August 25 Morning Edition

— VIDEO: Illinois Policy Institute fires back at Rauner over cartoon


— Rauner dumps recently rebuilt press team following missteps, cartoon controversy – Rick Pearson, Monique Garcia and Kim Geiger  (DIERSEN: Who exactly are the “enemies” that Rauner refers to?  Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs shout at Rauner that his enemies are those like me who promote the Republican Party platform, the Illinois Republican Party platform, and the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling. They shout at Rauner that his worst enemies are those like me who promote the traditional family, right to life, immigration, equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving), and other planks.  They shout at Rauner that his worst enemies are those like me who oppose patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and vices including booze, gambling, and pot. They shout at Rauner that he should not read GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Later in the day, at an event in Naperville, Rauner acknowledged the difficulty of working in government. “The work that we do for the people of Illinois is incredibly difficult and very stressful. It’s a burnout, high stress, it’s hard on people’s families,” the wealthy former equity investor told reporters. As for what he feels is his repeated difficulty in getting his message out, Rauner called the communications effort “incredibly hard because we have attacks, we have political attacks coming 20 times a day, we have social media attacks coming 100 times a day, we have false rumors planted that have to be dealt with or responded to” in addition to “legitimate questions” from the media. “It is really hard, really hard, and we need to do all that while also getting out the message about the positive changes that we are trying to drive and the wonderful work that we’re doing on a bipartisan basis, wonderful legislation that we’ve been able to achieve,” he said. But in the earlier conference call to staff, Rauner maintained there was a larger, even more encompassing messaging mission — the need to counter his “enemies.” “The reality is in addition to the enemies on the other side of the aisle (Democrats), we have enemies in the media and enemies who should be on our side, some of them former members of the administration,” the source recounted Rauner as saying.)
— Northbrook anti-hate event slams white supremacy, urges unity – Irv Leavitt  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps demonize, denigrate, and condemn as being White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Put the brakes on GOP’s backdoor voucher idea – Eric Zorn (DIERSEN: My outstanding parents saved Crete-Monee School District 201-U ( lots of money during the 1950s and 1960s by sending my brother and me to Trinity Lutheran Grade School in Crete and then to Hope Lutheran Grade School in Park Forest to stay with the Missouri Synod.  Because my parents did that, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always demonized, denigrated, and condemned a) my parents as being filthy rich and b) my brother and me as being born with silver spoons in our mouths, as having always been privileged, and as being filth rich.)
— When political satire — whoops! — reinforces ideas it means to skewer – Nina Metz
— Where were you in ’82? – Michael Phillips (DIERSEN: My wife and I lived at 1017 East Harrison in Wheaton. I worked for GAO and she worked for the U.S. League of Savings Institutions. We owned a 1978 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale, a 1978 Chevette, and a 1972 Corvette. I continued to rent out the town home that I owned in University Park. We went on vacations in connection with my wife’s business trips to luxury resorts all across America.)
— Denver to start licensing first pot clubs, but few may apply – AP–pot-clubs-denver-20170822-story.html
— Unemployment drops in metro areas across Illinois in July, but state officials continued to attribute the drop to people leaving the labor force. – Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz (DIERSEN: Have you left the labor force?  I should write a book about now since 1997 my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have focused on assuring that no individual, organization, company, or government would hire me to do anything.)
— University of Illinois bans ‘war chant’ during sporting events – Shannon Ryan
— What’s the ‘alt-right,’ and how large is its audience? – Thomas J. Main
— DUIERSEN HEADLINE: An anti-Trump asks “Will Donald Trump have anyone left to defend him?”
— How the seeds of hate are sown – Dahleen Glanton  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps promote hatred of individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— Trump beating liberals at the monuments game – S. E. Cupp


— Before taking a victory lap, Mr. Mayor, do this – ANDY SHAW


— White supremacist Christopher Cantwell surrenders to police – CNN  (DIERSEN: Are you a Trump supporter? How soon, if not already, will anti-Trumps say you are just like Christopher Cantwell?)
— What is the ‘alt-right’? Definitions of terms in extremist language


