Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is not only the son of an ordained minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and a sweet loving mother, but he earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. It is the highest rank attainable in the organization and involves years of participation and full exposure to the following rules the organization instills in boys for a lifetime. The Boy Scouts of America says this about the Scout Law:
“The Scout Law is a guiding light to millions of boys and young adults throughout the world today, but the principles of the law have been brought to us from ancient days.”
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor (Exodus 20: 16)
Scouts: A Scout is Trustworthy:
Here Scott Walker fails miserably. He has been anything but. His lack of personal integrity is shown in his serving roughly half the people of the State of Wisconsin. He has been unworthy of the trust of the entire people of Wisconsin. He has pushed through an end to collective bargaining when nothing was said about initiating so important a policy. In short, the people of the State were misled. He knew full well that if he had campaigned on doing this he would lose. So he failed to tell what he planned to do well in advance of his elevation to the State’s highest office and public trust. He has lied to the Congress under oath and in response to a question they asked if his end of collective bargaining was anything beyond budgetary when testifying some months ago about this question before Darryl Issa’s Congressional Committee. A video released last week showing him talking to a billionaire donor has him saying that his aim in ending collective bargaining was to “divide and conquer” the labor unions and make Wisconsin a right-to-work Red State.
Leader: He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and he who is dishonest in very little is dishonest also in much. (Luke 16:10)
Scouts: A Scout is Loyal:
Walker scores high here. He has been unflaggingly loyal to the Wisconsin Association of Manufacturers and the Koch Brothers of Koch Industries. He is also a loyal member of the Wisconsin Republican Party. He has also been the hero of those who wish to kick the labor unions in the teeth, and smash the Democratic Party. He has stuck by conservatives. Yet, loyalty as indicated by the response of scout leaders to the boys like Scott Walker taking the Oath and learning and accepting the Scout law raises several issues. His massive cuts to Badger Care and the assault on working people “the sons of your people” as they are all Wisconsin residents and of his people who live in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin is more than ironic. And the sons and daughters of the parents who send them to public schools have been ill served by $1.6 billion in cuts to education in the State.
Leader: You shall not take vengeance or bear any grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18)
For the poor will never cease out of the land: therefore I command you, You shall open wide your hand to your brother. To the needy and to the poor, in the land. (Deuteronomy 15:11)
Scouts: A Scout is Helpful
Walker has helped some Wisconsin citizens and failed others completely. So here his score in following the Scout Law he promised to obey and to inculcate into his own belief system is mixed. He has given massive aid to great out-of-state corporations who cannot live without hundreds of millions of dollars in new tax breaks. He has done all he can to help Koch Industries and business interests like them. But the poor, the elderly, working people, students, and all those brothers and sisters who may disagree with him on policy but who nevertheless belong to the same human family that he is a part of have been let down severely. There is a whole segment of the populace he has failed to help. He has however, done great harm to them. The State is divided so evenly that polls show the division and that his challenger in the Recall Election, Tom Barrett, has even made unifying the people of the State his main theme.
Leader: Love one another with brotherly affection: outdo one another in showing honor. (Romans 12:10) Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! (Psalm 133)
Scouts: A Scout is Friendly
Walker scores high here. Walker has been so friendly that he has traveled to dozens of States to meet and greet people who are so impressed with his friendly manner-of-speaking and acting that they have given him upwards of twenty millions of dollars! About the only fly in the ointment here is it again depends on who you are. If you are a Union man or maid, a public servant, a Democrat, a liberal, a minority member, a gay or lesbian person, a woman needing proactive health care from Planned Parenthood, the reception you’ve received has undoubtedly failed to meet expectations in this category.
Leader: Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for edifying, as fits the occasion, that it may impart grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4:29)
Scouts: A Scout if Courteous
Governor Walker scores low here. Being courteous to some and arrogant, unfeeling, and discourteous to millions of others is such a low standard of performance since Walker began public life that his failure to even meet the bar here is shocking. Jesus of Nazareth taught that being good to ones friends is not of much credit to us. It is loving our enemies and doing good to them that wins God’s favor. Judged by this great teacher, Walker has failed the exam repeatedly.
Leader: A righteous man had regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel. (Proverbs 12:10).
Scouts: A Scout is Kind
Let’s just say that no one is going to accuse Scott Walker of coming anywhere near meeting this standard, not even his friends and supporters. That’s not what they love him for. Nuff said.
Leader: Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor thy first commandment with promise: that it may be well with thee and thou mayest live long on the earth. (Ephesians 6: 1-3)
Scouts: A Scout is Obedient.
There is serious question here about Walker following this one. We know little of his disciplinary record in school; we don’t wish to intrude on how well he obeyed his parents though his attaining the Eagle Scout rank suggests he was a dutiful son. Nevertheless, we are aware that the pending John Doe probe has put him in danger of losing his liberty via law-breaking. There are serious questions about the legality of some of his actions as governor. And there is no doubt that he has hit one out of the ballpark when it comes to failing to obey his God’s commandments. Here we give the guy a free pass reminding ourselves that we all fall short in the eyes of the Creator and only his grace saves us. So here the score is decidedly mixed and in serious danger of dropping like a stone.
Leader: A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken. The mind of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly. All the days of the afflicted are evil, but a cheerful heart has continual feast. (Proverbs 15:13-15)
Scouts: A Scout is Cheerful.
Walker is spot on with this one. He has cheerfully dismantled so much of the Wisconsin Progressive tradition of good, honest, clean government, cutting edge reform, and our fine public education system and so much of the quality of life in Wisconsin that we cannot but give him a high score here.
Leader: Go to the ant, O sluggard: consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer or ruler, she prepares her food in summer, and gathers her sustenance in harvest. (Proverbs 6:6-8)
Scouts: A Scout is Thrifty.
This is where Walker beats the world. His balancing of the Wisconsin budget in deficit for the most recent two-year budgetary period cutting some $3.6 billion from that budget, placing it in balance, and putting in controls of property taxes that lowered them for the first time in many decades is truly an accomplishment however liberal Democrats might complain about it.
Leader: Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure hear, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord, and vindication from the God of his salvation. (Psalm 24: 3-5)
Scouts: A Scout is Clean
If this pledge and law of the Scout law means anything beyond physical cleanliness, then Walker fails entirely. He’s demonstrably lied on several occasions and more may be revealed in the years to come. He has not acted in ways that absolve him but only convict him in matters of injuries to so many people in Wisconsin. If being clean means living in a right relationship to God that is not always left to others to judge.
Leader: And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. (Mark 12:30)
Scouts: A Scout is reverent, he is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion.
Scott Walkers disrespect for the “least of these” and for those who offer us a challenge in loving them as they are contrary to most people and how they live find Walker seriously wanting.
(Source for the Oath, Law and Leaders comments: Boy Scouts of America).
AS TO WHAT TO MAKE OF THIS DRAW YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS. Struggles for Justice.