Election Day has come around to the American people once again, and once again, Rep. John Shimkus (IL-19) is no where to be found. Missing in action during an election cycle is his favorite behavior. Many should be so lucky to have his entitled status. On second thought, people should forget about him, start remembering all the ways he has failed them over the years, and consider using the power of the vote to fire him. Daniel Davis is absolutely the better choice for IL-19 and all of Illinois. Whatever happens with the presidential candidates, 50 percent of the country will be extremely disappointed and begin preparing for the 2012 election. In a representative government, the power is in congress.
This year's ballot also offers one additional extremely important decision: the 2008 Illinois Constitutional Convention Referendum (Con-Con). Every 20 years the question arises. In many ways, it is more important now than ever before: Since the current Illinois Constitution was passed about four decades ago, the state and many Illinois communities have declined. The state totters near bankruptcy; Illinois is compared with New Jersey as one of the most politically corrupt states in the nation; more than half the citizens polled before the last election didn't want either of the major parties' candidates for governor; political pandering is ubiquitous and major issues are ignored.
Central and So. Illinois would greatly benefit from changes to the 1970 Constitution. There has been little opposition outside of Chicago for a reason: Chicago pretty much runs Illinois. Whether it's political corruption, nazi-like police tactics, crime, corporate protectionism . . . Chicago picks the playlist we all dance to. It is the 51st State Wannabe for a reason!
November 04, 2008
Labels: Con-Con, Daniel Davis, IL-19, John Shimkus