Can Obama Turn The US Into Chicago?

When more Americans are killed in the president’s hometown than in Afghanistan, even the media take notice. When will the president notice the carnage in the city run by his former chief of staff?

Mayor Emanuel announced Monday that he’s devoting another $4 million to tear down vacant buildings where gang members live and store guns and drugs. Structurally sound buildings will be boarded up. But why are they vacant and boarded up? Why did 200,000 people flee Chicago in the past decade?

Chicago, like Illinois, is overtaxed and overregulated, a climate that attracts neither businesses nor people. It was the ideological incubator for a community organizer who would become president and blame all of America’s problems on those who worked hard and succeeded.

Rahm Emanuel Talks To Scott Pelley About Chicago’s Rising Murder Rate – Investors.com

h/t to Dave G

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22 Responses to Can Obama Turn The US Into Chicago?

  1. Eric Simpson says:

    Good short read and minute video: Sarah Palin says Mitt needs to energize conservatives in order to win; she says ~ “he may not want to set his own hair on fire, but he needs to set our hair on fire!” http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0712/78383.html
    Also, I’m impressed with Romney’s performance at the NAACP today, getting booed for saying he will repeal Obamacare. And it went to the top of the news for a bit. It’s exactly the type of thing Mitt needs to do to help energize conservatives and independents… get some publicity and air time by standing up in perhaps a “controversial” way for conservative principles. And I realize that that’s what this election is really about. It’s not about the narrower issue of the economy, although that is of key importance. It’s not even 100% about the “out of control govt.” No, the election is simply about whether we want this nation to return to conservative principles, or to continue into a leftist abyss.

    • johnmcguire says:

      Hi Eric , Romney is just obama lite from looking at his record. Just another of the one worlders in the vein of the bushs’ . We haven’t had a conservative pres since Reagan and he didn’t stay conservative after they tried to kill him. The federal reserve gang is in control of this country , as evidenced by the financial rape we are experienceing. The moral decay of this nation is almost complete and while I hope for the better I’m not holding my breath. We abandonded the constitution in 1913 and I don’t see us getting it back now. Live free or die should be this nations motto but the people don’t appear to have the brains or the courage to achieve that. God and obedience to his way would change things for the better but too many people can’t stand the thought of God being in control. No , they will just tell you he doesn’t exist and live their empty lives at the whim of evil.

      • Thinking like that is a great way to get Obama reelected.

      • Andy DC says:

        Romney ia mystery man, you have no idea what you are getting. It’s almost comical watching him grovel to his base and then contort himself to persuade the mainstream media that he is not mean spirited or cold hearted.

        At least with Obama you know what you are getting (puke) This should be quite an election. If Mickey Mouse ran as a 3rd party candidate, he would probably win.

        People like to compare this election will be repeat of 1980, Carter vs. Reagan. We knew Reagan and Romney is no Reagan. Nor is Obama Carter. He is a much tougher and a far more skilled politician.

    • leftinbrooklyn says:

      ‘…the election is simply about whether we want this nation to return to conservative principles, or to continue into a leftist abyss.’

      I think the answer is: both. I think it’s time to get honest with ourselves, and start thinking about creating (at least) two separate nations. Seems inevitable anyway. One America was a good idea at first, but now we’ve become too diverse, too many opposing views, too many opposing ideologies for it ever to ‘fair’ & ‘free’ to everyone as intended. Too many varied views on what ‘freedom’ should be. Left will never convince Right, and visa versa. Let’s just agree to disagree and go our separate ways.

      Empires dissolve, and probably should. Seems as natural as evolution. Gone is Rome. Gone is the Soviet Union. The EU will soon no longer exist. Will that be the end of the world? Of course not. Conservatism is not about the shape of a map. Neither is liberalism. ‘America’ has changed shape countless times in the past. Those new shapes didn’t change it’s founding philosophy then & won’t now. Maps don’t matter. Being able to live in a way true to yourself matters. Left or Right. Surely, Left and Right can agree on that. If we possess any of the character we say we have, then we should have the strength to realize it, even if it means we’ll need to draw new map. A ‘Left America’ and a Right America.’ Ludicrous, you say? As opposed to the current state of affairs?

