Here are my reasons for supporting Bruce Rauner. He probably doesn't want this support, but he is going to get it anyway.
1. Rauner's critics attempt to tear him down as a way of building up candidates they seldom name, but who are clearly less capable of addressing the financial crisis we face here in IL - a crisis that is absolutely, and without rational dispute, the main problem facing the working people of this state.
2. The attempts to smear Rauner, typically, involve basic fallacies in reasoning such as arguing against him by attacking people with whom he has had past associations and commitments. There is nary a mention of the fact that it is these people with whom, if elected, he must deal in a state that has proven itself to be left-leaning and dominated by a single party.
3. Rauner's "true conservative" critics are often ambitious political operatives who are trying to play an insider game by screaming "RINO" at the first sign of rationality on the part of a candidate who understands the pragmatics of winning at the business of electoral politics. They are disingenuous as evidenced by the fact that if conservatism, and not party politics, were their real interest, they would be challenging liberal Democrats from withint the Democrat party - thus creating DINOs - Democrats in name only. Instead, they behave as political opportunists without portfolio, lacking in a rudimentary understanding of the importance of breaking the death grip the Dems hold, while insinuating themselves into a position of defining 'true conservative', a task for which they are clearly intellectually ill-equipped.
3. His critics have no positive message, whereas Rauner's has been very positive. He has not reciprocated in the trash talk. He thinks positive.
4. Rauner is an indefatigable worker; he has worked this campaign at a personal level; he has invested more heart and soul into this than he has his money. And when it comes to money, most of it has been contributed to him by others. What money of his own he has spent is understandable given the political deficit of not being an elected official capable of pulling in political favors - as if this is somehow more "pure" than spending one's own hard earned money.
5. The class warfare rhetoric directed against Rauner is pernicious and hypocritical, given the true meaning of "true conservative." It represents a pettiness that we've come to expect from the Democrats and illustrates that it is his critics and not Rauner who should be faulted for departing from "true conservatism." Ever heard of Adam Smith?
6. If the so-called "true conservatives" remain consistently opposed to Rauner, without arguing the strengths and weaknesses of his primary opponents, then if he wins the primary this will be the final gasp from the dying body of the largely-discredited "true conservative" RINO hunting nut cases. He is not so stupid that if he can do without these people that he would take them seriously in the future. So not only is Rauner's candidacy on the line, but the "true conservatives" will be on the line unless they begin to evaluate this candidate "on the merits."
Proud losers are often stupid people; the GOP continues to lose. They keep beating the same old heads against the same old walls and still they don't get it: this is a BLUE state and they must adjust their level of tolerance accordingly unless they are content with remaining proud losers forever. Instead, they propose that the instruments of state be used coercively in preserving social values that are fading as America becomes a different place.
They "go after" gays; they "go after 'illegals,'" they "go after the atheists," they "go after" RINOs, they "go after" people on welfare; they go after just about anyone who doesn't think like they do.
Then there is the audacious complaint of the power of the state on gun control, for example. I am a member of the Illinois Rifle Association; I am strong believer in gun rights; the point is that Rauner's critics are often hypocrites who lack an understanding of "true conservative" in many cases not because they don't understand 'conservative', merely, but because they lack an understanding of 'truth' and the place it has in determining our political obligations.
If elected Rauner will have an obligation to all the citizens of this state. His greatest appeal is his willingness to set aside the egoism of his critics and opponents and focus on the core issue of putting food on the table. His critics rarely mention this and the working class in this state will be moved by this sort of advocacy, not a pretense of moral superiority based on a vapid monologue delivered people who care more about the petty politics of a dysfunctional political party, dysfunctional largely because its organization continues to "go after" people rather than proposing positive solutions to the BIG problems.
Rauner is proposing positive ideas; his critics are merely attacking him with mud pies. Hopefully, he will force them to eat every one of them after the nomination. I hope so.
Steve Bayne is a resident of Elmhurst.