December 11, 2022

— COMMENT: Illinois Democrats say “Republican grassroots activists vent post-election frustration at state GOP.” Political parties exist to help elect candidates who can and will defend their platform. The Republican Party platform is conservative. Tracy condemned Vargas’ motives for buying and for his posting articles on that website that are critical of the Illinois Republican Party (IRP). Kolber condemned conservatives for not donating more money to the IRP. DeVore defended Republicans who rather than donating their money to help elect Republican candidates, donate their time and effort. I should write a book about those who have condemned me and my motives the most for my spending my time and my money to put together and send out GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters instead of donating my money to Republican organizations, candidates, and elected officials. Tracy blasted Republicans who focus on electing one Republican candidate instead of all Republican candidates. Porter defended RINO candidates who reject important planks in the Republican Party platform. Porter defended the IRP’s focus on recruiting and electing candidates who are minority, female, and/or younger. Porter blasted Republicans who focus on electing Republican candidates who defend and advance the Republican Party platform rather than RINO candidates. I should write a book about those who have blasted me the most for my promoting candidates who can and will defend and advance the Republican Party platform rather than RINO candidates. I should survey Tracy, Porter, DeMonte, and the 17 IRP State Central Committee Members and ask them what they want me to do with my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters.
(FROM THE ARTICLE: More than a hundred grassroots activists, defeated candidates and party loyalists descended on a meeting of the Illinois Republican Party’s top leaders on Saturday, voicing frustration over last month’s election results that extended the state’s one-party Democratic governance. But after four hours and nearly 60 speakers, Illinois GOP Chairman Don Tracy survived a sometimes raucous Republican State Central Committee meeting at the Bolingbrook Golf Club to continue as head of the state party after contending some outside the state GOP were stirring dissent and seeking to challenge his leadership in order to try to boost their internet presence. Still, he acknowledged after the meeting that many of those expressing their frustration at him had a voice that should be heard. “These were people that worked hard and we are all very disappointed in the outcome of the election and this was an opportunity for them to share their concerns and their ideas and we’re here to listen to them,” Tracy said. “I think a lot of them are fairly new and we want them to not go away with that first election loss and give up. We want them to keep working and working for the entire party and other campaigns and not just one,” he said. As for continuing to lead the state Republicans as he has since February of last year, Tracy said, “I’m not going anywhere.” Tracy acknowledged to the 17-member Republican governing body and the audience that “the election was a bitter pill to swallow” and it “hurts because we had such high hopes” only to see Democrats retain all statewide offices, extended their supermajorities in the state legislature and expand their advantage on the Illinois Supreme Court and in the state’s congressional delegation. “However, honest post-election analysis requires thoughtful consideration of our truths in order to move forward, not bad-faith attempts by online bloggers to try to gin up the place in order to profit off the frustration that we all feel,” Tracy said as some in the audience booed. Some of the discontent was stirred by right-wing radio show host, blogger, and former President Donald Trump ally Mark Vargas. Vargas has used his recently purchased Illinois Review conservative website to promote a challenge to Tracy’s leadership. “This movement isn’t going away. It is just beginning,” Vargas said during his turn at the microphone in the public comment section of the meeting. “Are we better off today than we were six months ago? No. Are you better off today than we were 12 months ago? No,” Vargas said, his “no’s” echoed by the audience. Vargas said, “We need change” after making unfounded claims that Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker was preparing a new pandemic mask mandate and would require children to be vaccinated for COVID-19 “and we don’t have enough Republicans in Springfield to stop him.” The audience included several losing Republican candidates, including Stephanie Trussell, the running mate to losing GOP governor candidate Darren Bailey, U.S. Senate contender Kathy Salvi, congressional candidate, Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau, and attorney general candidate Tom DeVore. Also attending were party activists that included a man wearing a Donald Trump dummy on his shoulders, and Peggy Hubbard of Belleville, an internet provocateur who spreads conspiracy theories and who has twice been an unsuccessful GOP primary candidate for the U.S. Senate nomination. “Mr. Tracy, if you’re not going to do your job, move out of the way and we will do it,” Hubbard said, refusing to relinquish the mic after her allotted 90 seconds had expired, saying, “I drove 397 miles.” “If we don’t change what’s in this room right now and come together we are not going to make it in this party,” she said. State GOP officials touted victories at the county level downstate, where communities have turned increasingly Republican in the absence of union manufacturing and coal mining jobs. The state party also said it had raised $2.2 million in the last cycle — a pittance to the tens of millions spent by billionaire Pritzker on Democratic activities — but more than double what the party raised in the previous two-year cycle. Vince Kolber, a wealthy businessman who heads the state GOP’s finance committee, drew boos when he said of those who have not donated to the party, “I don’t know what the heck you’re doing here.” Kolber was promptly defended by Jeanne Ives, a state central committee member and former state lawmaker, who noted he contributed $750,000 to her failed primary challenge to one-term Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2018. But his comment drew a rebuke from DeVore, who contended Kolber’s remark was representative of a state GOP that ignored grassroots supporters who, rather than donate money, “worked their fingers to the bone to do what they believe in.” “Mr. Tracy or anybody else in here, you’ve got to walk through this room and you’ve got to engage these people and they have to recognize you accepting respect for them,” DeVore said. Republican National Committeeman Richard Porter drew the most audience criticism as he sought to focus on the need for post-election party unification and “respecting other perspectives” while calling for “no more RINO crap,” using the acronym Republican In Name Only, which conservatives use to attack moderates. “We have to recognize a lot of people see us as angry white people that cannot be trusted to govern,” Porter said. “Now we know that’s not true, but they bought it. All right. We have to recognize the face we present to the public is who we are.” But several audience members accused the state GOP establishment of supporting Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin’s primary bid for governor over Bailey, in the process weakening or abandoning the eventual GOP nominee. Irvin’s bid was backed by $50 million from Ken Griffin, the CEO of the Citadel investment firm, but Irvin finished third, far behind Bailey. The state GOP did not endorse a candidate for governor. “Irvin was a great Republican,” Porter said, to boos and shouts. “No he was not,” one woman shouted while a man yelled, “He’s a liberal.” “Republicans come in many flavors,” Porter said, prompting a man to reply, “No. One-flavor Republicans,” while a woman yelled, “You guys quashed good candidates.” Ultimately, Tracy said the GOP must re-focus its efforts to trying to regain political control of the suburbs, which were the basis for Republican statewide successes from the 1970s to the 1990s but have trended Democratic in more recent years. “The collar counties and suburban Cook County are drifting further and further away from the Republican Party,” Tracy said. “In order to win statewide again, we have got to reverse this trend and start winning again in the suburbs. That will be a primary focus of the state party.”)
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Fake newspapers are everywhere.” Ever-increasingly, the mainstream news media outlets in Illinois a) push left-wing talking points, b) falsely claim to be nonpartisan, c) function as arms of the Democrat, Libertarian, and Green parties, d) boost Democrat politicians, e) deride Republican politicians, f) crank out more and more and more opinion falsely made to look like fact, g) falsely claim to be legitimate, h) function as pink slime outlets, and h) put out not only what smells like Democrat, Libertarian, and/or Green propaganda, but is Democrat, Libertarian, and/or Green propaganda. Unlike the aforesaid, Diersen does not hide his politics. Unlike the aforesaid, on his website and in his GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters, Diersen clearly and honestly makes it clear that he is a conservative Republican who promotes the Republican Party platform and those who support that platform and that he is not an operative or a dupe for anyone.

— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote LGBTQ.

— COMMENT: Democrats say “Illinois pension debt grows to $139.7 billion.”

— COMMENT: Illinois Democrats say “Hearings set for bill to ban certain guns in Illinois.”

— COMMENT: Illinois Democrats ask “Did Trump’s Vote Fraud Claims Lead Republicans to Vote Late and Lose Early?” and say “Republican leaders weigh in.”

— McCombie on anti-gun bill: ‘The constitutionality of the bill will certainly go before the courts’

— Gun group: ‘The anti-gun crowd’s agenda has always been to incrementally peel back the Second Amendment rights’

— Republican State Central Committee Meeting
(FROM THE COMMENTS: Shannon Adcock of Naperville, founder and leader of Awake Illinois tweeted the following after attending the Illinois Republican Party state central committee meeting Saturday in Bolingbrook: “Stopped into the ILGOP state committee meeting today. Bunch of stiffs talking to We, the People, like we’re peasants. “We’re in 1930s Germany and they’re talking about being more like the Nazis to win. Pound sand, sycophants.”

— McCombie on anti-gun bill: ‘The constitutionality of the bill will certainly go before the courts’

— Coming to America – Charles Fain Lehman (COMMENT: Democrats only want migrants who have demographics that vote for Democrats: those who need/want massive government assistance, liberal/moderate, minority, female, younger, and/or non-Protestant. RINOs only want migrants who will work for less money than citizens of America.)

— Biden’s focus on semiautomatic weapons is ignorance manifest – Kevin D. Williamson

— The Things We Believe In. The spirit that made America a beacon of freedom and prosperity is in sharp decline. What will replace it? – Helen E. Krieble (COMMENT: Today, compared with when I was young, the future for those who share my demographics is far more bleak: White, male, older, non-veteran, Protestant, German American, those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time, conservative, Republican, etc. If I was young today, I question if I could find the motivation to do what I did. I completed college-preparatory courses in high school. I graduated in the upper 20% of my class. I got an ACT score of 24. I got accepted by UIC and I earned degrees from NIU, Loyola, DePaul, and IIT. I passed the CPA and Certified Internal Auditor examinations on my first attempt.)

