“The government should be there to enforce contracts and the roads and the common things we can’t do individually and then just get out of the way,” Flynn said. “and let people live their lives, raise their family, grow their business, live their lives as they see fit.”
It has been a few days....and years. A lot of things have changed. One of the guys who inspired me to start blogging is on the other side. My favorite local media boob to make fun of has retired. My favorite local media guy is advertising breasts.
That being said, something important is happening on the political scene. Aaron Schock is out and the primary for the special election is 7July2015. It seemed like every year Schock was becoming a bit less conservative and was a bit more of a narcissist. I hoped to see him challenged in the next election cycle by someone more conservative. He would have been tough to beat in a primary, but maybe it would have straightened him out a bit. I think his road to resignation was more of a well planned hit job by the other side than an actual result of his corruption. A lot of elected officials do the same things he did all the time (maybe not the office décor) and get away with it every day. Not rationalizing what he did, because it was wrong, but it is never good when someone who was supposed to be on the right side of things goes out the way he did.
Quincy native Mike Flynn is on the ballot in the primary for IL's 18th congressional district. We have the unique opportunity to elect someone with a long track record of addressing corruption and waste on both sides of the aisle - who hasn't ever been an elected official. We have the opportunity to elect someone who has spent a lot of time in DC and has a better understanding of how the system works (and doesn't) than most - but isn't owned by special interests or the godfathers of a political party. We have the opportunity to elect someone who has written enough on politics that it is easy to see where he stands without listening to a campaign speech or ad and wondering what spin is being put on a message. We also have the opportunity to elect someone who wasn't hand picked by the party establishment, in this case because of his last name. We have the opportunity to elect someone who is probably the most well documented, honest to God conservative that I can recall having a chance to vote for in all my years of voting. We also have the opportunity to replace a narcissist Men's Health model with a guy who started a petition drive in a donut shop.
Talk to your family, friends, and neighbors about this election. A lot of people aren't paying as much attention as they should. Get them engaged, this is an important one. We need to stop electing corruptible, self-serving, and easily bought and sold politicians. This is Illinois and we kind of suck in that regard - but we can do better, damn it.