To the Editor:
In 1947, our eighth-grade class “present” for the 13 members of the class from Racine County Grade School was a trip to the state Capitol in Madison, Wis. It was probably only the third time I was ever out of the county in my life.
I remember the Capitol as the grand edifice, the rotunda, the statue on top of the dome pointing to the southeast toward the U.S. Federal statue in Washington, D.C., which is 18 inches shorter. As we entered the Capitol, we saw the American statues, the beautiful murals, paintings and marble from around the world. We had to be very quiet because the Legislature was in session. Gov. Goddard came out and spoke to us. What a thrill that was!
It was a far cry 64 years hence when the Capitol was being overrun last year and disgraced by thugs, marauders and political agitators who broke out windows and doors and poured paint and chemicals on the floors. These animals showed no respect as they roamed the premises 24/7 for weeks. Millions of dollars in damage had to be spent to clean up the mess.
The American people from all over the country met the clarion call with monies to support Gov. Walker in defending the state of Wisconsin. The ideals of freedom were restored at the ballot box when the people of Wisconsin realized it cost 17 million wasted taxpayer dollars on a “silly recall.” Along the way, Walker wiped out $3.6 million in debt and recouped $150 million in surplus. I happen to know a local person whose mother sent $25 to support the governor – that is all she could afford. As you know, the plan was to throw Wisconsin’s government into chaos.
Let me refresh your memory before World War II when Hitler and the Nazis in 1933 to 1939 began invading Europe, Africa, etc. First they came for the local “Germans,” but I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t German. They then came for the “Poles,” but I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t Polish. Then they came for the Jews, but I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t Jewish. Then they came for me, but there wasn’t anyone to speak for me.
Question: Do the Syrians have a point? Why Libya? Why not Syria?