Illinois Review welcomes George Dienhart back from Georgia to pass along fresh conservative perspectives.
By George Dienhart -
I hate to say it, but it's true. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Long-time readers may remember me from my past life writing for Illinois Review. When I left, mainstream Illinois Republicans were complaining about the RINO’s that we mainstream Republicans kept electing. In fact, I don't normally like to call our elected officials RINOs. Even the most, far most, liberal Republicans are much better than the most conservative Democrats. Look it up. The American Conservative Union keeps tabs on Congress.
That said, I was somewhat astonished by Sunday's headline in the Trib’s online edition on Bruce Rauner's support of amnesty.
The headline read “Rauner says Obama immigration move a great start”.
Really, Bruce? Which part of the President’s possibly illegal, executive action do you think is a good start? As governor-elect, how is the president's policy of selectively enforcing laws that are already on the books “moving the conversation forward?"
I get bi-partisanship. I also understand that immigrants built this nation, and many are hard working people who are here for a better life. I have no problem with legal immigration. I do have a problem with a porous border. I have a problem with rewarding people for breaking the law. That's what the president is doing with his executive order. Those that come here illegally need only to wait until the next amnesty. Apparently, there' s no need to do things the right way.
I’d be remiss if I didn't mention my old friend Sven on my first day back on IR.
Long-time readers will remember Sven as a former co-worker of mine. He emigrated here from a Scandinavian nation, which he asked me not to disclose. He is a liberal Democrat. We had many conversations about immigration. He was against amnesty. Why? He did things the right way.
Sven came here legally, finished school, met a woman, married and started a family. He is living the American Dream - legally.
I worked with another person in Georgia, who was from the Dominican Republic. She followed the same script as my buddy Sven.
Bruce, you have a big stage here. You have inherited a train wreck of a government. People are going to listen to every word you stay. Nearly 13 million people are sitting on the edge of thier seat, waiting for you to save us from our past electoral sins. With all this in mind, please put some thought in your off-the-cuff remarks. Illinois voters have put their faith in your ability to turn this mess around. Don't blow all your good will reaching across the aisle to support four million people that broke the law to come here. Most of them won't vote for you, anyway.
One more thing. When I left, the Chicago Bears had just become NFC Champions. Upon reviewing the standings, something HAS changed on the homefront, and not for the better. Since my return, the Bears are 2-0.
I'm not saying, I'm just saying...
George Dienhart contributed to Illinois Review from 2006 to 2008. George has returned to Chicagoland after a 7 year exile to Peachtree City, Georgia. While in Georgia, George wrote a newspaper column for 4 suburban Atlanta newspapers and was elected to office as a city councilman in Peachtree City.