February 20, 2023


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH PHOTOS OF DESANTIS AND PRITZKER: COMMENT: Democrats say “Pritzker-DeSantis rivalry comes to the suburbs, as Florida governor visits Elmhurst Monday.” Who will come to Elmhurst this afternoon to show their support for DeSantis? Do the following support DeSantis: a) the leaders of the Illinois Republican Party and your Republican county/township/ward party organizations, b) the Republican candidates on the April 4 ballot in your precinct, c) major Republican donors in your area, d) Republican elected officials in your area, e) your conservative leaders, d) your religious leaders, e) your Republican Precinct Committeeman/Captain, f) etc.? Congressman Darin LaHood is scheduled to be there.
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Now the speech is spiraling into a major culture clash with counter protests planned and Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker throwing pointed barbs at the likely Republican presidential candidate. . .LGBTQ advocates like Equality Illinois are planning a protest at DeSantis’ appearance Monday. Lodge 7 has kept the location of DeSantis’ visit under wraps and originally stated that only law enforcement was allowed. However, the event is expected to take place at the Knights of Columbus hall in Elmhurst and families of police are now reportedly welcome.)

— Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to Speak at Police Event Monday in Chicago Suburbs. DeSantis will speak at an event entitled “Law and Order Illinois” in Elmhurst, which is being promoted by – but not hosted by – Chicago Lodge 7 of the Fraternal Order of Police.
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is in danger of an early re-election knockout.” Which candidate does Pritzker want to win?
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Lightfoot, the first Black woman and the first openly gay person to be mayor of Chicago, has had a tenure marked by tumult. She has clashed with the Chicago Teachers Union, which went on strike under her watch, and engaged in testy exchanges with Gov. J.B. Pritzker and City Council members.)

— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats use DeSantis to promote hatred against Republicans.

— Gun sales already impacted by new gun law – Greg Bishop
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Gov. J.B. Pritzker enacted a ban on more than 170 semi-automatic firearms and magazines of more than 10 rounds for rifles and more than 15 rounds for handguns. The measure also bans various parts for firearms and requires grandfathered guns to be registered with Illinois State Police starting Oct. 1, 2023.)

— Pritzker vows to defend abortion rights: ‘We’re an oasis’
— Residents protest mandatory electric vehicle charging stations: ‘There are more pressing matters to address than forcing us to have something we don’t want or need’ (COMMENT: Expect that ever-increasingly, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, and RINOs will viciously demonize, denigrate, and condemn those who do not replace their gasoline-powered vehicles with electric vehicles. I own eight gasoline-powered vehicles: 1972 Chevrolet Corvette, 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX, 2005 Chevrolet Corvette, 2013 Dodge Charger R/T Max, 2016 Ford Mustang, 2018 Chevrolet Cruze LT, 2019 Ford Escape Titanium, and 2021 Chevrolet Malibu Premier.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Gov. J.B. Pritzker on 2021 Reimagining Electric Vehicles in Illinois Act which grants heavy subsidies to consumers who purchase electric vehicles.)

— Veteran Democratic political consultant James Carville says his million dollar advice is for Pritzker to give Biden a gold watch.

— Support for DeSantis cools in latest GOP primary poll – Matt Delaney
— Rules of Disengagement: emerging GOP field for 2024 treads carefully around Trump – Susan Ferrechio

— Nikki Haley’s presidential race so far is a lesson in triteness – Quin Hillyer
— Where even the Walmarts are closing – Editorial

— White House buzz ramps up as DeSantis embarks on pro-police tour in several blue states – Tom Tillison
— Trump denies calling DeSantis ‘Meatball Ron’ in another blazing attack on his biggest GOP rival – Chris Donaldson
— COMMENT: Saying that “the root of the problem is white supremacy,” Cook County uses a CRT-based organization to revamp criminal justice system.”

