independence Hall in Philadelphia for the first time in my life.  When I walked into the room and saw the chairs and desks that Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and others used to create our founding documents, it had a powerful impact on me. 

When I was a student learning about our nation’s birth, I often thought of our founders as superheroes.  But literally seeing the chairs they sat in and the small room used to debate and adopt the Declaration of Independence made me realize they were just ordinary people who did something exceptional.  Our founders were normal people who risked everything to standup to an oppressive government with the hope that they could make America a better place for their children and grandchildren.

Since that time, military service members have selflessly served to protect the freedoms our founders risked their lives for when they read the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, at Independence Square.  Both military service members and veterans are in large part responsible for the preservation of our society as we know it today.

Because of this, I proclaimed 2012 the , with the hope we could help those returning home reintegrate into civilian society with housing, education, health care, and meaningful jobs.

The best part of my job is welcoming home those who have served overseas.  The hardest days are when I have to attend military funerals.  However hard it is, talking with the families of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, always gives me hope.  At nearly every military funeral I attended, a family member or friend of the fallen soldier has come up to me and thanked the people of our great state for honoring those returning home.  It’s remarkable that those who are experiencing an unbelievable amount of grief from the loss of a son or daughter, husband or wife, or friend, can take the time to thank the people of our state.  They are what make our state and country great.

While we will certainly face difficult challenges in the future, it is important to remember the extraordinary courage exhibited by ordinary people throughout our nation’s history.  Today I hope you’ll join me in celebrating the courage exhibited by our founders, our service members, and our veterans.  If you see a veteran or service member at a parade, community event or gathering, please thank them for their service and for protecting our freedoms.

Scott Walker
Governor of Wisconsin

Bob McBride July 08, 2012 at 05:29 AM
You see what you want to see. You read between the lines. Frasko's statement is what it is. Regardless of what you think it's about, his comparison is ludicrous. The sacrifices he mentions on the part of public employees were minimal in comparison to what many in the private sector made and to even infer some sort of relationship between public employees and what they deserve in terms of recognition and what troops in the battlefield deserve for their service is obscene. It demonstrates an enormous lack of perspective that completely overrides whatever point it is he's trying to make. As for Walker, you've had two opportunities to vote against him - 1 more than you deserved - and he won both times. Regardless of your personal opinion, the majority don't agree with you. The rhetoric coming from your side, bombastic as it has been for the past year and a half, hasn't even come close to hitting the mark. You folks can continue to pout and complain about him and look like sore losers, or you can act like grown-ups, suck it up and move on. Your choice. I could go on and on about how the neophyte in Washington let opportunities to pursue his stated agenda slip through his hands early on in his term and then attempted to blame his own ineptitude on the opposition, but what's the point in that? The majority put him in office. If they put him back in office in 2012, so be it. It's not the end of the world.
Bren July 08, 2012 at 07:22 AM
Mr. Hoffa, these individuals understand pandering when they see it. Had I ghostwritten this puff piece I would have done so in Walker's "voice," that is to say, first person plural. ; )
Keith Schmitz July 08, 2012 at 11:53 AM
"I'll give your analysis the proper weight it deserves." LOL. LIke any of us care.
Keith Schmitz July 08, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Tosa, you have to forgive Bob. Like all Republicans he has a reading comprehension problem. It is not enough they are uninformed. They are purposely uninformed and proud of it, thinking that if you repeat the lies enough they become the truth. No wonder this country is in trouble. And THEY want to suppress people's votes?
Bob McBride July 08, 2012 at 11:58 AM
I think most people probably got the gist of the comment w/o the translation, Keith. I'm rather surprised you picked up on it, though. Good job!


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