The Fence Post article titled, “Tax increase sorely needed,” written by the president of the League of Women Voters of Illinois, was a real eye opener. The League of Women Voters had always prided themselves on neutrality on issues. They have set up meetings and debates to allow both sides to discuss issues affecting the voter in this state.
In the last year, however, it appears that this neutrality has given way to liberalism. If it were a one-time lapse in good judgment, perhaps it could be ignored. But a disturbing pattern seems to be emerging.
Just this past year, the League of Women Voters host at a debate took it upon herself to try to silence the audience from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The audience was not to be silenced. The fallout from this lapse in judgment was deafening and should have been sufficient to cause a resurgence of neutrality.
This recent letter demonstrates, yet again, a lapse in judgment by the League of Women Voters. The league president stated that the “League has long been in favor of a progressive tax” and “the League expresses our deep thanks to those who supported the revenue increase.” Where is the neutrality in this? Are we to infer that those who did not support the tax increase are now on the outs with the League of Women Voters?
It is important for people to be able to express their opinion. But to make this the opinion of the entire League of Women Voters in Illinois demonstrates a bias that cannot be overlooked or unchallenged. How can this organization host political debates when their liberal bias is so overt?
It is a shame that the neutrality that was once the hallmark of the League of Women Voters is now just another value lost.
Tricia L. Dieringer
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