Politics vs. Old Cars

August 5, 2009
From the time I was born, I was raised on the southeast side of Chicago at a time when smoke still poured from the stacks of the steel mills. My father, who was a first generation Italian and U.S. Marine, worked in one of those mills while my mother, a first generation Slovak, stayed home and took care of the house. My ethnic heritage is said to be Irish or Scottish or both, with a bit of American Indian thrown in, though this is yet to be verified. You see, I was adopted because my mother could not bare children, but she and my father wanted a family. We didn’t have a lot, but there was always food on the table, a roof over our heads and an immaculately clean house.
I learned about integrity, hard work and helping others from my father. I watched him work hard his entire life to provide for his family while still making time to help the widows on the block with their lawns, painting, groceries, whatever they needed. I remember being a teenager on a roof with my dad and the owner of a furniture repair store. Jesse was a friend of dad’s and snow was threatening to collapse the roof, so up we went with shovels. We never worried about going through the roof, we just got the job done.
Fortunately, my husband lives by the same principals and we have tried to pass these values on to our children. We have given them the room they need to be self-expressive while instilling values in them that we hope will last a lifetime.
My father pushed me to be the best I could be at whatever I tried. He taught me to take care of myself. He did not want me to ever be at the mercy of being “in need”. I always drove older cars that he taught me how to fix myself with a trunk full of tools “just in case” I broke down. He said that way, if someone offered assistance, the least I could do was have the right tools to perform the repair.
Politics is a lot like an old car. There is always something that could break. You won’t like every single aspect of it. It may make too much noise from time to time. But, if we carry the right tools, and seek assistance and counsel from those who know what we have not yet learned, we can fix almost anything. When it is beyond that point, before you throw good money after bad, before you invest your time and sweat, you need to know when it is time to replace that old car.
We have a lot of old cars that need replacing in 2010. I only hope the people are paying enough attention to know which ones need to go.

We Cannot Let “Nobody” Win

July 21, 2009

We Cannot Allow “Nobody” To Win in 2010

Non-Democrats have a very unique opportunity coming up in 2010. The Democrats, the would-be saviors of the last election cycle, have failed miserably and continue to do so. By making promises with no possibility of fulfillment, they are driving our country deeper and deeper in debt. Cook County, itself, has been riddled with corruption, pay-to-play politics and politicians hiring felons and relatives for extremely high salaries while the county budget is experiencing one of the worst deficits of its time.

We have all had more than our share of lip service the past several years. Words are nice to hear but actions are what’s needed now. From the smallest office to the largest, reform is needed. The Republican Party needs to form a united front. No office up for election can be unchallenged. This is not the time to be complacent. Even in Cook County, reform CAN happen, but only if it’s residents and candidates recognize their viability and choose to not allow any office up for election to go unopposed.

Now, do we want to simply yank people off the street, slap their name on a ballot, cross our fingers and hope for the best? Absolutely not. We would not take the driver of an ice cream and ask him to rebuild our car’s engine. What we need this time around is strength of conviction. We need a batch of candidates with solid morals, ethics and heart. Candidates who are aware of the problems their respective future offices contain and candidates who have some idea on where to begin correcting problems.

Look inside yourselves. Are you a do’er? Do have the desire to better your community? Do you have a fight in you to challenge the oppostion. If the answer is yes, look around you. Speak out, throw your name out there. We, as a party, will stand in support of a candidate who wants to fight for the moral right. No fancy catch phrases, just hard work, dedication and sweat.

Remember, if nobody runs, nobody wins. And we simply cannot let nobody win.