What Does the Illinois GOP Stand For?

As a former executive, author and concerned citizen of Illinois I’m really starting to wonder what the Illinois Republican Party stands for. Do we want to become another Democratic Party; what core principals do we have that will lead this state in future years?

The Daily Herald’s top of the fold front page on March 10, 2013 says “High-ranking GOPers give Brady reprieve.” Is this leadership?  Is this why the Illinois GOP is the laughing stock of America? Their is an old saying that if you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.

The following letter will be appearing in many newspapers throughout the state of Illinois in the next month:

Illinois GOP Chairman, Pat Brady, earlier this year spoke out in support of genderless marriage. Chairman Brady should have been aware prior to stating his emotional opinion that his comments were in direct conflict with the Republican Party’s stated platform.

Brady’s foray into the public square without any prior discussion with his Republican colleagues must be seen by all as poor judgment at best. His retort to this criticism is that he was speaking out as a private citizen. That would be like President Obama volunteering that he now supports gay marriage but please don’t anyone think that’s my public policy position as President. Would anyone make the distinction? Again poor judgment coming from the Republican leader in Illinois . If the Republican Party ever needed a strong unifying leader it is now not someone who is speaking off the cuff and on such a divisive issue where 31 out of 34 states where the people have actually voted say marriage is between one man and one woman. Thats 91% of the people.

If  anyone thinks this gay marriage issue is not on the minds of millions of citizens just ask your local representatives how many phone calls, e-mails, texts, tweets and letters they are getting on this issue or count the letters coming into the Daily Herald’s Fence Post Section.

The voters are concerned and here is just one statistical fact to support that interest. Of the 47 Republican legislators nationwide who voted “yes” for gay marriage in 2009 only 21 are in office today. It is very difficult to fool nature, the essential character of a thing and that’s called a natural marriage; the core of every major civilization in history.

Finally a former Presidential candidate said “traditional marriage is not a bargaining chip or a political issue it is a moral issue. He said “I’m not involved in politics just to lower taxes and cut spending; I want to stay true to the basic premise of our civilization”.

Issues matter, character matters, standing up for the principals of our civilization matters. Maybe its time for new leadership within the Illinois Republican Party.

Sincerely,

Larry O’Neill
Concerned Citizens of Illinois

Another Conservative Activist Speaks Out

Conservative Republicans from across the state are bewildered by the failure of the Illinois Republican State Central Committee (SCC) to remove Chairman Pat Brady from his position in the wake of his betrayal on the issue of marriage.  Pat Brady has not only misrepresented the GOP Platform — damaging the GOP brand, but he has partnered with Democrats to lobby for same-sex marriage legislation — an extreme Left social issue that will usher in bigger government and less freedom.  (Read more HERE.)

Conservative activists from across the state continue to speak out to the SCC.  Here is just another great example:

Dear Illinois GOP Central Committee:

I have been a registered Republican for over 40 years, leaving the Democratic Party in disgust because of its morally objectionable platform and liberal philosophies.  I refuse to compromise the Illinois GOP platform defending the traditional “one man/one woman” marriage definition because GOP Committee Chairman Pat Brady feels that the fickle winds of time force us to do so.  SINCE WHEN?

Has Mr. Brady any idea of how the grass roots Republican feels on this controversial subject?  I doubt it.  Does he care?  I doubt it!

Does he realize that the push for “gay marriage” is really about putting the legal stamp of approval on homosexuality and hammering its acceptance on (otherwise unwilling) citizens and our social, political and commercial institutions?  I doubt it.  We have only to go back to the outrageous passage of the civil unions law to understand how bully tactics work on an unwilling populace.  No sooner did the law pass, when the radical homosexuals saw to the closing down of the 90 year old adoption services by Catholic Charities.  Does Pat Brady really care?  I doubt it.

I would ask those of you who are not aware of what same-sex “marriage” has done to Massachusetts – only one of the nine states who now allow this cultural aberration – to read the following report:  HERE.

DO NOT BE FOOLED! Same-sex marriage IS NOT A “BENIGN ECCENTRICITY” which DOES NOT affect the average person!  Same sex marriage affects the Schooling of our Public School Children, Public Health policies, Hospital policies, Domestic Violence statistics, Business and Employment guidelines, the Legal profession and Judicial systems, Adoption and Birth Certificates, Government Mandates,  the Harassment of Churches and other religious institutions, the Media, Politics and the Rule of Law.

Mr. Brady DOES NOT REPRESENT ME or the Republican Party – nor the majority of Illinois voters of both parties – who would stand strong to defend the traditional institution of marriage.  I would urge you to ask for Brady’s resignation, or face the wholesale exodus of Republican voters who still expect the GOP Party Platform to be upheld.

