The Chicago Tribune and WGN-TV conducted a poll of 600 registered voters and apparently 54% of those surveyed disapproved of Governor Pat Quinn's job performance. Okay - but I think we already knew that and why only poll 600 people? I would venture to say that had this poll been expanded to include a larger cross-section of Illinoisans then we would probably learn that the Huckster's popularity was even lower and mimic that of Congress.
Governor Quinn tried very hard to persuade people that "Illinois is back on course" in his, er, over optimistic State of the State Speech. The reality, though, would indicate otherwise. Hopefully the state GOP is smart enough to find a serious challenger who has broad appeal in the nest election. It is not an easy task. Still, Illinois has had Republican Governors before and I see no reason why another cannot be elected again.
If the people of this state are honest with each other it shouldn't be all that difficult to see that from an ideology standpoint - Illinois Democrats are far from being practicing adherents to party principles. The way I see it, there is no shame in abandoning a political party that has long ago abandoned its people - so exactly why people have remained loyal is beyond me.
Just a bit of truth here - I used to be a Democrat and in many ways still believe in its principles. However, those principles have not been applied in Illinois for the better part of 30 years and as such forced me into being the Independent I have become. Matter of fact, if the Democratic Party were to actually believe in its principles and strive to govern as such - I would be back in a heartbeat.
But come on folks - we know how the politics of this state are and it has nothing to do with ideals or protecting the rights of the people. I was more than serious in my last post when I said Illinois resembles a Fascist regime as opposed to a Democracy. We have had more examples than we can count when it comes to skewed legislation. The people have lost more than it has gained in the past 30 years and there is something fundamentally wrong with that scenario.
You know it is kind of like that story of where a man goes to his doctor and complains about a constant pain in his eye. After the doctor inquires as to when this began, he learns the patient has been stabbing himself in the eye. Naturally the doctor tells the patient that if he stopped doing that then the pain would go away.
Well isn't that exactly how it has been with our politics? After all - people keep electing the same instrument of pain without regard to the fact that they are the sole source of their discomfort. It makes me more than curious as to when the People of Illinois finally stop inflicting pain upon themselves?
Hopefully the governor's poor ratings are a portent of positive things to come. I mean, have the people of Illinois finally awoken enough to see that those that they entrusted to govern them justly have been playing them all along? Seems to me that the decent hard-working people have been screwed enough and there is no apparent end in sight.
Unless, of course, the people finally send a powerful message.
Besides, the Doctor says -
Stop Stabbing Yourselves In The Eye!