July 11 Morning Edition

— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE: Applications for FOID cards spike 40% in Naperville – Suzanne Baker
(DIERSEN: As Democrats move in, crime and poverty increase.)

— Another look is needed on redistricting maps – Tim Schneider, Former Illinois Republican Chairman, Bartlett

— Capitol security, accessibility, historical upgrades to cost $210…Renovations on north wing of Capitol to be funded by Rebuild Illinois infrastructure improvement program, which passed in 2019 with bipartisan support

— Don’t fall for anti-American theories – Alan Webber

— Illinois’ Rep. Sean Casten Mocks Critics Of Critical Race Theory: ‘Bullies,’ ‘Afraid,’ ‘Snowflakes’ – Daily Wire
— The Content Of Rep. Sean Casten’s Character: His New Video On Critical Race Theory – Mark Glennon

— Trump speech, CPAC straw poll, put 2024 GOP presidential race in Sunday spotlight. – Paul Steinhauser
— Donald Trump Jr. on his father’s Sunday CPAC speech: ‘People will be outraged’ Former President Trump’s Sunday keynote speech to close CPAC gathering in Dallas – Paul Steinhauser
— Arizona Gov. Ducey signs bill banning critical race theory from schools, state agencies A second bill signed by Ducey calls for school curriculum transparency, so that parents can weigh in on topics such as sex education – Dom Calicchio
— Kamala Harris slammed for claiming rural Americans can’t photocopy their IDs. The vice president tried to back her claim by saying rural communities don’t have Kinkos or OfficeMax – Kelsey Koberg
— AOC goes to bat against Rep. Boebert on ‘good ol conservative values’ Boebert and Ocasio-Cortez are no strangers to harsh rhetoric – Caitlin McFall
— Man arrested in fatal shooting of couple during Chicago’s Puerto Rican Parade. Anthony Lorenzi is charged with first-degree murder. AP

— ‘God Bless Abortion’ sign draped over statue of Christ, Son of God – Eric Utter

— What’s Wrong With CRT? Critical Race Theory rejects the principles that underpinned all advances in the rights of Black Americans, from the Civil War constitutional amendments to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. – Mackubin Owens
— Another Reckoning for a Bad Idea? – Roger Kimball

— Defund the NEA – Rob Jenkins
— Conservative National Radio Host Wayne Allyn Root Announces Support for Black Reparations
(DIERSEN: Affirmative Action (AA), Diversity, and Inclusion are reparations. Democrats and RINOs make Republicans pay the price of AA, Diversity, Inclusion, and reparations.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Yes, it’s true. I’m that Wayne Allyn Root. I’m the nationally syndicated conservative radio talk show host. And former conservative television host on Newsmax TV. And bestselling conservative author of 14 books — including “Trump Rules,” “The Ultimate Obama Survival Guide,” “Angry White Male” and “The Murder of the Middle Class.” I’m the last guy you’d ever imagine coming out in support of reparations for black Americans. But it’s true. I’m going to be the first high-profile conservative to support reparations. Black Americans deserve reparations. Let’s be honest. Look at their cities in ruins. Black inner cities in America look like Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the atomic bombs hit. Have you been to any of them lately? Of course not. What sane person would take a chance by driving through the Brownsville neighborhood in Brooklyn, or Crown Heights, or Bedford Stuyvesant, or Harlem or the infamous South Bronx? Or how about Chicago’s black South Side? How about virtually all-black inner cities in Detroit; Baltimore; East St Louis; Newark, New Jersey; Oakland, California; Liberty City in Miami; Cleveland; New Orleans, Memphis, Tennessee; Atlanta and more. The list goes on and on. These places are synonymous with murder, violent gangs and violent crime. Black cities and neighborhoods are a war zone. A black-on-black genocide. An American tragedy. Not to mention the drug needles, poop, pee, condoms and garbage that litter their mean and hopeless streets. Black lives do matter. So, yes, they do deserve reparations. But who is to blame? It’s sure not white Americans. Most of us have had nothing to do with the decline of black America. The vast majority of white Americans have never done a bad thing to a black person in our lives. We don’t run their cities. We don’t go near their cities. We literally have nothing to do with black America. And none of us were alive for slavery or the civil war, or Jim Crow. My grandparents came to America in the 1920s. They lived in New York. They experienced their own prejudice and discrimination. My relatives had nothing to do with slavery, racism or any civil rights violations. So, yes blacks are owed reparations. But who’s to blame? There’s only one common denominator: DEMOCRATS. The Democratic Party and Democratic politicians are to blame. It’s the Democratic Party and Democratic politicians who should pay the trillions of dollars. It’s the policies of the Democratic Party that have led to poverty; misery; violent crime through the roof; retail theft on a level never imagined; homelessness; hopelessness; rampant drug dealing and addiction; no fathers in black homes; burned-out buildings; abandoned stores; lack of supermarkets; and streets filled with poop, pee, garbage, condoms and drug needles.)
— Kamala Harris Slammed for ‘Kinkos’ Comment in Discussing Rural Americans and Voter ID – Rebecca Downs

— Fla. Leaders, Gov. DeSantis, Rep. Donalds, Key Figures Lead Fight Against CRT

— Day 1 at CPAC Texas features Donald Trump Jr. scorching Dems – Michael F. Haverluck

— At Dallas CPAC, grassroots activism to rally the right is in high gear – Sabra Ayres

— Governors’ races see flood of pro-Trump candidates – JULIA MANCHESTER
(DIERSEN: Of course, in Illinois, Kinzinger, his political consultants, his major donors, his fundraisers, his operatives, and his dupes will do everything that they can to destroy pro-Trump candidates. Hate-filled, Trump-hating Trump-haters love Kinzinger.)

