Politically Speaking – May 26, 2020
When JB Pritzker was elected Governor of Illinois, even though I didn’t support him I did as I do with every elected individual, both Republican and Democrat. Even knowing he was and is Speaker of the House Michael Madigan’s puppet, I gave him the benefit of the doubt. I hoped and prayed he would see the depth of Illinois’ disgusting corruption and decide he would be part of the solution instead of the problem.
Sorry to say I was sadly mistaken because today, in my opinion, he has become the worst of the worst, at times making Madigan look good, and that, ladies and gentlemen, takes some doing.
I would venture to say he’s probably the most disliked person in the State of Illinois. I believe Pritzker is not only dangerous, but has proven to be corrupt, and the very idea that he would criminalise business operations that run contrary to his orders to simply keep their livelihoods, feed their families and keep a roof over their heads is beyond despicable.
Pritzker said the business owners could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor which is punishable by a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500, even after following his lockdown orders for eight weeks or more. It is beyond my comprehension.
Gladly, I’m happy to report that order has been dropped for the time being. However, it took thousands of calls to senators and state representatives, letting them know how many of us feel, along with thousands of feet on the streets in Springfield in peaceful protest.
I’m also happy to report that Republicans were and remain opposed to Pritzker’s order. But, who knows what he’ll try to pull next.
On this point, I also have to say, I find Mayor Lightfoot of Chicago and the governor to be cut from the same cloth. Arrogant!
They have a do as I say and not as I do, and leave my family alone attitude.
Case in point, we all know that Mrs. Pritzker went to their home in Florida with their daughter during her husband’s stay at home order. There have also been reports that they have a home in Wisconsin that he’s traveled to, and yes, they have a home (at least one) in Chicago. The very one he had the toilets removed from to cheat on his taxes. And then there’s Mayor Lightfoot who was caught getting a haircut. Her excuse was she likes to look good!
Well, this very operator that cut her hair was breaking the governor’s orders (under her directive) that the mayor proclaimed she was supporting.
Gosh! I know a number of salons that would love to have been opened at that time. I know a few that probably and sadly financially won’t be able to open.
Luckily, we have people like Senator Jason Plummer fighting for us, among others.
According to Plummer, the executive orders dictated by the governor are in clear violation of due process of the United States and Illinois constitutions as well as grotesquely using state police power to threaten and intimidate citizens, businesses and local units of government who dare question or challenge his seized authority.
It makes you wonder what’s next?
Agreeing with the senator completely, I too have found the process by which this governor has handled this crisis shocking, not to mention his arrogance and lack of concern for the State of Illinois and her citizens.
I personally believe the coronavirus is real, make no mistake. I believe a lockdown for a certain length of time was necessary. I do absolutely believe social distancing is and has been very important as well as wearing a mask in public and washing your hands to protect others.
My issue is the infringement on the Illinois citizens’ rights and the arrogance in which it was dictated.
Moving on. There are now glimmers of hope that much of the state could move from Phase 2 to Phase 3 of Pritzker’s plan to reopen Illinois on May 29 if current trends hold and if he doesn’t change anything, which he’s been doing.
On to Presidential candidate Joe Biden. His comment during an 18-minute interview on Friday was, “Black voters considering Trump ain’t black.” I found this comment shortsighted and racist. He did say later he regretted saying it.
Until next week.