I’m seeing a lot of opinion pieces chortling over a moribund Republican Party, identifying Republicans as the root of all evil, and the like. I have frequently been taken to task by other Democrats by not being as anti-Republican as they.
I believe that if they were sitting where I am, in the state with the lowest credit rating, in the city with the lowest credit rating, with the school system with the lowest credit rating, they might see things more as I do. Here in Illinois in Chicago whatever problems the Republican Party has are largely irrelevant to our problems. The Illinois Republican Party has been supine and, frankly, nuts for the last 20 years but they have practically no role in Illinois’s problems. Even when Bruce Rauner captured the governor’s mansion it didn’t mark a resurgence of Republicans—he did it under his own steam.
If there weren’t a single Republican in Illinois, we’d have all the same problems we do now, just without Republicans to blame for them. A string of incompetent, corrupt, criminal, or all three Democratic governors, mayors, and legislative leadership have driven Illinois one rating agency downgrade from being unable to borrow at all, forced to limit spending to actual revenues in a state with a dwindling tax base.
People talk about the Californication of the United States but before that happens we’ll probably be Illinoised.