WHY THE HILLARY-ALINSKY LETTERS MATTER

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On Monday, the Washington Free Beacon broke the news of a young Hillary Clinton’s correspondence with socialist agitator Saul Alinsky. Alinsky, whose philosophy has long been linked with President Barack Obama’s focus on community organizing, was a far larger influence on Clinton, who wrote her thesis at Wellesley on Alinsky.

Alinsky fully embraced the tenets of socialism – as Stanley Kurtz points out, Alinsky wrote in his first work, Reveille for Radicals, “Radicals want to advance from the jungle of laissez-faire capitalism to a world worthy of the name of human civilization. They hope for a future where the means of economic production will be owned by all of the people instead of the comparative handful.” In order to accomplish those goals, as Alinsky spelled out in his follow-up work, Rules for Radicals, community organizing was necessary: a strategy by which an organizer would find the “Have-Nots” in particular communities and encourage them to agitate against the “Haves” – almost always, a corporation. Disturbing the general population, lying, and cheating were musts.

What makes Alinsky unique is his focus on messaging. He recognizes that naked radicalism does not sell – instead, he suggests that true radicals hijack the language of the Founding Fathers, for example. Time magazine described him thus: “Alinsky claims to be doing nothing more un-American than following the precepts of the Founding Fathers. In the Federalist papers, James Madison warned against allowing any class or faction to acquire too much power. In his own way, Alinsky is trying to redress the balance of power within contemporary America…He surely offers proof – if any is needed – that significant change can be accomplished within the American system.”

What sort of change? He wanted “individual freedom” supplanted with “communal freedom.” He wrote, “The greatest enemy of individual freedom is the individual himself.”

In Hillary’s thesis, she does criticize Alinsky for not going far enough – she wanted to go into government itself and use its tools for manipulation, as Alana Goodman points out: “Many of the Alinsky-inspired poverty warriors could not (discounting political reasons) move beyond the cathartic first step of organizing groups ‘to oppose, complain, demonstrate, and boycott’ to developing and running a program.”

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Last week, esteemed doctor and one of our ObamaCare Architect Overlords penned a column for the Atlantic that should win a Pulitzer Prize for passive-aggressive shaming. Although Emanuel claims that *he* doesn’t want to live past the age of 75, the article itself could have been a listicle titled, “Top 15 Reasons No One Over 75 Should Receive Healthcare.”

Emanuel even includes a monstrous but brightly colored graph that is meant to tell anyone over 75 that their “last contribution” to society likely occurred more than a decade ago.

Good God.

The phrase “the banality of evil” gets bandied about a lot. Emanuel’s column, which in reality is a public service announcement meant to begin a debate about the way in which we prioritize healthcare, takes the prize in that department.

And yes, Emanuel’s article is an act of evil, written by a soulless bureaucrat with no respect or compassion for the individual. Emanuel’s only concern is for the collective, the State. And he is exactly the kind of “medical professional” many feared would grab hold of our healthcare system if the Federal government got their hands on it — which it now has.

Thanks Obama!

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Illinois’ workforce hits new low in August, and it’s not because of retirements

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Illinois continues to bleed workers, with another 19,000 Illinoisans dropping out of the workforce in the month of August alone, according to a press release from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, or IDES.

As a result, Illinois’ labor force participation rate hit a new 35-year low in August.

The state’s jobless rate fell from 6.8 percent to 6.7 percent, once again driven entirely by workforce dropouts. In fact, the number of people working in Illinois actually decreased month-over-month by 7,000. Of the workforce dropouts, 7,000 were previously employed while 12,000 were previously unemployed.

This news comes after four consecutive months of workforce hemorrhaging in Illinois. Since April, 82,000 Illinoisans have dropped out of the workforce. In the same time frame, the state’s jobless rate has dropped from 8.4 percent to 6.7 percent. That drop is clearly not an indicator of economic health, but rather a symptom of an anemic economic recovery.

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46 percent of doctors give Obamacare a ‘D’ or ‘F’

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Forty-six percent of doctors give President Obama’s healthcare law a “D” or an “F,” according to a new survey from the Physicians Foundation. In contrast, just 25 percent of those surveyed gave the law an “A” or a “B.”

The findings come from a survey that was emailed to “virtually every physician in the United States with an email address on record with the American Medical Association” this March through June as the law’s major provisions were taking effect, and received more than 20,000 responses from doctors.

