Steinberg: GOP gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey should be ashamed, but he isn’t

In my career, I have reported many people drowning in a state of debilitation. Decayed crack addicts nestled in dirty rags nests on Lower Wacker Drive. Sick prostitutes selling their bodies to passing cars on Cicero Avenue. Poor people in the street in the doors of Uptown in sub-zero weather.

I try to treat them with humanity, to express their life stories honestly without judgment.

But state Sen. Darren Bailey, R-Xenia, the newly nominated Republican nominee for governor, presents a challenge. There he was, at a downtown Trump rally last weekend, a proud solicitation in front of the humiliated and humiliated former president who should be in jail, not to bless the acolytes.

“Darren is a fearless supporter of the Second Amendment and a tireless champion of religious freedom,” Trump said.

Given the source, a chronic liar, much of that statement should be considered untrue, and it is.

“Fearless” and gun fetish certainly don’t go together. The whole secular religion built around guns is fear. Me, I can go to the store to buy eggs without strapping on an arsenal. Others cannot, and should be viewed with kindness. To be so terrifying must be terrifying.

Set it aside as a word choice quibble. Bailey is your gun gun gun gun wala, and if that’s the world you want to live in, try or vote for him.

But “relentless champions of religious freedom”? Again, a little true. For Bailey herself, sure. His notion of religion, his brand of rigid Christian white supremacy, is constantly pushed. Excitement never stops.

When it comes to religious freedom otherHowever, Bailey is not a tireless defender, but is sleeping on his post. Your Beliefs are meant to remove distortions. You When it comes to raising your daughter, or what your son is taught in public school, you have a right to follow his or her practices.

Bailey actually said that the government needed to get out of schools. poor man. Public schools are run by the government. It’s like saying Uncle Sam shouldn’t interfere in the military.

Consider. This week a courageous 26-year-old former White House staffer, Cassidy Hutchinson, testified before the January 6 committee, adding details of Trump’s attempted coup.

“They’re not here to hurt me,” she quoted Trump as saying, words that will live on in slander.

to imagine. Three days before that majesty falls, you make a pilgrimage to bow your head to the same man, your hero, and seek his blessings. Wouldn’t you be ashamed to be caught doing this? There are videos. I will be ashamed Why doesn’t Darren Bailey feel ashamed?

Bailey first registered on my radar when one word came out of her campaign ad: “Indoctrination.”

Republicans believe that if they slap a creepy word on something they don’t like, they can screw it up and give it away. Thus gay people wanting to raise a family is not a normal life, but “an agenda”. And the idea that public schools should teach tolerance and encourage students not to bully, but to understand the range and diversity of human beings? That is “education”. A Maoist re-programming camp during the Cultural Revolution.

“Indoctrination” also means teaching clear-eyed American history. His view – again, horrified – is that we are not a great nation enough to contemplate the truth about ourselves. They like the smooth whiteness of North Korean propaganda posters.

to imagine. Condemning Illinois teachers, imposing their motives, taking control of their classrooms. I will be ashamed Maybe, to be charitable, we can spin it as a kind of adventure: Darren Bailey, boldly ridiculing kindergarten teachers, knocking textbooks out of their hands, tearing up pages that scare them.

This should be a strategy to avoid the judgment of history. Republicans fear the next generation will frighten them with an open mouth: “Dad! Donald Trump was a traitor. He betrayed everything great about America. And you begged for his support. how could you?”

Naturally, they feel compelled to limit education – so their own children will be as ignorant as themselves, and perhaps miss the judgment of history. That should be the plan.

I am trying not to judge. Although it is difficult. Between now and November, we’ll be obliged to go over an ethical cardboard box under an overpass and check in on Bailey, as he’s steeped in his unflinching faith-wrapped morals and unflinching anti-Americanism. I still have a question for him:

Aren’t you ashamed?

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