By Teri O'Brien -
Here's a shocker: With rare exceptions, Illinois politicians are a bunch of pathetic C-players.
OK, that's unfair. On any reasonable grading scale, most of them would not earn a passing grade, but I'm feeling generous today.
Sadly, my fellow conservatives, the worst of the lot are the GOP RINO's. We expect the John Cullerton's (D-is For Depotism and Demagoguery) of the world to embrace big-government tyranny and liberal social policy idiocy, but it's especially disappointing when a representative with an "R" after her name falls for those things.
Submitted for your approval is one of the biggest disappointments, Illinois State Senator and GOP leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), an emotionally-driven former social worker. Obviously, like many of the well-intentioned but mush-headed, low-information suburban soccer mommies whose support she seeks, Sen. Radogno has had every ounce of common sense wrung out of her as a result of drinking deeply and enthusiastically at the trough of feelings, nothing more than feelings, and political correctness. You can only spend so many days watching "Ellen" and getting your "news" from Diane Sawyer before you start thinking it's a good idea to vote for legislation like HB 217.
What is HB 217? Most readers of Illinois Review have probably heard of it as the bill that bans so-called "conversion therapy." Its supporters like to call it the "Youth Mental Health Protection Act," which is about as Orwellian a name as the "Affordable Care Act." Like Obamacare, HB 217 was passed last week using legislative chicanery, with the acting speaker allowing less than 5 seconds of time for floor debate before the law was called for a vote. There was no debate.
This statute has nothing to do with protecting children.
It has to do with making adults who engage in "alternative lifestyles" feel better about themselves, which you'd think would be unnecessary since they incessantly tell us how "proud" they are. It also has to do with making sure that common sense and reality is turned upside down, so that anyone who doesn't agree that any and every sexual behavior is "normal," not those who engage in deviant behavior, is the weirdo.
It has to do with a Stalinist impulse to force everyone in our society to get their minds right and acknowledge that homosexuality is "genetic," as if that means it should be considered desirable, and that its practitioners are "born that way." Left unaddressed: if homosexuals are "born that way," why do we see formerly heterosexual women suddenly discover at age 60 or later that they are lesbians? Why is the current First Lady of New York City now by all accounts happily married to a man, despite formerly saying she was a lesbian?
So, to accomplish these critically important objectives, not the protection of children, Illinois legislators who voted for this mess, including Sen. Radogno, obviously believe that its appropriate for their collective judgement about what medical and psychological therapy is appropriate for every youngster in the state to be substituted for that of these youngsters' parents and the medical professionals they seek to help them. (An email request to Sen. Radogno for information about her medical education remains unanswered.)
If Governor Rauner signs this bill, those parents and those professionals will be unable to offer assistance to kids who suffer from unwanted sexual attraction to people of the same gender, even if their confusion results from having been sexually abused!
I wonder if Christine Radogno saw the May 26, 2015 op-ed in The Chicago Tribune, in which Eric Vilain, a professor of human genetics and pediatrics at UCLA and director of the Center for Gender- Based Biology, and J. Michael Bailey, a professor of psychology at Northwestern University, in which they said "Banning all therapists from helping families trying to alleviate children’s gender dysphoria would be premature, a triumph of ideology over science."
When political correctness meets the arrogance of power, the result will not be good for Illinois or for society overall.
Why would Sen. Radogno support this terrible, unnecessary, and ill-advised piece of legislation? Why would she go along with the unethical way in which it was passed? Why is she so often an embarrassing disappointment to her knowledgeable, thinking constituents?
Maybe she was just born that way.
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