Jeanne Ives’ Campaign Ad

Written by Laurie Higgins

Some words about the histrionics and ignorance of “LGBTQAP” activist organization Equality Illinois, former Illinois Republican Party chairman Pat Brady, ACLU of Illinois’ executive director, excessively temperamental gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy, and gubernatorial hopefuls J.B. Pritzker and Daniel Biss.

In paroxysms of faux-outrage, they said a bunch of stupid stuff in a Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Ives ad targets transgender community, immigrants and women who get abortions” about Jeanne Ives‘ new video campaign ad. (To be accurate–a rare priority among journalists–the ad “targets” falsified birth certificates, immigration law, and mandatory taxpayer-funding of feticide.)

For those who haven’t seen the ad, actors portray representatives of the constituencies Governor Bruce Rauner  serves and the troubling policies he has effected in Illinois as the “Worst Republican Governor in America.” These representatives include a young woman who thanks Rauner for making Illinois taxpayers pay for her abortion, a criminal illegal immigrant who thanks Rauner for making Illinois a sanctuary state, and a man who pretends to be a woman who thanks Rauner for letting him use girls’ restrooms.

Equality Illinois said that Ives is “‘launching a campaign of division and rancor. We need a governor who will stand up for all Illinoisans, not someone who will target transgender Illinoisans for their personal political benefit.‘”

So, when Democrats support the violation of immigration law, or allow men and women in the private spaces of opposite-sex persons, they’re not being divisive? And “standing up” for men who impersonate women requires the end of sex-segregation in restrooms and locker rooms?

As usual, the ACLU of Illinois waxes foolish: “‘It is sad that a candidate for the office of governor of Illinois would seek to divide voters by attacking our neighbor, friends and colleagues who are newcomers and refugees, those of a different race, those who are transgender and poor women in need of health care.‘”

First, state employees–whose babies’ murders we now must fund–are not poor women, and killing humans is not health care.

Second, objecting to men in women’s private spaces does not constitute an “attack” on them. I would argue that men who enter women’s private spaces are more on the “attack”–figuratively speaking, of course–than those who oppose men in women’s private spaces.

Third, objecting to policies that disregard immigration laws does not constitute an attack on “those of a different race.” (Just curious, is the newest euphemism for criminal illegal immigrants “newcomers”?)

Fourth, what divides voters are lawmakers who don’t respect laws, who don’t honor the intrinsic meaning of biological sex, who don’t honor the safety and privacy of women, and who force citizens to be complicit in the killing of other humans.

“Progressives” in their arrogance and self-righteousness believe they can impose any absurd, pernicious, doctrinaire, destructive legislation on Americans and if or when Americans find their spines and object, “progressives” will accuse them of being divisive. Just pack those rubbery spines away in the attic, conservatives, then lie down, show your bellies, and let jackbooted “progressives” crush your squishy protoplasm. Whatever you do, DO NOT be divisive!

Always-in-high-dudgeon Chris Kennedy calls the ad “‘appalling and disrespectful to everyone who makes Illinois what it is today.'”

What’s appalling and disrespectful is allowing birth certificates to be falsified and allowing men in women’s private spaces (or vice versa). What is far worse than appalling is allowing tiny, defenseless humans to be legally killed in their mothers’ wombs and making taxpayers fund the slaughter.

That icon of moral probity, Pat Brady (who texted “F U” to me when I asked him to stop trying to change the Republican Platform on marriage) said, “there is no room in the Republican Party for racist, bigoted, homophobic candidates like her.‘”

So now, in the twisted view of “progressives,” Illinoisans who think laws pertaining to immigration should be enforced are racist? Does Brady label Hispanics who support the enforcement of immigration laws “racist”?

I’m not sure but I think Brady just called women and girls who don’t want to share restrooms and locker rooms with cross-dressing men “bigots”? Yikes.

Does Brady really believe that those who think marriage has a nature (i.e., marriage actually is something) central to which is sexual differentiation fear or hate homosexuals or is he just lying–again? What kind of juvenile moral philosophy is that?

Daniel Biss called the ad “‘repulsive.'” Would Illinoisans really be well-served by a governor who is not repulsed by feticide or by girls and women having to share private spaces with men but is repulsed by an ad that criticizes such practices?

Not to be outdone, Biss’ campaign spokesman fumed, “‘It’s absolutely antithetical of Illinois values and the type of politics we should be holding ourselves to. Any elected official or candidate who does not disavow this horribly offensive ad outright should be ashamed. We must resist this type of racist, xenophobic and transphobic rhetoric at all levels.” In my mind’s eye, I just imagine him standing there all stiff-spined, hands on hips, head wagging indignantly like a tetchy school marm (no offense to school marms).

Again for the obtuse and foolish among us: Opposing the sexual integration of private spaces is not a sign of fear or hatred of sexual impersonators. Neither inclusivity nor compassion require people to pretend that objectively male persons who adopt a female persona are, in reality, women.

Here’s what I will disavow. I disavow the idiocy and moral vacuity embodied in this statement.

Pritzker describes opposition to co-ed private spaces, taxpayer-funded abortions, and illegal immigration as “poisonous.” What is poisonous to the common good are the ideas and policies promoted by Pritzker–oh, and Rauner.

Perhaps the most intellectually risible statement was made by the reporter who wrote this about the actor in drag in the ad: “[Ives’] campaign did not say if it is a man or a transgender woman.” I kid you not, the reporter wrote those science-denying, reality-denying, nonsensical words.

Everyone–literally everyone–knows that a “transgender woman” is a man.

People, in the immortal words of Cher, “SNAP OUT OF IT!” This is a gunfight, “progressives” are bringing artillery, and conservatives are not even bringing rubber knives.

As West Point grad, former ROTC instructor, and Army Vet Ives walks onto the battlefield armed with a video that makes the utterly commonsense observation that crossdressing men don’t belong in girls’ restrooms, that citizens shouldn’t have to pay for the “choice” of women to have their babies dismembered, and that the rule of law matters even when it comes to immigration, “progressives” release a volley of invective, and conservatives go weak in the knees. Jeanne Ives is exactly the kind of candidate Illinois needs.

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