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Why is she running as a Democrat?

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Why is she running as a Democrat?

In his endorsement of a Democrat for DuPage Forest Preserve District District 6, Roger Kotecki noted her dedication to the preservation of natural areas and her business experience. That made me wonder, then, why is she running as a Democrat?

Of course, as a former forest preserve and an ecologist, I agree with Kotecki, who served honorably many years, with the importance of natural areas. But, I have three objections to the Democratic candidate.

Our quality of life depends upon more than just open spaces and abundant wildlife. It depends upon the security which we enjoy in the ownership of property. Unfortunately, the forest preserve has developed a reputation for the rapacious use of its powers of "eminent domain," whereby it can take private property anytime and anywhere it wants.

Endorsing Democrats presents a special problem, because, ideologically, they have contempt for the very concept of private property. They require that the public own all means of production. Hence, the forest preserve gives them cover for bringing more and more private property under the control of governmental bodies and a rationale for raising taxes without end.

The Democratic Party in Illinois has devolved into a ruthless and corrupt organization, as shown by the successful prosecution of ex-governor Rod Blagojevich (along with at least 1,000 other officials who went to prison in "Operation Silver Shovel"). Putting the forest preserve into the hands of Democrats puts it at great risk for corruption, as a vehicle for patronage of the incompetent and scoundrels.

That is why I enthusiastically endorse Republican Al Murphy.

George Kocan


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