Monday, September 30, 2013

My Continuing Faith in the Illinois Republican Party

My article on "My Faith in the Illinois Republican Party" drew a lot of attention. I have been both profusely praised and derided for my thoughts. Some added suggestions to be discussed. Others on both sides, or should I say multiple sides of the Illinois Republican Party, remain deeply set in their ways and beliefs.  My original article can be accessed at http://www.commonsense10th.com/2013/09/my-faith-in-illinois-republican-party.html.

I still have faith in the Illinois Republican Party.

Since that posting, I have received an anonymous letter postmarked from central Illinois, enclosing an article attacking a candidate for governor. Portions of a newspaper article were highlighted in yellow, often distorting the original message of that article that appeared from the Champaign News-Gazette.

I'm sure there will be more to come.  My Faith in the Illinois Republican Party continues.

I was reminded of my own questions to a Republican governor candidate a few weeks ago who promoted endorsement letters from former Governors James Thompson and Jim Edgar. I asked why Thompson and Edgar found it so difficult to endorse other Republican statewide candidates, State Senators and State Representatives in the past. If they truly are leaders of the Illinois Republican Party, why do they lead from behind on this issue?

I'm sure there will be more to come.  My Faith in the Illinois Republican Party continues.

Former Congressman Joe Walsh held a Town Hall meeting in Lake Forest this past Saturday that was well attended from reports I received. I did not attend the meeting as I was engaged elsewhere. I was told that Mr. Walsh now has slightly changed his revived war-cry of "I am a Tea-Partier first and a Republican second" to something along the lines of he will support Republican candidates only if they pass certain litmus tests.

For those who insist on a litmus test for Republican candidates, let me again express my own view that I would rather elect a Republican to office that votes 80% in favor of what the party represents, instead of destroying that candidate and allowing a Democrat to replace him who would vote 90% of what his party represents.

I'm sure there will be more to come. My Faith in the Illinois Republican Party continues.

I was reminded of the last Illinois Republican Party Chairman, who recently resigned from office, and his penchant for running candidates and supporting them against more conservative candidates during Republican primaries. The animosity those moves created have not abated.

I'm sure there will be more to come.  My Faith in the Illinois Republican Party continues.

I was reminded of how often the "moderate" wing of the Illinois Republican Party refuses to support more conservative candidates or office holders during Republican primaries. This too is often true and causes animosity among factions that have not abated.

I'm sure there will be more to come.  My Faith in the Illinois Republican Party continues.

I was reminded of how a retired "moderate" Republican Congressman endorsed a Democrat for State Senate in the November of 2012 elections. This was in spite of the fact that our party ran a terrific candidate for that vacant seat. The Democrat won. That move still leaves a bitter taste in nearly every Republican's mouth in that State Senate district.

I'm sure there will be more to come.  My Faith in the Illinois Republican Party continues.

I was reminded of how a former Republican Governor of Illinois had a prominent seat on the transition team when Governor Rod Blagojevich won his first election. Not all Republicans were impressed.

I'm sure there will be more to come.  My Faith in the Illinois Republican Party continues.

After every primary, I see the Democratic Party of Illinois rally behind their winning candidates. No exceptions seem to exist. No loopholes. No litmus testing. If it was an ugly primary, that was all put behind in favor of unity. Unity breakfasts. Unity meetings. Unity press conferences. A united push to elect the winners to office during the general election. Unity.

I don't see much of that same attitude amongst many Republicans and our multiple factions.

Can the Republican Party in Illinois be rebuilt and become a dominant factor in Illinois Government again?  Yes.  Can all factions of the Republican Party in Illinois come together and agree what the party stands for?  Maybe.  Maybe not.

Rebuilding can only occur when various Illinois Republicans stop pointing their weapons of mass destruction at each other, and train them instead on their Democratic opposition.  It doesn't matter who is right or who is wrong, or who is more righteous than fellow Republicans. Throw away the litmus tests. All sides need to open the party door to others who are Republicans who may have some different views than yours. Our backs are up against the wall.

My Faith in the Illinois Republican Party continues.  So says a die hard Republican.

1 comment:

  1. I think all Republican candidates should remember and follow Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment:: "Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican."

    Trebor of Libertyville

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