Panel, Earthquake Election

By Nancy Thorner – 

Jim Lakely, Director of Communications at The Heartland Institute, welcomed guests to the European Crystal Banquet, 519 W. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, commenting that it was the kind of venue Donald Trump would appreciate being at.  A brief history followed of the move The Heartland Institute made in the summer 2015 to its headquarters at 39 Arlington Heights where freedom and liberty are respected, having been located in the corrupt City of Chicago prior to the move for 32 years.  Lakely further stated that The Heartland Institute is a non-partisan, non-profit, free-market think tank that doesn’t support political candidates.

With the introduction behind him, Mr. Lakely signaled the beginning of what he said would be an “amazing positive and happy program” which would delve into the “an earthquake of an election.”  In Lakely’s words:  “We are here tonight to talk about the earthquake of an election on Nov. 8th.”

Lakely invited each panelist one by one to join him on the stage, introducing each panel member until all four were lined up on stage.

Heartland’s All-Star Panel:

DAN PROFT, radio host at AM560, senior fellow at Illinois Policy Institute
KATHLEEN MURPHY, communication director at Illinois Opportunity Project
PATRICK HUGHES, co-founder of Illinois Opportunity ProjectJIM LAKELY (moderator), director of communications, The Heartland Institute

When seated on the stage, Jim Lakely proceeded to direct each question to a specific panel member, after which the other panels members were invited to jump in at will to add their thoughts.

Jim Lakely’s first question was directed to Dan Proft.  In doing so, Mr. Lakely referred to how Dennis Preager, a radio talk show host on WLS AM, spoke about the two presidential choices available to American voters.  It was a choice between two candidate.  On one door was Man Eating Lion.  On the other door was Maybe Man Eating Lion.  The people choose Trump, the Maybe Man Eating Lion.  In jest Lakely referred to Trump’s maim of hair.

Question 1:

Did American voters in the Midwest and Rust Belt just save the American experiment — dodge the bullet — from forces on the Left to save Western civilization?  

Dan Proft believes that we have, to some extent, halted the onslaught of the Left.  Proft, in a light-hearted way, questioned the nature of Lakely’s question:  “How did we go from low expectations to talking about saving Western civilization?”   Proft credited Victor David Hanson of National Reviewas recognizing early on Trump’s winning message, how the elites, wherever they may function in society, are worse than you think they are.  A plus is that Trump comes into office without owing the establishment anything.

Joe Walsh was quick to add his opinion about the Trump victory:  “This election was about the uprising of us, regular Americans, against a broken political establishment.  It had zero to do with the Republican Party.  It was against the elites.”  In agreement with Proft, Walsh doesn’t believe Trump owes the Republican Party a thing as an outsider.  Walsh spoke of going to Washington, D.C. with the same spirit of an outsider to serve in the House.

Patrick Hughes spoke about the Supreme Court and what a Hillary win would have meant had she been able to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Alito and possible other retirements.  Presently under attack is free speech, abortion rights, the 2nd amendment, etc.  With good, solid Supreme Court appointments our Constitutional principles can be reset, as justices now up in their 80’s, and who ascribe to a Living Constitution, choose retirement during a Trump presidency.

Dan Proft, ever the scholar, warned that the election of Trump was only the beginning, as elections are but the means to policy ends.  It was a big election for Trump.  Not even Trump could stop Trump.  He did try and couldn’t.  Proft was not charitable to House Speaker Ryan and other Republicans legislators who did nothing to help Trump.  As such, Republican legislators in both the House and Senate must have their feet held to the fire, for there will be policy fights. There must be no doubt that Trump is the new sheriff in town.

Joe Walsh likewise harbored strong feeling about holding Republican feet to the fire.  Paul Ryan was scorned by Joe in Ryan’s refusal to help Trump in his election bid, which held true of the Republican Party as a whole. It was because of Trump that Ryan could resume as speaker.  As Walsh warned:  “We won a battle, but the war continues. We still have a long way to go.”  As many conservatives realize, “We are losing the battle over American values.”  As Walsh related, “Had it not been for 12,000 votes in 3 states — Michigan, PA, and Wisconsin — Trump would have lost.”

Question 2:

It’s crazy out there.  What happening on the streets of America right now? 

Directed to Kathleen Murphy, Kathleen wasn’t about to blame the entire millennial generation.  Not all are protesting and not all are protestors.  Those who are are being fueled by the mainstream media, college professors, social media, etc.  Millennials came of age during this century’s Great Depression. They have not experienced market-made success, but instead see government as a way to improve life.  46% believe their future will not be as good as their parents.  Only 16% feel their lives will be better.  1/3 of Millennials live at home with their parents; only one in three are unemployed.  But the protestors are hypocrites.  All would have been fine had Hillary won, but anger attributed to shock over how people could possibly have voted for Trump has fueled the protestors. Trump, as president elect, is not acceptable to the protestors, and anyone who voted for Trump is labeled a racist.  It is, however, the protestors who are the intolerant ones.  For the protestors, Trump’s win gives them the license to disregard the rule of law and reality.  In regard to those who were shocked that women voted for Trump, Murphy had this to say, “Why would many women choose not to vote for a criminal?

Pat Hughes spoke about his16-year old daughter and how selecting a college is close at hand.  In light of what has been happening at colleges in the aftermath of Trump’s victory, more and more colleges have been crossed off by Hughes because they have given in to students who have seemingly been traumatized beyond the ability to function over the election of Trump.  The University of Michigan has brought in puppies for students to pet.   Hillsdale College was mentioned as an exception, but not all college-age students can attend Hillsdale.  Hughes predicted that the protestors will look back on this time in their lives and regret their actions.  Accordingly, Hughes believe the radicals of today will grow up.  Hughes is more worried about radical feminists   Noted was how difficult it is for a woman to be a conservative, and how they are shamed for being so.

Dan Proft spoke about what is happening to young people today in college situations and equated the problem to a “lack of self-awareness.”  Students believe they have a Constitutional right not to be offended and to be shielded from words that they do not wish to hear.  Such opinions must he recognized and combated.  In regard to Hillary, the firewall for Hillary’s win was supposed to be college educated women and Rust Belt states.  In the end Hillary only won 51% of women.

Joe Walsh chimed in to explain how a Trump victory was possible in what is a divided country.  Trump won because of 112,000 votes in three states.  Hillary couldn’t bring out the young, single women, or the blacks she needed in her camp to win; however, they are still out there.  Walsh admitted that he completely under estimated how bad a candidate Hillary was.  No one likes her, not even Bill!  She was an extremely flawed candidate.  This election was a wake-up call for Democrats.  Walsh believes such a mistake won’t happen again

Dan Proft, in expanding upon the comments by Walsh, reiterated how the Democratic Party has now become a Coastal Party and Illinois.  The election of Donald Trump ushered in a schismatic shift in power.  Republican now hold two-thirds of state legislative bodies, along with 33 state governorships.  Proft hopes that some of the good working state models will be adopted by Trump at the federal level.

Pat Hughes sees positive momentum going into 2020, if polices are enacted that provide positive results for the American people.  It is essential that we start now to build our coalition so the momentum is there in 2020 to continue and expand Republican control.

