Gaither Speaks Out on Ballot Referendum
I had the opportunity to speak out on the Coles County Board referendum on the Second Amendment. Thankfully, four of our elected officials decided to put county over party. That takes guts in a party that increasingly puts party over country. Seven that are or will be running for re-election decided to bow down.
My position on the Second Amendment has remained consistent.
I will never support legislation that bans firearms.
What we must do is hold people accountable.
This referendum was requested to be placed on the ballot by the Coles County Republican Party. They are the masters of most of our local county officials because those officials delivered tonight.
The Republicans need this ballot referendum because they have no positive agenda or results on which to run this November.
- Trillion dollar deficits for the next decade
- Mounting national debt
- Increasing out-of-pocket healthcare costs
- Increasing prices
- Decreasing wages
- Crumbling infrastructure with no plan to fix it
- Increasing conflict with allies and trade partners
The Illinois Constitution is clear. Any referendum by a county shall be adopted by the County Board.
Here is the language of this referendum.
”Should the Illinois General Assembly pass legislation protecting a citizen’s right to bear arms as defined by the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution?”
It is impossible to adopt this referendum because the question is about the General Assembly doing something, not the County Board.
Do we really want Cook County to make policy for Coles County?
I doubt that very much, but the current leadership of the Coles County Board is opening that door.
We need leaders, not lemmings.