Congratulations on your major step to be elected to represent those of us who live in the 18th Congressional District. You and other Republicans who wish to step across the aisle and work with all Congress people have a great opportunity to help reshape the Republican party. After you are elected you can help reshape the local Republican Central committee by asking some of those who served a cause for many years but are now "out of step", to step aside. Some like Mary Alice Erickson, right hand of Ray Lahood,(she has been a faithful party leader for many years) who sent out a letter representing the State Central Committee from the 18th District asking that all Republicans support my friend Jim McConoughey. Mentioned in that letter of support were the Mayor and State Senator Dale Risinger, yet Mr. McConoughey drew no more that 17 Republican votes out of every 100 cast while you drew 72 votes out of every 100. Out of step? I guess. Also those who brought that far right Maryland carpetbagger, Alan Keyes, in to run for a spot in Washington,DC and embarrased most Republicans.
You also survived some viscious hits from the local media who endorsed Mr. McConoughy and will be watching you even more carefully to cricize any perceived or actual mistake you will make after your election in November.
You shrugged off all the negativeness and were a gracious winner. You have the grace to make friends of non-supporters and help make the changes badly needed if the Illinois Republican Party is ever to be a force in State and National politices in the upcoming years.
More and more former solid Republicans now call themselves independents yet must pick up a Republican ballot for the primaries. In November they will vote for the candidate who represents them best on things that matter most to them; taxes, spending,decaying infrastructures, trade barriers, affordable health care with costs fairly distributed, bloated bureaucracies, less union and government interference in education,over-regulation and national defense.
You will need to appeal to those with their hands out. I believe the large turnouts for Obama see him as a populist offering a pig in every roaster and a crutch for their failure to educate themselves. And those who fail to work productively and save to provide for their future.
Those ultra liberals and pacifists who believe we will all love each other should be reminded of the recent bombing where the bomber blew up his car with 3 of his innocent kids in it. Remind them that we have too many terroists here now that are home grown and are part of an over permissive society while those who terrorize the world are mostly uneducated or educated by the wrong teachers.
Those who still believe we should leave Iraq now should be reminded that we atually were winning the war in Vietnam until our medias and government propaganda, mis-reporting by a confused and terrified press and a pacifist congress turned a clear U.S. victory at Tet into a defeat. After our failure to support those who supported us, Southeast Asia turned into an era of "killing" fields, killing an estimated
two million people including 30% of the entire Cambodian population.
Your remark on Taiwan were totally overblown by the liberals at the Journal Star. Any of us who follow history know that Taiwan would now be part of China if it was not for the strong military presence of the U.S. in the FarEast. Upset the Chinese? Look at their Communistic record of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness not to mention free speech. Your position was correct; your words could have been better (you will learn) but I don't believe the JSEB position cost you many votes. It may have added some.
When you promised the use of up to 20% ethanol in our gas, I'm sure you were placating the farmers. If you plan to help keep bloating the farm bill, I suggest that you do not hinder an entrepenurial spirit that built this country before everybody found out Congress was an easy mark for major special interest groups.
In my 5 successful campaigns for County Board (2 primaries included) I never had the official endorsement of the Republican Central Committee. My last campaign cost less than $900, donated without my asking, and the only yard signs I used were leftovers placed at the voting places the day of the election. The only time the JSEB endorsed me, a local favorite pundit called the endorsement "smarzy".
Until some of the "out of touch" "movers and shakers" in the Republican Party retire or are replaced or "get with" the Republican Party of the future, do not overlook us Repubublicans who have an independent streak. Many of us no longer vote a straight party ticket.
Think of the man who will be our next President of the United States of America, John McCain. He may have warts like all politicans have but he has warts that can be removed or lived with and be a better president by far than George Bush.
As to your position on Iraq, I ask that you read yesterdays Wall Street Journal, "The Lies of Tet" by Arthur Herman and "From the Jaws of Victory" by Nadia Scdhadlow, today's edition
My best wishes to you and I forgive you Kay Royster.