Our officials and media sources are minimizing, even ignoring, some of the problems erupting within our nation today. Many of our recent problems were preventable and could/should have been corrected before they escalated.
On November 4, 1980, there was a tidal wave in American politics. Former California Governor Ronald W. Reagan won 44 states, trouncing incumbent President Jimmy Carter with a thrilling 489-49 Electoral College drubbing.
State Representative Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) is calling for an immediate investigation after Democratic candidate for Stephenson County Clerk Chandra Morris, who is currently a county employee, was recorded Monday giving an interview about her campaign from inside the Clerk’s Office using County resources in connection with a prohibited political activity.
We inhabit a political moment that refuses to be taken seriously. Every attempt to take up the genuine challenges our country confronts is obstructed by a stubborn combination of crude cynicism and bitter factionalism. Every appeal to the unifying ideals of the American experience is met with ignorant ingratitude or histrionic despair. We tell the young they are inheriting a garbage heap and then are surprised they want to throw their heritage away. We tell our leaders we want entertainment and then are shocked when they behave like clowns. We confront a vacuum of civic virtue and a dearth of responsible leadership.
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