Politically Speaking – May 12, 2020

May 12, 2020

It’s been an interesting last few weeks. Joe Biden’s been accused once again of a sexual assault. Looking back, I found it unjustifiable that Justice Brett Kavanaugh went through what he went through a few years ago. We all remember the brutality he went through with no credible proof, and what they said was proof was slight and had zero credibility. He was accused once, and I still remember what he and his family went through.

On the flip side, we’re all used to the allegations from women against Biden, and he’s suffered no Democratic blowback. Imagine that! So much for the Me Too Movement. Talk about hypocritical.

As I recall, this hot topic went on for months when they trumped up charges against Kavanaugh. CNN (Clinton News Network) did thousands of stories on the now Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh, yet very few on former VP Joe Biden. And CNN was joined in poor journalism practices by MSNBC, NBC, ABC, and the rest of them.

And today the Democrats and the extreme left media remain silent on the 2020 Presidential candidate, who sadly probably doesn’t remember he’s running for President.

Up next, over the last few weeks I’ve received a number of calls and emails asking that I take a close look at Illinois Representatives and Senators and what they’re doing to reopen southern Illinois. Some on the radar from the readers were John Shimkus, Tammy Duckworth, Richard Durbin, Jason Plummer, Paul Schimpf, Dale Fowler, Charlie Meier, Terri Bryant, Jay Hoffman, Blaine Wilhour and Mike Bost.

First up, U.S. Congressman John Shimkus and Mike Bost on April 30 sent a letter to Illinois Governor JB Pritzker urging a plan that would begin a safe, phased reopening of businesses critical to the state’s economy. As noted in their letter, the coronavirus pandemic has impacted different parts of the state in different ways, and a safe and sensible reopening plan must reflect those differences.

Every Member of the Illinois GOP delegation voted in favor of the four different phases of legislation to provide financial aid and relief caused by the coronavirus pandemic. These legislative efforts have provided dedicated funding to the State of Illinois for testing, personal protective equipment (PPE), and much needed relief to hospitals, schools, small businesses, farmers, and families.

They also stated in this letter that they were ready to step up and stand ready to work with the Governor on the effort to reopen the state in a safe way.

On to State Senator Paul Schimpf, State Senator Dale Fowler, and State Rep. Terri Bryant, who have joined forces with the Southern Illinois Mayors Association (SIMA), and medical, hospital, and emergency management professionals, recreational enthusiasts, religious leaders, and educators in urging Gov. Pritzker to amend state guidance on several issues that have arisen from the State’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The group wants to stress that they favor a safe, regional approach to loosening certain restrictions in the southern Illinois region.

Senator Fowler and Senator Schimpf issued the following joint statement:
“As Illinois looks to the future and how we can loosen restrictions on some segments of our economy, collaboration and communication will be essential. With our regional partners, we have devised a list of commonly held beliefs regarding the loosening of restrictions in Southern Illinois. We hope to work with the governor, local elected officials, the medical community, emergency management agencies, and the business and recreational communities to convince the governor that Southern Illinois can loosen some restrictions safely and effectively. We offer our suggestions with respect for the fact that Governor Pritzker has been faced with extraordinarily difficult circumstances.”

State Rep. Terri Bryant, along with others, offered the following statement:
“We sincerely appreciate the input we have received from our constituents, from elected officials, and representatives from a large cross-section of southern Illinois, We have built a list of priorities that we will forward to the governor to consider in the event the stay-at-home orders are extended. From taking suggestions from constituents and affected businesses, to hearing from mayors, emergency management officials, educators, and religious leaders, building this list has been a collaborative effort. We believe we can safely reopen some businesses, and resume some outdoor activities.”

State Senator Jason Plummer had the following to say:
“While I recognize and appreciate the fact that the Governor has finally provided his vision for moving Illinois forward, in my opinion, this is not a plan to re-open Illinois. It is a baseless year-long, modified stay-at-home order with almost zero accountability or transparency.
“The Governor has divided our state into four blanket regions and implemented this arbitrary 28-day minimum phase-in approach without fully considering the impact this will have on the citizens and businesses of this state.

“Our small business community is being devastated day-after-day. Businesses declared ‘non-essential’ will have to wait another month before possibly being allowed to resume operations, despite there being ways for these businesses to safely open.

“It’s time to acknowledge that the Governor has overreached his authority and recognize the needs of the people of this state. I respectfully urge the Governor to set aside his personal agenda and work with those of us in the General Assembly to provide for a realistic, bipartisan solution to reopen Illinois.”

State Rep. Blaine Wilhour spoke last weekend with the Governor on a plan to reopen the church buildings for religious services and what the parameters would be to safely do so. He has also encouraged citizens’ input on how we could rev up our southern Illinois economy and get southern Illinois working again. He promoted a COVID-19 web series on AG & Rural America. He has clearly sought clearer information for people unemployed as a result of COVID-19 and has been named to the “Economic Recovery” Working Group to develop a plan to move Illinois forward after the Coronavirus emergency.

As to U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), both have been named to Donald Trump’s Opening Up America Again Congressional Group.

Dick Durbin did say, “I am honored to be asked to serve on this bipartisan presidential task force to prepare for reopening our economy. We still have work to do to stop the spread of this virus, but we need to think in positive terms of the day America once again will be open for business.”

Tammy Duckworth said in part: “As a member of this task force, I will do everything in my power to remind Donald Trump of his responsibility to protect public health. He needs to stop blaming others for his administration’s failures, ensure universal access to testing and vastly expand contact tracing efforts. He should more fully use the Defense Production Act as well as other authorities to bring the supply chain in line, ramp up PPE production and ensure that state and local governments have the supplies and resources they need to protect our communities.”

What have these two done for southern Illinois, you ask? In my opinion, nothing. But Sen. Rodney Davis (R-IL), who was also named to serve on Trump’s Opening Up America Again Congressional Group, has been involved a great deal in the Illinois Farm Bureau and a number of other organizations to bolster southern Illinois’ economy. He had this to say about our President: “Up until last month, we had months of record-low unemployment and historic economic growth, but this pandemic has halted everything and now we need to figure out how we get through this and back to a booming economy. I believe we can start by ensuring the administration has the resources needed to continue to implement successful programs, like the Paycheck Protection Program, to help businesses now. I’m thankful for President Trump’s leadership on this and I look forward to working with the administration, this task force, and others to safely get Americans back to work and our economy back on track.”

So with all that said, last but not least, on to Former United States Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Last week charges were dropped. After losing everything he had worked for his whole life, having his family devastated and his impeccable reputation ruined by a corrupt administration with Obama as President, Biden as Vice President, and some totally despicable and dishonest FBI agents, this poor man and his family dealt with absolutely unbelievable injustices.

The only thing I can say is the fix was in.

Until next week, let me leave you by saying please practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently, and wear a mask for everyone else’s sake.

Check out Rich Lowry’s column, The Science Cop-Out.