None of us live in a bubble. Everything that happens in our world will eventually have an impact on our lives.
I am reminded of the old saying, “What goes around comes around.”
Someday, if you live long enough, your good or bad deeds will come home to roost. If you protest in front of a person’s home, be mindful that someone who disagrees with you will find a way to protest in front of your home.
State Sen. Debbie Lesko is a lightning rod for dissent, just as much as her supporters find her enlightening. She is standing up for what she believes is a good and proper law regarding school vouchers. Those opposed to the recently passed law, SB 1431, find the bill offensive and costly to the public education system.
There are detractors on both sides. Math aside, the voucher system allows parents to pick and choose where they want to send their children for their education. Add the math, and you get different results from the opposing sides. The benefits of vouchers do not outweigh the costs, according to a report by a local television reporter. The report cites the absence of state funds lost by public schools when vouchers take students out of their classrooms and whisk them away to a private school.
We are not going to get into that debate here. What is troubling about the legislation is the reaction of a few of its opponents. They decided to torment Lesko by protesting in front of her Peoria home.
That is not just tacky. That is disgusting.
Protest in front of her office at the state capitol. Stand in front of the state senate building. But, please, be aware that Lesko does have a private life outside her elected position. She is entitled to her privacy when she is at home with her family.
If you oppose her politics, find a candidate to face off with her in the next election. And be prepared to work like crazy during that campaign. Lesko has a loyal following and will be hard to unseat until her term limit is reached.
In the meantime, respect her privacy; it’s just human decency.