Is there an ethics limbo bar under which one must be able to slither in order to succeed in Illinois politics? No, I am not addressing the Illinois Democrats. Everyone knows what a dirty (yet outrageously successful) joke they are. I am concerned about the Illinois Republican Party! How can decent common people, those not on the inside, be expected to put trust in political operatives and entities that seem to define the politician stereotype?
I do realize that the party defenders have a whole arsenal of attacks and meaningless explanations ready for such an inquiry, but I feel it is necessary to ask. It might not be isolated to Illinois, I realize (for those who would offer the “everyone does it” defense). Some may say that those who would expect to be able to compete with the less than pure Democrat political machines must be able to work on the same level. Others may simply accuse the inquiring citizen of attempting to “divide Republicans” as my congressman, John Shimkus has recently asserted (in response to a citizen daring to ask him about his support of PLAs).