— Rauner Shakes Off Staff in Latest Upheaval – Amanda Vinicky (DIERSEN: Rauner says he does “not lean on” the Illinois Policy Institute. Rauner should “lean on” the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) platform. Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend and advance their platform. Because Rauner ran as a Republican and got elected as a Republican in Illinois, Rauner obligated himself to defend and advance the IRP platform.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Despite reporters repeatedly asking him Thursday whether he finds the cartoon racist, Rauner would only say he understands why “some people are upset by it.” “I’m not apologizin’ for anything that I have nothing to do with. Let me be crystal clear. And that organization (the IPI) that did that cartoon, they should talk to you about what their views are on it, and I’m not gonna,” he said. “I have fought for racial justice, equality of opportunity, my whole life.” Despite being a previous donor to the IPI and close ties to John Tillman, the intitute’s chief executive, Rauner denied the assertion that it’s his “go-to think tank.” “A tiny fraction of our administration is from that organization,” he said. “And they in no regard, in no regard, does that organization speak for me or our administration, and I do not lean on them for any particular issue or policy.”)


— After Englewood’s Abe Lincoln Bust Vandalized Twice, City Moves It – Andrea V. Watson
— South Loop Bars Stand With Kaepernick, Won’t Show NFL Games – David Matthews  (DIERSEN: If you stand with Kaepernick, you stand with individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)


— Rauner’s staff shake-up more than insider business – Doug Finke


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Rauners ask “Can Rauner’s administration be saved?” Anti-Rauners want Rauner to say that those who voted for him are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things. QUESTION: What do anti-Rauners want Rauner to do?  ANSWER: Demonize, denigrate, and condemn as being White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things himself and individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. Anti-Rauners make it clear that if he does not destroy the aforesaid, anti-Rauners will destroy him.


— More than 2,000 jobs created as Amazon celebrates first year in Edwardsville – STEVE NAGY


— Sen. Jil Tracy speaks to Interagency Council – Michelle Langhout–interagency-council


— ‘White male’ Rauner sees new staff resign – AP


— Protestors clear up negative rumors of Covington’s peaceful demonstration – Senait Gebregiorgis


— Another communications staffer departs White House  Andrew Hemming’s job was to circulate positive news – KAITLAN COLLINS AND BETSY KLEIN (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents do not want me circulate anything.  But failing that, they want to only circulate a) positive news about them and b) negative news about individuals, organizations, companies, and governments that they want to destroy.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Hemming’s White House role involved circulating positive news articles, often from conservative media outlets, about the Trump administration to reporters. He joined the administration following work during the 2016 campaign for Rick Perry, followed by a stint at the Republican National Committee, where he worked alongside Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer.)
— Trump economic chief: White House ‘must do better’ condemning hate groups  Gary Cohn critical of Charlottesville response – BETSY KLEI (DIERSEN: According to anti-Trumps, members of “hate groups” elected Trump, so, of course, anti-Trumps want Trump to condemn “hate groups.”)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: If you slander Trump, anti-Trumps glorify and praise you.


— Beyond the ‘Bernie bro’: Socialism’s diverse new youth brigade  Inspired by Sanders, outraged by Trump, and betrayed by the neoliberal establishment, the reinvigorated Democratic Socialists of America set out to paint the town red. – Ryan Smith


— How Redlining Segregated Chicago, and America  New evidence suggests that cutting up America’s cities along racial lines exacerbated the problem, with effects that lingered for decades. – WHET MOSER (DIERSEN: Democrats have run America’s big cities for many decades. First, those Democrats promoted segregation, then they promoted integration, and now they promote segregation again.)


— Ives links property tax troubles to school funding issue – Glenn Minnis
— Ives decries lack of consistent property tax assessments – Caitlin Nordahl


— Rauner Chief of Staff Kristina Rasmussen has gov’s support – Bruce Rushton


— Seniors protest possible healthcare cuts – Raquel Martin


— Ex-‘Gay’ Leader Stephen Black to Keynote AFTAH Banquet and Teach-in Oct. 20-21




— They refuse to let this cartoon story drop
— An historic first: ILGOP press release doesn’t contain the word “Madigan”


— THE RACIST ATTACKS ON AMERICA AND TRUMP Why the Left hates the president and the nation he heads. – David Horowitz


