Let’s Talk: Independence Day!
By Gail Kablau
Well, it took awhile, but summer is finally here in Wisconsin. So much rain!!! But now things are really growing. With all the rain we have had, my tiger lily plants are bigger than I have ever seen them, so I am anxious for the blooms to start – usually just around the 4th of July – fitting to have my own personal yard fireworks.
Independence Day is an important day. Like Memorial Day and Labor Day, the 4th of July tends to get confused with a day to have a barbeque, go to the local carnival, or just have a party. People forget what these holidays are all about. Aside from the fact that the 4th of July is my mother’s birthday (95 this year!), it is important to remember the significance of what our Independence Day is all about.
The Declaration of Independence gave us all certain “unalienable rights, and that in order to secure these rights, a Government shall be instituted”. And, “that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.”
Well, can you think of any other time in recent history where we have so desperately needed to “alter” our government than the last 10 years? First in Wisconsin, and now in our country? Well, we did it here in Wisconsin – partially. We elected an education friendly Governor, but we know that is only half the battle. We see it every day with an unfriendly legislature that continues to work to find ways to take away power from Governor Evers that was OK for our previous governor to have. Why aren’t more people angry about this? We still have work to do to make changes in the make-up of our legislators.
Everyone who knows me knows that I am politically active. It’s time for more people to do the same. We can no longer stand by and just let things happen to us. We have finally started to be more on the offensive, but we need to get more people involved in the change that needs to happen in this country.
I hear from my fellow union members, and other colleagues that they are afraid to call their legislator, or that they are too busy to get involved. Wait a minute! You’re too afraid to talk to the person elected by the people to do the will of the people? Really? Shouldn’t they be held accountable for their actions on behalf of their constituents (you!)? It’s so easy to do – call, email, use the WEAC action website to send your message. It takes so little time, and has huge consequences. Think of how things might change if EVERYONE called their legislators ALL the time. If we don’t contact them, how will they know what the will of the people is? Just voting twice a year isn’t enough.
OK, OK – I’m on my soapbox. But don’t expect me to get off anytime soon. With the first set of National Democratic debates under our belt, the Presidential race is officially on. Too soon, you say? Not for me. It may seem like we have a long way to go, but if we start today, we can get a better result on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
Educators and women have made a difference throughout this country in the last year, and we need to continue to use our collective voices to effect more change in our Local, State and National elections. Need help in getting started???
Contact Gail Kablau at: firstname.lastname@example.org