An article to follow will feature Question 3:  How important milestone was it by breaking the Democratic Super House majority.  Will it be more of the same or is there some chance for needed reforms to be enacted?  and Question 4:  What is the Alt-Right and should we be afraid of it?  



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By Nancy Thorner – 

Just two days after Donald Trump won his bid for the presidency, representatives from the conservative Heritage Foundation debriefed Chicago area supporters about their organization’s optimism and their opportunity to play a key role in transitioning from the Obama Administration to Trump’s.

Heritage reports that they are able to have a major input in the Trump presidency, the most input since the election of Ronald Reagan. Members of the group have been in contact with Trump’s transition since he won the Republican nomination at this summer’s convention in Cleveland, Ohio.  Nevertheless, Heritage says it will hold Trump accountable, desiring that Trump will implement Heritage ideas and polices to “Make America Great Again.”

 

The afternoon’s panel participants were Tim Chapman, Chief Operating Officer, Heritage Action for America, and Genevieve Wood, Senior Fellow in Communications, The Heritage Foundation and Senior Contributor to the Daily Signal. 

Genevieve Wood, Senior Fellow in Communications

Genevieve Wood expressed what so many of us now believe, that Republicans no longer have any excuse for saying that things can’t be done, for Republicans now own all three, the House, the Senate, and the White House.  Republicans also won 34 governorships across the country, the highest since 1922.  

A different landscape now exists than present before the November 8th election.  Although Democrats had a huge ground game in each state to win the election for Hillary, those voting for Trump didn’t need anyone to tell them it was Election Day and that they should vote.   Republicans came out in mass because they were fed up with the direction of their country and wanted to take it back.  With a $20 trillion debt; health care premiums going up; the borders wide open, and the threat of an appointment to the Supreme Court giving progressive judges a 5 – 4 advantage, Republicans were eager to get out and vote for Trump, most recognizing what faced them if the election went the other way. 

Ms. Wood asked these questions: Why did we vote for Trump?  Was it to repeal Obamacare?  Was it to stem the flow of illegal aliens across out southern border?   Was it to stimulate the economy and business through decreasing regulations? 

The number one reason voters chose Trump on November 8th was because of his ability to appoint Supreme Court justices, she said. For 17% of Trump voters it was their first reason.  For 48% of Trump voters it was a very important reason.

If Obama in many situations is not governing according to the Constitution, why should he be permitted to appoint more justices? 

This same reasoning was used by The Heritage Foundation in its early fight against the Obama administration filling the vacancy left by Justice Scalia’s death.  There was concern that some Republicans senators might cave in to give Obama a gift even before knowing how the presidential election would turn out.  Had Republicans in the Senate permitted nominee Garland to be confirmed, the election issue of Supreme Court appointments would have been lost.

Mrs. Wood expressed her hope that Trump would repeal Obamacare first.  Voters needs to see that Trump is serious in his campaign pledge to repeal Obamacare. Congress would be with Trump, as Congress has already passed a bill to repeal Obamacare, only to have had it vetoed by Obama.  

Tim Chapman, Chief Operating Officer, Heritage Action for America

Panel member Tim Chapman said Heritage Action draws the line in the sand to the Washington establishment.  Chapman likewise discussed the issue of Obamacare. 

It was in 2013 that Heritage Action first started engaging Obamacare.  The 2014 election wasn’t influenced by the issue, but it did lay the groundwork to eventually getting rid of Obamacare.  Last year the GOP-led House and Senate passed a budget resolution, as a dry run.  Instructions were included to use reconciliation to repeal Obamacare.  The House and Senate were ultimately successful in getting it to Obama’s desk, where it was vetoed. 

Republicans now have a good chance to advance their own agenda, six years after President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, and after more than 60 attempts to repeal it.  Repealing Obamacare did became closer to reality early Wednesday morning when Donald Trump was elected president.  A Reconciliation Bill can again be employed in January, 2017 —  a procedure used in the Senate that allows a bill to pass with 51 votes — to roll back Obamacare and avoid a Democratic filibuster. Unlike last year, Trump will not veto the measure.

In agreement with Mrs. Wood, Chapman expressed his disapproval of Republicans who seemed willing to allow Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Garland to be appointed to the Supreme Court.  It would have taken away the incentive to vote for many who considered the make-up of the Supreme Court of utmost importance to the future of this nation. 

Chapman predicted a continuing resolution fight when Trump takes office in January of 2017, that will be used as a fundraiser for Democrats should Republicans dare to shut down the government. 

Recommended by Tim Chapman is that DACA, an Executive Order signed by President Obama on June 15, 2012,  should be the first thing Trump should get rid of.  DACA (acronym for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) states that the government will not deport those who meet certain criteria.  Meeting certain criteria allows undocumented residents to obtain a driver’s license and Social Security number and a two year work authorization which they are permitted to renew after those two years are up.

Questions Addressed

Much time was allotted for Heritage Foundation guests to question Genevieve Wood and Tim Chapman. 

About the media disconnect?  Most of the media was “out to lunch” and remained in the bubble of their own bias.  The

Washington, D.C. media remained insulated from what was happening outside Washington, D.C.

About the disaffected white voter who voted for Trump?  Democrats rely on identity politics in targeting voters, perceiving they own and need the votes of Blacks, women, Latinos, gays, etc., to win elections.  Whites (blue collar workers) who made-up the working class in the rust belt area, were last on the peaking order for Democrats as to how their programs and policies would benefit them, and they lost them.

About the fate of globalism?   Trump’s election conveyed that patriotism is still alive and that it is fine to think of America first, not as a nation within a global world.  We must take our principles to create policies which will advance our principles and beliefs to the rest of the world.

About the first 100 days?  Donald Trump’s plan for his first 100 days was set forth at his campaign rally at Valley Forge, PA. Trump’s immediate action upon taking office in January (strike while the iron is hot) is to appoint a conservative Supreme Court Justice to replace Anthony Scalia; repeal Obamacare; begin education reform; start on tax reform; and deal with crumbling infrastructure to spur the creation of jobs.

About Heritage’s relationship with President-elect Trump?  Heritage briefed all Republican candidates during the primary election season.  Since the Republican Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, when Trump officially became the Republican presidential candidate, Heritage has assembled a transition team.  All presidents have 71,000 political appointments to make.   Heritage Foundation is now busy collecting resumes to fill these slots (2 to 3 people for each position), also vetting each candidate, so the candidates will ascribe to policies that the Heritage Foundation espouses.  This document will then to handed to the Trump Team.    

About how to replace weak leadership in the Senate?  The Senate is such an insulated place, that it would be difficult to send U.S. Senator Mitch O’Connell packing. Noted was how quickly O’Connell was to take credit for those senators who won.  It would take a sustained outside push for O’Connell to leave the Senate.  It would be good for Trump to make deals with both House Speaker Paul Ryan and Mitch O’Connell should they remain in leadership positions, by insisting that both work with him to pass his agenda. In the past, Ryan and O’Connor differed with Trump on immigration and trade.   

About Trump’s Supreme Court Justice pick?  Trump must pick one from his list, and then fight for it.  Trump’s pick for vice president, Mike Pence, must set the criteria for the type of Supreme Court nominee Trump recommends.  Picking someone not on the list would shatter Trump’s coalition.  When Trump receives good advice and follows it, good things happen.