— Christian Ministry Sues Southern Poverty Law Center Over ‘Hate Group’ Designation – Lauretta Brown


— The Southern Poverty Law Center Is the Most Dangerous Hate Group in America – Michael Brown


— Christian ministry files defamation lawsuit against SPLC over ‘hate group’ designation – Jardine Malado


— Left Rages On But Trump Still the Same Man People Elected – David Limbaugh


— Conservatives of color frustrated by ‘white supremacist’ label after Charlottesville – Valerie Richardson
— Adam Kinzinger says he can’t see the strategy in Trump’s criticism of Republican leadership – Sally Persons


— Media fear Trump will inspire violence against reporters – Eddie Scarry  (DIERSEN: What about anti-Trumps who inspire violence against conservative reporters like me?  I should write a book about the most hate-filled anti-Trumps in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois.)
— ACLU’s definition of white supremacy is truly unbelievable – Emily Jashinsky
— Union group seeks to tie companies to white supremacy – Sean Higgins (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, companies paint themselves as being anti-White.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Schumer hints/implies/argues/shouts that if you fight voter fraud, you are a White supremacist.


— CNN Has No Defense For Labeling 63 Million Americans ‘White Supremacists By Default’ – Jack Crowe  (DIERSEN: Constructively, to call a person a White supremacist, is to call for that person to be killed figuratively, if not literally.)
— Christian Group Sues For Defamation After Being Equated With KKK And Neo-Nazis – JOSHUA GILL


— Armed Antifa Group Calls For Revolution, Seizing Property, And Violence Against Police – Ian Miles Cheong  (DIERSEN: What Antifa groups are in Illinois, your county, your township/ward, municipality, and precinct?  Of course, anti-Trumps falsely say that Trump and his supporters created Antifa and promote Antifa.)


— Kindergartners subjected to ‘gender reveal’ in California charter school
— The Leftwing Media’s Dangerous and Divisive Lie
— St. Louis Sheriff’s deputy claims he was passed over for promotion because he’s white  (DIERSEN: Democrats use Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion to harm Republicans, and especially to harm Republicans who are White, male, older, and/or non-veteran.)


— The SPLC calls Christians a “hate group.” Now, Christians are fighting back. – Aaron Colen
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Southern Poverty Law Center has been trying to marginalize Christian beliefs for a while. Now, Christians are pushing back.
D. James Kennedy Ministries in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has sued the SPLC for labeling it as an “active hate group” because it holds to traditional Christian views on homosexuality and marriage. Why would a Christian ministry be a hate group? As sexual orientation and gender identity have become “civil rights” issues on the front lines of the culture wars in the United States, people and organizations, particularly churches, that do not support LGBTQ lifestyles are increasingly under fire from mainstream media and organizations like the SPLC, who claim these religiously-based beliefs are bigoted and discriminatory. Christianity, at its core, is about love. By designating a Christian organization as a hate group, the SPLC is pursuing a culture in which disagreement with the mainstream equals hate. “It’s completely disingenuous to tag D. James Kennedy Ministries as a hate group alongside the KKK and neo-Nazis,” Kennedy Ministries spokesman John Rabe said to Fox News. “We desire all people, with no exceptions, to receive the love of Christ and his forgiveness and healing. We unequivocally condemn violence, and we hate no one. “It’s nothing more than an attempt to bulldoze over those who disagree with them, and it has a chilling effect on the free exercise of religion in a nation built on that,” Rabe continued. “We decided not to let their falsehoods stand.” I’ve never heard of D. James Kennedy. Why should I care? The SPLC’s attacks on Christian organizations are significant to all Christians. The SPLC has a storied history of taking up noble causes and using the law to bring justice and fight legitimate hate. The SPLC did significant damage to the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s, for example. Because of that history, the SPLC is an influential voice in shaping public perception of organizations. Categorization as a hate group by the SPLC leads to increased animosity and opposition from the culture at-large. For churches, that opposition can hinder them from serving communities both at home and worldwide. Religious freedom is a form of free speech, and irresponsible attacks from the SPLC and others on religious expression aren’t likely to stop with churches. Aggressively suppressing the views of certain groups, especially when you have to twist their message in order to do so, is a slippery slope. “These false and illegal characterizations have a chilling effect on the free exercise of religion and on religious free speech for all people of faith,” a statement from Kennedy Ministries read. “After having given the SPLC an opportunity to retract, we have undertaken this legal action, seeking a trial by a jury of our peers, to preserve our own rights under the law and to defend the religious free speech rights of all Americans.”)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Those who hate older people, who hate Whites, and/or who hate men say “White supremacy isn’t just for old white men.”
— Convictions shouldn’t be life sentences to unemployment – DANIEL YANISSE (DIERSEN: In 1997, when I was 49 years old, my GAO superiors knew full-well that their success in forcing me to take their early retirement “offer” would be a life sentence to unemployment.)


