By: Diane Benjamin
The biggest reason people refuse to call themselves Republican is because the Republic Party is the do-nothing party when they have the reins of power. DC Republicans voted dozens of times to end Obamacare when their votes were meaningless. When they actually were able to end this healthcare disaster and replace it with free market legislation they failed. The same history is repeated over and over with issue after issue.
Now a local group of so called Republicans with no allegiance to preserving freedom and liberty for posterity wants mediocre enshrined in the local GOP. That won’t take much effort. Other Republican counties in Illinois have passed gun sanctuary ordinances to protect the 2nd Amendment against the democrat gun grabbers. McLean, nothing. Making waves to protect freedom isn’t the local Republican agenda.
As Reagan said: “. . . . raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people”. In 1984 Reagan won 49 states on this policy. Conservatism wins.
What is the difference between the local democrats and the local republicans? Anybody? Does Dan Brady fight the democrats in Springfield? Pale Pastel Dan never does, he didn’t even run for re-election on standing up to their ridiculous priorities. What makes Dan different from Democrats? Because he votes no when it is completely immaterial since Republicans are in a huge minority. Republicans always will be because they stand for nothing.
Is Jason Barickman any different? If I remember right, he was appointed to fill the House seat of Shane Cultra who was a true conservative. Cultra was appointed to replace Dan Rutherford in the Senate when Dan was elected Illinois Treasurer. Barickman has long been rumored to want to be governor, so he took his first step and immediately ran against Cultra for the Senate seat. He stabbed “Mr. No” by campaigning with his baby. Barickman’s priorities aren’t painting the GOP with bold colors, they are advancing his own political career.
WGLT did a story on the Lincoln Club of McLean County: https://www.wglt.org/local-news/2021-05-28/lincoln-club-hopes-to-save-mclean-county-from-hollowed-out-political-center
Never heard of them? Heard of the Lincoln Project full of pedophiles formed only to oppose Donald Trump?
Meet the McLean County version:
As far as I know there are no pedophiles in this group, but Jim Edgar has the historic blame for the current pension crisis in Illinois. https://www.illinoispolicy.org/former-gov-edgars-compromise-pension-plan-led-to-illinois-fiscal-crisis/
Edgar retired at age 55 having never worked in the private sector. He is collecting at least 2 State pensions worth well over a million dollars.
Kathleen Lorenz is quoted in the story:
“We don’t want to see a hollowed-out center,” Lorenz said. “Regardless of whether either party is right now, it’s important to have a safe space for constructive conversations.”
Of course those “constructive conversations” don’t apply to her fellow Trustee Stan Nord. According to Kathleen, Stan isn’t acting like a Trustee because he does “paint with bold colors”. Most people call it common sense, Lorenz would eject him if she had the power.
Never-Trumper Pat Brady was part of the group too. Judy Buchanan who had no problem sitting on the board of Connect Transit wasting close to a million dollars a month is also pictured. So is Sonja Reece who had no problem with Uptown spending while the rest of Normal crumbled and police and fire pension funding cratered.
The first event held by this group was held at the Bloomington Country Club. That speaks volumes, they are elitists who want you to know they are superior to you peons.
Illinois Sunshine only reports one contribution to this group – March of 2020:
Republicans in Illinois will always be a minority with leadership like this. There isn’t a conservative in the group. Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump both proved conservative principles work. American First. McLean County first. Nobody pictured comes close to promoting conservative values.
What is the difference between Democrats and RINO Republicans? None.