Heckuva legacy you left back in Chicago, Barack. Seems like those vaunted community organizing skills have left Chicago awash in blood.
In order to curb Chicago’s rampant and increasing outbreak of violence, State Representatives John Fritchey (D-11th District) and LaShawn Ford (D-8th District) want to call in the National Guard. Yesterday, the legislators urged city and state officials to use the Guard to bolster a thinly stretched Chicago Police. “As we speak, National Guard members are working side-by-side with our troops to fight a war halfway around the world,” said Representative Fritchey via press release, “…we have another war that is just as deadly taking place right in our backyard.”Oh yeah, root causes, whatever those are. But if we point out some of those root causes, like an alarming out-of-wedlock rate, a culture of entitlement, the gangsta rap lifestyle, well, you're reflexively called raaaaacist.
While rampant violence is always cause for alarm, not everyone in Chicago is exactly on board with the idea. Police Superintendent Jody Weis said “As much as I'd like to have as much help as possible, I'm not sure that mixing the National Guard with local law enforcement is the solution.” Professor Dennis Rosenbaum, a criminologist at the University of Illinois Chicago backed Weis’s position, pointing out in an interview with ABC that military training does not extend to concepts like search and seizure or evidence protection. Mayor Daley responded by saying “I don’t think it’s a long term solution, but I understand what the community is thinking.”
Of course, this isn't the first time the suggestion has been made.
Reactionary methods to combat crime in this manner have popped up before. In 2008, then Governor Blagojevich floated the idea, but ultimately backed away. Former Governor Jim Thompson faced the same issue two decades ago and also declined. While deploying troops in our streets might seem like a good idea in the face of the abhorrent violence the city has seen, a military presence does not address the root causes of crime and violence.
Jesse Jackson has spent his entire life in the Grievance Industry while based in Chicago and hasn't done a damn thing to help the problem, other than blaming it on The Man. Well, now that his man is The Man, he's noticeably silent. Must be off planning to shake down the folks in Arizona or something.
What the folks in Chicago really need is regime change in City Hall, for starters.
Obama's supposedly some great orator. Maybe in between rounds of golf he can pack up his TelePrompter and go give a speech on the South Side and tell these punks to stop shooting each other every day. Perhaps he can give back to the community by taking that million dollars he got from Goldman Sachs and sponsoring a jobs program. He's busy traipsing around the world apologizing for being an American; maybe he can go back to Chicago and apologize to his old neighborhood for being such a lousy community organizer.
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