About two competing conservative forces in the Republican Party?  There are the traditional conservatives who want less spending and less government.  Then there are those conservatives who perceive real issues among the working class.  They wish to adhere to the same conservative policy positions by using them in ways to help people get back to work. 

About Education Reform?   A-PLUS Act (S. 827) is the proposed conservative alternative to NCLB (No Child Left Behind) and would allow states to opt out of the problematic NCLB.  A-PLUS, introduced in April 2011 by Senators Jim DeMint (R–SC) and John Cornyn (R–TX), would rein in the Government’s Education Power Grab by increasing state and local control in education while increasing transparency of results to parents and taxpayers. There are plans to push the A-PLUS Act as a bill in 2017.   Should the A-PLUS Act pass, there would be no need for the Department of Education.

About Term Limits?   The Heritage Foundation believes that the American people should provide term limits through elections, rather than limit times a lawmaker can seek re-election. 

About Trump Pursuing Investigation of Hillary?  There are on-going Congressional investigations, as well as separate FBI investigations on The Clinton Foundation.  The question at hand is whether President Obama will pardon Hillary.  Heritage believes it would be best for this nation if we were done with Hillary and her wrongdoings and corrupt practices. 




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By Nancy Thorner & Bonnie O’Neil – 

Some attribute Donald Trump winning the election to him touching on issues which most American citizens believe are most important – that America is in a financial and moral decline. But Trump’s success still doesn’t answer when, how, and what caused the decline?  

Some point out the moral decline began when a liberal Supreme Court demanded prayer and Christianity be barred from our schools, which was quickly followed with attempts by liberals to remove Christianity from all public places. When a law forbids something, most people believe the new law is put in place to protect people from harm, but nobody could possibly prove prayer is harmful to anyone. In fact, there is proof of just the opposite.  

A quick look at the Court’s decision to remove prayer from our schools and all public places was based on the lie that our Founders wanted a separation of church and state. The liberal Supreme Court Justices used misinformation to justify their intentions. The phrase “separation of church and state” was used in a letter in which Thomas Jefferson responded regarding whether one denomination of Christianity should prevail over others in America. The intended meaning was intentionally misconstrued and used as the basis for banning school prayers. The following quote by Jefferson clearly indicates his strong opinion about a nation’s need for God – proving his opinion never would have been to exclude prayer from our children’s schools.

“Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?”

That our forefathers embraced Christianity in the public place is easily proved as evidenced throughout our history.  Consider that Scripture verses were engraved on many of our public buildings, even those in Washington D.C.  Consider that most states mention “our creator” and/or “God” in the preamble to their state constitutions. Our early schools used the Bible for reading assignments and our early school textbooks were filled with biblical references. Most certainly, God was very much a part of America’s beginning and throughout our history.  This Supreme Court decision lacked a credible basis, it lacked historical precedence, and it was unpopular with the general public.   

No one can seriously deny our Founders were men of faith.  Of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence, nearly half (24) held Seminary or Bible School degrees.  Their decisions reflected the Bible they honored.  Even those who were not overt Christians nevertheless understood the importance of Christianity.  They wisely knew faith in God benefited both the people and country in a way nothing else could.  Morality is the backbone of a prosperous country.

Why did America begin abandoning all that made her great?  Who can deny our nation is in trouble when we are 20 trillion dollars in debt, our economy is faltering, jobs are increasingly difficult to find, Obamacare has become unaffordable with healthcare costs  at an all-time high, close to half of all Americans are on some type of welfare program, and racial tensions and violence have been steadily increasing rather than decreasing.

People who take to the streets to discredit and malign our brave police force are being financed by globalist like billionaire George Soros, and others, who fund groups and organizations to oppose the values of our Forefathers. Can anyone seriously deny that America has changed and is dangerously close to suffering the fate of other once great nations that lost their direction as a nation. It is true: “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  It is dangerous when our elected officials believe they are above the law or that they can initiate their own laws.  Yet, there is evidence that has been happening.

It is wise to discuss the causes of the downward trend in America to get a better understanding of what and how to correct problems.  There are many who believe the catalyst for problems began with the liberal Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion. That law was considered the final atrocity that revealed we no longer could call America a Christian nation if we legalized killing the unborn. The Supreme  Court claimed this law was passed to usher in safe and legal ways for women whose health or well-being was endangered due to an unwanted pregnancy. The plaintiff in Roe vs. Wade lied when she claimed she had been raped.  The second intent of the Court was that abortions were to be legal, safe, and rare.  That had no teeth for possible convictions, and thus Sixty (60) million babies have been aborted in America in the last 40 years, proving abortion in our country is anything but rare.  

Those who find this number of aborted babies appalling would likely be horrified by liberal, self-admitted atheist Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood who stated: 

“The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”  Sanger also described Blacks, immigrants and indigents as:  “…human weeds … reckless breeders …spawning… human beings who never should have been born.”   

Those comments are hateful, and yet it is liberals who accuse Conservatives of being  insensitive because they oppose the killing of innocent lives.  Most recently, we discovered that Planned Parenthood also has been selling aborted baby parts for profit.  However, this revelation was quickly dropped by the media, a few hands were slapped for allowing the information to go public, and Sanger’s Planned Parenthood continues to exterminate the unwanted with our tax money.  Few among us have voiced our objections to a government that allows what can only be described by honest people as legalized massive murder of the most innocent and vulnerable among us. 

The fact is we all must accept a share in the blame for the moral decline of America, because we have not been vocal or persistent in our objections to the liberal changes that have occurred on a rather regular basis.  We rarely investigate all the candidates, and instead just vote based on their background, political party, and/or opinion on issues.  We pay little or no attention to those we elect once they are in office.  Most of us do not make it a priority to learn how our representatives voted on important issues that impact our lives.  Also unfortunate is that only a small percent of American citizens even know the names of their elected officials, let alone keep track of how they vote.  Even fewer hold them accountable to keep their campaign promises.   

Can we save America from the fate of other once great countries who failed and fell?  Yes!  If enough of us take the time to be educated on facts, bills, and laws so we can discover which are detrimental and then share information with those in our sphere of influence.    We must begin to talk with friends and relatives about political matters and share viewpoints, as well as call, email, or text elected officials to express our opinions.

To make America great again, we must join conservative organizations and strategize about simple ways to help make positive differences.  It is important to talk to our church leaders about informing fellow Christians of important information that impacts Christian families.  Christians want to support Godly, but they often don’t know how or where to seek information. What better place to provide information on moral subjects than in our churches with like-minded people?  

For any who doubt our nation was founded by those who knew the importance of Christianity in our lives and understood this to be the mainstay of our country’s future, I urge you to visit the website below that provides the proof.  As you read each amazing quote, consider how far America has wandered from what these astute early American leaders believed important for America.  It is why we must stay devoted to restoring our conservative values, attend the church of our choice regularly,  and begin building and restoring the values which allowed America to become a great country, with freedoms and rights many others only dream of having.

Let’s do everything possible to keep America from that last 10th step that defines the end of a free nation. We must prevent America from experiencing the horrendous fate of what happened to other once great countries who forgot the basics and lost everything.  Even if we are not successful in stopping the decline and inevitable deterioration of America, at least those of us who tried to save our country will have the sweet peace of knowing we did all we could to prevent it.  So, let us all commit do whatever possible in the months ahead to engage others in conversations about these issues while the opportunity remains and before criticism might no longer be considered a right.

