OK. We’ve taken care of the coming out of the closet part of the headline. Today the Whigs enter the story.
Let’s see what else former Congressman and now-WIND talk show host had to say in Crystal Lake on Saturday.
Walsh explained how he would not have voted to re-elect John Boehner Speaker of the House had he beaten Tammy Duckworth (in the district that Mike Madigan and John Cullerton drew especially for her).
He told of an interchange with Boehner based on his many Town Hall Meetings.
“I told Boehner, ‘There’s something going on in the country right now.’
“‘Well, Walsh, keep fighting your fight,’ he said and walked away.”
Walsh then launched into the differences between Democrats and Republicans.
“Democrats really believe in big government.
“You should hear what they say privately:
‘Every voter we can get dependent on government, we have them forever.’
“We have to fight.
“We don’t have much time.”
At this point Walsh reflected on a possible statewide run for Governor
“Illinois will probably never vote for a Joe Walsh…until we crash.”
Clearly Walsh believes that will happen.
“Every nine and a half minutes someone gets up and permanently leaves [Illinois]–a taxpayer, a producer–and they don’t come back.”
He told of people asking, “Joe, is it time for a third party?”
“No, not yet.
“But it’s getting close.
“Republicans, you have abandoned me.”
He made the comparison with the two-party system prior to the Civil War.
“The Democrats were pro-slavery.
“The Whigs were confused about slavery. ‘There’s got to be a way we can compromise,’ they thought.
“Just like the Republican Party now.”
Comparing the Whigs to Republicans like John McCain and Carl Rowe, Walsh explained that a minority of the Whigs did not want to compromise on slavery and formed the Republican Party.
“The country is gong through a revolution,” Walsh said, something that he has been saying for several years.
He likened the dependence on government to slavery.
He cited the government’s telling Catholic priests that they had to do things against their religion and that “most of us don’t get to keep more than 50% of what” they earn.
More tomorrow and a new headline for Part 4.