Cheap Seats 2018
This and That: May 2018 Edition - 05/16
By Rich Trzupek
West Suburban Patriots – Many thanks to West Suburban Patriots and their supercharged dynamo of a leader, Carol Davis, for affording me the opportunity to speak to them at their meeting last Saturday and to talk about my latest book, “America’s Journey: Underdog to Overlord, Regrets to Rebirth.”
It’s the second time I’ve talked in front of a West Suburban Patriots audience and it was an honor on both occasions. The WSP crowd is about as far as one can possibly get from the bitter, racist, hateful meme that the left uses to smear conservatives in general and tea-party organizations in particular.
These are good people – polite, considerate, thoughtful and open to respectful debate with others. The left routinely paints the tea party movement as dogmatic and insensitive. When one interacts with the individuals behind the movement, it’s impossible to maintain that false narrative.
Sam McCann Can – The stars apparently aligned and my visit to WSP gave me the chance to listen to Sam McCann, Conservative candidate for governor and current state senator representing the 49th District of Illinois.
I never thought I would find myself supporting a third-party candidate for any major office, but after listening to McCann and chatting with him, I am certain he is the real deal. I signed his nomination petition with pride and if any of you pathetic opposition lawyers challenges my particular signature, I’ll frigging sue you back. He’s in the race not out of any desire from personal gain, but because he believes he needs to be in the race – because the alternatives are so bad for Illinois.
And the alternatives are both ipecac to the state’s digestive system. (FYI: Syrup of ipecac makes you vomit). The reaction of the mainstream candidates tells you all you need to know. Democrat J.B. Pritzker welcomed McCann to the race as “another voice,” knowing that McCann would drain votes from the opposition - Rauner’s traditional GOP base. Rauner, on the other hand, flung as much mud as humanely possible in McCann’s direction, declaring that McCann was running for governor “to line his own pockets.”
It has been famously said that if the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. As a businessman – and a very successful one (for which I applaud him) – Bruce Rauner and his team of PR professionals naturally tend to define any opposition in the terms that Brucie himself best comprehends: profit and loss. Bruce is about his bank account, so Sam must be as well – right? Whatever Sam McCann is or is not about, that’s not the case.
Is McCann a Madigan apologist as Rauner’s well-healed PR minions ridiculously claim? No. McCann is a Madigan realist – somebody who understands that as long as this deeply-entrenched politico dominates the Illinois legislature the best way to fix our problems is to back Madigan and his apologists (both well-meaning and cynical) into the best deal possible – the Jim Edgar solution – instead of futility attempting to bully them into 100 percent compliance – the Bruce Rauner non-solution.
Bottom line: Rauner wants things done his way – period. It’s his way or the highway. No further discussion is desired or accepted. On the other hand, McCann wants to accomplish as much as is realistically possible. The latter view reflects traditional conservative thought. The former is the pure vanity of a rich bully used to getting his way.
Eric Schneidermann Can’t
Democrat New York Attorney General Eric Schneidermann emerged as one of President Trump’s fiercest opponents and a champion of the #MeToo movement. He was, supposedly, a staunch defender of women, one whom TV personality Samantha Bee proclaimed a super-hero. Super-hero? Really?
Not so much.
Four women who claim to have had relationships with Schneidermann recently came forward to describe their relationships with this champion of women’s rights. Their descriptions ranged from deeply troubling allegations of physical and mental abuse to outright freaking scary in practically a horror movie sense.
According to the New Yorker, Schneidermann’s former girlfriend Tanya Selvaratnamm, a Sri Lankan native, asked her to “call him Master, and he’d slap me until I did. [He] started calling me his ‘brown slave’ and demanding that I repeat that I was ‘his property.’”
Most of us can understand a bit of playful sexual role play. That’s OK. Abusive, demeaning demands and resultant belittling actions are not playful. That’s all just wrong. Purely, simply, unquestionably wrong.