— Nikki Haley on E-Verify: ‘Americans Need to Get These Jobs’ – MATTHEW BOYLE (COMMENT: If there had been as many illegals when I was young, they would have gotten the jobs that I got.)
— Elon Musk Rips Pentagon for DEI Tweet: ‘Your Strategic Imperative Is Defending the United States’ – KRISTINA WONG

— DeSantis Takes Aim At D.C.’s ‘Accumulation Of Power’ – Daniel Chaitin

— MSNBC, Kamala Harris Tag Team to Lie About Ron DeSantis’ Stance on Teaching Black History – Stacey Matthews

— DeSantis Talks About Moving Feds Out of DC Beltway – Eric Mack
— Nikki Haley: My Focus Is on Joe Biden, Not Donald Trump – Sandy Fitzgerald

— DeSantis Trails Trump by 13 Points Among GOP Voters

— Nikki Haley Refuses to Say How Her Campaign Will Be Different From Trump’s – Sarah Arnold
— Trump Doesn’t Get It — DeSantis Does – Arthur Schaper

— Illinois Tries To “Cancel” DeSantis As Pritzker, Chicago Mayoral Contenders Play The De-Platforming Game – TYLER DURDEN

— COMMENT: Democrats say “Pritzker embraces role as DeSantis foil on Illinois schools.”
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Sen. Sanders says Haley’s call for competency test absurd.”
–COMMENT: Democrats ask “Will Haley’s 2024 launch put pressure on other GOP hopefuls?” Ever-increasingly, a) Democrats and RINOs run Illinois, run DuPage County, run Milton Township, and run Wheaton and b) determine which candidates a) win primary elections, b) win nonpartisan elections, and c) win general elections. Ever-increasingly, Democrats and RINOs have candidates win nonpartisan elections and general elections who reject the individual responsibility, traditional marriage/family, right to life, immigrations, Second Amendment, illegal drugs, and/or equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks in the Republican Party platform. I should write a book about that.

— COMMENT: Democrats say “Trump lashes out at Ron DeSantis on social media.”
— COMMENT: Democrats say “DeSantis’ use of government power to implement agenda worries some conservatives.”
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Primary voters aren’t excited about Biden or Trump: What does that mean for 2024?”

— COMMENT: Democrats say “Sen. Bernie Sanders blasts 2024 presidential candidate Nikki Haley’s call for ‘mandatory mental competency tests’ for politicians over 75 as absurd.”
— COMMENT: Democrats ask “Is Trump Too Old For Republican Voters In 2024?” and say “New Poll Finds 70% Say Yes.” I should write a book about those in Wheaton, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who discriminate against older people the most. I would focus on those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout.

— COMMENT: Democrats say “Trump absent as Iowa 2024 GOP caucus train begins to roll. After a slow start, Republican presidential prospects are streaming into Iowa, the leadoff presidential caucus state.”
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Illinois poised to mandate paid leave for nearly all workers.” Politics is nasty/vicious. I have benefitted from the federal government’s leave policies since I was 18 years old in 1966. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who have used that against me the most. My Civil Service Retirement System pension is greater because the federal government’s retirement and sick leave policies.

— COMMENT: Democrats say “Trump Touts ‘Big’ Win Over DeSantis in Florida.”
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Trump Top Pick Among GOP for 2024, Holds Wide Lead Over DeSantis.”

— COMMENT: Democrats say “The top 10 Democratic presidential candidates for 2024.”
(FROM THE ARTICLE: J.B. Pritzker Few on this list would seem to be telegraphing their presidential desires — at least in a race without Biden — as strongly as the Illinois governor. His recent state of the state address had a decidedly nationalized feel, and he has focused intently on going after the likes of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R). “It’s an ideological battle by the right wing, hiding behind a claim that they would protect our children — but whose real intention is to marginalize people and ideas they don’t like,” Pritzker said in the speech this week. “This has been done in the past, and it doesn’t stop with just snuffing out ideas.”)
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Inside the collapse of the Trump-DeSantis alliance of convenience. Behind an apparent close alliance, the two Republicans have racked up years of mutual suspicions fueling a 2024 grudge match.”
— COMMENT: Democrats ask “DID POLITICS SCRUB ‘SYSTEMIC’ FROM AP AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES PLAN?” and say “Writing and editing the Advanced Placement course framework was a tense exercise in a polarized America.”

