September 8 Morning Edition

— CTU to take new strike authorization vote — but hasn’t set date – Lauren FitzPatrick


— Matt Lauer gets pummeled online over his questions at Commander-in-Chief forum
— Officials seek to try teen as adult in kidnapping of Wheaton College student – Clifford Ward
— Trump Tower condo lists for $12.7 million – Bob Goldsborough


— David Harris, others left out of meeting on replacing Matt Murphy – Kerry Lester
— Money drop  Wheaton native Dan Proft’s Illinois Liberty Principles PAC got a $1 million check from billionaire hedge fund manager Ken Griffin of Chicago this week, bringing the group’s cash on hand to around $5 million. Proft emerged as a key player in the spring primaries, spending millions on candidates aligned with GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner’s agenda. Watch for more in the weeks to come. – Kerry Lester


— Rauner adds a potential $56 million string to lottery deal – GREG HINZ


— Rauner tries to fix a bad financial deal Blagojevich-era interest rate swaps cost the state tens of millions – Judith Crown  (DIERSEN: What do you know about interest rate swaps?  GAO audits federal financial industry regulators.  I worked for GAO on audits that involved interest rate swaps 1990-1997.  I earned a masters degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997.  In 1997, I knew as much as any GAO employee about interest rate swaps.)


— Court completes Legislature’s job – Editorial


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Obama says “Americans will reject Trump’s ‘wacky’ ideas.”  Ever-increasingly, Democrats make it more clear that they are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.


— New Election Complaint Expected Against GOP Senator Opposed By Rauner – AMANDA VINICKY


— What Are You Called To Do? – Tim Hetzner (DIERSEN: What are you called to do?  My church-going critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes talk and act like their are a) called to stop me from putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out and b) called to stop everyone from reading those emails.)


— Illinois Trial Lawyers Association a big donor to state politicians




— The legacy media meltdown over Donald Trump  Panicked and muddled, anti-Trump forces ignore Americans’ concerns – Tammy Bruce


— Donald Trump breathes life into GOP, resurrects Party of Lincoln – Doug Ibendahl
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Two blocks from where I live in Chicago, history was made 156 years ago this past May. The southeast corner of what is now Lake Street and Wacker Drive in the Loop was the site of the Republican National Convention which nominated Abraham Lincoln for President. The Republican Party was just six years old in 1860 and Chicago business leaders had hastily constructed an all-wooden structure to attract what was only the second Republican National Convention. Known as the Wigwam, the building was always intended to be temporary, and from all accounts it sounds like it was a bit of a firetrap. But it served its purpose well that year when well over 10,000 delegates and spectators crammed the facility to the rafters. Lincoln himself did not travel to Chicago and instead remained in Springfield where he anxiously monitored reports from his operatives via telegraph. Back then it was considered bad form for any potential nominee to be present at the convention. Lincoln eventually secured the nomination on the third ballot. In Lincoln’s time there was nothing resembling the state-by-state primary system we have today. Back then the good-old-boys procured delegates in the smoke-filled rooms. After the convention the Wigwam saw other uses but it soon fell into disrepair. Fire did finally claim the structure in 1867 (four years prior to the Great Chicago Fire). The only hint remaining of the Wigwam and what happened there is a plaque along the sidewalk in front of a modern office tower at 191 N. Wacker Drive, installed when the location was designated a Chicago Landmark in 2002. We all know what happened after that 1860 convention. Lincoln went on to become one of, if not our greatest President. He freed the slaves, won the Civil War, and saved the Union. Grateful African-Americans made the Republican Party their home for generations. And across the country, GOP organizations at all levels still strap themselves to Lincoln’s mantle at every opportunity. Here in his home-state the annual Lincoln Day Dinner is often the only fundraising event a county Republican organization has. So we all know about the lip service. But how is the Party of Lincoln actually doing in the Land of Lincoln when it comes to preserving the leader’s legacy? Judging by all of the empirical evidence, not so well. The GOP’s good-old-boys of today would make the good-old-boys back in the Wigwam blush. It’s hardly news that black voters these days have rewarded the GOP with paltry support every Election Day. Hispanic participation in the Illinois GOP isn’t much better. And let’s face it, participation in the Republican Party by white Illinoisans hasn’t exactly been anything to brag about either.  So what does Donald Trump have to do with all of this? A lot. In our lifetime we have never had a Republican nominee who so gets it about the rigged system. And Mr. Trump is addressing the problem on two levels. Trump has masterfully attacked the rigged system within both major political parties, and even better, he does a wonderful job exposing the rigged elements within our global economic system. He hits both themes at pretty much every one of his huge rallies. Some say Trump is not a free trader. In truth Trump does believe in free trade, but it has to be fair trade. Overly complex trade agreements entered into by weak U.S. representatives who got bamboozled at the negotiating table have delivered deals which are disadvantageous to the average American. Trade resulting from these bad deals is neither fair nor free. Donald Trump literally wrote the book on negotiation. Granted, as President he won’t have the luxury of being able to sit at every negotiating table. But hiring is another arena where Trump excels. He’ll bring on the best people and replace the pushovers with tough, seasoned professionals. It’s all about bringing back jobs and getting America working again. Donald Trump is a builder and he knows how to inspire. From a speech in June: “Americans are the people that tamed the West, that dug out the Panama Canal, that sent satellites across the solar system, that built the great dams and so much more. Then we really started thinking small. Something happened. Something happened to our mentality. We started thinking small. We stopped believing in what America could do, and became reliant on other countries, other people and other institutions. We lost our sense of purpose and daring. But that’s not who we are.”  Trump wants to keep building big things, and that’s a message that resonates with African-Americans and Hispanics as much as with anyone else. He’s been refreshingly honest about how his life up to now has been about accumulating wealth for himself and his family. Now at 70 years of age he wants to devote his skill set to helping all Americans climb the economic ladder. Every election cycle Republican candidates talk about reaching out to minority communities – but that’s all it’s been, talk. In Mr. Trump we finally have a standard-bearer who can back-up the rhetoric with a decades-long record of creating thousands of real jobs for men and women of all races and creeds. On the opposite bank of the Chicago River and just half-a-dozen blocks away from the site of Lincoln’s nomination is Trump International Hotel and Tower. The second tallest building in the City, it’s also considerably safer and more permanent than the old Wigwam. The betterment which a Trump Administration will bring to the lives of all Americans left behind and taken-for-granted by the politicians of both parties can be just as strong and permanent. And in four years Mr. Lincoln might just recognize that party of freedom, opportunity, and inclusiveness which he helped found.)
— Clinton campaign warns media to tread carefully – Amie Parnes (DIERSEN: Who warns you?  The following warn me: those who a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, c) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, d) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, e) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, f) are operatives for the aforesaid, and/or g) are dupes for the aforesaid and those who are anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America longer than their ancestors.)
— House GOP hoping a ‘disciplined’ Trump can win – Cristina Marcos and Mike Lillis  (DIERSEN: Are you disciplined?  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted that I have always been undisciplined.  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate.)
— Clinton: ISIS praying for Trump to win – Jesse Byrnes