Sincerely,

Arlene Sawicki – Conservative Catholic Community Activist

GOP Committeewoman Indignant that Brady Remains

The following letter was sent to Kane County Chairwoman BarbWojnicki in response to Pat Brady’s work to promote the Democratic agenda to redefine marriage:

Dear Mr. Chairman,

I continue my indignation at the inability of Illinois Republican leadership to remove Pat Brady from office. Brady’s persistence in claiming that he was only speaking as a citizen is ridiculous. The Chairman unilaterally and flagrantly disregarded a plank of the Platform which is democratically determined as the values and positions we will uphold and represent as Republicans. He dictated to the rest of the membership what we are to believe.

It is unconscionable that the leadership did not take swift action and has allowed this situation to metastasize. The already weak Illinois Republican Party is being fractured. Why hasn’t someone called for a state wide vote by the membership if the “leadership” of the State Central Committee is so squeamish about doing what the majority of Republicans stand for. I am stunned at how far and fast we are moving away from the values and principles that made the GOP and our Nation great.

On the issue itself, only one Senate Republican stood in support of the “same-sex” marriage bill currently being debated and the majority of Republican representatives are not supporting it either since their constituents don’t. So exactly who does Pat Brady represent? I confidently assert that if a referendum on this bill was presented to the people of Illinois, it would be resoundingly defeated as it has been in every referendum by a 60%-80% margin across the country. Should it not, than at least the people will have decided the issue. And should you believe that this is merely a state issue, know that activists are monitoring events closely: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2013/03/13/illinois-gop-chair-keeps-job-gay-marriage/ .

I will continue what efforts I can to have Mr. Brady removed from office, I would hope you would do the same.

Sincerely,

Julie Schmidt
Precinct Committeewoman
Precinct 25

Republicans Supporting Traditional, Biblical Marriage

We are thankful for the many Illinoisans who know what is true and good, who recognize the proper role of government, and who have the courage to stand for truth in the public square with grace and boldness.

Here is a copy of the letter one such Illinoisan sent to the Republican State Central Committee in regard to the Pat Brady debacle.

To all on the GOP State Central Committee:

I never thought I would have to write an email like this, so I’ll be blunt and short.  I am nothing short of shocked that our own Republican party has betrayed its stance on gay marriage.  I implore you to stand firm on this issue, and vote out of power anyone that stands on the other side of God’s incredibly clear direction to us on this issue.  Projecting forward where our State of Illinois is heading on its current fiscal path, the future is bleak, but still worth staying and fighting for.  If we Illinois Republicans change course with lukewarm leaders that will not stand firm on Biblical Truth, we have no hope.

Read Revelation 3:15-16.  The warning to the Church in Laodicea is shouting out to us Illinois Republicans, for in that passage we see it is actually better to be on one side or the other, but not in the middle.  To be lukewarm is actually the worst you can be.  We will be spit out if we compromise for political reasons on this issue.  Please stand firm.  It may seem to you like a close call if you consider the political ramifications of your decision in the short run, but in the long run, trust me, you want to be able at the end of your life to look back and know that you made the right decision.  Every decision you make should be consistent with God’s direction, not man’s.

The future of Illinois families, and thus the future of Illinois, is at stake.  Please make the right decision and reconsider Saturday’s vote to keep Pat Brady as our leader.  We are far better off as a party if we are a unified small minority here in Illinois on the right side of this issue than to be a splintered yet larger (but still a minority) party that has voluntarily let go of our spiritual moorings.  God help us if the Republican party compromises on this issue.  In case you haven’t yet read the book The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn, I urge you to read it carefully and quickly and then make your decision.  That book is perhaps one of the last great wake-up call opportunities we as a nation may have.

Thank you for your service and time.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments.

Very truly yours,

Scott E. Pointner
Wheaton, Illinois

Pat Brady, the GOP, and Homosexuality, Oh My

Written by Laurie Higgins

Following the epic failure of the State Central Committee to oust the traitorous Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady on Saturday, conservatives were once more subjected to whining about the “BIG TENT” from unprincipled or ignorant Republicans.

What we should be asking is, “What part of this ginormous circus tent is reserved for those who believe that the legalization of “same-sex marriage” will harm children, families, religious liberty, speech rights, public education, and the fiscal health of the nation?”

I guess we get to sit behind the Big Top, waiting to muck out the cultural excrement that our rainbow-hued elephants who are shoving us out the door leave behind.

GOP Chair Reince Priebus said this in a May 2012 press release:

“While President Obama has played politics on this issue, the Republican Party…[has] been clear. We support maintaining marriage between one man and one woman and would oppose any attempts to change that.”

