Political Arena

Warnings about and advice for how to defeat the Taxeating Horde

By John Biver

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)

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Would the signers of the Declaration of Independence put up with this?

By John Biver

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.

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A government run by creeps and misfits (Part 2)

By John Biver

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.

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A government run by creeps and misfits (Part 1)

By John Biver

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:

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Support for Direct Elections will continue to be a litmus test

By John Biver

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.

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The Hastert cabal seeks to capitalize again on the dilapidated IL GOP

By John Biver

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.

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A conversation with a twenty-something American (Part 3)

By John Biver

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.

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A conversation with a twenty-something American (Part 2)

By John Biver

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.

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A conversation with a twenty-something American (Part 1)

By John Biver

“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.”

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GOP 101: Taking it to the streets – the left gets it, the right doesn’t

By John Biver

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.

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GOP 101: Tapping into “that something different” in the American fabric

By John Biver

Here’s an excerpt from a note I received just yesterday:

“Most of us cannot stomach politics. We’re watching what appears to be the rapid disembowelment of our country – and it’s not easy to stay ‘checked in’ to it all. I’m not surprised that others are staying checked out. Not that I don’t care anymore but it’s all just too horrible to watch without a game plan of some sort. People are busy with their lives but need to get involved. But what’s the plan?

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Mark Kirk should stay put, switch parties, or retire

Mark Kirk should stay put, switch parties, or retire

By John Biver

The big media pundits – flying along up there at 30,000 feet like I mentioned here – continue to think Mark Kirk is the go-to guy for Republicans in Illinois when it comes to the U.S. Senate seat.

This is terribly ironic since Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Arlen Spector, who in many ways has a more “Republican” voting record than Mark Kirk, just jumped ship and is now a Democrat. The geniuses who run things at the National Republican Senatorial Committee evidently don’t learn. The NRSC’s Sen. John Cornyn talks up Kirk’s candidacy even as he and his fellow Republican senators bash their old pal Arlen.

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Mayday, Mayday, Mayday

By John Biver

The incompetence of the Republicans we’ve elected here in Illinois and nationally has brought us to where we are today. Illinois is controlled by people whose failure doesn’t make a difference on election day. Nationally, the Obama-Pelosi-Reid trifecta will soon be joined by a U.S. Supreme Court that is about to lurch way-left.

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