Politics: One Draft After Another
I must have one Political draft after another that are pretty much ready to go, yet, been unable to pull the trigger of late. And for that I must apologize to my regular readers and feel I must offer an explanation.
Politics, by its very nature, is contentious. And while I have written more than my fair share of fiery posts I detest the thought of trying to drill the same theme into one's head. Yet there they are, in nearly every draft - and I don't think people want that even though the underlying theme is about participating in our greatest right - the right to vote.
Problem is, it is almost hypocritical when it comes to Illinois Elections.
Elections here are pretty much a joke given the influence and interference by politicians who only care about getting re-elected or selected by a rigged slate-making process. From Gerry-mandered districts to uncontested elections -
the reasons to NOT vote greatly outnumber the reasons TO vote.
And nowhere is this more evident than in the Illinois Gubernatorial Primary Election, especially when it comes to the slate of GOP candidates. I have determined that there is not one viable candidate for office here despite the fact that there is a "so-called political outsider" - an outsider that has poured more than $6 million dollars of his personal wealth (and just in the Primary) to capture an office that pays a paltry percentage of that princely sum.
So I have to ask Bruce Rauner -
do you really think people are that fu$king stupid?
Look it is no secret that the Illinois "Powers That Be" a.k.a. Michael Madigan doesn't like the current governor Pat Quinn. And quite frankly, outside of his sincere and heartfelt devotion to fallen Illinois veterans Pat Quinn is just another by-product of the Chicago Democratic Machine. Sure Quinn would like to point to his resume as being a protector of consumers, but he has hardly shown that since ascending to the Governor's Mansion. And let's face it the only reason Quinn is sitting in the Illinois Governor's Mansion is because another Michael Madigan vilified governor, Rod Blagojevic, is serving a long jail sentence. Ironically it was Blagojevic's father-in-law, Richard Mell, that perked the ears of Federal Prosecutor's when his ingrate son-in-law tried to quash Mell's own clout deal in a Joliet Landfill.
Of course Rod Blagojevich pissed-off the powers that be long before that when he wouldn't play ball with Michael Madigan and a host of other Chicago Political Royalty. And that is a political no-no around here. Chicago Democrats are taught very early in their careers that they must tow the political line or else face the consequences. And Blagojevich is just one example of the many who have been excommunicated by Michael Madigan and his Goons.
And if the truth be told, the Governor of Illinois is basically powerless if they go against the hierarchy of the Machine. And it has been that way for a long, long time. And if you are as old as I am you would know that the Original Boss, Richard J. Daley, once remarked something along the line of "why would I run for Governor of Illinois when I am already more powerful than he is?"
So that's exactly why the entrance of this so-called outsider, Bruce Rauner, is so interesting. Especially given the fact that Michael Madigan doesn't like anyone who questions his authoritarian control over a cadre of rubber-stamping, unprincipled no-minds. So I have to ask - did Rahm Emanuel and Michael Madigan find the "perfect puppet candidate for governor?"
Hey, it's a fair question given Rahm Emanuel's and Rauner's personal (and past business) relationship. And one that people better consider before jumping onto the bandwagon along with those already giving him a huge lead in the polls. That lead, of course, is predicated on the fact that two-thirds of eligible voters don't bother to participate so I wouldn't exactly say that he is the people's choice, but then again no elected official in Illinois is really a people's choice anyway.
As for the other Illinois Gubernatorial Candidates, well they really haven't given likely voters much reason to embrace them either. Dan Rutherford, for instance, has this little taxpayer funded report that he claims will exonerate him from allegations of sexual harassment - yet won't share it. Then we have the long-time DuPage connected Skip Dillard, who I think is a good man all in all and is absolutely right about putting a rat in charge of the cheese. But Dillard is also part of that same old guard that has helped put Illinois into the situation it is in. And that goes for Bill Brady as well.
You see what Illinois really needs is new blood.
A New Blood That Is Unbeholden to Anyone!
And therein lies the problem because of the way elections are run around here that is damn near an impossibility. Again - go back to that goofy slate-making process, then add in a Primary in which voters must declare a party preference that basically nullifies every Independent Voter who might want to pick and choose between candidates from either party and then last, but not least, that snarly little Gerry-mandering problem we have here.
So to say that Illinoisans are disenfranchised would not be a very fair thing to say. Nowhere has the system been more perverted than right here in good ol' Illinois. And believe me that makes it awfully hard for political observers to convey sensible discourse. Everything just comes out as a rave and a rant and that is clearly not the way it should be.
Now I take my right to vote very seriously, unfortunately some 60+% of Illinoisans refuse to participate - and believe me - I get it more and more everyday. But allowing a third of the population to hold dominion and hostage the other two-thirds is even more disturbing. And as recent events have shown us from the Ukraine - people that are fed up can, and will force change if they finally answer the call.
That is the purpose of this Blog - it is a call to those Two-Thirds to participate and help bring about change in Illinois.
Having a Michael Madigan rule this state with a dictatorial hand while allowing his Band of Machine Politicians to feed themselves from a nearly depleted Public Trough is unacceptable by any standard in a Constitutional Democracy.
Illinois desperately needs new blood and needs a fairer electoral system without interference from spineless and manipulative politicians.
And there I go again - it's the same old message isn't it?
And it seems no one is listening.
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