His statement stands in stark contrast to this feckless statement from Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, Protector-of- Pat:

“He’s on the right side of history, for God’s sake…For me, it’s being a total conservative that you’re really pushing family values. Gay marriage is a very conservative thing. Family is (one of) the building blocks of a community.”

What she fails to understand is that not all forms of family are marriages and that simply because two (or more) people have managed to acquire children to raise does not mean their relationship constitutes a marriage. Calling the union of two men or two women a marriage is the antithesis of conservative and the epitome of foolishness.

Brady and his ideological compeers fret that our potentially Republican-inclined youth will flee to the dark side unless we abandon natural marriage. Do they really believe that droves of fiscal and defense hawks will move to the Democratic Party if the Republic Party stands firmly in defense of natural marriage and the rights of children?

What our not-so-esteemed leaders are actually saying is that whether the government continues to recognize that marriage is a sexually complementary institution has no bearing on the public good, whereas an increase in the tax rate will have a calamitous effect on the public good.

Pat Brady is not leading. He’s following. And who is he following? He’s following Hollywood, “progressive” academics, the mainstream press and homosexual agitators—oh, and teenagers.

If Brady understood what marriage is, how fundamental it is to the health of society, and why the government is involved, and if he were a courageous leader, we wouldn’t be in this divisive mess.

And if he were a wise and courageous leader, he would recognize why our youth are becoming more supportive of the legalization of “same-sex marriage.” It’s not because their collective consciousness has been raised. It’s because it’s been clouded by the miasma of propaganda in which they live and move. They’ve been indoctrinated from cradle through college by unchallenged Leftist dogma and Hollywood demagoguery. Their public schools engage in de facto censorship of conservative ideas and texts, while exposing them at every non-intellectual turn to homosexuality-affirming resources. And then our public school dogmatists have the audacity to proclaim they “value diversity,” “honor all voices,” and foster “critical thinking.” Pinocchio ain’t got nothin’ on our public school prevaricators.

Our Republican leaders look at our youth and say “Gee, golly, whiz, our youth support same-sex marriage, so we better support it.” Well, Cowardly, Capitulating, Leaders, here’s an alternative idea: Teach our children better.

But if the big tent is what Illinois Republicans want, let’s really expand it. Let’s welcome defense doves, income redistributionists, anti-Second Amendment enthusiasts, anti-school choice advocates, and pro-feticide proponents into our diverse tent. It’ll be huge and gaseous.

The Brady-ites in the Republican Party berate social conservatives, badgering us into calling a truce on the social issues. But what do they really mean? They can’t really be calling for a truce because a truce requires a cessation of activity on both sides, and the Left is relentless.

No, what the Brady-ites among us are demanding is surrender. They’re not expanding the tent. They’re shrinking it.

If Brady and his ilk don’t understand the preeminent place true marriage has in society—yes, over and above even taxes—they’re fools and don’t deserve their positions of power.

Below is the contact information for the GOP State Central Committee.  You may want to contact them and let them know your feelings.

Cong. District Name Cell Work Email
1 Steven Daglas 708-943-1913 708-955-2933 sdaglas@sbcglobal.net
2 Judy A. Diekelman 708-877-6565 708-243-5019 diekelmanj@aol.com
3 Angel Garcia 312-375-0979 angeldgarcia@gmail.com
4 Vacant
5 Angelo Skip Saviano 708-453-7598 708-453-7547 skip@skipsaviano.com
6 Chris Kachiroubas 630-832-0778 630-333-2795 katch99@msn.com
7 Carol Smith Donovan 312-643-0730 708-771-2345 carol.smith.donovan@gmail.com
8 Eugene R. Dawson 847-381-8817 erdaw@comcast.net
9 John Dorgan 847-698-0630 jmdgop@yahoo.com
10 Mark Shaw 847-609-3482 markshawlaw@hotmail.com
11 Barbara J. Peterson 708-651-6823 708-946-6822 bjp2124@aol.com
12 Deb Detmers 618-910-2994 ddetmers@charter.net
13 Roger C. Claar 630-212-2200 630-226-8412 bbmayor@aol.com
14 Jim Oberweis 630-466-4886 630-801-6072 joberweis@oberweis.net
15 Jerry Clarke 217-649-7805 jerrytclarke@yahoo.com
16 Dave Syverson 815-985-7135 815-987-7555 sen1@aol.com
17 Judy Dudek 309-224-8379 309-647-1544 jdudek1955@sbcglobal.net
18 Michael S. Bigger 309-695-6338 309-695-6266 m.bigger@mchsi.com
19 Bob Winchester 618-285-3636 bobwinchester@hotmail.com

Illinois GOP Central Committee Cancels Meeting

Written by , ChampionNews.net

Late Friday night, the GOP Central Committee canceled their meeting to oust Pat Brady. In an email from 10th Congressional District Committeeman Mark Shaw, the reason provided was the lack of response from Chairman Pat Brady on whether he would attend the meeting in person or by phone.

