Illinois Celebrates Loser Adlai Stevenson, Ignores Ronald Reagan

Leave it to leftist Illinois to use a museum dedicated to celebrating Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest presidents in history, as a platform to celebrate a loser like Adlai Stevenson while at the same time ignoring Ronald Reagan, a native son, big winner, and another greatest president.

If you think this isn’t just another example of why Illinois is the single worst state in the union in nearly every metric that makes up a successful state, then you are immune to logic.

Illinois spent billions building the Lincoln Library near the state capital in Springfield. The place opened to mixed reviews, but in the modern age, at least Illinois finally recognized one of its greatest Republican Presidents.

That’s all well and good, but now the Lincoln Library is proposing that it dedicate some of its space to a display to celebrate the great Adlai Stevenson, II…. I know what you’re thinking: “Who?”

Well, Adlai was a one-time governor of Illinois, an extreme leftist–nearly a socialist in his day–and a two-time loser as a Democrat Party candidate for President of the United States. He tried to beat General Dwight D. Eisenhower twice but Ike beat him both times faster than running through Germany to Berlin.

The symbol of his great run for president was a shoe with a hole in it. It was supposed to denote that he was a common man of the people walking the country to drum up support, but in reality it just made people want to throw him away like, well, an old shoe.

One of his slogans was “All The Way With Adlai,” but voters yelled, “Go Away, Adlai!” And they yelled it twice!

Still Illinois wants to celebrate this milquetoast, loser leftist anyway. Great.

Illinois should celebrate Adlai’s father instead. At least Adlai Stevenson the First became Vice President during Grover Cleveland’s second term. At least the elder Stevenson has some success to his name!

Now, there is a great man that was actually born in Illinois, though. One the state is always ignoring. This great man actually won his race for president. In fact he won twice. By a landslide, even.

And yet, the Lincoln Library wants to ignore Ronald Reagan the single greatest president of the 20th century.

The extreme leftists that run the state are embarrassed that Reagan is a native son, of course. They’d rather celebrate a loser who no one rightfully remembers.

No wonder Illinois is such a loser state.


Ronald Reagan, now HERE is a man worth celebrating!

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  • Paul Hooson

    This is actually an unfair assessment of this great American, who as U.N. Ambassador stood up to the Russians and Cubans during the Cuban Missile Crisis and his strength and steel resolve is part of the reason the Russians blinked and backed down and WWIII was avoided. He was a great intellectual force of the era who only lost the presidency because of the great respect for the work of General Eisenhower who was a very moderate Republican that he drew the votes of many Democrats.

    Stevenson deserves a place of respect for his many achievements, including preventing nuclear war. – At the time, U.S. forces in both Europe and Korea were equipped with 20 nuclear cannons that could fire nuclear missiles 7 miles and 100 soldiers had Davy Crockett recoiless rifles with small 53 pound nuclear bombs they could fire shortrange as suicide weapons. This stand-off with Russia finally ended when Attorney General Bobby Kennedy was able to work out a non-aligned agreement with the Russians where the U.S. would pull back nuclear weapons in Turkey, pointed at the Russian border, and Russia would recall their ships and back down.

    • http://www.publiusforum.com/ Warner Todd Huston

      He’s a leftist loser. It’s unfair to expect anyone to try and remember him.

    • Commander_Chico

      Davy Crockett, the coolest weapon ever. Wish I had one.

      • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

        I’d love to see you use it (from a great distance) with no hole to retreat to…

        • Commander_Chico

          Dial the yield down to 0.01 KT, shoot it to detonate 200 feet above Chez Graves.

          • Commander_Chico

          • Paul Hooson

            Ah, that was the good old days of the Cold War, where some lone soldier under a lot of stress could fire off a nuclear weapon just for the heck of it without approval from his superiors, instead of visiting the base psychiatrist…Ah, the power some soldiers once had, the power…

      • Paul Hooson

        The sheer outrageousness of this weapon make it one of the best ever as well as one of the worst ever…

  • Commander_Chico

    Why did Reagan put his library in California? Or was that Nancy’s idea?