— IRS Impeachment Debate Latest Example of House GOP Infighting  Rank-and-file shows influence when the conference lacks consensus to act – Lindsey McPherson


— RNC chief critique: Clinton didn’t smile during national security forum – Daniella Diaz  (DIERSEN: How often do you smile?  My nasty, troubled, failed, and/or vicious critics/opponents, their nasty, troubled, failed, and/or vicious operatives, and their nasty, troubled, failed, and/or vicious dupes demonize me, denigrate me, and condemn me for not smiling enough.  They want me to be happy that they don’t work harder against me than they do.)


— Kremlin Declines to Comment on Donald Trump’s Latest Praise of Vladimir Putin – PATRICK REEVELL


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH TWO COLOR PICTURES: HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE IN THE DAILY HERALD: Candidates defend their judgment  Trump, Clinton face tough questions about commanding – John Wagner, Jose A. DelReal and Anne Gearan  (DIERSEN: Who questions your judgment? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always questioned my judgment.  They hint/imply/argue/shout that everything that I have done and everything that I have not done a) has caused all the problems that they have had, that you have had, that I have had, and that everyone has had, b) is causing all the problems that they are having, that you are having, that I am having, and that everyone is having, and c) will cause all the problems that they will have, that you will have, that I will have, and that everyone will have.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “The Black Eyes in Donald Trump’s Life. Over his seven decades he’s left a trail of victims.”  (DIERSEN: Who are your victims?  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would cite a) those who GAO did not promote to GS-13 in 1986, b) those who GAO did not hire in 1980, c) those who IRS did not promote in 1974, 1973, and 1972, d) those who IRS did not hire in 1971, and e) those who the Post Office did not hire in 1966.  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would especially stress those of the aforesaid who are minority, female, younger than me, and/or veterans.  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes would also stress all the Republican candidates in Illinois who suffered defeats since 2000.)
— Release Your Medical Records? First, You Must Collect Them – Margot Sanger-Katz


— Gambling idiot blows $1 million on lottery tickets, loses everything  Adam Osmond was a convenience store owner in Connecticut who suffered from a compulsive gambling addiction that cost him thousands of dollars each week, his business and his family. Osmond was ordered by a Connecticut court to pay the sum of lotto tickets he printed at his store, but after seven years, a second judge found the penalty to be illegal. Osmond eventually discovered running and is now an avid runner who helps other recovering gambling addicts.


— Donald Has 60 Days to Close the Deal  He acted presidential in Mexico and Detroit. Can he keep it up? – Karl Rove


— Libertarians Have Radical Plans for Your Money—and May Sway the Election – Larry Light  (DIERSEN: Do you oppose pot?  Because I have always opposed pot, Libertarians and Libertarian plants in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois have always worked against me.)