      • Eric Simpson says:

        Well, ok, except I’m in CA right now, and you in Brooklyn (?), and so we might get the raw ends of the stick. You make a convincing point, leftinbrooklyn (not leftistinbrooklyn), but maybe conservatives could rise again and we could somehow thwart the leftist takeover. But maybe you’re right; at least lets wait and see what happens after this election 4 months out.
        @johnmcguire. I feel your pain, as I have it too. We have another option, though. Go with the imperfect Romney now, and plan a primary challenge for 2016. Maybe Rand Paul. But if you say there is no difference, yet if O wins then we have a much more leftist Supreme Court for a generation, entrenched Obamacare, maybe a U.N. takeover of many areas of our govt, fully open borders:
        http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/07/10/obama-adminstration-closing-nine-border-crossing-stations-in-four-states/

      • leftinbrooklyn says:

        Yeah, the ‘leftinbrooklyn’ is not that kind of left. I’m certainly conservative. Which means, yes, I’d probably have to move. The logistics might be a nightmare for a while. But I think that kind of stuff (congregating with those who share more of your viewpoints) tends to happen naturally anyway. And will increase even more so: States which refuse to adopt ObamaCare will attract some of those who don’t believe in it, those that do will attract those that do, etc.
        Just seems we’re reaching that point in our divisiveness that where the only real answer is to, well, divide.

      • Eric Simpson says:

        Ah, now I know what you mean by leftinbrooklyn. I should change my name to leftincalifornia. Yes, we’re sinking in the same boat.

  2. gofer says:

    Obama’s “community organizing’, apparently, was organized crime.

  3. johnmcguire says:

    Steven , the scam has always been to offer two versions of evil. obama on one hand and Romney on the other is just the latest in the series. Yes , obama is the worst we have had so far but I will only vote for someone who holds to the values I want for myself. I want a nationalist for president of the US , someone who will put America first and not sell us to the bankers and large corporations. Ron Paul embraces the constitution and I will vote for him.

  4. johnmcguire says:

    No Steven , I won’t enjoy another dose of obama , but I don’t think I’ll enjoy Romney either if he gets elected. His record isn’t that for from obamas ideologically as he too promoted his Romney care in Mass. We need someone who will seal borders and enforce existing law. We need someone who will bring RICO charges against the fraud that is cagw. We need to eliminate the EPA and the endangered species act. We need to eliminate the personal income tax and the property tax. We need to only go to war when we are threatened. We need to return control of the dollar to congress. We need to eliminate any law that infringes on personal liberty. But , I don’t think the people that poppulate America now could handle the responsibility . I am somewhat libertarian in that I beleive a man or woman should be able to do whatever they want as long as it doesn’t infringe on anyone else . Make your own choice and face the consequences God lays on you. Rob or kill and get the death sentence immediately. Most people would work hard and try to achieve success , and they would have a chance if government in the form of thieveing bankers was not hindering and stealing from them at every turn.

    • Sundance says:

      Nonsense! If Obama is the greater of two evils, by your own admission, then why are you opting for the greater of two evils by voting for Ron Paul? Do you believe God would make such an illogical choice? It sounds like you believe God gives you free will so it is obvious that you are excercising your free will to suspend logic and help Obama get reelected by voting for Ron Paul. God isn’t going to straighten out the greater evil you choose of your own free will by helping to get Obama reelected so stop dragging God into your logic free fantasy world.

  5. Andy DC says:

    I have never voted Republican for President. I regret my two misplaced votes for Carter and the one for Mondale. Since then the choices have all been terrible. This election will probably be an unenthusiastic vote for Romney, but in MD it is a forgone conclusion that Obama will win the state.

    • Eric Simpson says:

      Welcome to the club, then…. the country club! No no, scratch that, it’s to be Joe the Plumber’s type club, get the country clubbers out! But you talk about leftist, it’s MD, a coalition of blacks and limousine libs make it so. Perhaps no state is as left leaning, I’m not sure. So no wonder you kind of try to walk the left side of the sidewalk for the right side of the street.

    • Eric Simpson says:

      An afterthought: I guess to be truly objective I should replace limousine with “affluent.” Plus, I’m far from an expert on Maryland. I’m sure you would know a lot more than me about it!

  6. Brian says:

    To be fair to Romney… This is a man who has donated more than 7 million dollars to charity:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2091292/Mitt-Romney-gave-millions-charity-Joe-Biden-gave-369.html

    That’s a lot of money for somebody that is just so evil.

    • Andy DC says:

      Brian, are you sure that isn’t just required tithing to the Mormon Church? It is a great safety net, but for Mormons only, so they can breed large families.

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