In their comments that were included (but kept anonymous) in the report, a number of doctors complained about the vast amount of bureaucracy that has been added to the medical profession.

“Get government OUT of healthcare,” one doctor wrote.

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WITNESS: INDEPENDENT BENGHAZI PANEL WAS NOT INDEPENDENT

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During today’s hearing conducted by the House Select Committee on the Benghazi attacks, one witness admitted that the Independent Panel on Best Practices conducted after the attacks was not “independent.”

Questioned by Rep. Jim Jordan, Todd Keil, a member of the panel, admitted that Admiral Mullen revealed he was reporting ARB proceedings to State Department officials.

“I don’t think that fits anyone’s definition of being fiercely independent,” Keil said.

“You don’t think it was independent at all?” asked Jordan.

Keil agreed.

“Frankly I share your belief,” Jordan said.

Keil’s testimony drew fire from Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-WI) who used her time to criticize his statement.

“I was there the day Admiral Mullen testified, and I have to disagree with you,” Duckworth stated, referring to his testimony at the House Oversight Committe. “You may question his professional integrity, but when Admiral Mullen, a man that served in Vietnam — 43 years of military service, defending this great nation — comes before this committee and swears an oath of office and then testifies he was fiercely independent in the ARB, I would tend to believe him.”

After Duckworth was finished, Keil reminded her that Mullen testified under oath that he did discuss the proceedings of the panel with outside parties, which broke the precepts and regulations of the panel.

“It’s a statement of fact; it’s not a subjective judgement,” he said.

 

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Join us! Third annual Illinois TEA Pary golf outing

TEA IT UP!

JOIN US FOR THE THIRD ANNUAL

GOLF OUTING

Please join us for our 3rd annual Illinois Tea Party golf outing on September 19th at 

THE LINKS AT CARILLON

We’ll have plenty of ‘Special Guests’ and a Day of Fun!

We reduced the cost this year for ‘Dinner Only’ to $50 to make it more affordable.

Illinois Tea Party will cover cost of dinner for our Tea Party leaders

Come celebrate the Herculean efforts of great Illinoisans from every walk of life who are fighting to make Illinois a great place to live again! Many of Illinois’ leading conservative voices will be joining Illinois Tea Party leaders as we discuss beginning to restore fiscal sanity to our once great state in 2014. 

Republican Senate Candidate JIM OBERWEIS will kick off the event and discuss replacing 32-year liberal senator Dick Durbin.

 

Republican candidate for Illinois Attorney General PAUL SCHIMPF.

Additional candidates will be stopping by with their message and literature.

CHARLES BUTLER, Conservative Radio Talk Show Host, discusses pragmatic and common sense approaches to America’s needs.  

Patriot Gregg Cummings

GREGG CUMMINGS, Army Gulf War Veteran ranger and recipient of 23 military medals, currently Tea Party Patriots Regional Support Leader, will join us with a national perspective of the tea parties message of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets.

Conservative Illinois leaders including PATRICK HUGHES, Speaker for Illinois Opportunity Project.


State Director of American’s for Prosperity DAVID FROM 

Founder of Illinois Tea Party DENISE CATTONI,

Illinois Tea Party Health Care Team Policy Coordinator C. STEVEN TUCKER


Founder of West Suburban Patriots CAROL DAVIS.

will give us their thoughts on what can be done to stop the liberal fiscal policies that are destroying Illinois.  

World class guitarist JOHN IVAN

John was named “Best guitarist in the Midwest” by Steve Dahl. Atlantic Records “off Broadway” and Big Guitars from Memphis guitarist and songwriter John Ivan performs solo in the USA, Denmark, Norway, Austria and England. Winner of Musician magazine’s BUB contest and Chicago Music Awards Best Entertainment nominee. John Ivan has the engaging style of Les Paul and features a wide variety of great melodies from Sinatra to Beatles, Led Zeppelin to White T’s, standards to bop, hillbilly to hymns and authentic Flamenco, Latin, Brazil and Mediterranean favorites.  

Hope to see you all there!

HELP BRING ABOUT CONSERVATIVE CHANGE IN ILLINOIS AND THE COUNTRY!
 