— Why Banning Hate Groups Won’t End Them  Bans often backfire, further fueling extremism by driving it underground and adding to disaffected youths’ sense of unfairness or injustice. – Cynthia Miller-Idriss  (DIERSEN: What groups are you a member of?  Soon, if not already, if the groups that you are a member of do not promote the Democrat Party platform, the Libertarian Party platform, and/or the Green Party platform, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) will deem all of your groups to be hate groups, and therefore, SPLC will deem all of the members of your groups, including you, to be haters.)
— How Asian Immigrants Learn Anti-Blackness From White Culture, And How To Stop It  It’s something force fed to us as children of immigrants as we attempt to integrate into American culture. – Jezzika Chung  (DIERSEN: In America, Democrats dominate immigrants. If immigrants are anti-Black, blame Democrats.)


— After Charlottesville, Even Dating Apps Are Cracking Down on Hate – MATT STEVENS  (DIERSEN: Are you a Trump supporter? How soon, if not already, will anti-Trumps in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, in your county, and in Illinois crack down on you?  To avoid being cracked down on, have you or will you become an anti-Trump?)
— Why Is the Southern Poverty Law Center Targeting Liberals? – AYAAN HIRSI ALI
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Since the violence in Charlottesville 10 days ago, when white supremacists left one young woman dead and 19 others injured, the Southern Poverty Law Center has hit the jackpot. The Alabama-based nonprofit is set to receive millions of dollars in donations from some of the nation’s deepest of pockets. Apple pledged $1 million. JP Morgan Chase & Co.: half a million. George and Amal Clooney even got in on the action, promising to donate another $1 million. Like every other decent American, I was outraged that the president of the United States equivocated in condemning neo-Nazi activity in this country. Nazism — not to mention white supremacy and racial bigotry — has no place in a civilized society. But is donating money to the S.P.L.C. the best way to combat this poison? I think not. If Tim Cook and Jamie Dimon had done their due diligence, they would know that the S.P.L.C. is an organization that has lost its way, smearing people who are fighting for liberty and turning a blind eye to an ideology and political movement that has much in common with Nazism. I am a black woman, a feminist and a former Muslim who has consistently opposed political violence. The price for expressing my beliefs has been high: I must travel with armed security at all times. My friend and collaborator Theo van Gogh was murdered in broad daylight. Yet the S.P.L.C. has the audacity to label me an “extremist,” including my name in a “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists” that it published on its website last October.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps want Trump to say “Say No to Sheriff Joe Arpaio.”


— German magazine slammed for Trump “Nazi salute” cover – AP  (DIERSEN: The more of the following that you are, the sooner, if not already, that anti-Trumps will call you a Nazi: Trump supporter, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owner, German American, draft avoider (except Bill Clinton), and/or if your ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— White supremacy is a lost cause – Nathan Gardels  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps make it clear that they will get rid of you if you do not demonize, denigrate, and condemn Whites as being White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things.)


