Liberty Rising — In Illinois

Matt Besler

Great post entitled Liberty Rising by Matt Besler of the Illinois Opportunity Project.

Matt is talking about the newly elected reform-minded Republicans in Springfield, Illinois.

They are currently a minority within a minority. That is a start. It’s a beachhead.

It took decades to wreck Illinois. It will take a long time to turn it around. There is no quick fix.

There is a danger that people elected with great aspirations will get coopted, lose their way, forget what they wanted to do when they got involved in politics.

So, to our political leaders: Ask yourself why you ran for office. Know your own values and principles. State them. Lead with them. Apply your principles at every decision point. Knowing exactly who you are and who you represent will allow you to lead with a clear vision and strong voice on any issue.


As I recently said to my pal C. Steven Tucker (literally the world’s foremost expert on Obamacare and real health care reform), some politicians who are supposedly on our side are like the guy in the Matrix who ratted out the revolution because he wanted to eat the steak again.

They can’t — we can’t — let that happen.

To be elected as a reform politician at this critical time cannot be about a cozy job, or even an assuredly steady job.

It is — it must be — about changing our state and our country for the better.

It is about confronting serious opposition to make that happen. That opposition offers the allure of various “carrots”, and wields the threat of various “sticks”, to try to compel assent to the current, supposedly “normal” state of affairs. We need leaders who disdain the carrots, don’t flinch from the sticks, and who do not forget why they sought and won office.

Our politicians need an internal compass, as Matt calls for here.

And they need external accountability, as Matt also calls for in this article.

Also, when they do the right thing, they need approbation and encouragement.

We can all help, especially with the latter.

This is a protracted struggle. Be prepared for the long slog.

But the future for Illinois can be — will be — great.

And the future for America will be very great indeed.

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  1. A lot of it will boil down to whether we get around Article XIII section 5

    Membership in any pension or retirement system of the
    State, any unit of local government or school district, or
    any agency or instrumentality thereof, shall be an
    enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which
    shall not be diminished or impaired.

    I’ve often wondered what exactly they were thinking when they wrote those words, “not be diminished”.

    Not ever. Not even a little bit. Not in a thousand years.

    What myopic idiocy it must have taken to include such a provision.

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