By James C. Davis
In response to Dan Kenney’s letter to the editor in The Rock River Times from the Jan. 25-31 issue, “Manzullo does not represent the views of his district.”
First of all, you should know the difference between a democracy and a republic.
Democracy — In its purest or most ideal form would be a society in which all adult citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives.
Republic — The American Republican form of democracy is like the checks and balances placed upon the elected officials and appointed offices of the court, so are there checks and balances placed upon the people where the general will cannot affect the rights of the individual. It is the republic that has kept the people from voting their rights away, and as the people continue to vote themselves plundered money, the first thing that will be thrown away will be the republic.
The United States is a republic.
The 10th Amendment states that all prerogatives not vested in the federal government nor prohibited to the states are reserved to the states and to the people, which means that the only prerogatives of the Congress (as well as the Executive Branch and the Judicial Branch) are limited to those granted by the Constitution of the United States.
You state in your letter: “Today, that protection would include health, environment, Medicare and Social Security. And empowerment begins with a free and equal public education. Our freedom depends upon a commitment to care and act on that care for our fellow citizens. Rep. Manzullo rejects all of this.”
Where do you find that in the Constitution?
You also state in your letter: “It is these conservative values that led to the economic collapse. Ask yourself if Rep. Manzullo’s world view is accurate, why the unemployment rate in the 16th Congressional District has more than doubled since he took office in 1992.”
Please look back to 1999; when (Republican) Gov. Jim Edgar left office, he had eliminated the backlog in payments of the state’s bills, given the state a surplus and reduced the size of state government. He had also fought for and won passage of historic legislation on the way Illinois schools are funded and had overhauled the state’s child welfare system.
Since then, the Illinois government has been controlled by Illinois (Chicago) Democrats, the ones are not in prison and the ones should be.
Just to name a few.
Dick Durbin (Democrat) has a record as one of the most liberal members of the United States Congress.
George Ryan (Republican) governor 1999 to 2003. Prison, Nov. 7, 2007.
Rod Blagojevich (Democrat) elected 2002, impeached, 2009, in prison starting March 2012.
Pat Quinn (Democrat) sworn in Jan. 29, 2009, to replace Blagojevich.
John J. Cullerton is the Democrat president of the Illinois Senate since 2009. He has been in the Senate since 1992, and before that, the House of Representatives since 1979.
Michael J. Madigan (Democrat), Speaker of the House. In Illinois House since 1971.
How much do you think that the recent income tax increase of 66 2/3 percent on the remaining taxpayers and the increase in corporate tax have influenced the unemployment rate?
I understand that U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo is not perfect, and I have told him so many times in the past, but he sure beats the other Illinois (mostly Democrat) politicians listed above. The United States government doesn’t control the politics here in Illinois; the crooks listed above and Chicago do.
Illinois is the brunt of all the negative jokes around the world (license plates). Why would any company move to Illinois or invest any more money here? Without making it easier for corporations to move here or lowering corporate taxes and making this a Right To Work state, Illinois is the second-most undesirable state in the United States, and that is a crying shame. By the way, California is the most undesirable.
James C. Davis is a resident of Byron.
From the Feb. 8-14, 2012, issue