— A new generation of insufferable celebrity activists takes the reins – Christopher Skeet
— The terrible, horrible, no-good consequences of stolen elections and government corruption – Patricia McCarthy
— Is Ayn Rand’s prophecy of doom coming true? – Eric Utter
— Seven Trump-hating RINO senators refuse to say if laws are needed to stop Twitter’s electoral meddling – Monica Showalter

— 700 Migrants Cross In Single Group into Texas Border Town – RANDY CLARK

— In Joe Biden’s Woke America, Enemies Exploit Our Achilles Heel – MARY ROOKE
— As BlackRock Becomes BlueRock, A RedRock Is Coming – JAMES P. PINKERTON

— Deportation Of Criminal Illegal Aliens Way Down Under Biden – Leif Le Mahieu

— 5 Problems With Critical Race Theory – Julian Adorney
— Court Permanently Blocks Biden Administration’s Transgender Mandate – Tom Ozimek
— US Officials Grapple With Border Policy, Brace for Surge of Illegal Immigrants as End of Title 42 Nears – Jeff Louderback

— Liberal House Democrats take aim at bipartisan immigration framework, deride ‘assault on asylum seekers.’ The framework was written by Sens. Thom Tillis and Kyrsten Sinema. – Adam Shaw (COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, and RINOs glorify and praise “asylum seekers.”)

— Biden Border Crisis: Nearly 5,000 Illegal Aliens Cross Texas Border In 24 Hours. These groups of illegals are reportedly crossing in huge groups of up to 700 at a time.

— The Infinite Victimhood of Harry and Meghan. Their new Netflix documentary captures the couple’s inability to see how good they have it. – MADELEINE KEARNS (COMMENT: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I owe all my successes in life to my benefitting from discrimination against minorities, females. younger people, LGBTQers, veterans, unmarried people, parents, renters, those who have less money than me, those who have more health problems than I do, non-Christians, non-Protestants, non-German Americans, those whose ancestors have not been in America for a long time, citizens of foreign countries, liberals, moderates, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, RINOs, non-union members, non-federal employees, non-federal retirees, etc.)

— Brittney Griner Goes Free, but ‘Systemic Racism’ Is Still a Thing? – KEVIN DOWNEY JR.

— Russia Uses Brittney Griner To Fleece President Biden – Jason Whitlock

— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats use antisemitic celebrities to promote hated against Republicans.
— COMMENT: Expect that ever-increasingly, Muslims will promote LGBTQ.

— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote LGBTQ.

— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote LGBTQ.

— COMMENT: Democrats say “Business groups optimistic Congress may finally strike immigration deal.” RINOs only want migrants who will work for less money than citizens of America.
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote LGBTQ.

— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats encourage children to be LGBTQers.
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote LGBTQ.
— COMMENT: Democrats say “RNC chief says GOP can’t do an ostrich method on abortion and pretend that it doesn’t exist.”

— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote LGBTQ.
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Nearly 25% of U.S. homebuyers want to move.” I should write a book about what Democrat, Libertarian, Green, Independent, and RINO leaders of the following are doing a) to attract homebuyers who have Demographics that vote for Democrats and b) discourage homebuyers who have demographics that vote for Republicans: Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois.
— COMMENT: Democrats say “The 25 Cheapest Places to Live in the United States.” When my wife and I got married in 1978, were able to buy 1017 East Harrison in Wheaton. The home is currently estimated to be worth $357,100 ( ). I had worked for IRS for 7 years. My salary in today’s dollars was $97,053/year. My wife’s U.S. League of Savings Institutions ( ) salary was almost as much and she had saved $20,000 for the down payment which is $82,000 in today’s dollars. I had a $10,000 profit from selling my one bedroom Outer Drive East condo which we used to buy a new 1978 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale and a new 1978 Chevrolet Chevette. I had earned an MBA from Loyola in 1976.
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Rockford, Illinois, is another midwestern city that was once a manufacturing powerhouse and is still somewhat finding its way. The city, about 90 minutes northeast by car from downtown Chicago, still offers manufacturing jobs, and has branched out into healthcare, aerospace, logistics and other industries. . .On the downside, transportation costs are about 18% higher than what the typical American pays, and healthcare is slightly more expensive too.)

— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats shout at Hispanic women that Republican employers underpay them

— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote LGBTQ.

— COMMENT: Ever-increasing, Democrats glorify and praise migrants because they vote for Democrats. Ever-increasing, RINOs glorify and praise migrants because RINOs want cheap labor.

— COMMENT: Democrats say “Chicago-based Election Nonprofit That Infuriated GOP in 2020 Renews Grants.”

— COMMENT: Democrats say “Wanted by McCarthy critics: 1 qualified alternative speaker. The House Republican leader’s conservative opponents are making a lot of noise. Whether they can stay organized ahead of Jan. 3 is another matter.
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Why the Republican Party Just Can’t Quit Trump. Former RNC Chair Michael Steele talks about why the former president and RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel are unlikely to pay the price for the party’s recent losses.”

— Protecting Youth From Cannabis Marketing. Ads can increase teen marijuana use. Here’s how to help them resist their pull. – Katherine Cullen

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.