— COMMENT: Democrats say “Florida Republicans elect Christian Ziegler as State Chair.” Who do the following want to win the 2024 Republican Presidential Primary: a) the leaders of the Illinois Republican Party (IRP), b) your representative on the IRP State Central Committee, and c) the leaders of your Republican county/township/ward party organizations. Who does Pritzker want to win?
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Christian Ziegler will lead the Republican Party of Florida into the 2024 elections. The Sarasota County State Committeeman won election to the post Saturday. He faced Leon County GOP Chair Evan Power, prevailing in a vote of 126-100 at the annual meeting held in Orlando. “Florida is the winning model. Let’s show the nation how it’s done!,” asserted the RPOF in a congratulatory tweet. A second RPOF Tweet congratulated Power for being elevated to Vice Chair, suggesting that the party is unified after a close election that was seen by some as a proxy battle between forces loyal to Gov. Ron DeSantis and former President Donald Trump.)

— COMMENT: Democrats say “DeSantis kicks off pro-police tour in Democrat-run cities as White House rumors swirl.”
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is set to kick off a pro-police tour starting in New York City to speak with law enforcement officers in blue-led cities who feel unsupported. DeSantis will begin the tour Monday morning by speaking with police officers and law enforcement union officials at a diner in red-leaning borough of Staten Island. The governor will then head to Fort Washington, a Philadelphia suburb, and Elmhurst, Illinois, near Chicago, where he will meet with sheriffs, chiefs of police and other local law enforcement officials, his political team told Fox News Digital.)

— COMMENT: Democrats say “Tim Scott’s massive war chest could give him head start in 2024 presidential campaign.”
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Scott will also attend a South Carolina presidential forum next month alongside former Palmetto State governor and recently announced 2024 candidate Nikki Haley. If Scott, the sole Black Republican in Congress’s upper chamber, chooses to throw his hat into the ring, his large war chest could provide him with a boost out of the gates. Since Haley appointed him to the Senate in 2013, he has grown into a fundraising powerhouse. Scott faced a special election in 2014 and garnered just under $7 million in contributions that cycle. But during his 2022 election, that number skyrocketed to just over $43 million in donations, according to Federal Election Commission records. Scott’s campaign finished the last cycle with nearly $22 million in the bank, which has likely only grown since late December. His campaign could transfer that money into a presidential committee if he chooses to run. Scott’s campaign cash is also more than the $3 million Donald Trump’s committee had in its coffers at the end of the year, which has struggled to raise money since he announced his 2024 candidacy, while his joint fundraising committee reported just under $4 million cash on hand. Trump, however, kicked off his run around the midterm elections, where donor fatigue had likely set in. Some big-money donors have announced they’ll distance themselves from Trump after fueling super PACs backing him. But other deep-pocketed contributors will most likely boost those entities, while his base will help turn around his campaign’s fortunes. However, it’s unlikely he’ll raise the eye-popping figures he once did if others like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis enter the contest.)

— COMMENT: Democrats say “Trump tried to seem unbothered by Ron DeSantis, but he can’t stop writing angry Truth Social posts about him.”

— COMMENT: Democrats ask “Why Is Nikki Haley Running for President?”

— COMMENT: Democrats say “Trump Trashes New York Post, Fox News, WSJ, Karl Rove, Salena Zito In Burst of DeSantis Rage.”

— COMMENT: Democrats say “Nikki Haley and Tim Scott on collision course in 2024 GOP primary.”
— COMMENT: Democrats say “Generational warfare threatens to rock 2024 presidential race.” Too what extent to voters vote for candidates because they share their demographics: a) generation, b) race, c) gender, d) sexual orientation, e) religion, f) national origin, g) length of time their ancestors have been in America, h)marital status, i) parental status, j) education level, k) college major, l) profession, m) income range, n) net worth range, o) veteran status, p) liberal/moderate/conservative status, q) etc.? To what extent do voters vote for those candidates who promise to use government to give the most preference to those who share their demographics?

— COMMENT: Democrats say “Jealous Trump fumes after NY Post publishes ‘puff piece’ on Ron DeSantis.”


