The WCRCC as an organization does not endorse candidates in primaries facing opposition. The organization does provide information on local candidates. With regards to the presidential race, the personal opinions of some of the organization’s leaders are below as observations….
– Jim Thompson (WCRCC Chairman) – “There are many good candidates still in race, and anyone is better than our current leader, who ignores Congress and goes far left – damaging our nation. I like Governor John Kasich because he brings executive AND congressional experience; he has served as Ohio governor since 2011 (where he helped turn a huge deficit into a surplus while shrinking government work force) and for nearly 20 years in Congress (where he helped balance the federal budget during the 1990’s). He has run a positive campaign, looking to focus on areas of common agreement and national goals, including improving the jobs climate. Some may claim he is not as vocal a conservative as others, but his conservative positions are solid (pro-life, 2nd Amendment, less government). His temperment and experience places him above the other candidates – ready to lead from a position of strength with common sense values from day one. No candidate remaining brings the same resume to the table – and no candidate is likely to win the White House without Ohio, where he was re-elected by a 30 point margin.”
– Larry Bauer (WCRCC Vice-Chair) – “I am pleased the Republican Party provides for a vigorous and healthy discourse among candidates and their supporters. My choice for President is Senator Marco Rubio, who personifies the American Dream – the child of immigrants, the work ethic which values education, and a grassroots background in the political system. Marco’s mantra is that of Ronald Reagan – a positive message about America’s past, present and future. A full-throated conservative who is the party’s best chance to claim the Presidency in 2016, he displays the youthful exuberance necessary to bring this nation back to prominence and to operate not under executive fiat but under the Constitution. Having served as a City Councilman, State legislator and US Senator, he has the breadth of practical experience to lead. It is time for the young leaders in the Republican party to lead and Marco is at that forefront.”
– Jan Klaas (16th Dist. Deputy State Committeeman) – “Senator Ted Cruz is smart, bold and has proven he’s not afraid to upset people to do the right thing as a courageous conservative, spending his entire life fighting passionately for smaller government, economic growth and the Constitution. In the U.S. Senate, Cruz led the fight against Obamacare and Executive Amnesty while standing up for life and marriage. As Texas Solicitor General, Cruz argued 9 cases before the United States Supreme Court, winning landmark decisions regarding the 2nd Amendment and U.S. sovereignty against the United Nations, and defended the constitutionality of a Ten Commandments monument at the state capitol. He has a deep understanding of Constitutional principles and can be trusted with the next appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Rush Limbaugh described Cruz as “brilliant, and conservative through and through. Trustworthy, strong, confident, leader, and somebody in whom you can totally depend.” I believe he is the candidate best prepared to lead this nation forward and pull us out of the Obama aftermath.”
Letters to the Editor:
Submitted by Dave Willis
In a recent TV ad, I saw Pat Quinn say that Illinois has recovered under his leadership, or words to that effect. I thought that was a strange statement, given the stagnation of the Illinois economy. I did some checking, and what I found is interesting.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Illinois has the highest jobless rate in the Midwest. North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio have all seen reductions in joblessness in the past 5 years. Illinois alone has seen an increase during the same period.
After the tax hike of 2011, passed exclusively by Democrats, our jobless rate went from 9.4% to 10.2%. During that same time, Illinois experienced a net loss of 69,198 residents. The primary beneficiary of our state’s largess was Indiana, but all contiguous states gained population at our expense. Along with those people went their incomes, concomitant tax payments, and buying power.
We have an election in November. If you want more fantasy “recovery” with results like those above, vote for Democrats. If, on the other hand, you want real recovery, vote for conservative Republicans who will enact policies that will return Illinois to solid ground.
Submitted by Dave Willis
Liberal democrat Kelly Cassidy of Chicago has introduced a bill in the Illinoishouse (HB 4715) that, if passed, would require everyone in Illinois who owns a gun to register it with the state.
The liberals in Connecticut just got away with cowing all their citizens into registering their guns. Are the residents of Illinois next? You may recall that in 1928 Germany, the Weimar regime outlawed guns. While this was originally designed to disable groups like Adolph Hitler’s Nazi party, it eventually worked to their advantage, once Hitler came into power. In 1938, Hitler extended the gun verboten law, thereby leaving the German populace utterly defenseless in the face of despotic governance. The first move toward total gun confiscation is merely requiring citizens to register their guns. How long will it take after this (for our safety of course) to require all guns be kept at the local police station? Once they are registered, it will be easy for officials to force accountability for each weapon.
This is somewhat reminiscent of Lisa Madigan’s idiotic idea of making the names and addresses of every FOID card holder public. Naturally, the state will claim that this information is strictly confidential. They might try telling that to the people who have had their personal information compromised lately, who have simply used credit cards at stores. If (make that when) this data bank were hacked, criminals would know, not only who owns guns, but what they are, and where the prize weapons are to be found.
Once all our guns are in the local police station, it is a simple matter for them to simply disappear. Springfield will tell us, now that all the guns are gone, we are safe. They are already telling us that we are safe in gun free zones like schools, theaters, and shopping malls. They won’t factor in the guns possessed by criminals, who clearly are not going to surrender their weapons. Neither will they mention a despotic government against which we are completely helpless once we are all disarmed.
The second amendment to the U.S. constitution is the ultimate in simplicity and straight forward rhetoric. It reads, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” I would like to cite, for emphasis, two short passages from that amendment. “Being necessary to the security of a free state.” It was the framers accurate belief that we could not stay free for long without an armed citizenry. “Shall not be infringed.” That means the government does not have the authority to meddle in the possession or carry of private weapons. The exceptions are, of course, convicted felons, people with a violent past, or those who are mentally disturbed. If we allow this governmental intrusion to take place, the security of our free state will be short lived indeed. I hope you are disturbed enough by this pathetically short sighted and pernicious bill to contact your state representative and senator to insist they vote against this nonsense.
Submitted by Peggy Klopfenstein
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi has claimed that Democrats will “stand tall” by the “success” of Obamacare in the 2014 midterm elections. In 2012, while on the campaign trail, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos said, “It lowers costs for small businesses and makes sure you have coverage than cannot be taken away.”
Well, it’s currently January of 2014 and millions have been dropped by their insurance companies and businesses have seen premiums almost double in some instances due to Obamacare. It seems that The Affordable Care Act isn’t so “affordable” anymore.
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos has been pretty quiet about this whole issue. Does she stand by Obamacare with Nancy Pelosi and her Democrat Colleagues? Or does she stand with the millions now without coverage? Her district wants to know…