OUR last report on the Illinois governor’s race was here: Creationism & the Illinois Governor’s Race, in which we wrote about the candidates’ answers to this Associated Press question: “Do you accept the theory of evolution? Please explain.”
Six of the seven candidates seeking the Republican nomination gave what we judged to be tolerable responses. But the seventh was Bill Brady, who said: “I accept the theory of creation, as I was taught, and believe the world has continued to evolve since.”
Today we found an article the Chicago Tribune devoted exclusively to this Brady fellow. We herewith present some excerpts from Illinois State Sen. Bill Brady runs for the GOP nomination for governor. The bold font was added by us:
Brady, a Roman Catholic and Republican who has spent years constructing a record in the General Assembly around his conservative beliefs, now needs people to find him.
Okay, we found him. Now what?
“To lead, you have to have values,” Brady said in an interview later that morning as he downed scrambled eggs, toast and decaffeinated coffee at the local Red Wheel Family Restaurant. He made the stop to shake hands with folks from a region of corn and soybean fields dotted with Brady billboards and signs sporting pro-gun slogans along Interstate Highway 57.
Your Curmudgeon has no problem with pro-gun candidates. But what other values does Brady have? Let’s read on:
The pitch for values is an easy one to make in a state stung by the impeachment and indictment of former Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Illinois’ culture of what Brady called “insider corruption” is one of two big problems he said he would try to end as governor. The other is the state’s habit of spending beyond its means.
So far, so good. What else?
[Brady] has become a reliable vote [in the state legislature] opposing taxes and supporting business propositions. “It’s what I know,” he said.
Up to this point he sounds like someone your Curmudgeon could support. However, in addition to those traditional Republican positions, this guy comes with all the theocratic baggage that we oppose. Brace yourself:
Brady, who used to play poker with President Barack Obama when they both served in the Illinois Senate, opposes proposals for a land-based casino in Chicago and would try to stop video poker from expanding beyond existing machines in January 2011 if he becomes governor.
He’s against gambling, as if that were any of his or the state’s concern. We continue:
He takes conservative stances on social issues.
Oh yeah, here it comes:
Brady is not for abortions in cases of rape and incest nor when just the health of the mother is at risk. The only time he said an abortion should be permitted is if the mother’s life is at stake.
He opposes gay marriage and civil unions. He voted against the state law passed in 2005 that banned discrimination against gays and lesbians in matters of housing and employment.
Those are not issues your Curmudgeon worries about, but we note that Brady’s position is hard core indeed. Be careful what you do with your private parts if this guy gets elected.
Okay, this next item is the one you’ve been waiting for:
On education, he supports allowing local school boards to teach creationism. Brady wants to eliminate the quasi-independent State Board of Education or, avoiding a constitutional fight, limit it to an advisory role in favor of a down-sized agency answering to the governor.
We’ll skip all the rest. Brady has the traditional Republican positions, and then he has the new issues that have recently oozed into the GOP. It’s all due to Richard Nixon’s Southern strategy, which polluted the party with all the pious nonsense that was once spouted mostly by democrat leaders like the babbling creationist blowhard, William Jennings Bryan.
So there you are. Illinois voters have the opportunity to elect a governor who will carefully control their bedrooms and their card games, and who will indoctrinate the kiddies with the TRVTH about the historical reality of Noah’s Ark.
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