— New report reveals specifics of racial wealth gap in America
(DIERSEN: What did you do to qualify yourself for better paying jobs? I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32.)

— How the White Press Wrote Off Black America – Brent Staples (DIERSEN: I should write a book about how the liberal press wrote off conservative America.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: To push recreational drugs on an individual, municipality, township, county, state, or country is to destroy that individual, municipality, township, county, state, or country.
— Could Gen Z Free the World From Email? “It’s actually crazy how outdated it is.” People born after AOL Mail was invented seem to prefer to communicate in almost any other way. – Sophia June
(DIERSEN: I have had my diersen@aol.com email address since January 8, 1995. I should write a book about my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes a) who focus on stopping everyone from reading emails, b) who crow that they do not read emails, c) who focus on stopping everyone from reading GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters, d) who spend all their time on the Democrat Facebook, and e) want everyone to spend all their time on the Democrat Facebook.)
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG COLOR PICTURE: The climate crisis haunts Chicago’s future. A Battle Between a Great City and a Great Lake – DAN EGAN

— CPAC to embrace Trump in Dallas on Sunday – Todd J. Gillman

— Can universal basic income solve America’s wealth gap? | Pro/Con UBI would provide every adult in the United States with a cash payment every year with no requirement to work.
(DIERSEN: What did you do to qualify yourself for better paying jobs? I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32.)

— Meet the Four Republicans Who Want to Replace Allen West as Texas GOP Chair. The next party leader could continue to wage war on errant Republican elected officials or oversee a détente. – Jonathan Tilove
(DIERSEN: One could compare and contrast the Texas Republican Party with the Illinois Republican Party.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: David Covey, one of four candidates to lead the Texas Republican party, has positioned himself as a moderate on perhaps the most pressing issue in the race. On the question of working with Republican elected officials, he doesn’t want Armageddon so much as a reasonable degree of tactical violence. “I don’t think we need to work hand in hand, but I don’t think we need to nuke them either,” Covey, currently the Orange County chairman and representative of Senate District 3 on the State Republican Executive Committee, said at a June 29 forum in Port Neches. “We have to be able to put pressure on our legislators, like a sniper. We pick our target, we ensure we don’t have collateral damage—even the party itself—and then we pull the trigger to make sure we get our priorities passed.” Martial metaphors aside, the 32-year-old Covey represents, believe it or not, something of the peace candidate to lead the Texas GOP past the testosterone-fueled, QAnon-inflected tenure of Allen West, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and former one-term congressman from Florida. For the past year of his short but chaotic reign as party chair, West mostly trained his unfriendly fire on fellow Republicans, including Governor Greg Abbott, whom he characterized as a tyrant for his pandemic response, and House Speaker Dade Phelan, whom he described as a traitor for seeking some Democratic votes to gain the gavel. On June 4, West surprised many by abruptly announcing that he would be stepping down as chairman effective July 11, midway through his two-year term. A month later, on July 4, West formally declared that he would be challenging Abbott, setting off what is likely to be a brutal primary battle.)

— Texas Governor Candidate Tells CPAC Trump-Backed Abbott Is a ‘RINO’ Who ‘Doesn’t Want to Face You’ – CHRISTINA ZHAO
— CNN’s Jim Acosta Mocks Donald Trump Ahead of CPAC, Calls Him a ‘Karen’ – KHALEDA RAHMAN

— American workers are refusing to take bad jobs — and that’s good for everyone, economists say. Some workers learned to stand up for themselves a bit more during, and due to, the pandemic. – MATTHEW ROZSA
(DIERSEN: Should people be expected to take bad jobs? According to my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes, all the jobs that I had were bad jobs that they would never stoop to take. I did yard work and delivered newspapers 1962-1964; washed dishes 1964-1966; cleaned golf shoes, chipped slag, and pumped gasoline in 1966; delivered mail 1966-1969; worked on an automobile assembly line and as a security guard in 1970; sold tires, automotive services, and major appliances 1970-1971; pumped gasoline 1971-1972; collected delinquent taxes 1971-1980; and audited federal agencies 1980-1997. To qualify myself for better jobs, I earned a) a job-related bachelor’s degree when I was 21 in 1970 and job-related master’s degrees when I was 27, 31, and 48, b) job-related professional certifications when I was 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, and 48, and c) a job-related professional license when I was 32.)

— 5 toxic workplace myths that cut into motivation – JEN FISHER AND ANH PHILLIPS
(DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors in the federal government focused on making their workplaces toxic for their employees who were Republican, and especially for those who were conservative, White, male, older, non-veteran, Protestant, German American, married, non-poor, gun owners, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)

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.