The following quote from Ronald Regan, stated on October 27, 1964, is a warning to the American people of how fragile this nation is and what we must do to insure that future generations do not live tyranny: 

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream.   It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United State where men were free.”

John Adams once wrote of the new republic“Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Are we still a moral and religious people? Sadly, I think we all know the answer to that question — even before the poll results were know on Tuesday, November 9th, 2016.


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By Nancy Thorner & Bonnie O’Neil – 

Are you concerned about our country?  Certainly, the 2016 election confirmed many of our worst fears, including that America is in a frightening decline.  Once again the mainstream media has continued to confirm its blatant liberal bias which is not just disappointing, it is outrageous. Many media sources put aside any attempt for fairness in reporting in order to help a specific candidate win an election.

Consider this statement by the late journalist Michael Kelly:  “What journalists choose and how journalists frame inescapably arises out of what journalists believe.  As a group, journalists believe in liberalism and in electing Democrats.”   Knowing this blatant bias exists, do we think media sources will make any serious attempt to expose corruption by their chosen candidates once elected and in office?  Will they continue to protect this person no matter the subject or issue? 

Other than Rush Limbaugh, the entire media has been dominated by liberal Democrats for decades.   FOX news, under the ownership of conservative Rupert Murdoch and the expert guidance of Roger Ailes, became the one exception to the media’s liberal domination, and in so doing, FOX grabbed the top spot in ratings, as Conservatives finally found a source that mirrored their political viewpoints.  However, since Ailes is no longer with FOX, the hope is that Mr. Murdock’s replacement will prove to be as talented as Ailes in keeping FOX programming “fair and balanced” and far more conservative than other media sources. 

Concerned Citizens React

It is frightening for those of us who see present changes as detrimental to America and our future.  It is shocking to realize those in high government positions are blatantly bias. Most recently, FBI Director Comey’s investigation and resultant decision about Hillary’s email scandal and the obviously flawed Clinton Foundation will be a subject discussed for quite some time.  Comey had been considered efficient, talented, and unbiased by both political parties.   However, it appears Comey proved to be as vulnerable as all the rest, as he set his principles aside to treat Hillary differently due to her position.  If we needed any tangible proof of how far our country has declined, Conservatives would say Comey just offered it. 

However, Director Comey must be credited with providing the facts, so at least the World knows the truth of Hillary’s carelessness with classified information while Secretary of State, and social media provided even more details of her disrespect for federal rules and laws.  It will be interesting to know how history judges this issue and the entire 2016 presidential election. 

What Can Concerned Citizens Do?

What can concerned citizens do when our leaders are proven to be liars, deceivers, and self-absorbed to the point of being above the law and losing sight of what made America great?    Bill and Hillary have flagrantly violated established laws and protocol for all to see, and yet the mainstream media ignores or finds ways to excuse it.   We no longer trust the exceedingly biased liberal mainstream media for fair reporting, so where do we go for facts and truth? 

We can only hope America has not imploded to the point of no return, because this election proved integrity was the big loser at several different levels.  The compromised media is one indicator of how far America has strayed from its roots, but it is not the only one that should concern us.

Liberal politicians and government officials have been producing a myriad of highly questionable and problematic laws and new policies which ultimately benefit their personal political agenda, not necessarily what is best for their constituents or our country.  Politicians claim some of the more controversial new laws, i.e., illegal immigration, were enacted out of compassion for specific people, but, in reality, they have damaged and/or harmed our citizens.

Authors of these bills and laws neglected to consider the potential unintended, serious consequences these laws ultimately have caused.  The damage and consequences not only have impacted individual citizens, but they are ultimately destructive to our whole nation as well.  The exceptional nation that most of us have known and profited from is in serious trouble, and I suspect the vast majority of Americans have no awareness of that truth. 

Citizen Awareness Paramount

If we can make our citizens aware of the various studies which describe definite patterns that occur in both the rise and fall of notable nations, perhaps America can be saved from the fate so often experienced by other countries. Scholars have discovered the first stage of becoming a great country is the move from bondage to spiritual faith. The second phase is from spiritual faith to great courage. The third stage moves from great courage to liberty. The fourth is from liberty to abundance. The fifth stage is where we see the start of the decline of a country, best explained by stating abundance has led to selfishness. The sixth stage moves from selfishness to complacency followed by a complacency that leads to apathy. The eighth step goes from apathy to moral decay.  The ninth stage is from moral decay to dependence.  The tenth and final stage moves from dependence to total bondage.  

Does this pattern seem familiar?  It should!  This is a brief overview of what has and is happening in America. Now the question becomes how to prevent the last and final stage from happening and thus destroying America as we have known it for the past 200 years.  

Founding Fathers Point the Way

America’s awesome beginning happened when God was at the center of our nation and the vast majority of our people respected and followed biblical teachings. Sadly, it appears the decline in which we now find ourselves most resembles the ninth stage, “moral decay to dependence,” with only the final stage left which is “back to bondage.”  Did you ever think we could be dumb enough to follow the pattern of others’ mistakes, knowing it has always ended badly?   It is a fool’s folly to think we can escape the fate every other nation experienced.  We must break the cycle and reverse our present destructive course.  Our only hope is to find a viable plan that will help us return to our beginning roots and that begins with people embracing a strong spiritual faith and abiding by God’s Word. 

Elections are the answer our forefathers provided us to correct the system whenever it was off course.  They knew that having the right people represent us in positions of authority was essential to our prosperity. However, has the American public become like the proverbial “frog in water” that failed to notice how hot the water gradually became until it was too late to jump out and save himself?   Will our citizens realize the danger to America if all they see and hear comes from liberal dominated media sources that present one side of every issue?  If so, will they demand equality? If so, how do they do that in the most productive way possible?  


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By Nancy Thorner & Bonnie O’Neil – 

Are you concerned about our country?  Certainly, the 2016 election confirmed many of our worst fears, including that America is in a frightening decline.  Once again the mainstream media has continued to confirm its blatant liberal bias which is not just disappointing, it is outrageous. Many media sources put aside any attempt for fairness in reporting in order to help a specific candidate win an election.

Consider this statement by the late journalist Michael Kelly:  “What journalists choose and how journalists frame inescapably arises out of what journalists believe.  As a group, journalists believe in liberalism and in electing Democrats.”   Knowing this blatant bias exists, do we think media sources will make any serious attempt to expose corruption by their chosen candidates once elected and in office?  Will they continue to protect this person no matter the subject or issue? 

Other than Rush Limbaugh, the entire media has been dominated by liberal Democrats for decades.   FOX news, under the ownership of conservative Rupert Murdoch and the expert guidance of Roger Ailes, became the one exception to the media’s liberal domination, and in so doing, FOX grabbed the top spot in ratings, as Conservatives finally found a source that mirrored their political viewpoints.  However, since Ailes is no longer with FOX, the hope is that Mr. Murdock’s replacement will prove to be as talented as Ailes in keeping FOX programming “fair and balanced” and far more conservative than other media sources. 

