Some ironies are so fitting and delicious you are tempted to think that God Herself has something to do with it.
Yesterday, September 21st, a day chosen as “Peace Day” celebrated around the world, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced in Madison, Wisconsin–a liberal city he hoped to leave far behind– that he was getting out of the presidential race because he was “being called to lead by helping to clear the field in this race for a positive conservative message to rise to the top of the field.”
It was God doing the calling, Walker implied, but only God knows what the “positive conservative message” might be, as militaristic demagoguery has become the dominant Republican world-view. But with Walker gone, there will at least be one less ardent voice for war on the national stage, so I guess that is a positive thing.
Reporters, however, are saying that it was the less spiritual matters of money and poll numbers (both running low) that led Gov. Walker to finally see the light and give up his dream of taking the fight to all the evil-doers around the world, just as he once fought Wisconsin’s teachers and other state employees.
At his press conference, Walker didn’t mention that it happened to be the International Day of Peace (to be fair, no one else did either), but it was a groovy coincidence that this day was chosen to be candidate Walker’s final day in his quest to be president.
Back in August, Gov. Walker went to The Citadel, a military college in South Carolina, to outline what his foreign policy would be should he be elected our commander-in-chief. In brief, Walker’s policy speech can be summed up as “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”– war as a holy enterprise. “America will not be intimidated. And neither will I,” said the valiant Walker, a Christian soldier against big government and foreign theocracy, though he supports a really big military and Christian theocracy. Walker also famously announced that on his first day as president he would “terminate” the Iran deal won through diplomacy and return to economic intimidation and threats of war, likely leading to war.
What finally intimidated Gov. Walker was being ignored by voters, the media and the donors. And so he quit. May his political career now dwindle away and rest in peace, and may Walker find the peace and wealth of the private sector.