Politically Speaking – February 23, 2021
Let me start this week’s column by saying, “R.I.P. Rush Limbaugh, 1951-2021.” Last Wednesday, Feb. 17 it was reported the legend had lost his long battle with lung cancer. The voice of sanity was silenced.
He was a brilliant broadcaster, a man that transformed American broadcasting, yet I know he probably was one of the most hated by some. Why? Because he spoke the truth. He was the best at what he did and had the backbone that no one else had.
And so he and his talent returned to God.
On to Joe Biden’s town hall last Tuesday night. Someone needs to tell him that the COVID-19 vaccine existed prior to his move to the White House. Where he gets it didn’t exist before is beyond me. Maybe he just misspoke?
Yet in my mind, the biggest piece of gossip came when Biden said that all the former Presidents, “with one exception, picked up the phone and called me as well.” So with that said, Biden may be tired of talking about Trump, but it’s clear he’s not tired of referring to him.
In doing the CNN town hall, it’s evident he’s imitating what Obama did in the first few months of his Presidency. Even though he’s Hollywood friendly, hopefully he’ll stay clear of the late night crazy radical talk shows.
On to Michael Madigan, longtime Speaker of the Illinois House whose resignation is to take affect immediately, a month after giving up the Speaker’s gavel. This announcement was made last Thursday after 50 years in office. In my opinion, he became the most powerful politician in the State of Illinois.
Though Madigan gave no reason for his speedy resignation, in an announcement on Thursday he did say, “It’s been no secret that I have been the target of vicious attacks by people who sought to diminish my many achievements lifting up the working people of Illinois.”
He went on to say, “The fact is my motivation for holding elected office has never wavered. I have been resolute in my dedication to public service and integrity, always acting in the interest of the people of Illinois.”
Madigan’s statement took particular aim at Gov. Bruce Rauner who served from 2015 to 2019 and constantly clashed with Madigan throughout his term. I guess Rauner didn’t play nice with Madigan.
Then came J.B. Pritzker who highlighted and commended Madigan for his service and commitment to the State.
He closed by saying, “I leave office at peace with my decision and proud of my many contributions. I do so knowing I’ve made a difference.”
So, after 50 years in the Illinois House, and 36 years ruling it, Madigan is gone! Or is he?
Madigan will remain chair of the Illinois Democratic party. How lucky can we get?
While Madigan was in office it was a family affair. His wife Judy was appointed a member of the Illinois Arts Council for the last 23 years. Madigan’s daughter Lisa was formerly Illinois Attorney General and possibly a future gubernatorial candidate. His three other children’s careers, and those of their spouses, are also intertwined with his machine. Nothing like keeping it in the family.
And certainly last but not least, there’s something rotten in the state of New York.
For the past year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, with the help of his adoring media, has bragged about his accomplishments in the war against COVID-19.
He was rewarded with a lucrative book contract and an Emmy for providing “reliable” information in his news conferences and for how he handled the pandemic.
The cover has finally been blown off and the truth has surfaced. Between March 25 and May 10, 2020, an aide from Cuomo’s Department of Health compelled nursing homes to readmit hospitalized COVID-19 patients without checking to see if they still had active infection.
Even though Cuomo was warned that this could lead to further deaths, it was done, in spite of knowing they were potentially introducing infected people into closed facilities where those most vulnerable to the disease — the elderly and the infirm— lived. Cuomo’s response was to blame everyone from Trump to federal guidelines for nursing homes. He blamed everyone but the person responsible — himself!
About the CDC directives, Cuomo blamed nursing home staffs. He blamed the New York Health Department. He blamed Donald Trump who did everything possible to assist New York by creating a 2,000-bed hospital staffed by the military in the Javits Center. He sent a Navy hospital ship to New York City. When Cuomo asked for 40 vents, Trump delivered.
The ones I feel sorry for are those that lost their lives, and left behind grieving families because of the actions of Andrew Cuomo.
The FBI is now investigating after his top aide dropped the bomb.
Leaving you with the quote below:
You know why there’s a Second Amendment? In case the government fails to follow the first one.