  • WHEN – Friday, September 19th  

    10:30 Registration – 11:00 Lunch – 12:00 Shotgun Start

    GOLF Includes – range balls – lunch and dinner

      21200 S. Carillon Dr. Plainfield (Just South Of I-55 – Exit Weber Road)

  • NOT A GOLFER – Guests for dinner only welcome
     
  • GUEST SPEAKERS, RAFFLES, GOLF PRIZES

$600 – Foursome

$150 – Single Golfer

$50 – Dinner Event Only

CALL FOR SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

INFORMATION AND BOOKING: CONTACT BERT 630-541-5469

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Email: Dcattoni@aol.com

Listen to the Illinois Tea Party golf outing radio ad by clicking here

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TED CRUZ WAGES EPIC FLOOR FIGHT WITH DURBIN, MENENDEZ ON AMNESTY

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took to the U.S. Senate floor on Wednesday afternoon to rip into Senate Democrats’ conference-wide support for President Barack Obama’s planned executive amnesty—which Obama recently delayed until the election in an sign of how unpopular the move would be.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) “seems to view as his principal obligation protecting his members from hard votes,” Cruz said after a lengthy floor bout with Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Dick Durbin (D-IL)

“And I’d like to point out the concept of a hard vote only makes sense if there’s a disconnect between what a Senator says at home and what he or she does in Washington. Votes are hard if you have Democratic Senators who go home to their states and tell their constituents ‘I’m really conservative. I don’t agree with that crazy stuff President Obama is doing.’ And then they come here and vote lock step with the Majority Leader and the President,” Cruz added.

Cruz was on the floor attempting a procedural motion to force a vote on the House-passed bill that would block the president from continuing or expanding his planned executive amnesty for illegal aliens via the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program or something like it. While on the floor, Durbin argued with him—at one point literally making the case that legalizing illegal aliens isn’t “amnesty”—and Menendez objected to Cruz’s motion, therefore blocking the bill from coming up for a vote.

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As Obama Defends Immigration Delay, Activists Decry ‘Another Slap to the Face,’ ‘Broken Promises’ and ‘Lack of Political Backbone’

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WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — President Barack Obama said Saturday that the surge of immigrant children entering the U.S. illegally changed the politics surrounding the immigration issue and led him to put off a pledge to use executive action that could have shielded millions of people from deportation.

Immigration reform advocates criticized Obama after White House officials said that the president would not act at summer’s end as he promised in June but would take up the matter after the midterm elections in November. In an interview taped for NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Obama rejected the charge that the delay was meant to protect Democratic candidates worried that his actions would hurt their prospects in tough Senate races.

By Obama’s own calculations, politics did play a role in his decision. In his remarks to NBC, which were to be aired on Sunday, he said a partisan fight in July over how to address an influx of unaccompanied minors at the border had created the impression that there was an immigration crisis and thus a volatile climate for taking the measures he had promised to take.

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It has been a long, hot summer here in America and abroad. ISIS is on the march and has brutally beheaded two American journalists. The threat is so large that you even have liberal United States Senators like Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Al Franken (D-MN) openly questioning President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

The last time the threat to the homeland was this grave was in the aftermath of September 11th. So, what is first on the policy agenda for the United States Senate after a month-long recess? Developing a response to ISIS? Or even a policy on the Russian advances in the Ukraine? No! Reid has his sights on gutting the First Amendment and overturning the landmark Citizens United Supreme Court decision.

This folly known as S.J. Res. 19, introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), is just another example of how out-of-touch the Democrat-controlled United States Senate is and why Congress, according to the Real Clear Politics average, is at nearly a 80 percent disapproval rating. Harry Reid and the Democrat Caucus that he leads are completely consumed by a political agenda that attacks Citizens United. Why? Because the Citizens United decision gives a powerful voice to the opposition and makes it easier to participate in the process — a scary thought for liberal incumbents.

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EXCLUSIVE POLL: Oberweis gaining on Durbin in U.S. Senate race

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The race to defeat one of the most powerful Democrats in the nation is narrowing — with incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin just seven percentage points ahead of Republican challenger Jim Oberweis, according to a new Early & Often Poll.

In a year that’s expected to tilt toward Republicans across the nation, Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. Senate, is leading Oberweis, who is making his third run for the Senate, 47.8 percent to 40.5 percent, the survey commissioned by the Sun-Times’ political portal shows.

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