— RNC to vote on condemning white supremacists, but some roll eyes – AP (DIERSEN: According to anti-Trumps, a) all those who voted for Trump are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things and b) all RNC members are White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things. QUESTION: What do anti-Trumps want the RNC to do? ANSWER: Demonize, denigrate, and condemn as being White supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, haters, racists, sexists, bigots, and even worse things all RNC members and individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time. Anti-Trumps make it clear that if the RNC does not destroy the aforesaid, anti-Trumps will destroy the RNC.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Still cleaning up after President Donald Trump’s comments about a deadly protest in Virginia, the Republican National Committee is headed toward adoption of a resolution condemning white supremacists. And while the rebuke of groups Trump waffled on is expected to pass overwhelmingly Friday, some attending the summer meeting of the party’s most faithful are rolling their eyes at the move. “It’s amazing that we have been lured into this argument that we’re not racists. It’s absurd,” said Colorado Republican Chairman Jeff Hays. “Why would we feel compelled to do that?” The grumbling reflects a difference between some veteran Republicans concerned about the party’s image in light of Trump’s latest rhetorical thicket and newer, more ardently pro-Trump state Republican leaders. “There’s no debate. We’re affirming we’re the party of Lincoln,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said, dismissing complaints about the resolution. “We are showing the moral high ground by disavowing hate and violence.”)


— J.P. Morgan’s Hate List  What is its gift to the Southern Poverty Law Center telling bank customers? – Kimberley A. Strassel  (DIERSEN: I am one of Chase’s customers who has complained about this.  If you give money to the SPLC, you shout that you are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Corporate America will do almost anything to stay on the safe side of public opinion—at least as it’s defined by the media. CEOs will apologize, grovel, resign, settle. They will even, as of this month, legitimize and fund an outfit that exists to smear conservatives. The press is still obsessing over President Trump’s incompetent handling of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., and that has suited some profiteers just fine. The notorious Southern Poverty Law Center is quietly cashing in on the tragedy, raking in millions on its spun-up reputation as a group that “fights hate.” Apple CEO Tim Cook informed employees that his company is giving $1 million to SPLC and matching employee donations. J.P. Morgan Chase is pitching in $500,000, specifically to further the SPLC’s “work in tracking, exposing and fighting hate groups and other extremist organizations,” in the words of Peter Scher, the bank’s head of corporate responsibility. What Mr. Scher is referring to is the SPLC’s “Hate Map,” its online list of 917 American “hate groups.” The SPLC alone decides who goes on the list, but its criteria are purposely vague. Since the SPLC is a far-left activist group, the map comes down to this: If the SPLC doesn’t agree with your views, it tags you as a hater. Let’s not mince words: By funding this list, J.P. Morgan and Apple are saying they support labeling Christian organizations that oppose gay marriage as “hate groups.” That may come as a sour revelation to any bank customers who have donated to the Family Research Council (a mainstream Christian outfit on the SPLC’s list) or whose rights are protected by the Alliance Defending Freedom (which litigates for religious freedom and is also on the list). Similarly put out may be iPhone owners who support the antiterror policies espoused by Frank Gaffney’s Washington think tank, the Center for Security Policy (on the SPLC’s list). Or any who back the proposals of the Center for Immigration Studies (on the list). These corporations are presumably in favor of the SPLC’s practice of calling its political opponents “extremists,” which paints targets on their backs. The group’s “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists” lists Mr. Gaffney (who worked for the Reagan administration); Maajid Nawaz (a British activist whose crimes include tweeting a cartoon of Jesus and Muhammad ); and Ayaan Hirsi Ali (a Somali refugee who speaks out against Islamic extremism). The SPLC has tarred the respected social scientist Charles Murray, author of the well-regarded book “Losing Ground,” as a “white nationalist.” Mr. Murray has been physically assaulted on campus as a result. He happens to be married to an Asian woman and has Asian daughters, so the slur is ludicrous. But what’s a little smearing and career destruction if J.P. Morgan Chase gets some good headlines? It isn’t only the lists. An honest outfit tracking violent groups would keep to straightforward descriptions and facts. Instead, the SPLC’s descriptions of people are brutally partisan, full of half-truths and vitriol designed to inspire fury. We’ve seen what this kind of fury can do in Europe, with the murder of Theo Van Gogh, the controversial filmmaker, by a Dutch-Moroccan Islamic fanatic. Ms. Hirsi Ali, who had worked with Van Gogh, still travels with security—and J.P. Morgan thinks it appropriate to further target her? In 2012 a gay-marriage supporter named Floyd Corkins smashed into the Family Research Council’s headquarters and shot a security guard. He told police he was inspired by the SPLC’s “hate group” designation. Had the companies done a bit of homework, they’d have discovered the SPLC isn’t even considered a sound charity. Karl Zinsmeister excoriated the outfit in a recent article for Philanthropy Roundtable: “Its two largest expenses are propaganda operations: creating its annual list of ‘haters’ and ‘extremists,’ and running a big effort that pushes ‘tolerance education’ through more than 400,000 public-school teachers. And the single biggest effort undertaken by the SPLC? Fundraising. On the organization’s 2015 IRS 990 form it declared $10 million of direct fundraising expenses, far more than it has ever spent on legal services.” Apple did not return a call to its media center. J.P. Morgan Chase, in an emailed statement, said only that it has a “long history of supporting a range of organizations that are committed to addressing inequality.” The corporate donations are nonetheless appalling, as they legitimize a group that already exercises inappropriate influence. The SPLC’s list is cited regularly by the media and congressional Democrats, ignorant or uncaring of its falsehoods. The charity tracker GuideStar for a time attached warning labels to philanthropies flagged by the SPLC. This undermines the fight against truly hateful groups. Comparing pro bono lawyers at the Alliance Defending Freedom to hood-wearing KKK members only make the Klan seem more innocuous. Blackballing mainstream groups only silences the moderate voices the country needs to fight hate and bigotry. Corporations have a role to play in calming today’s divisions. This is the opposite.)
— Trump Divorces the GOP Congress  Republicans need to think of Trump as a political independent. – Editorial
— Silicon Valley Scandals Open Dialogue Between Male Venture Capitalists and Female Founders  Some women startup founders speak up about behavior they encounter in the male-dominated venture-capital industry – Yoree Koh
— Cutting Young Girls Isn’t Religious Freedom  The First Amendment doesn’t protect the barbaric act of female genital mutilation. – Kristina Arriaga
— Memo to Trump: There Is No Looming ‘Retirement Crisis’  Retirement incomes are rising. The president ought to rethink his pledge not to touch Social Security. – Andrew G. Biggs  (DIERSEN MEMO TO BIGGS: Inflation is rising far faster than retirement income.)


