Not every Democrat is our friend.
A friend wrote me the other day to share his confusion about my opposition to Republican Donald Trump and his brown shirt movement.
I don’t care who you vote for. I just want to see the largest popular and electoral vote possible to defeat the Republican Donald Trump.
“This seems the opposite of the position you took in the race for governor where you pulled your support for Democrat Pat Quinn and, of course, Rauner won. Can you explain why that then and this now?”
There are lots of things that are different about these two races.
As I have written, the Trump campaign represents an alliance between a section of Wall Street banksters and a racist brown-shirt street movement, visible at any Trump rally. That alliance is one we have seen before in history. The candidate that speaks for them is our main enemy in this election. It threatens what democracy we have in this country. It is a movement that incites government harassment and street violence against those who are not native born and people of color.
When Pat Quinn and Illinois Democrats went after public employee pensions, we told them that if they voted to violate the constitution in that way that they would not receive our votes in the next election. What other recourse did we have? We followed through on that promise and Pat Quinn lost because of the defection of Democratic Party voters from voting for the top of the ticket.
I am not a Democrat. I don’t vote for just anyone the Democrats tell me to vote for.
In Illinois, pension theft is a bipartisan crime: Rahm and Rauner. Madigan and Cullerton.
This week I am posting about Trump and the Republicans. Next week is the Democratic Party Convention in Philadelphia. I’ll be posting about their stuff.
Meanwhile here in Illinois the bipartisan attack on pensions continues. Part of the budget compromise worked out between Rauner and the Democrats included a promise to return to what they call pension reform.
I call it pension theft.
Rahm Emanuel, part of the Clinton team, wants the city unions to bargain a reduction in pension benefits.
Democratic Senate President John Cullerton thinks that is a thing.
The week after the Democratic Party Convention I will be joining Ken Davis on his cable access show Chicago Newsroom to talk about pension theft.
I will post the video here.