The 80% rule and the 11th commandment are meaningless clichés now mostly used by two kinds of people. The first kind are up to no good. They want you to buy into their severely flawed candidacy, ignore their corruption, or keep your disagreeing mouth shut. The other kind are people who don’t like to think too deeply about anything – especially not about politics.Read More
The alphabet soup from my title above is as follows:
NEA = National Education Association
APA = American Psychiatric Association
ALA = American Library Association
All three are in the news of late, and that last one – the GOP, the “Grand Old Party” has of course been in the news as well.
Let’s start with this last one first. Nine months ago there were predictions of doom for the future of the Republican Party because of the widespread Obama delusion. Only foolish and uninformed young people and members of the hard left still cling to the delusion. Most everyone else now understands that “hope and change” doesn’t mean good times unless you’re a government employee with a government pension.Read More
If you’re to the right politically, aghast at what the Obama Administration is doing, and frustrated with the gross ineffectiveness of Republicans in Illinois who aren’t able to toss out corrupt and failed Democrats, you’re a member of a growing club.
Like a lot of clubs, though, this one is, as of yet, still mostly consisting of complainers and protesters instead of people involved in constructive political action.Read More
Three years ago the liberal Republican Judy Baar Topinka won the nomination for governor in part because of the theory that it would take a “moderate” Republican to win statewide. That theory was destroyed when Topinka won less than forty percent of the vote in the general election.
That’s right, less than 40%. That Associated Press called the race one minute after the polls closed. It wasn’t even close.
You would think that three years later some people in Illinois would have learned, but I guess not.Read More
What’s happening in today’s America was predicted long ago by men who understood human nature and the potential problems of big government. Frederick Bastiat and Alexis de Tocqueville both lived during the first half of the nineteenth century, and here is what they had to say:
“Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.” – Frederick Bastiat, (1801-1850)Read More
To answer the question in my title – not a chance. When you read about the strength, courage and principle that defined the founding generation, it’s easy to see how they’d be running primary candidates against every failed Republican Party office holder they could.
I shouldn’t have to explain what I mean by “failed.”
Barack Obama is president, Nancy Pelosi is U.S. House Speaker, and Al Franken is now the 60th Democrat in the now filibuster-proof United States Senate.Read More
Two weeks ago Republican U.S. Sen. John Ensign admitted to an extra-marital affair. Last week, the childish melodrama of GovernorMark Sanford made big headlines. Make no mistake – there are more GOP scandals in the offing.
Those of us who don’t suffer from amnesia recall very well what happened with Illinois’ own Dennis Hastert’s pro-homosexual staff who looked the other way when Florida Republican CongressmanMark Foley had inappropriate (to say the least) contact with under-aged male interns.Read More
As a veteran of political party, campaign and legislative staff politics and government in both Washington D.C. and Illinois, let me tell you the news of the past few days doesn’t surprise me one bit. Specifically, I’m referring to the destructive behavior of South Carolina Governor Mark Stanford and the continued anti-Republican Party voting of Illinois Congressman Mark Kirk.
There’s a lot of odd people in politics – in fact, the arena seems to be a magnet for them. Columnist Mark Steyn has penned a brilliant column that ran in the Orange County Register this past Friday – the title and subtitle of it was as follows:Read More
Earlier this year Illinois Republican Party chairman Andy McKenna’s pronounced that there would be no litmus tests for Republican candidates in 2010. As usual, poor Andy was exactly wrong. In fact, one big litmus test has been added in 2009: whether or not a person supports voting rights for rank and file Illinois Republicans.
After all, the Republican failures we’ve seen in Illinois have been Party failures first. Any candidate aligning themselves with the old guard failed McKenna bunch by opposingSB600 has picked the wrong side. And as the field of Republican candidates for governor gets fatter, it will nevertheless remain easy for GOP voters to distinguish between those who get it and those who don’t when it comes to the need for new Party leadership.Read More
In a series of emails among those on the Western Kane County Republican Organization email list yesterday an exchange took place about the prospective 14th congressional district candidacy ofEthan Hastert, the son of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.
During the next few months, the various candidates stepping up to run against Democrat Bill Foster will be vetted. Some of that work will be done by what remains of the local GOP organizations after years of neglect by lazy and uninspired leadership.Read More
It’s not fun having to deal with the reality that is the current American political system. One smart and successful young woman recently took me to task for my columns advocating for more participation – suggesting that there has to be a better way. She implied that most clear-thinking people want nothing to do with the rot that is today’s political process. Parts 1 and 2 of this series are found here and here.Read More
A smart and successful young person recently challenged some of my writing in an email. Part 1 is here. To continue, her email went on to say the following about her aversion to party politics:
“I can’t speak for others but I have two major reasons for not wanting to get involved in established political organizations. One is that they are either too large or too incestuous to get anything done. And second, those individuals that I’ve seen enter with great messages and great intentions wind up getting spit out a polished but limp version of what they entered as.Read More
“I read your article from today,” one smart young person recently began in an email to me.
“However, as a member of the jaded populous I just wanted to weigh in with the kind of (expletive deleted) attitude you may be facing so that maybe you can address it.”Read More
But I also know a good number of pretenders. “Bloggers,” fake “journalists,” people whose names appear on letterhead as the ‘executive director’ of this or the ‘president’ of that. For twenty-five years the political right has excelled at forming independent organizations and the end result of all that self important printed stationary is that the Democrats run things in most of the country.Read More
You listen to talk radio when you can. You catch the latest on cable news. You scan the Internet for the latest news and commentary. You watch the Republicans in your area and nationally…Read More