Concerned Citizens React

It is frightening for those of us who see present changes as detrimental to America and our future.  It is shocking to realize those in high government positions are blatantly bias. Most recently, FBI Director Comey’s investigation and resultant decision about Hillary’s email scandal and the obviously flawed Clinton Foundation will be a subject discussed for quite some time.  Comey had been considered efficient, talented, and unbiased by both political parties.   However, it appears Comey proved to be as vulnerable as all the rest, as he set his principles aside to treat Hillary differently due to her position.  If we needed any tangible proof of how far our country has declined, Conservatives would say Comey just offered it. 

However, Director Comey must be credited with providing the facts, so at least the World knows the truth of Hillary’s carelessness with classified information while Secretary of State, and social media provided even more details of her disrespect for federal rules and laws.  It will be interesting to know how history judges this issue and the entire 2016 presidential election. 

What Can Concerned Citizens Do?

What can concerned citizens do when our leaders are proven to be liars, deceivers, and self-absorbed to the point of being above the law and losing sight of what made America great?    Bill and Hillary have flagrantly violated established laws and protocol for all to see, and yet the mainstream media ignores or finds ways to excuse it.   We no longer trust the exceedingly biased liberal mainstream media for fair reporting, so where do we go for facts and truth? 

We can only hope America has not imploded to the point of no return, because this election proved integrity was the big loser at several different levels.  The compromised media is one indicator of how far America has strayed from its roots, but it is not the only one that should concern us.

Liberal politicians and government officials have been producing a myriad of highly questionable and problematic laws and new policies which ultimately benefit their personal political agenda, not necessarily what is best for their constituents or our country.  Politicians claim some of the more controversial new laws, i.e., illegal immigration, were enacted out of compassion for specific people, but, in reality, they have damaged and/or harmed our citizens.

Authors of these bills and laws neglected to consider the potential unintended, serious consequences these laws ultimately have caused.  The damage and consequences not only have impacted individual citizens, but they are ultimately destructive to our whole nation as well.  The exceptional nation that most of us have known and profited from is in serious trouble, and I suspect the vast majority of Americans have no awareness of that truth.

Citizen Awareness Paramount

If we can make our citizens aware of the various studies which describe definite patterns that occur in both the rise and fall of notable nations, perhaps America can be saved from the fate so often experienced by other countries. Scholars have discovered the first stage of becoming a great country is the move from bondage to spiritual faith. The second phase is from spiritual faith to great courage. The third stage moves from great courage to liberty. The fourth is from liberty to abundance. The fifth stage is where we see the start of the decline of a country, best explained by stating abundance has led to selfishness. The sixth stage moves from selfishness to complacency followed by a complacency that leads to apathy. The eighth step goes from apathy to moral decay.  The ninth stage is from moral decay to dependence.  The tenth and final stage moves from dependence to total bondage.  

Does this pattern seem familiar?  It should!  This is a brief overview of what has and is happening in America. Now the question becomes how to prevent the last and final stage from happening and thus destroying America as we have known it for the past 200 years. 

Founding Fathers Point the Way

America’s awesome beginning happened when God was at the center of our nation and the vast majority of our people respected and followed biblical teachings. Sadly, it appears the decline in which we now find ourselves most resembles the ninth stage, “moral decay to dependence,” with only the final stage left which is “back to bondage.”  Did you ever think we could be dumb enough to follow the pattern of others’ mistakes, knowing it has always ended badly?   It is a fool’s folly to think we can escape the fate every other nation experienced.  We must break the cycle and reverse our present destructive course.  Our only hope is to find a viable plan that will help us return to our beginning roots and that begins with people embracing a strong spiritual faith and abiding by God’s Word. 

Elections are the answer our forefathers provided us to correct the system whenever it was off course.  They knew that having the right people represent us in positions of authority was essential to our prosperity. However, has the American public become like the proverbial “frog in water” that failed to notice how hot the water gradually became until it was too late to jump out and save himself?   Will our citizens realize the danger to America if all they see and hear comes from liberal dominated media sources that present one side of every issue?  If so, will they demand equality? If so, how do they do that in the most productive way possible?  

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By Nancy Thorner –  
 
Everywhere people are waking up, beginning to take notice of the Transgendered Agenda playing out in our generation. There is, however, a lack of understanding about what it will truly mean for our society if the Transgenders get their way.  Detailed at the “Transgendered Agenda” website, in clear common sense language that even the progressive liberals who are pushing the agenda can’t dismiss or deny, are the far reaching implications of the agenda upon our society.  
The Transgender Agenda, although a rather recent national phenomena, is spreading like wildfire across this nation and is being promoted as a civil rights issue.  Even minors are seeking body-disfiguring operations with parental approval, as “progressives” promote gender confusion to kids.  
 
Linda Harvey, founder of Mission America and one of the world’s leading pro-family experts on the aggressive agenda to corrupt youth with homosexualism and transsexualism, spoke recently in the Chicago area. Her topic for the evening was  “How the Gay and Transgender Lobbies Are Selling Gender Deviance & Body Mutilation to America’s Youth.” 
 
Mrs. Harvey wrote the book, Maybe He’s Not Gay (Anther View on Homosexuality) in 2014.  Her book addresses the lies that today’s youth are being told from adults who, in most cases, know they are misleading them.  
 
Mrs. Harvey began as a reporter before getting into activism. She credits Alfred Kinsey’s (1894-1956) with starting the idea that homosexuality was common and normal in both men and women.  Alfred Kinsey, a zoologist by training, compiled the findings from interviews into two books that were the opening salvos of the sexual revolution that soon swept the United States: Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953). Both works contain many sweeping assertions and often move quickly from tables full of data to moral speculation about the repressed sexual ethics of America. In 1947 Kinsey founded the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University, now simply known as The Kinsey Institute, still in existence today.   
 
The World Net Daily columnists believes we are in a war that involves highly institutionalized child abuse.  Children are being presented with concepts about sexuality that should never be presented to them at such a young age.  Alternate viewpoints are being withheld, which is resulting in gender confused children.  Mrs. Harvey recounted a situation where girls and boys could no longer be lined up as boys and girls, but instead the two lines had to be called other names like peanut butter and jelly.  The politically correct language of transgender advocates is to say — rather than being born a boy or a girl — is now “assigned a gender” at birth.
 
Obama has mandated open school bathrooms through the Title IX sex discrimination law, over seen by the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Justice, which must apply to boys who believe they are girls, etc. Obama is threatening to pull funding from schools if they don’t comply.  Already 23 states are suing over this edict that is not yet U.S. law.  Hillary Clinton has endorsed Obama’s Decree on Transgender Bathrooms, Gender Identity, and as reported in the WSJ on October 27, 2016, Hillary is proposing to use the bully pulpit, and $500 Million, to Fight Bullying if she becomes president. Hillary is blaming Donald Trump for what she now perceives as an urgency for a persistent problem.  However, Education Week, citing FBI statistics, reported recently that bullying is down in schools
 
LGBTQ behavior is already being promoted in many schools — the 3.2 million NEA members support the agenda — although transgenderism harms children and questions harshly how adults can foist radical transsexual surgeries and hormone treatments on the very young and gender-confused teenagers.  Consider that in Oregon, 15-year-olds can receive hormone treatment or surgery to “become” the opposite gender without parental consent, paid for by Medicaid.  Kids learn this option at school-based health clinics.  
 
