Illinois Parents, Do You Care About Politics or Kids?

August 17, 2014

The most amazing thing about Illinois politics is that voters have to think about their decisions. So little good comes from Springfield that a trip to the voting booth should mean little more than voting out whoever is in office. If you care about your kids, though, things are more difficult. Illinois parents sticking around until the bottom falls out of the state’s economy because they nurture hopes of making a life here have a big decision to make. Should they stay, or flee this evolving train wreck for the sake of their children?

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Does Our Government Use Race to Create Hate Crimes?

August 14, 2014

Hate crimes are the dream of politicians. They know they can use government to fan the flames of racial unrest and turn tragedy into a national call to action as soon as they have helped the media render judgment. Justice in some form or other comes later. In 2012 it was the Trayvon Martin shooting. Now fate has dropped the Michael Brown incident into Democratic laps just before midterms.

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Obama Impeachment? Nixon’s Abuse of Power Was Different.

August 10, 2014

Conservatives still get excited talking about an Obama impeachment six years into a presidency rife with abuses of power no one has been able to stop. We can’t expect much from members of Congress while they spend the next few months trying to keep their jobs, but even if the GOP takes the Senate this fall do we want to suffer the damage an Obama impeachment would bring to a country already stirred up over race and inequality? A scorched earth strategy got the job done during the Nixon years, but things have changed.

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Can Torture Make America’s Values Stronger?

August 7, 2014

Could there be a more cynical, anti-American political maneuver than the election year release of a massive report on torture going back to the Bush presidency? The charade is being overseen by California Senator Dianne Feinstein who, ironically, chairs a committee on intelligence. She seems determined to make us detest what little we have left to respect about our country.

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Boehner’s Threats to Obama End as GOP House Gives Up

August 3, 2014

It has been a raucous summer for the GOP House. John Boehner’s threats to Obama flew, some right at the president, others at his Democratic enablers in the Senate. The White House plan to spend billions to aid foreign intruders went down the drain. The border bill tanked. The Senate left town. Republicans came back. Boehner aimed a taunt at his Senate opponent:

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Hating America: Liberal Democrats Have One Rule

July 31, 2014

Hating America isn’t hard for liberal Democrats. They aren’t going to honor something they don’t value. It isn’t difficult for them to get people to agree when they openly disrespect our country because Democratic politicians are clever at confusing what they are really saying. Hating America is all about subtly undermining what we value. They figured that out a long time ago.

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Illinois Liberal Politics Won’t Stop Chicago Shootings

July 27, 2014

Liberal politics in Illinois did not prevent Obama’s hometown from becoming a slaughterhouse any more than spending for neighborhood projects and community initiatives has stopped Chicago shootings. After the city celebrated Independence Day weekend with over 80 shootings, the summer has settled into a comfortable pattern of daily news of more shootings to the accompaniment of tiresome calls to end gun violence and take back the city’s worst neighborhoods. How does impotent, spendthrift Illinois liberal politics respond?

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