From: Mark Shaw
Sent: Friday, March 08, 2013 10:17 PM
To: Illinois Republican State Central Committee
Subject: Rescheduling of March 9, 2013 State Central Committee Meeting

Dear GOP Leaders:

The March 9, 2013 State Central Committee Meeting is being rescheduled because the State Chairman has not responded to our request that he be present in person or by telephone for the meeting. Details about the new date, time and location of this meeting will be sent out to all of you once they are finalized. We are sorry for the late notice but we wanted to give the Chairman every opportunity to respond to our request that he be present in person or by telephone at this meeting.

Respectfully,

Chris Kachiroubas (C.D. 6)
Eugene Dawson (C.D. 8)
Mark Shaw (C.D. 10)
Barbara Peterson (C.D. 11)
Jerry Clarke (C.D. 15)
Bob Winchester (C.D. 19)

Once again, GOP leadership has failed the rank and file Republicans. It has shown itself to be a bunch of spineless unprincipled politicians who care more about their own power and influence than about doing what is right for the party.

Besides the Central Committee, the following GOP leadership have come out in support of Pat Brady:

  • U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk
  • former Gov. Jim Edgar
  • former Gov. Jim Thompson
  • State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka
  • State House Minority Leader Tom Cross
  • State Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno

Pat Brady himself is blaming Michael Madigan.

And while saying he has no direct proof, Brady believes Madigan or his minions are pressuring Dorgan to cast an anti-Brady vote as revenge for the “Fire Madigan” campaign Brady devised last year. That campaign included setting up a website last fall that sold an array of goods emblazoned with the “Fire Madigan” logo, including dog t-shirts.

“The math adds up,” Brady said of the possible Madigan link. “This is not an original thought by me. This is what a lot of people suspect is going on.

“No one has ever publicly taken him on,” Brady said of Madigan.

If you look at the evidence, this statement by Brady is ludicrous. Brady was in charge of the party that couldn’t help Bill Brady win the Governor race in 2010 during a decidedly Republican year. In 2012, Pat Brady led the downfall of the Republican Party to both a super minority in both the State House and Senate. With this dismal track record, Madigan would be helping Brady remain GOP Chairman for life, not trying to get rid of him.

There is one notable example of stalwart Republican Leadership on the Central Committee. That member is State Senator Jim Oberweis. He has stood on principle in spite of opposition. He has pointed out the failed leadership of Pat Brady. When calling the Central Committee members, you may want to thank State Senator Oberweis for being a leader among the rest of the Gumbies in the GOP.

Oberweis said Brady’s involvement in Republican primaries last fall, including the Kane County board chairman race, was problematic, but his gay-marriage stance taken without consulting the state GOP organization was “the final straw.”

“When you start publicly lobbying against a plank in our state and national party platforms, without even discussing with or advising the board of directors, I think he’s gone too far,” Oberweis told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Below is the contact information for the GOP Central Committee.  Please contact them and let them know your feelings.

Cong. District Name Cell Work Email
1 Steven Daglas 708-943-1913 708-955-2933 sdaglas@sbcglobal.net
2 Judy A. Diekelman 708-877-6565 708-243-5019 diekelmanj@aol.com
3 Angel Garcia 312-375-0979 angeldgarcia@gmail.com
4 Vacant
5 Angelo Skip Saviano 708-453-7598 708-453-7547 skip@skipsaviano.com
6 Chris Kachiroubas 630-832-0778 630-333-2795 katch99@msn.com
7 Carol Smith Donovan 312-643-0730 708-771-2345 carol.smith.donovan@gmail.com
8 Eugene R. Dawson 847-381-8817 erdaw@comcast.net
9 John Dorgan 847-698-0630 jmdgop@yahoo.com
10 Mark Shaw 847-609-3482
11 Barbara J. Peterson 708-651-6823 708-946-6822 bjp2124@aol.com
12 Deb Detmers 618-910-2994 ddetmers@charter.net
13 Roger C. Claar 630-212-2200 630-226-8412 bbmayor@aol.com
14 Jim Oberweis 630-466-4886 630-801-6072 joberweis@oberweis.net
15 Jerry Clarke 217-649-7805 jerrytclarke@yahoo.com
16 Dave Syverson 815-985-7135 815-987-7555 sen1@aol.com
17 Judy Dudek 309-224-8379 309-647-1544 jdudek1955@sbcglobal.net
18 Michael S. Bigger 309-695-6338 309-695-6266 m.bigger@mchsi.com
19 Bob Winchester 618-285-3636 bobwinchester@hotmail.com

Modified by Matthew Medlen.com