The LGBTQ agenda is being introduced into schools through “Anti-bullying” programs; more “LGBTQ” material in Sex-Ed programs; LGBTQ literature in school libraries, and school-wide events such as Ally Week, Day of Silence, and “gay” history month.
 
As of Oct. 3 of this year the U.S. military (funded by taxpayers) will pay for gender reassignment surgery for transgender soldiers, a program that could cost up to $8.4 million a year.
 
Mrs. Harvey cited the following report that appeared in The New Atlantis, fall, 2016, and another by psychiatrist Dr. Paul McHugh about transgenderism:  
 
“The understanding of sexual orientation as an innate, biologically fixed property of human beings — the idea that people are “born that way” — is not supported by scientific evidence.” 
 
Dr. Paul McHugh, former psychiatrist in chief at John Hopkins University, had this to say about the “sex change” issue: 
 
“Sex change is a biological impossibility,” and transgenderism is not a right but a “mental disorder that needs understanding, treatment and prevention.”
 
Another study cited by Mrs. Harvey, as published by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on August 12, 2016, ties more risky behavior to GLB teens than to other teens.  They are more likely to drink alcohol, smoke, use marijuana & other drugs, to attempt suicide, to be victims of sexual or physical dating violence, to be sexually active, to have had 4 or more partners, to have had sex before age 13. 
 
The data for the above study was collected during 2015 through a survey of 15,000 kids.  Questions asked were 1. What are you most comfortable being?   2. What are you more likely to be doing?
Another study in the New Atlantis offered by Mrs. Harvey shows further negative consequences that the non-heterosexual population faces:
 
“Members of the non-heterosexual population are estimated to have about 1.5 times higher risk of experiencing anxiety disorders that members of the heterosexual population, as well as roughly double the risk of depression, 1.5 times the risk of substance abuse, and nearly 2.5 times the risk of suicide.” 
 
Mrs. Harvey introduced what was a new scientific term to most in attendance, Neuroplasticity:
 
“Brain plasticity science is the study of a physical process.  Gray matter can actually shrink or thicken; neural connections can be forged and refined or weakened and severed.  Changes in the physical brain manifest as changes in our abilities.  For example, each time we learn a new dance step, it reflects a change in our physical brains:  new “wires” (neural pathways) that give instructions to our bodies on how to perform the step.”
 
Soft tissue exists in the brain of children during childhood.  Sexual experience at a too early age leads children to laser focus on instant gratification, which demands that more vigilance be observed in what children are being exposed to. 
Regarding AIDS, it is no longer a death sentence even if a person does progress on to having full blown AIDS.  Drugs now available allow homosexual youth to engage in aberrant sex without fearing debilitating illness and death. However, even though HIV is less deadly due to expensive medications, syphilis and hepatitis continue to ravage homosexual men at rates vastly higher than non-homosexuals.
 
The “Born Gay” myth is still popular.  There is proof, which homosexual activists reject, that people who once lived as “gay” or lesbian (or “transgender”) can change and live honorably according to the natural, created purpose of their bodies before God. 
 
The pro-homosexual lobby is well funded.  Unless citizens demand an end to the media’s incessant promotion of the gay and transgender agenda, it will be too late to return this nation to a state of sexual sanity in which the health and well-being of our children is protected, instead of being undermined. 
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Thorner: Women in Politics ‘Stand by Fire’ as Legislators and Candidates

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By Nancy Thorner – 

“Women in Politics” was the topic of a lively discussion hosted by the Heartland Institute last Wednesday. The panel, moderated by Lake Forest resident and attorney Elizabeth Yore, was made up of seven distinguished women in politics: Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti; Illinois state Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno; Illinois State Rep. Patti Bellock; Wisconsin State Rep. Samantha Kerkman; Illinois State House Candidate Dawn Abernathy; Kathleen Murphy of the Illinois Opportunity Project; and Linda J. Hansen, Deputy Chief of Staff of Herman Cain’s 2012 presidential campaign.

Elizabeth Yore Sets the Stage 

Yore spoke about the 2016 presidential race as undoubtedly “the most colorful and contentious political campaign in the history of the Republic,” further remarking “This has been a campaign dominated by Wikileaks, leaked videos, leaked audios, Bleachbit, and bleached blonds.”

Social media has dominated the race to trigger the prevailing ‘modern digital political warfare,’ she told the audience. 

Although life on the national campaign trail often mimics a reality show, Yore related how state and local campaigns must focus on issues that directly impact voters, especially “in their pocketbook and their families.” In speaking about the women who would be featured on the Heartland stage that night, Yore said they were epitomized the words of Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman to serve both in the U.S. House and Senate:

Public service must be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly. It must be a complete dedication to the people and to the nation.

Yore also recalled her favorite advice from Andrew Breitbart – which is on a poster as you walk into Heartland’s event space named for him – as being applicable to the group of smart, dedicated women leaders who would speak that night:

Walk toward the fire. Don’t worry about what they call you. All those things are said against you because they want to stop you in your tracks. But if you keep going, you’re sending a message to people who are footing for you, who are agreeing with you. The message is that they can do it, too.

The night’s event was split up into two panel discussions.

Panel 1 – Life on the Campaign Trail

Christine Radogno is Illinois’ State Republican Senate Minority Leader. She was the first female caucus leader in the General Assembly history. Having served in the Illinois Senate since 1997, Christine began her third term as Senate Republican Leader in 2013. Christine represents the 41st District in DuPage, Will, and Cook Counties.

As so often happens, Radogno’s involvement in politics began with a local issue – preventing a fire station from opening up on her street – which then led to another level of government involvement. In 1996, Radogno believed she was a better candidate than the incumbent, Democrat Robert Raica. And even though an incumbent wins 98% of the time, Radogno decided to run for the Illinois Senate. Running on a shoestring budget, she won by 100 votes.

Together Radogno and another candidate, who eked out a victory with a 200 vote margin, succeeded in keeping the Illinois Senate in Republican hands. Radogno confessed that she had no idea the odds of winning were so unfavorable to her. Nevertheless, it is important to take the leap even if you think you’re not going to make it – for it will inspire other people to run, help a candidate realize there is another side on issues, and in the end embrace the experience of running as a satisfying and rewarding experience.

Dawn Abernathy is challenging incumbent Carol Sente for Illinois State House, District 59. Abernathy grew up in Libertyville and attended Carmel High School in Mundelein. Her interest in politics began at a very young age with parents who were very conservative and taught her that she must be a concerned voter. After raising five children, Abernathy said she knew it was time to become politically involved, something she had always wanted to do. Abernathy ran, and won, a seat on her local board of trustees. She was inspired to run for the state House by observing the mess in Springfield, and being told constantly that taxes must be raised to pay for the mess current politicians created.

Abernathy’s campaign has gotten nasty. Seventeen negative mailings have been sent out against her. Abernathy said she almost lost herself in trying to defend herself. So she decided that to win, she must knock on doors to convert those who are against her. Closing thoughts by Abernathy: 1) Her campaign has been hard and grueling, but she has enjoyed every minute of it. 2) There was no social media when she was in college, but life today has become an open book through Facebook, etc. 3) Make sure you guard your privacy. 

