My former Milwaukee Journal colleague Paul G. Hayes - - the paper's enviroment, science and energy reporter - - was the best writer there for many of its best years, and he showed his mettle again with a Facebook posting yesterday which I am reposting below, with his permission.
Scott Walker not only is the most boring man in public life -- what books does he read? what poems does he commit to memory? what music moves him to tears? where is his sense of beauty, of justice? of mystery? -- but he is the most dangerous of the 19 Republican candidates, more dangerous than even Ted Cruz, because Cruz is aware of the fraud he has invented of himself.
But Walker has been committed to a vision of Ronald Reagan that he adopted as an adolescent and purified from the real man -- the one who peddled Chesterfield cigarettes on the back of magazines in the 1930s -- to a present Christian saint, unimpeachable and without error. He has been driven by this from adolescence.
And now he has formed a shining vision of himself, imparted from afar, from God himself, that blurs the boundaries between God, Reagan and Walker.
This so drives the man that nothing will stand in the way of his divine right to the presidency. No real evidence that he is fallible or even incompetent will deter him. Only a massive awakening of the public to the peril he poses not only to democracy and progressive liberalism, but to responsible conservatism rooted in reality and governed by law will do it.
He is a menace, not self-constructed for petty politics as most of the other scoundrels, but because he has heard the voice of God. He is no longer in charge of his will. He is focused on a divine mission. He is marching toward the light. Watch out.
|Hayes, and Martha Bergland, reading in 2014 at the Downtown Milwaukee Public Library from their biography of Wisconsin naturalist and scientist Increase Lapham.|