Skip to comments.House Speaker Michael Madigan calls for replacement of Stephen Douglas portrait in Illinois Capitol with one of Barack Obama
Posted on 07/09/2020 3:07:27 PM PDT by PBRCat
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on Thursday called for a portrait of the late Illinois U.S. Sen. Stephen Douglas in the Capitols House chamber to be removed and replaced with one of former President Barack Obama, whom he called a more fitting representation of the modern-day Democratic Party.
Madigan also called for the removal of statues on the Illinois State Capitol grounds of both Douglas, a defender of slavery, and Pierre Menard, the first lieutenant governor and a slaveholder.
The speakers call to take down the portrait and statues is part of a movement to remove memorials of historical figures with ties to the Confederacy and slavery that has picked up momentum amid the fallout from the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd.
Douglas, a notable figure in mid 19th-century Illinois history, is credited with building the states Democratic Party and served in both chambers of the U.S. Congress. He famously took part in a series of debates with Abraham Lincoln during a U.S. Senate campaign and lost the 1860 presidential election to Lincoln.
Madigan said in a statement he will introduce a resolution to authorize the removal of the Douglas portrait when lawmakers return in the fall, and is looking into ways the portrait can be covered immediately.
Madigan said the statue of Martin Luther King Jr. near the Capitol should be placed in another location of more prominence and honor. He asked the Office of the Architect of the Capitol and its board to conduct a thorough review of all statues, portraits and symbols on Capitol grounds to ensure any inappropriate fixtures are removed and all feel welcome.
Memorializing people and a time that allowed slavery and fostered bigotry and oppression has no place in the Illinois House, Madigan said.
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i’d rather have a picture of a giant douche there
I believe it was Salmon Portland Chase, a man not known for his sense of humor, who once said the to him, “Douglas, no man will be ever be president who spells ‘Negro’ with two g’s.”
“House Speaker Michael Madigan calls for replacement of Stephen Douglas portrait in Illinois Capitol with one of Barack Obama”
How about a nice wanted poster of Osama Obama for treason for being the head of the deep state?
You say that like there’s a difference.
Conspicuously absent from Springfield, Illinois: any public monument or portrait of Ronald W. Reagan, an Illinois native, who was raised and educated in the state, and twice elected US President.
I hope Trump happily sends them Obamas birth certificate framed.
I don’t care ,you can even blowup the building if you want
Coming from his district the standing joke was “Does he really exist ?” Because when asked would never show up at any Civic league meetings
Didn’t Barry the Muslim’s family own Slaves
The difference is that if you have physical assets around you they require securing by you so others dont see them and steal them.
If most of your assets are on paper, you still need the records to exist somewhere, somehow too, but they can’t be stolen when people can’t tell you have them. Not like robbing your house and taking physical assets.
Why don’t you forward that idea to Madigan. I’m sure he’d love to hear from you!
I’m just waiting for BLM to erect statues to him in every city. I’m only slightly joking.
Barry Soetoro is not an American. He is not even a Kenyan.
He is Indonesian from his mothers marriage to Lolo Soetoro.
I would go so far as to say he is not even a real man, when you consider his marriage to Mike Robinson and sexual affairs with Larry Sinclair.
If they ever get around to putting a statue of Soetoro, it should be near the San Fransisco Castro District bath houses, right next to the sewage dump.
...a more fitting representation of the modern-day Democratic Party.... Memorializing people and a time that allowed slavery and fostered bigotry and oppression has no place in the Illinois House...
Obviously the irony was lost on the dumb SOB.
The Obama picture would fulfill the douche part if not giant.
Obama could be living on Chicago’s south side, working on solutions to the violence there. But noooooo, he lives on Martha’s Vineyard.
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