A Christmas gift for residents of Jesse Jackson Jr’s district — if they’ll have it
The upcoming special election to replace embattled Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr’s Illinois seat has been provided with a small miracle in the form of an African-American *conservative* candidate who is running for the seat.
Paul McKinley, whose grassroots work to challenge Black leadership in the wartorn south and west sides of Chicago, has been covered on this site for his leadership in forming “The Broke Party” and challenging Barack Obama for abandoning the poorest Black Chicagoans who had supported the President’s campaigns.
I’ve met McKinley more than a few times, and he’s the real deal. He came to conservative beliefs on his own, and seeks to destroy the “Chicago democratic machine” that has so ill-served his community. He may very well be leading the beginning of a grassroots revolution within the Black community that has embraced the conservative ideas that address their plight: 2nd amendment rights, opportunity through unfettered free markets, removal of union control, and traditional marriage.
The first time I came across him was when he and a friend showed up at a Chicago Tea Party meeting to see for themselves what the organization was all about. Since then, I learned more of his story, of having read the Bible while incarcerated in his youth, and gradually opening his eyes to the truly despicable ends most Chicago democratic politicians in particular those from his community, seek. Namely, to do anything but help the Americans who live daily with a violence that can only be compared to combat.
The union operatives who siphon any jobs that might come to the community, and according to many in McKinley’s Broke Party discriminate against the hiring of Blacks, only further his campaign to eschew the union, the Democratic machine, and the Republican establishment that rule Chicago.
McKinley’s adherence to conservative principles comes not out of party affinity but true belief in the tenets through hard-won experience. Rebel Pundit’s Jeremy Segal recorded McKinley’s remarks from a candidate forum last week, writing:
Paul McKinley, an outspoken grassroots activist against the Chicago Machine and resident of the 2nddistrict’s urban community on the south side of Chicago, told voters, “The reason I feel like I need to run for this district, is I have been fighting the Jacksons for years… There are two black Americas, and they’re separate and unequal. There are the black folks that think we just work for them and then there’s the rest of us that get used by them, and Jesse Jackson Jr., was one of them.”
McKinley went on to explain his strong beliefs in the first and second amendments and his staunch opposition to same-sex marriage. He discussed how the charge for President Obama’s task force against gun ownership is being led right here in Chicago and explained how banning gun ownership in housing projects like Chicago’s Cabrini Green in the ‘80s simply stripped the rights away from citizens and essentially advertised to all the criminals, “ain’t nobody in this building got a gun, you can go in there and do what ever you want to do.”
McKinley closed his remarks by confessing to the crowd some of his own troubled past. “I am an ex-offender,” he paused, “trying to prevent the next offender,” alluding to the more recent records of Democrat and Republican politicians in Illinois and Chicago. That may not sit well with some voters, but McKinley’s candor was received with warm applause.
The residents of Jesse Jackson Jr.’s seat ought to take a look at this outsider as they consider their options for replacing his seat. Selecting a true patriot, conservative, and reformer, would be the best Christmas gift they could give themselves.
McKinley is one of four Republicans candidates vying for the Republican nomination. The primary election will be held on February 26, 2013.
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What happened to Brian Woodworth, the Republican who ran in November? He got about 23% of the vote. An independent got another 13%. That suggests some base of people who won’t vote Democratic. In a special election with low turnout and a fractured, bruised Democratic base from the special primary, couldn’t Woodworth (who at least has some name recognition) slip by?
Or am I hoping for too much?
The More the merrier. Joe Lake, Chicago
He doesn’t have a chance. The dims will be out in force to trash him. Besides, his constituency will never vote republican. The dims have convinced them republicans want to put the black race back into slarery and the silly idiots believe them. If they can vote for JJ,Jr when it was known he was liable for criminal charges and was in rehabilitation and never campaigned, what hope is their for changing their minds or what little minds they have.
It will take a man of Frederick Douglass’ courage and determination to supplant the Chicago Democrat machine. Black Americans have certainly been played by the Democrats for decades.
It would be my hope that Paul McKinley would run as a candidate that believed that government wasn’t the answer – except to protect our streets and more importantly to safeguard our children.
If we had a president that worked to make our economy function then we would have more jobs to offer people. Isn’t that a material form of hope? If we repealed the minimum wage laws then more people would be working and not having time on their hands to offend, maim and kill.
Looking at the statistics of unemployment over time what has Obama done for the black man? Nada.
I’m in the 2nd district. What Republican establishment are you talking about, Ann? There is no Republican establishment that I know of in this district; at the state level, yes.
Unfortunately, Republicans, no matter the color, will never make it this district. I’ve been here for twenty five years, a black Dem always wins.
Mr. MCKinley needs to have Marv Munyon come down and speak to his supporters.. Marv can be reached thru the Rock River Patriots, based out of Jefferson/Fort Atkinson, WI. Mr. Munyon’s insight to the New World Order and how it has been using communities like Mr. McKinley’s is a real eye opener. I recommend anyone who gets the opportunity to hear him to do so.
I had the opportunity to live in Chicago near Wrigley Field for a little over a year in the late 80s and I enjoyed it – but it wasn’t home and I was glad to return back to Georgia.
But there was one thing that never escaped me about my time there and that was really how nice the people were on a one-on-one basis – until you began talking politics and I was astonished at their change in personality. Everything Democratic was good and, well, you guessed it, anything to do with Republicans evil — and now we see what such unchecked fealty to a political party and culture has manifested itself in the lives of Chicagoans. And maybe, just maybe, individuals like Mr. McKinley are the best hope for a better Chicago. My prayers are with you Mr. McKinley.
On a side note: I never did register to vote when I lived in Chicago for the simple reason that I was well aware of the political corruption that was the business norm in The Windy City and I knew that if I registered to vote that someone would be casting a vote in my name until the end of time after I moved back to Georgia. Sad, but true.