Playing By The Rules A Stale Political Argument

Playing By The Rules A Stale Political Argument

A recent Chicago Tribune Investigation revealed how panels in at least three dozen suburbs removed 76 candidates for political office because of bogus paperwork issues and how this sort of thing is predicated on those very panels having a political interest in their rulings.

North Riverside Mayor Kenneth Krochmal, for instance, chaired just such a panel, and despite a court ruling which nullified its decision to remove candidates, remains ambivalent about their action. He was quoted as saying “We don’t write the rules” and “We played by the rules.”


Just the same old song and dance so far as I am concerned. Besides it is a stale political argument given the shenanigans routinely being played by desperate politicians who want to continue feeding off the public trough. I mean, isn’t that what it is ultimately about anyhow?

Illinois, politically, anyway, has become the poster child for what a political whorehouse looks like. Michael Madigan, as we know, has had an iron-fisted grip on our politics for some thirty years as Illinois Speaker of the House and the Chairman of the Democratic Party. Sadly, that immense power has also bankrupted the State of Illinois as Madigan routinely tells the opposition party to “pound sand” if they recommend legislation designed to make the lives of average citizens better.

Thirty years of inaction on the issue of Public Pensions while rewarding political insiders like Juan Rangel and the United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) with millions of dollars in state grants while denying every other school district long-owed monies is just some of the inequities to ensure that those long associated with the Chicago Political Machine reap the benefits while the rest of the state is left holding the bag.

But hey, Madigan’s stranglehold over Illinois Politics is squarely the fault of voters who refuse to engage the election process. Excuses about life getting in the way is just a cop-out given the many remedies available to them; i.e. Absentee Ballots, Early Voting, etc.. Still, two-thirds of registered voters still find an excuse even though they are often the first to complain about the financial impact the Illinois Legislature bestows upon them.

You know? It is kind of like when the man goes to the doctor complaining of a pain in his eye and as the doctor asks what brings it on they say it is because they are stabbing themselves in the eye. To which the doctor retorts “Well Stop Stabbing Yourself!”

The reason politicians are allowed to play their silly games is pretty straight forward. It is because the people allow them to. And unless they begin to take their civic obligation seriously, then politicians will not only pass legislation that grants them the key to the bank vault – but they will also keep writing all the rules with impunity.

Playing By The Rules?

We Don’t Write The Rules?

Yeah Right!



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  • Most of these challengers are politicians, but the Daily Herald had a story yesterday about some anal compulsive who just likes doing it.

    Some are not even good at it. Up here were had a former village president who unsuccessfully challenged the Caucus slate's petitions, then tried to become a write-in in the Democratic primary that had no candidates and hence was not held. I guess nobody would sign Democratic primary petitions.

    But, obviously the election laws are written to favor incrumbents like Madigan and lawyers like Odelson.

  • How right you are Jack.

    I am still convinced that the only defense we, as an electorate, have is if we can get past the low voter turnouts which favor incumbents. Until that happens, I just don't see a change in the status quo.

    Have a Great Weekend.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    Man, what type of voter turnout would it take in Mount Greenwood to get rid of Madigan?

    Maybe one can get rid of some of his cronies, but the way the legislature gerrymandered itself, that's not looking too likely.

    As in the case of Hugo Chavez, sometimes I cheer on "natural causes."

  • In reply to jack:

    I better qualify that. One nutcase dies in North Korea, and we get his genetically defective imitation son of John Stroger.

    In that case I wonder if Kim III is in charge, or just that psychotic.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack is right about natural causes being a method for change, but there is always the famous Who line, "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss." That is, until Illinois is placed into some kind of receivership...and, alas, not even then, as Illinois has exported its fiscal policy, cronyism, vote buying and pseudo-collectivist ways to the federal level.

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    Spot On Richard. Especially the "Meet the New Boss same as the Old Boss. Rahm Emanuel is just as phoney about transparency as the weepy media unstable King Richie II.

  • Can't argue with your logic, especially the defective imitations a.k.a. Stroger or Kim Jong Il. The world, it seems, is in a mess and it doesn't matter what the political system.

    Decapitating Madigan, at least in my mind, can be done in exactly the manner you extrapolated - vote out his cronies in other districts. While I agree that the gerry-mandering of districts make it that much more difficult I still believe it can be done if enough people participate in the process as well as having a few of those blind followers of liars and thieves realize that they have been screwed by them all along change their attitudes.

    Of course I also like the idea of natural causes for Madigan but as you allude to - we will just get another Machine Politician to take his place. Illinois Government, for all intents and purposes, is nothing more than a dictatorship. People cannot refute that there has been a systematic plan to deprive average citizens of their rights and to have fair representation under the law. And it isn't getting any better as politicians entrench themselves even deeper into every facet of our state government. Let's face it - all three branches of Illinois Government have been corrupted and infiltrated by Machine Loyalists.

    Why the majority of people in this state have tolerated and/or capitulated to such a sham (by a minority of its population no less) goes against any sound or logical reasoning.

