From the keyboard of former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster:
Character Assassination – DC to McHenry County
Many lessons could be learned from witnessing the US Senate Hearings on, now “Justice” Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court.
What began as a normal process, quickly turned into a national disgrace while the deep divide in the country played out.
Every dirty trick in the book played out as Democrats, their supporters and the media, desperately worked to sabotage this appointment.
As things evolved, the bitter and obsessive anger of those driven by their lust for power disgraced the country and permanently tarnished the good names of the candidate and others.
Just prior to the 10/6/18 Senate’s final vote on the appointment of Judge Kavanaugh, Dana Perino of Fox News interviewed Elizabeth Wydra, a principal activist representing the Constitution Accountability Center.
Ms. Wydra emotionally stated that if seated on the Supreme Court, he, Judge Kavanaugh, needs to be investigated.
When asked if she thought the persons who leaked Dr. Blasely-Ford’s letter should be investigated; in classic form, Ms. Wydra avoided the question, spinning her response back to her organizations’ plans to continue attacking the Justice.
This is a small illustration of the underlying, illogical message designed and planted in the minds of what appeared to be mentally challenged, screeching and mindlessly driven mobs we saw during these hearings.
During the last 20 +/- days prior to the 2018 local Primary Election, a list of false statements, repeated over and over in various publications, robo-calls, campaign mailers, television, Facebook etc., were aimed at taking down candidates; Michael Rein, Chuck Wheeler,Orville Brettman, myself and Joe Tirio.
False statements assigned to these candidates included:
- “insider dealings”
- “slush fund”
- “criminal indictments”
- “an advocate of violence”
- “a racist”
- “…dangerous ideas put all of us at risk” and
- “threatened the life of a county official”
All statements were false.
One statement: “life of a county official was threatened,” played out in headlines for months.
Mr. Jack Franks, the individual making this claim, cost county taxpayers thousands of dollars until he was called out by law enforcement in July 2017…
There were no grounds for his claims.
Fast forward, eight months later, March 3, 2018, witnessed was the very uncanny appearance of a coordinated, or miraculous “coincidence” in timing… was this same “threat” claim.
Mr. Franks, 3/3/18 in his own words, on his personal Facebook page, knowing his “threat” claim was false, stated:
“I’m glad that the source of the death threats posted against me on a local blog has been exposed.”
Seven months later, that same “planted ‘threat’ message” continues as a man uses it when responding to the 10/3/18 McHenry County Blog article: “Jack Franks Criticized for Loss of Temper:”
Warren Sanders on 10/03/2018 at 6:22 pm posted the following comments:
“An admonishment about tempers from the woman who issued death threats?
Local, state or federal, false and malicious messages are intended to perpetuate, with malice, damage to any opponents who stand in the way of power-hunger politicians.
Before us is the 2018 mid-term election.
If the current, and horrific spectacle carried out during the Justice Kavanaugh hearings; and the dirty 2018 local primary election campaign have taught us nothing…
We deserve what we get…
Because the dirty political tactics have already begun ramping up for the 2018 general election.
Send a strong message…
Make your vote count November 6, 2018.