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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Letter to the Editor of the Daily Herald on Illinois's 10th District U.S. House Race
Originally Written on October 6th, 2016
Edited on October 11th, 2016
After following the race for U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 10th
District for a full year, I am still not convinced that either candidate is
preferable to the other, nor that either candidate shares a majority of my
While I share many of Congressman Dold's positions on trade, and many of Mr.
Schneider's positions on marriage, their similarity regarding most other issues
is troubling. Both candidates' voting records have contributed to increased
taxes and spending, and to the growth of the size and scope of the federal
government. There is no reason to expect that either one of them will not
continue these patterns if elected.
Both candidates support the same
disastrous foreign policy towards the Middle East, domestic surveillance,
restrictions on the right to bear arms, the failed A.C.A. health law, continued
federal funding for organizations providing abortions, and inappropriate executive
rather than congressional action on immigration; and both candidates oppose
personalizing Social Security and are ambivalent on decriminalizing marijuana.
Most importantly, in this “year of the outsider” election, neither candidate
has stuck his neck out to support new proposals to help solve problems that
have persisted in our country for decades. Neither has said anything original
or refreshing about labor policy; nor has either of them demonstrated a unique
way of understanding the relationship between taxation, economic productivity,
Moreover, they do not seem to subscribe to the notion that our freedoms and
rights (including the freedoms to marry, travel, work, buy and sell, drink,
smoke, vote, and defend oneself) are natural, fundamental, and inalienable;
that they cannot be voted away by legislatures, nor turned into privileges to
be sold or revoked at the whim of government.
The 10th District needs another choice in this election.
- Joseph W. Kopsick
Write-In Candidate for U.S. House (IL-10)