Kathleen Murphy is director of communications for the Illinois Opportunity Project, which seeks to promote the social good and common welfare by educating the public about the principles of liberty and free enterprise. Murphy stressed that women don’t benefit when government grows. When government grows, it encourages women to become helpless wards of the state.

Murphy said the number one barrier to women entering politics is fear of government intrusion in their lives, or the targeting of their families by political operatives. Women will say to her often, Murphy said: “You can do it, but I can’t.” For women who fear entering politics, Murphy had this to say: “The only people who have no fear are the sociopaths. Just take the next step.” Overcoming this fear is the right thing to do, she added. Women must be supported if they take the first step. There is a place for you. We need women at the local and state levels, as well as in the federal government – where change is so badly needed.

Linda J. Hansen is the founder and president of Capacity Strategies, LLC, and is a strategic political and business consultant, a certified personal and executive coach, author and speaker. Hansen is most known for her role as Deputy Chief of Staff for Herman Cain’s 2012 presidential campaign in Wisconsin.

With decades of political experience at local, state, and national levels, Hansen played a key role in developing the strategies that led to the historic 2010 partisan shift in Wisconsin. Hansen noted how it takes fearlessness and courage to run for public office.

Hansen said her “birth” into politics began when she held her first child, of which she now has six. She wanted her child to grow up free, to be everything God wanted him to be. It is Linda’s love for her six children and her six grandchildren that fuels what she does now. 

Hansen first became a county political volunteer, and then took on more responsibilities out of her home as her children grew older. In the fall of 2008, Mark Block asked Linda to meet with him to discuss his plan for taking back the state of Wisconsin from the leftist politicians who ruled it. Block was head of Americans for Prosperity at the time with a membership of 12,000. Block’s suggestion was met by opposition by those in the Republican Party who said it couldn’t be done. Hansen realized that to take back Wisconsin, they had to contact and enlist ordinary people into the movement – and she helped grow AFP- Wisconsin to a force of 100,000 people. Those who said it couldn’t be done were only standing in the way of those who were trying to get something done.

Hansen founded Prosperity 101, LLC in 2009 to provide educational resources designed for use in small businesses or large corporations across the United States. Linda published a book with the same name, Prosperity 101, in which she connects boardroom to breakroom and the importance of educating employees in a non-partisan way. Linda’s book was a big part in helping to save the state of Illinois in its recall battle. 

Hansen expressed how honored she felt to be part of Herman Cain’s presidential campaign in 2012. She helped put together a plan – which sounded crazy at the time – to elevate the unknown Herman Cain to the top candidate in the polls. Describing the Herman Cain campaign as a movement without a lot of money, Cain did reach number one in the polls for six weeks without a single paid advertisement.

Hansen mused how it was possible to accomplish such much starting out, as she did, as a mom without a college degree who was home-schooling her children.

Panel 2 – How Women Directly Impact the Actual Process of Government

As Yore, the moderator, so accurately noted: “As government expands, liberty contracts. Our Founders’ vision of limited government enabled American creativity and entrepreneurship to flourish.” 

Samantha Kerkman, a Wisconsin State Representative, has served in the Wisconsin State Assembly since 2001. Born into a political family, Samantha was taken by her father to political events at a very early age, and spoke to the Heartland audience about how Wisconsin politics really works. 

Kerkman was only 26 when she first ran for office in 2000. Having decided to run and feeling great excitement at her decision to do so, Kerkman said her own grandfather told her: “You can’t run. You’re a woman.” This response only emboldened her to prove that she could run and win.  

As to Wisconsin’s economic progress in the last 36 months, Kerkman said Wisconsin has gained 6,000 jobs, which were realized because of the reforms passed in 2011 are now kicking in. Uline just announced it will add another 500 jobs in Wisconsin by the spring of 2017. 

Kerkman said she doesn’t look at herself as any different from her male counterparts. Men can deal with facts and figures, and so can women. But women have an advantage because they are better at telling humanizing stories when appealing to fellow legislators and their constituents. As a mother of two children, Samantha continues to do what she has done in her 16 years as a legislator. Although, she said, her family has to realize that it comes with costs … and not a small amount of intimidation. Kerkman recounted how her home has been vandalized, and one protestor sat in front of her house for several months.

Patti Bellock is serving her ninth term in the Illinois Senate and was appointed Deputy Minority Leader in

October 2013. Her assignments include serving as chief budget negotiator for the House Republicans, minority spokeswoman on the Human Services Appropriations Committee, and a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee. She has been described as the “guardian of small business in the western suburbs.” 

Bellock noted how she didn’t come from a political family, but from a sports family. Her father was a pitcher for the White Sox. As a stay-at-home mom for 22 years, Bellock spoke of always being involved with the issues, knowing the right thing to do, but not having the courage to move forward to take action – which requires courage, persistence, and passion. 

Being a legislator, Bellock said, is a 24/7 job. People will question legislators wherever they go, and cell phones now insure that a legislator’s life is often subject to the beck and call of others. Bellock only won by 210 votes in her first campaign, and attributed her victory to getting up early every morning to be at train stations to meet commuters.  

Bellock said she views educating one’s self as paramount for a legislator. Knowing the issue is so necessary in order to debate it – on the legislature floor and at home. One thing is for sure, Bellock said: “You cannot tax your way to a better government.” Democrats, she said, want the approval of $4 billion spending plan, but those who know and care about the dire financial status of Illinois consider such a request irresponsible. As Bellock said, “We can’t afford it.” 

Gaining respect from the other side is the only way anything can be passed, Bellock said. It takes staying focused and persistent, knowing that there are 118 Illinois state representatives all with their own opinions. Medicare reform, she said, is one issue on which both sides could come to an agreement. 

Evelyn Sanguinetti is the 47th lieutenant governor of Illinois. She was formerly an adjunct professor of law and a Wheaton City councilwoman, earning her law degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Gov. Rauner appointed Sanguinetti chairman of the Local Government and Unfunded Task Force, with its goal to reduce costs to taxpayers.

Sanguinetti, the last speaker of the night before Q&A, had the most unusual and amazing story of all to tell – one that was inspiring and incredible in its scope, admitting that she never could have dreamed of holding the position she now does. 

Sanguinetti described her background growing up in Florida. Her mother was a refugee from Cuba, and her father was from Ecuador. In coming to America, her parents dreamed of giving freedom opportunities to their family.

Food stamps were a way of life for her. All the children in Sanguinetti neighborhood had free lunch cards to use, but she was ashamed to use hers. It took urging from her mother for her to do so. Not knowing at the time that music would be the saving grace for her daughter, Sanguinetti’s mother was told that it was good for a child to play a musical instrument, so Elizabeth was given piano lessons. 

Sanguinetti spoke of her disinterest in school, having even failed the first grade! When she was around 11 or so, Sanguinetti heard about an opportunity being offered by a magnet school in Miami and decided to audition. When in the practice room on the day of her audition, Sanguinetti could hear all around her others playing compositions by Bach, Beethoven and Mozart. She, meanwhile, was going to play a popular song of the day. To her surprise the magnet school saw promise in her, and Sanguinetti received the magnet school scholarship. It changed her life, as she went to college on a scholarship – when she once never even dreamt that college would be in her future. 