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Russian Twitter boosts Trump  Propaganda project aimed at Americans often links to Breutbart – Oren Dorell
— Challengers draw a line over political maps  Opponents rail against gerrymandering as high court prepares for landmark challenge – Richard Wolf  (DIERSEN: Are you a Republican Precinct Committeeman/Captain?  How has gerrymandering impacted you?  Since 2000, the borders of my DuPage County Milton Township Precinct 9 had not changed. In 2015, those borders were gerrymandered to harm me.)
— Republican leaders oppose shutdown over border wall  Trump says he would blame Democrats, but voters may blame him – Erin Kelly




— More employers may be using temps to skirt immigration laws – Tim Henderson


— After Cartoon Controversy, Illinois Governor Dumps New Press Team – Rick Pearson, Monique Garcia and Kim Geiger


— Americans Say Media Identifies With Protesters, Trump With Police

Author: David Diersen

The opinions that I express in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are based on experience that I have gained doing many things since 1948. I base my opinions on what I learned a) working for the federal government for almost 30 years -- Post Office 1966-1969, IRS 1971-1980, and GAO 1980-1997, serving on the Executive Committee of the Association of Government Accountants Chicago Chapter 1983-1996, and being a union member while I worked for the Post Office and IRS; b) earning an MBA from Loyola in 1976, a masters degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, and a masters degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997; c) passing the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979 and passing the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981; c) serving as a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999, the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000, the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois Chairman 2005-2012, a member of the 2008 Illinois Republican Party (IRP) Platform and Resolutions Committee, a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member 2003-2011, the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2008-2010 and 2000-2004, an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007, and an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member 2001-2004; d) attending the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 IRP State Conventions as a delegate; e) being the subject of a nasty 4-page article in the February 1978 issue of Money Magazine; f) pursing litigation including Diersen v. GAO and Diersen v. Chicago Car Exchange; g) being married since 1978; h) living in Crete 1948-1972, in University Park 1972-1976, in Chicago 1976-1978, and in DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton since 1978; and i) being baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran.