|Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Dan Riehl from Big Journalism:
MURDER IN CHICAGO:
WHY RE-ELECT THESE PEOPLE?
Murder [in Chicago] is so out of control that, to the extent Emanuel discusses it at all for the camera, he's reduced to talking about reprisal killings. In short, we can't stop the killing; however, if we stop the killing that happens because of the killing, we can start making progress. Progressives have a knack for rationalizing their way out of actually dealing with any problem.
It's a revealing and sad look at the problems of the community our community-organizer-in-chief spent the largest amount of his time organizing. The result of his efforts appears to be a skyrocketing murder rate and a community that lives in fear every day--one in which women are afraid to talk on camera or cross the street to buy groceries.
I imagine both Emanuel and Obama would offer the same answer to the problem: namely simply re-elect them in their respective offices. How is that going to solve anything after years and years of liberal and progressive Democratic Party solutions that can't seem to deal effectively with any of America's problems, when they aren't making those worse?
Watch the video and judge for yourself whether these progressive Democrats are worthy of being re-elected to lead cities like Chicago down the same dead end road, over and over again.
Virtually every war-zone-charnel house municipality-- Chicago, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, Detroit-- is run by, and has been run by, generations of liberal Democrat hacks. The most fundamental responsibility of any city government is to keep the peace. Progressives claim to hold the solutions to our nation's problems, yet our most violent dysfunctional cities invariably have "progressive" governments.
I lived in New York City during the crime waves of the late 70's and early 80's. We had a series of idiot liberal mayors-- Lindsay, Beame, Koch, Dinkins-- crime exploded and you took your life in your hands to ride the subway to go out to dinner. One of our surgery residents at Columbia Presbyterian was robbed and shot to death walking back to the hospital after having dinner with his wife, who was pregnant with their first child.
Finally, the idiot NYC electorate elected someone competent-- by definition not a liberal Democrat-- and the transformation was astonishing. I couldn't believe the change when I returned to the city. Law-abiding people had taken back the streets. Even now it remains a safe and beautiful city. My 17 year-old daughter is (as I write this) watching a show on Broadway, and will return to us alone by train tonight. I don't fear for her safety.
We need to do simple diligence as citizens and hold local elected officials responsible for public safety. And we need to hold ideologies and political parties responsible for the social consequences to which they give rise. The Democratic party, where it has governed cities, has left a swath of murder and urban mayhem and desolation. Republicans have problems as well, but they are much much better.
When will we learn?