Sanguinetti came to Chicago to obtain her law degree. It was her interest in the Latino movement and women in politics that led her to meeting Bruce Rauner. As head of Rauner’s Local Government and Unfunded Task Force, with offices in both Springfield and Chicago, Evelyn spoke about streamlining the services offered by the Task Force, as well as the task force itself which she cut in half. Sanguinetti emphasized the importance of passing term limits, remarking how she was only three months old when House Speaker Michael Madigan was first sworn into office. Additionally, the fight must continue with the unfairness of redistricting, she said.

Conclusion

It is hoped that the women featured in the two panels will inspire, inform, and even spark the next generation of women to “Walk Toward the Fire” and “Stand by the Fire” by taking the plunge and running for office.

The youtube video of the program can be viewed here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrsvyuDr3_k  

Upcoming event at The Heartland Institute – Nov. 2nd Wednesday Alex Newman: Crimes of the

Educators 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Arlington Heights, Illinois


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By Nancy Thorner –

The shameless “borking” of Trump to paint him as a woman hater, one who supports violence, a loony-tune, and so much worse, has become non-stop since he became the Republican presidential nominee this past July, fostered by print media and TV networks which have unabashedly joined forces with the Democratic Party for the election of Hillary. Rightly perceived by Republican establishment elite is that Trump, not of the establishment, would shake up the status quo and the power and money that flows to those who support the globalist agenda of the rich and powerful working behind the scenes to control this nation’s destiny, such as George Soros, Bill Gates, the U.N., Bush and Clinton cartels, members of the elite Republican establishment in the U.S. House and Senate, and foreign countries who gave to the Clinton Foundation in what is known as Pay for Play.

Fifty Republicans, claiming to be national security experts, signed a letter predicting that Trump would be the worst president in history when it comes to keeping America safe. I’m confused!  Isn’t the first duty of the president to keep the American people safe?  How will Hillary’s call for opening the nation’s borders through which murderers, drugs, drug lords, cartels, and hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants flow and extending a welcoming mat to thousands of un-vetted Syrians for whom we could query our database until the cows come home and yet draw blanks when no records exist, keep Americans safe?

Unlike Trump, Hillary can’t even define the enemy as Islamic extremist terrorists and her support of the Iran nuclear deal is the worst appeasement policy in modern American history and has compromised our security.

Establishment Republicans Foster Trump Movement

Spineless and incompetent establishment Republicans created the Trump movement when it allowed Obama to ran the show leaving this nation with a $20 trillion plus unsustainable debt and an economy where Obama looks to be the only U.S. president in history who will fail to deliver a single year of 3.0%+ economic growth, lucky if he’ll averages overall a 1.55% GDP growth rate.  Hillary’s promise to raise taxes, which instead of increasing the GDP or fostering job growth, will cripple business expansion and thus job creator.

I’m still trying to comprehend how Republicans, and anyone else, could imagine Trump being worse than Clinton, especially when the main criteria for choosing or rejecting a candidate so often stems from the offensiveness of a candidate’s language.

In the final debate between Clinton and Trump moderated by Chris Wallace, Trump called Hillary a nasty woman. Immediately women took offense.  Maybe if women knew the about Hillary (She also pays women staff members less than men.), they wouldn’t be so judgmental about Trump’s pubic statements.  It has been reported  that Hillary is a rotten person, a really nasty woman when she is in a private situation.  Hillary’s abusive behavior towards people has been noted by many X-secret service agents.  Byrne even wrote a book about how Hillary treats , Crisis of Character. Hillary was described by Byrne as one type of person when in the public, but a total bitch behind the cameras.  Further remarking, “Without doubt Hillary is the biggest phony in politics today.”

If corruption is a troublesome happening, Hillary is the one who steals the show.  In his Project Veritus project, James O’Keefe has exposed corrupt practices with ties to Hillary’s campaign.  O’Keefe’s first video explained the dark secrets and the hidden connections and organizations the Clinton campaign uses to incite violence at Trump rallies.  His second video exposed a diabolical step-by-step voter fraud strategy discussed by top Democratic operatives and showed one key operative admitting that the Democrats have been rigging elections for fifty years. In Part III, the conversations with Democrat operatives Bob Creamer and Scott Foval suggest Secretary Hillary Clinton may have been illegally consulted and given her approval for adults dressing up as Donald Duck to appear at various Trump activities to antagonize the Republican presidential candidate and his supporters.

Contest Between Globalists and Grass Roots Americans

The upcoming November election is about neither candidate; it is between the globalists and grass root Americans who want to take their country back from the globalists who have charted a new direction for this nation, one that does not align with this nation’s Constitution.  Sometimes called the New World Order, the Globalist Agenda isn’t really new.  It’s the merger of communism and the capitalism system where economic control remains and is concentrated in private hands, and social control is based on collectivism.

Tens of millions are being poured into the Clinton campaign by those who deem it essential, at any cost, for Hillary to win.  Some of the main globalist operatives include the shadowy figure of George Soros who as a billionaire is sponsoring ads through front groups; Bill Gates who through his Foundation is responsible for the failed Common Core agenda in our public schools; and the U.N. with its globalist sustainability policies which Clinton has already signed on to.

Meanwhile, Trump is on the campaign trail speaking to record audiences every day who believe in him and are aware of the numbers stacked against him with a print and TV media that refuses to report on Hillary missteps, her health problems, or the damaging WikiLeaks that have surfaced during the past few weeks.

Trump’s First 100 Days List

Consider what happened on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at a Trump rally in Gettysburg, Pa. where Trump laid out a list of 28 things he would do if elected president in the first 100 day.  The first five are:

  1. Propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress
  2. Institute a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health)
  3. Require for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated.
  4. Institute a five year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service
  5. Create a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.

I watched the rally on my TV, but when checking the Chicago area newspapers the next day there was no mention of Trump’s 100 day pledge to restore prosperity to our country, secure our communities, and bring honesty to our government.  Instead, every newspaper and TV account, to my disgust, but not totally unexpected, avoided any mention of Trump’s 100-day plan, but instead covered the remarks he made about possibly suing the women who came out of the woodwork at just the right time to make sexual accusations, some of which have already been proven false.

If Hillary is the victor, might the stupidity and shallowness of the American people be blamed who are being led like sheep, grossly misinformed, to their own slaughter?   I only wish the American people were being fooled.  The tragedy is that there are millions of middle-class Americans who have signed on for food stamps, millions more who only care about having their college tuition paid for by others, and millions of others who are scamming the system by receiving disability checks they’re not entitled to receive. 

Trump Represents Last Line of Defense to Secure Our Freedoms and Restore Nation’s Greatness

What a far cry this is from the country I grew up in when in school the “Pledge” and the singing of “America” always started each school day.  I was taught to love my country, to respect the flag, and to cherish freedom and liberty.  We had a society who believed in the rule of law, moral values were respected, and it was shameful to receive benefits from the government if not merited.

The world is more dangerous than when Obama became president.  His weakness as President has aroused evil, when it is through a show of strength that respect is gained.  Trump is the last line of defense against a continuation of Obama’s failed policies, which would happen should Hillary be elected to preside over Obama’s third term. A Hillary election would render the Second Amendment (gun rights) meaningless and would imperil religious liberty through Hillary’s Supreme Court appointees. 

Trump desires to help this country without any competing interests other than his love for this nation and its people.  His business acumen is also needed