Devastating Abuse of Desperate Tribe Proves Danger of Walker Presidency

Devastating Abuse of Desperate Tribe Proves Danger of Walker Presidency

In our exploration of Scott Walker’s questionable motivations for rejecting Wisconsin’s Menominee tribe’s proposed casino, we have uncovered a sinister trail of money leading from Gogebic Taconite to the Koch brothers backed Wisconsin Club for Growth. We’ve taken a deep dive into the murky waters of Iowa’s electoral politics and examined the details of conservative anti-gambling activism. We’ve shown Walker’s veto to have served a base motive of political revenge against the Menominee tribe. In light of everything we have found, what does this tell us about Scott Walker? Specifically, what do these revelations tell us about the potential administration of a “President” Walker?

Scott Walker currently sits in the middle of a vast and shadowy web of dark money, and that money has had an undeniable influence on his actions as governor of Wisconsin. There is no reason to believe that this behavior will slacken should he manage to win the presidency. A Walker presidency would be the Koch brothers’ dream, where anyone with enough cash will be able to shape policy. If a mere $700,000 donation is enough to buy the deregulation of Wisconsin’s mining industry, imagine what can be bought, nationwide, for $1, $2, or $3 million? Such raw venality has done a disservice to the people of Wisconsin. It would do a greater disservice to the nation as a whole.

But more than Scott Walker’s greed for donations, his naked political ambition is troubling. To court Iowa voters, he’s sold out the Menominee, the poorest and most vulnerable tribe in his state. And, more than that, he’s taken up to 10,000 jobs from Wisconsin, a state whose job growth under Walker’s reign has been, at best, anemic. When it comes to serving his political ambitions, Scott Walker is willing to sell out the very voters who placed him in office. Again, imagine this same behavior writ large across the fabric of the country.

A Walker presidency would be the Koch brothers’ dream, where anyone with enough cash will be able to shape policy.

But venality and amoral political ambition are scarcely unique among politicians. Hell, were these traits enough to disqualify one from politics, we’d lose most of the Republican Party. More egregious is how callous Scott Walker was in seemingly taking his revenge against the Menominee, the poorest tribe in Wisconsin. It’s an action that is reminiscent of the bullying bluster of Chris Christie. Yet, I would argue, what Scott Walker did to the Menominee is a far greater crime. Yes, Christie has destroyed political careers of those who have dared to disagree with him. But Walker? Walker destroyed the dreams of 9000 of his state’s poorest and most vulnerable residents. The enormity of that act is staggering.

And consider this. The Menominee are a sovereign tribe, and fought a bitter battle to restore this sovereignty when it was wrested from them. Scott Walker is notably lacking in foreign policy experience, outside of a visit to London where he largely talked about cheese. His dealings with the sovereign Native American nations of Wisconsin give us a tantalizing and terrifying glimpse of how a hypothetical Walker administration might go about conducting its foreign policy.  And it’s not exactly a pretty picture. The Potawatomi tribe have the money to donate $150,900 to the Republican Governors Association and was notably less vocal than the Menominee in their opposition to Scott Walker’s suck-up to Gogebic Taconite, not even bothering to attend the hearing where other tribes voiced their opposition. And they have done quite well under Walker’s reign. Contrast that with the case of the Menominee, who cannot afford a slick lobbyist and have the gall to stand up to Walker.

That sort of treatment bodes ill for the foreign policy of a Scott Walker presidency. Will Walker only treat nations fairly if they bow their heads to his ego and funnel cash to his pet causes? That is hardly a strategy that will endear our nation to the world. Scott Walker speaks a political language of patronage, ambition, and vengeance. That language, spoken on the international stage, will be an unmitigated disaster.

In the final piece in our series, my colleague Marc Belisle takes a deeper look into the shadowy web of lobbyists and dark money surrounding Scott Walker’s veto of the Menominee casino.

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Akira Watts failed to graduate with a B.A. in philosophy from Amherst College and now does an assortment of IT related things. He has been writing a nebulously plotted literary choose-your-own-adventure work for the past five years. He lives in Santa Fe, NM with a small fish and a cat the size of a yeti. Before joining the team at Reverb Press, Akira was a frequent contributor at Truthout.org READ MORE BY AKIRA.

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Akira Watts failed to graduate with a B.A. in philosophy from Amherst College and now does an assortment of IT related things. He has been writing a nebulously plotted literary choose-your-own-adventure work for the past five years. He lives in Santa Fe, NM with a small fish and a cat the size of a yeti. Before joining the team at Reverb Press, Akira was a frequent contributor at Truthout.org READ MORE BY AKIRA.

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