I could do nothing but cringe and wince when I read Michael Illions’ latest unhinged rant – not for my sake, but for his. To be sure, he hurls invective aplenty for me, for the Bayshore Tea Party, for Barbara Gonzalez and particularly for Bob Gordon. In fact, the three of us were clearly and unequivocally branded as “traitors.” Meh…that’s part of the give-and-take of politics in New Jersey these days and I pay it only the passing attention it deserves. However, the tone and timbre of Michael’s cri de coeur go beyond policy or political differences and straight into territory best explored by those with advanced degrees in mental health.
It saddens me to see something like this happening to him, because I believe that Mike is a decent person whose heart is in the right place – even if his mind is not. I won’t bother responding to myriad libels and untruths in his post because all of them have been addressed at one time or another on these web pages; the reader who sincerely seeks the truth of this whole sorry debacle will find it here at Bulldog Pundit.
What turns farce into tragedy is the fact that Mike is deeply involved in the Pediatric Hydrocephalous Foundation, a wonderful charitable organization he founded and for which he currently serves as the National Director of Advocacy:
The mission of the Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation is to educate the community by raising the level of awareness about this brain condition. The PHF will also provide support to the families, friends and children who are diagnosed with Hydrocephalus.
The PHF will raise money for and work with the medical community in searching for a cure and additional treatment options for those with Hydrocephalus.
No parent of a healthy child can ever begin to comprehend the via dolorosa trodden by the parents of children suffering from hydrocephaly and I would not presume to plumb the abyss that encompasses the pain of Mike and Kim as they struggle to brighten the future for Cole Illions. And ultimately, it fell upon their shoulders to morph that struggle into a foundation that gives aid and comfort to other parents of similarly afflicted children.
It is abundantly clear that the PHF is Michael Illion’s true vocational calling; I have no doubt whatsoever that, in the service of that organization, he will accomplish far more good for far greater numbers of people than he could ever do at CWA. Political blogs are a dime a dozen, but the Pediatric Hydrocephalous Foundation? So far, there is only one.
Unfortunately, he is attempting – without much success – to address the demands of both, and in so doing, does service to neither: the more he rants and raves at CWA, the more he damages the credibility of the PHF. There is just too much at stake to risk continuing this sort of behavior, as it will inevitably come back to haunt him and the PHF in the future.
It’s time for Michael to move on. He was meant to serve a cause far more sublime than the mud pit of New Jersey politics.