Thursday, December 5, 2013

Milking an election

When Illinois State Senator Jim Oberweis announced his reasons to seek the Republican nomination for United States Senate, he said:

      “… our party does not have a viable candidate with name recognition
and finances and I hate to give Durbin a pass.”

I find this elitist and condescending attitude among professional politicians so very insulting, that they think they are the only ones who can represent the people.

First, most anyone can win--if they have the right message and backing of the people. The resources to win will follow that candidate.

Second, to say that someone like Doug Truax, a former Army officer and Ranger doesn’t have what it takes to win is very misinformed. Have you ever heard him speak? Do you know what it takes to be an Army Ranger? They were the ones who were trapped in Mogadishu Somalia and fought off thousands of gunmen; who parachuted into Taliban-held territory in Kandahar; who regularly die in training exercises. In fact, 4 Ranger candidates died in Florida in 1995 by hypothermia. Why? Because Rangers don’t quit.  They will do whatever it takes to complete their Ranger objective. I hardly think he would “give Durbin a pass." As an aside, Mr. Oberweis, after 20 years in the USAF, I’ve also accomplished a few difficult things in my life.

The professional politicians are the ones who have brought us to this point; if we keep electing the same people, we will get the same result. There will be no improvement as they make deals, vote for bills they haven’t read and enrich themselves at our expense. My goal was to give people a clear Conservative choice. To offer a new direction, to put people above political party and policy over partisanship.

 “Big Jim” certainly has experience in seeking elective office, running for the U.S. Senate in 2002 and again in 2004, then Governor in 2006, US Representative in 2008, and finally being elected to the Illinois 25th district (Aurora) just last year. Apparently he is much too big and important to represent the people in Aurora, and needs to be in Washington DC.  My only question for you, Mr. Oberweis, is what do you want to be when you grow up?