— Diversity — History’s Pathway To Chaos – Victor Davis Hanson  (DIERSEN: To promote diversity is to promote discrimination.  To promote diversity is a) to promote giving preference to those who are minority, female, and/or younger, and therefore b) to promote discrimination against those who are White, male, and/or older. Because I have always opposed such discrimination, individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and counties that promote diversity have always worked against me.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Emphasizing diversity has been the pitfall, not the strength, of nations throughout history.  The Roman Empire worked as long as Iberians, Greeks, Jews, Gauls and myriad other African, Asian and European communities spoke Latin, cherished habeas corpus and saw being Roman as preferable to identifying with their own particular tribe. By the fifth century, diversity had won out but would soon prove a fatal liability. Rome disintegrated when it became unable to assimilate new influxes of northern European tribes. Newcomers had no intention of giving up their Gothic, Hunnish or Vandal identities. The propaganda of history’s multicultural empires — the Ottoman, the Russian, the Austro-Hungarian, the British and the Soviet — was never the strength of their diversity. To avoid chaos, their governments bragged about the religious, ideological or royal advantages of unity, not diversity. Nor did more modern quagmires like Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Rwanda or Yugoslavia boast that they were “diverse.” Instead, their strongman leaders naturally claimed that they shared an all-encompassing commonality. When such coerced harmony failed, these nations suffered the even worse consequences of diversity, as tribes and sects turned murderously upon each other. For some reason, contemporary America believes that it can reject its uniquely successful melting pot to embrace a historically dangerous and discredited salad-bowl separatism. Is there any evidence from the past that institutionalizing sects and ethnic grievances would ensure a nation’s security, prosperity and freedom? America’s melting pot is history’s sole exception of E pluribus unum inclusivity: a successful multiracial society bound by a common culture, language and values. But this is a historic aberration with a future that is now in doubt. Some students attending California’s Claremont College openly demand roommates of the same race. Racially segregated “safe spaces” are fixtures on college campuses. We speak casually of bloc voting on the basis of skin color — as if a lockstep Asian, Latino, black or white vote is a good thing. We are reverting to the nihilism of the old Confederacy. The South’s “one-drop rule” has often been copied to assure employers or universities that one qualifies as a minority. Some public figures have sought to play up or invent diversity advantages. Sometimes, as in the cases of Elizabeth Warren, Rachel Dolezal and Ward Churchill, the result is farce. Given our racial fixations, we may soon have to undergo computer scans of our skin colors to rank competing claims of grievance. How does one mete out the relative reparations for various atrocities of the past, such as slavery, the Holocaust, the American Indian wars, the Asian or Catholic exclusion laws, indentured servitude, or the mid-18th-century belief that the Irish were not quite human? Sanctuary cities, in the manner of 1850s Richmond or Charleston invoking nullification, now openly declare themselves immune from federal law. Does that defiance ensure every city the right to ignore whatever federal laws it finds inconvenient, from the filing of 1040s to voting laws. The diversity industry hinges on U.S. citizens still envisioning a shrinking white population as the “majority.” Yet “white” is now not always easily definable, given intermarriage and constructed identities. In California, those who check “white” on Orwellian racial boxes are now a minority. Will white Californians soon nightmarishly declare themselves aggrieved minorities and thus demand affirmative action, encourage Viking-like names such as Ragnar or Odin, insert umlauts and diereses into their names to hype their European bona fides, seek segregated European-American dorms and set up “Caucasian Studies” programs at universities? Women now graduate from college at a higher rate than men. Will there be a male effort to ensure affirmative action for college admissions and graduation rates? If the white vote reaches 70% for a particular candidate, is that really such a good thing, as it was considered to be when President Obama was praised for capturing 95% of the black vote? It is time to step back from the apartheid brink. Even onetime diversity advocate Oprah Winfrey has had second thoughts about the lack of commonality in America. She recently vowed to quit using the word “diversity” and now prefers “inclusion.” A Latino-American undergraduate who is a student of Shakespeare is not “culturally appropriating” anyone’s white-European legacy, but instead seeking transcendence of ideas and a common humanity. Asian-Americans are not “overrepresented” at premier campuses. Their high-profile presence should be praised as a model, not punished as aberrant by number-crunching bureaucrats. African-Americans who excel in physics and engineering are not “acting white” but finding the proper pathways for their natural talents. Being one-half Southeast Asian or three-quarters white is not the touchstone to one’s essence and is irrelevant to one’s character and conduct. No one is impinging on anyone’s culture when blacks dye their hair blond, or when blondes prefer to wear cornrow braids. Campuses desperately need unity czars, not diversity czars. Otherwise, we will end up as 50 separate and rival nations — just like other failed states in history whose diverse tribes and races destroyed themselves in a Hobbesian dog-eat-dog war with one another.)
— The Republican Turncoats – STEPHEN MOORE

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.