- Published: Monday, January 09, 2017 10:12 AM
Our nation is emerging from a year of anger and preparing for a time of tremendous uncertainty. The presidential inauguration is just two weeks away, leaving many of us fearful of the consequences for civil rights, civil liberties, economic fairness and ethics in government.
This transition might have a significant spillover effect on state government, as the threatened reckless repeal of the Affordable Care Act would take away Medicaid coverage from many hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans, while additional proposed vicious changes to federal programs would further leave our residents in the lurch.
These terrible possibilities of course exist against a backdrop of a broken state government, one that now exists without any kind of budget at all, after stumbling through the previous six months with an irresponsible stopgap funding plan that, while better than nothing, did not provide stability or address our long-term problem.
In other words, Illinois politicians have failed us, and federal politicians are threatening to do the same.
In a situation like this, we have a choice to make. We must surely resist policies that would erode progress already made and freedoms already achieved. We have to fight to make Illinois a welcoming state for immigrants and refugees, for people of color and the LGBT community.
We cannot allow our achievements on health care and retirement security to slip away because of poor decisions made either on the federal or the state level.
Some would say that this is enough, that all we have to do is to stop bad things from happening.
They are wrong. It is never enough just to say no.