— War of Education/Local Elections

— OUTRAGEOUS, DISGUSTING, UNACCEPTABLE: Measure would allow noncitizens to vote in Illinois school board elections – Greg Bishop

— Chicago shootings: 11 shot, 3 fatally, in weekend gun violence across city

— Pro-union ordinance diverts funding from essential lifesaving services in Chicago – Dan Kotowski
— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Illinois Democrats promote abortion.

— LOCAL GROUPS HOSTING UPCOMING FORUMS FOR COUNCIL AND SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES – Cameron Line (COMMENT: If I was still the chairman of TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, the organization would still be hosting candidate forums. For the April 4 election in DuPage County, TAPROOT would host forums for College of DuPage (COD) Trustee, Wheaton Warrenville School District 200 School Board, and Wheaton City Council. Questions that I would ask COD and school board candidates would include: If elected, would you promote or would you oppose teacher promotion of the following and why: a) sexualization of students, b) LGBTQ, c) abortion, d) CRT, e) 1619, f) wokeism/wokeness, g) reparations, h) BLM, i) affirmative action, j) diversity, k) equity, and l) inclusion?)

— Chicago’s mayoral election is a warning to big cities everywhere – Matt Paprocki
— COMMENT: A Democrat asks “Can I pay my workers off the books and still be legal?”

— The U.S. Navy lowers its standards yet again – Andrea Widburg (COMMENT: I should write a book about how the Democrats who ran the federal government in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s lowered hiring, retention, and promotion standards to hire, retain, and promote Democrats who were minority and/or female. Because I have always been a conservative Republican, because I am neither a minority nor a female, because I complained about political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination, and because in 1988 I became an active member in a class action lawsuit that charged them with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation, they wasted my career and forced me to take their early retirement “offer” in 1997 when I was 49 years old. They rendered the following worthless: my CPA license (1981), my six professional certifications (CPA-1979, Internal Auditor-1981, Fraud Examiner-1990, Government Financial Manager-1994, Financial Services Auditor-1996, and Forensic Accountant-1997), my three master’s degrees (business-1976, accounting-1980, and finance-1997), my almost 18 years of experience working for GAO 1980-1997, and my almost 9 years of experience working for IRS 1971-1980.)

— What The 1619 Project Is Really About – MIKE GONZALEZ
— ‘Lucrative Business’: The Child Sex Change Industry Is Exploding In The US – LAUREL DUGGAN

— 53 Illinois high schools fail to achieve grade level proficiency in math. Reading is just as bad: ‘Spry is one of 30 schools in Illinois where not a single student can read at grade level’ – Alexander Hall (COMMENT: The education that my Trinity Lutheran Grade School, Hope Lutheran Grade School, and Crete-Monee High School teachers gave me enabled me to a) earn a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU in 1970, MBA from Loyola in 1976, master’s degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, and master’s degree in finance from IIT in 1997, b) pass the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979, c) pass the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981, d) become a licensed CPA in 1981, and e) earn professional certifications in 1990, 1994, 1996, and 1997.)

— Our Ruling-Class Monoculture – GEORGE LEEF (COMMENT: How have the ruling class members in your municipality, in your township, in your county, and in Illinois treated you? I should write a book about how the ruling class members in Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois have treated me since 1978. I would focus on those who have taken the most/biggest adverse actions against me. They would love it.)

— COMMENT: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote hatred against Christians.

— Sen. John Fetterman Set for Lengthy Hospital Stay. Pennsylvania Democrat is undergoing treatment for depression. – Siobhan Hughes

— COMMENT: Democrats say “I’ll Drink to That: Inside America’s Drunkest States.” I have never been a drinker. I should write a book about my past/present critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes who were/are the biggest drinkers. I would focus on those who had/have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Wheaton, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois. I would focus on my Democrat GAO, IRS, and Post Office superiors and supervisors. I would focus on those who have taken the most/biggest adverse actions against me.

— COMMENT: I should write a book about the success that Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, and RINOs have had infiltrating, infesting, and destroying the following since 2000; Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Milton Township Republican Organization, Illinois, DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton. I would focus those infiltrators, infesters, and destroyers who have taken the most/biggest adverse actions against me.

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.