    FDR was the greatest president of the 20th Century. Reagan is up there near the top, though.

    • http://www.publiusforum.com/ Warner Todd Huston

      FDR was an utter failure in everything he did but the war. If the war had not happened he’d be considered the first Barack Obama–a failure with not a single success to his name.

      • Commander_Chico

        Well, the war was a pretty big thing. That was a matter of national survival, unlike the recent wars.

        I still walk on WPA sidewalks sometimes. Social Security was a good idea, or course you are against that.

        • jim_m

          Explain how it was a war for national survival when neither enemy was able to mount a serious attack on the US (remember, Hawaii was not a state at that time).

          Germany was never in the position to threaten the US in any way. After Midway, Japan was no longer a threat. So by June 1942 any threat to the US was over. Why then D-Day? Why Iwo Jima? Why send thousands of young men to their deaths for foreigners when the US is not threatened?

          These are the questions that you should be asking if you were logically consistent in your beliefs. But you are not. You are an ideologue and the only thing that matters to you is the party of the President. If they have the correct letter after their name then any war is completely justified. That is your only criterion.

          Because you cannot claim that the enemies in 1942 could threaten US interests abroad or our foreign trade because that is true with Islamism. According to all your arguments against Iraq and Afghanistan there was no reason to pursue any action against Japan after June 7, 1942 and there was never any cause to enter a war with Germany because they never demonstrated any meaningful threat to the US mainland. Heck, al Qaeda killed more people in the US than Hitler’s Germany ever did.

          • Andrew X

            You may not have been interested in Hitler in 1942, but he was most certainly interested in U.(….S.A), as he made plain to his inner circle many times.

          • jim_m

            Reread my post. I am speaking to the leftist idiot Chico and asking him to defend his position

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      Because the ranch he build with his own two hands in Santa Barbara was his favorite place, and his political legacy began there. He may have been born in Illinois, but California was his home.

  • Brucehenry

    Completely loony to claim that Stevenson was an “extreme leftist” or “nearly a Socialist.” Only someone absolutely ignorant of the history of the first 2/3 of the 20th century would say such a ridiculous thing.

    Eisenhower was a pretty good president in many ways, but Stevenson would have been better, arguably, with hindsight.

    I await your article making the case that Barry Goldwater was a “loser.”

    Know who else won landslide elections, genius? LBJ for one — how’d you like how he implemented HIS mandate? Nixon won a huge one, too; too bad he was a fucking crook who was chased from office in disgrace before he could be impeached. US Grant won huge, two times, and was and is widely seen as an incompetent whose Presidency was synonymous with scandal and corruption.

    • http://www.publiusforum.com/ Warner Todd Huston

      There was one good Democrat president. Grover Cleveland. He is alone in the annuls of good Democrat Presidents.

    • Sky__Captain

      So we should call your 0bamaMessiah “US Grant II”?

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      So says one of our resident experts on looney leftism…

  • GarandFan

    Stevenson was viewed as an “egg head”, liberal but not a socialist. Even though very young at the time, I remember the consternation that election caused at my Grandparents home in Philly. In that household, FDR was God and the Democratic Party was the Church. When my uncles (all WWII vets) said they were voting for Ike, I thought my Grandfather was going to explode.

  • Eric Boyer

    The most juvenile diatribe I’ll read today, I sincerely hope.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      You obviously don’t read the NYT…

    • http://www.publiusforum.com/ Warner Todd Huston

      Coming from a wacko leftist idiot like you, Eric, I take that as a compliment.

  • jim_m

    You have to understand that Stevenson spent his entire career as a politician from Illinois. Reagan did not. This is like bitching that Kentucky doesn’t honor Lincoln enough. Illinoisans simply don’t connect Reagan with their state. Everything he is famous for he did in California.

    I’m not a fan of Stevenson, but I’m not going to get all twisted up by this.

  • Vagabond661

    “Go Away, Adlai!”
    Need a slogan like that for Romney.

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