When he was running for president, Barack Obama made a big deal out of his former “job” as a “community organizer” in Chicago. Now, normally sane voters would find those resume points a bug, not a feature; “community organizer” is just code for radical Alinskyite socialist, while “Chicago” is synonymous with political corruption.
Obviously, though, not enough voters were turned off and Obama won two terms.
What’s interesting is that the hometowns and states of most presidents naturally assume that when “their guy” gets to the White House, they’ll get an extra boost from the federal government, to deal with infrastructure, mostly, but also other pressing issues.
In Chicago, one of those “pressing issues,” to put it mildly, is gun violence, mostly carried out in black-on-black crimes. Eight years later, of course, the situation in the Windy City is worse, not better.
Now what? Conservative Tribune reports:
During an interview with National Public Radio on Saturday, Chicago Police Board Chairwoman Lori Lightfoot admitted the city’s crime problem was beyond what the city could handle.
“We need to have more federal gun prosecutions in Chicago. Our federal partners from the U.S. attorney’s office, the ATF, the FBI need to be much more invested in this overall strategy. Chicago Police Department cannot tackle this issue by itself,” Lightfoot said. “This is not a problem that we’re going to arrest our way out of.”
President-elect Donald Trump posted to social media that if Mayor Rahm Emanuel cannot solve the problem then he must ask for help.
Chicago murder rate is record setting – 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016. If Mayor can't do it he must ask for Federal help!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017
It appeared that Lightfoot agreed with him.
Now, let’s bear in mind that many of the root causes of what ails Chicago is and should be beyond the purview of the federal government, such as broken families and poor parenting. And gun control is obviously not the answer, because Chicago already has some of the strictest of such regulations in America.
However, at least some individuals in that city seem to realize that pinning their hopes on Obama has resulted in less than zero change. They have no choice but to at least entertain the possibility that the new president can and will do something.
Trump has spoken again and again about violence in the inner cities. As he might put it himself, by making Trump an ally, what do Chicago’s municipal and community leaders have to lose?
Source: Conservative Tribune