Look, I've been doing a lot of soul searching since the election, and I wanted to let our independent allies and voters know that it is never over. The numbers did appear grim, but majorities of American’s do want the same thing they've always wanted; and that is opportunity, liberty, and a brighter future for their children. We should take away from this a lesson about message, organization, education, and turnout. If we throw up our arms and chalk this up to a defeated we can never recover from then we've truly lost the American spirit and ambition which we are instinctively born with.
Election results: 386,172 registered voters in Will County. 251,476 cast ballots, which is a 65.12% turnout. What this means is with Obama at the top of the ticket they ran the table on us, we need leadership on a local level to change this. We need to organize our groups with a common message and theme to combat the political left machine based in Chicago that is well funded and motivated by power along with turnout. Although our intentions are good and strong, we need a plan of management, message, and most importantly independent people that can deliver a message and win. If we are to achieve turnout and turncoat independents to our vision it will require our organization and message to become that centerpiece of our mission.
The pundits are already claiming that the Republican Party is dead, and they need to moderate… Well we’ve nominated two moderates and how’d that work out. The electorate wants clarity and contrast between the two party views on many issues, weather they agree or not. Illinois is dangerously close to becoming California and successfully surpassing them as the worst most corrupt state in the union.
I know we have the political will to change for the better in this state, but for now we need to do what my father always taught me. “Sometimes life will kick you down, beat the wind out of you, but you have to get back on the horse and keep riding.” I know and understand how many of you feel, and I understand your discomfort, pain, and deflated sensation, but this is not a time to throw in the towel. Let us learn from our mistakes and get back on the horse, fight on, and never give up.
Let us turn our gaze to 2014 and work to elect leadership and government that is “By the People, and For the People.”
Jeffrey D. DeRango
Independent Registered Voter