Mary Burke, the Democratic candidate for governor of Wisconsin, has had to deal with accusations of plagiarism that are marking her campaign with red ink. However, she has recently gone back on the offensive, implying that Scott Walker could not have graduated college even if he had copied the work of others. In fact, she claimed, "Scott Walker so stupid he got fired from the M&M factory for throwing out all the Ws. On a serious note," she continued, "we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, and we will never surrender." The crowd of teachers Burke addressed worked itself into a frenzy, and then she continued:
"My people, some of them, have run away to the hills, and have no blankets, no food. I might have had a tough break – but I have an awful lot to live for! And so, my fellow Wisconsinites: ask not what your state can do for you — ask what you can do for your state. Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself-nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. The fate of the world depends on it, and I am commending the Interests of our dearest state to the protection of Almighty God, and those who have the superintendence of them, to his holy keeping. I believe that in the history of the world, there has not been a more genuinely democratic struggle for freedom than ours to defeat Scott Walker."
"Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own Wisconsin life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. I myself decline to accept the end of man. If you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for Wisconsin, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Walker, open this gate. Mr. Walker, tear down this wall!"
" I desire to see in this state the decent men strong and the strong men decent, and until we get that combination in pretty good shape we are not going to be by any means as successful as we should be. Let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the state’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle. I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death! That goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."
In the evening of my memory, always I come back to Wisconsin, where if a man fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory. Victory at all costs – Victory in spite of all terrors – Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival. With that in mind, blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."
" I have a dream today. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what we did here. This is our hope. And now, security and liberty may prosper together."