By Randy Rossi -
The one thing we can all agree on is that the state of Illinois is in serious trouble. The crime rate for the state and especially in Chicago is up dramatically. Illinois has been listed as one of the worst 5 states in America in its handling of Covid. People and corporations are fleeing Illinois and moving to more business friendly states which will cause serious damage to our economy. The American people know that America is in serious trouble. A recent Rasmussen poll reported that only 24% of Americans think our country is headed in the right direction. And a new Fox poll shows that only 39% of Americans are proud of their country vs. the 69% who were proud of our country in 2011. The bottom line is that our great country and the state of Illinois are in serious trouble which should motivate all patriotic and responsible citizens to go out and vote to replace the bad politicians that have caused this massive damage to our state and our country and replace them with good and responsible politicians.
Sadly, the exact opposite happened in Illinois in the 2022 midterm primaries. As our state is collapsing, only 20% of voters in Chicago and Cook County bothered to vote in the 2022 primaries. Only 22% of DuPage voters bothered to go out and vote. While all the numbers are not in yet, it appears that on average only between 20-22% of Illinois voters bothered to do their civic duty and vote. That is a disaster and self-inflicted suicide. Democracy can not exist if the voters don’t pay attention and participate in the democratic voting process. While everybody is complaining about the direction of our country and our politicians, only 20-22% of Illinois voters bothered to do their job and choose good politicians to represent them.
Sadly, this is more proof of the wisdom of Edmond Burke when he said “All that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”.
Everyone on both sides assume Pritzker will buy it again. Add in all the “he’s a democrat” attacks in the Republican primary and no wonder nobody was excited. But the biggest factor was an odd June primary just before the 4th of July. People think that spending time with their school children and other activities was more important. It really was a good primary for us Republican conservatives. The usual “I voted for Joe because of this endorsement by a Republican big wig” type wasn’t around. I don’t think that’s tragic by any means.