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Comparison Shopping

Monday, 11 November 2002 12:00 AM

With the results of last Tuesday fresh on the minds of most everyone in the nation, much reflection has begun. People on all sides are trying to figure out how the results, which seem to be by historic proportions rather significant, came to be.

After the publication of my column last week I received an almost insurmountable tally of e-mail. It seems that in good measure great numbers of people are alarmed at how disturbingly Illinois has become a sudden victory ground for major liberal-think. The certification of last week's election results have poised Illinois to open some of the most disturbingly socially destructive legislation around.

But as I was bemoaning the new state of things in Illinois, readers of the column in California were insistent that I had gotten it wrong. They state that California is considerably worse top to bottom in statewide offices and the fact that Gray Davis had to spend $70 million to beat a poorly-trained freshman political candidate in his race for governor proves that things will not get better anytime soon.

I also had people from Illinois writing me back to express resentment over comparing Illinois to Vermont.

"I'd take Vermont in a heartbeat over what we've got now," wrote Steve from downstate. Steve was admittedly referring only to the gun issue and how Illinois is playing with the idea of total gun control.

Of course, with the new attorney general and governor we've just elected, working in tandem with the mayor of Chicago, Illinois may be the first state to try to totally confiscate guns of reasonable and decent law-abiding taxpayers. Evidently, Vermont has far fewer gun laws in effect.

But nobody, not a single person who wrote me, tried to make the case that Vermont with its homosexual unions laws, California with its Socialist Uniparty in control and Illinois, which may soon have both, were the ideal places to be. In fact, in overwhelming numbers, responses came to me from residents of these respective states that they are actually thinking about moving to states that are more conservative.

It took a few minutes for that to sink in. I have never heard that someone was leaving the state they lived in – and for some their entire lives – simply because of the outcome of an election.

Yet by the dozens I was told this over and over last week. In fact, some of those who wrote told me that they were headed to northwest Indiana to look at properties that very weekend.

Many pundits are arguing now that President Bush's big wins last week may have laid the fundamental groundwork for his re-election bid in 2004. Democrats this morning are trying to make the case that this election gave no mandate, served no seismic shift in public opinion.

Yet for all their opining, Richard Gephardt is no longer majority leader and Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford is arguing for a more conservative Democratic Party for the future.

As I was still contemplating all of these items in light of last week and now for the coming weeks of relative political calm, I was suddenly energized by a single thought: Illinois and California may indeed be the very states that deliver Bush's re-election in 2004. The reason is that Americans love to do "comparison shopping."

While Bush will continue to build coalitions and bring people together to solve real-world problems in Washington, Davis and Blagojevich will be taxing California and Illinois, respectively, off the map.

While the economy will be destined to improve nationally, looking at the primary growth indicators, businesses will continue to leave Illinois and California.

While Planned Parenthood continues to thwart law enforcement's efforts, especially in California and Illinois, and not report under-age rapists and other criminal sexual offenders who are preying upon teen girls, Bush will finally get federal justices added to the sorely empty benches of our highest courts.

In the end, 2004 may be about the comparison of bipartisan Republicans getting things done, as opposed to these miniature socialist regimes in power in California and Illinois. The referendum, should politicos choose to use it, would be clear.

But where does that leave you and me, the normal everyday folk stuck in these two states? We fight the fight. We hang in there and work to overcome what these Red-Republics are ready to roll out for us.

My pastor gave an interesting sermon Sunday about overcoming the huge gaps of disappointment we sometimes face when reality falls far short of our own individual expectations. The bottom line is ... even if you can't see the outcome any differently, "You do what you know is right to do!" he repeated over and over again.

He wasn't making a modicum of political inference in this – but in my mind it applies. So get your backside out of bed and in to life, there's work to be done, and we need you – especially for the families of Illinois and California!

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