    Thanks for the comments Jack, as always enjoy your candor.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    People keep electing the same because the game is fixed for one, and the now majority of the population have the learned the concept that government is there to provide for them, cradle to grave.

    Ironic is the older baby boomers who rebelled against the imperial Richard Nixon and Richard Daley the First, but now have joined the "establishment". They are the "Greediest Generation" and phonies all.

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    Ironic is right when it comes to the sellouts. Even more ironic is that the so-called cradle-to-grave loyalists aren't smart enough to realize that in the end that same government they rely on ultimately takes more away than it gives. The first drop of the budget axe in Illinois always disproportionately takes away more from the neediest and that is why poverty ridden neighborhoods remain that way.

    However, I don't think that that has ever been an accident either. After all, what was the real purpose behind King Richard I's grand plan of public housing? It's kind of like I tell my boy all the time "nothing is ever what it seems and it is his responsibility to carefully read between the lines."

    As for the establishment sellouts, well I guess greed not only corrupts completely but it pays handsomely as well.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    King Richard I claimed that the feds made him do it. Whether you believe that or not....

    However, what it does prove is what was recognized in other cities first--if you don't maintain those concentrations of impoverished voters, the pols lose their political base. The row of high rises along the Dan Ryan kept Dorothy Tillman in office, but once they started coming down, the ward was extended to Back of the Yards, and she didn't have enough voters to hang on. Now, both city council and congressional districts are gerrymandered so that the incumbents (except Fioretti, who is an idiot for his idea that he is above the U.S. Constitution--think losing the Congress Hotel and Felony Franks cases) can hang on.

    Sort of regardless of Richard Davis's theory of how those voters are bought into dependency, there seems to be the economic truth that maybe Gov. Invertebrate has slightly figured out, but such as the teachers' union hasn't, that at some point the resources run out. As I said before (maybe here), the constitutional guaranty of pensions means nothing if the pension fund is broke and the folks in Springfield have driven jobs out of the state. The Tribune thinks that the House has gotten that message, but I don't think I would go to the Hollywood casino to put a bet on that (if the casino took it).

  • In reply to jack: thinks Billy Beavers would take the bet.

    As for your summation, I think it very good although I do believe Richard has a very valid point on dependency. After all, what explains the undying loyalty of the African-American constituency? Although I have to admit I am perplexed by that loyalty because whenever the budget cleaver comes out they get whacked at a disproportionate level; i.e. health centers, community centers, infrastructure, etc.. Of course there has been plenty of federal monies pumped into impoverished areas too that somehow seem to get absconded by community charlatans. But I have to agree that there is a heavy entitlement mentality out there and politicians routinely use it to bait and hook them. And even though Governor Invertebrate may have figured things out it still doesn't prevent him from making promises he can't keep.

    As usual, you are spot on regarding the pension but I also think they are hiding behind the constitutionality issue. If the Legislature made the law - then it seems to me they can repeal it too especially given the dire circumstances. Quite frankly I thought that the compromise offered up by Cross and Ragdano were workable. And even if someone wants to make a test case out of it - let's not forget the modus operandi of King Richie II - bulldoze it and worry about the challenges later.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    Probably the Nekrtiz-Cross one is constitutional, but Cullerton has had a perverted definition of contract rights, and, of course, legislation shouldn't be upheld if it violates the constitution.

    As far as loyalty to the Dems, the only alternative seems to be folks like Clarence Thomas and Herman Cain, who aren't going to get any support. While dependency is part of it,* I still think they vote for people like JJJr., Beavers, Bobby Rush, Danny Davis, etc. just to stick it to "the man." Harold Washington might have been somewhat effective (I wasn't around at the time), but, other than that, can one name a black mayor in a major American city who was? Certainly not Richard Hatcher or Kwame whomever.

    Also, I'm convinced that certain of them, including JJSr., Farrakhan, Sharpton, Karen Lewis, and even marksallen in the right pane are just pimping the cause, rather than doing anything to help their people.

    *That reminds me of a discussion I had elsewhere about the "food desert," where I said you don't see any in a Mexican community, to which someone responded that the Mexicans own their own stores, to which I replied that the Blacks, as opposed to the Mexicans, Koreans, etc. generally are not entrepreneurial. I suppose the ones I named above will cite crippling slavery, but supposedly when segregation was institutionalized, Bronzeville maintained its own economic existence. That's why I used the term pimping the people. I guess those who started businesses in Bronzeville (or their descendants) live in Flossmoor now. But part of the reason cited for why the State corridor became so bad was that the professional people who used to be in the inner city community fled when legalized housing segregation was beaten.

  • In reply to jack:

    I agree Jack. Especially the "pimping" part. Now people can be offended all they want but reality is what it is regarding these so-called pillars of community and political leaders. Plus this notion of "sticking it to the man" hasn't deterred any of those you mentioned from joining the so-called establishment. So it seems to me that the only one's sticking it to anyone is to themselves. And that, by the way, is something I have said repeatedly about loyalty to an non-existent ideology here in Illinois.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:


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