Something is wrong in Chicago. A recent visit to the Windy City revealed it to be an example of politically correct anarchy. This is despite its ranking as America’s third city entertainment-wise, transportation hub of the nation, former hog butcher of the world, and home to professional sports teams.
Not since the days of Al Capone has Chicago experienced such an explosion of killings. The mayor, his political machine, and complicit news media are attempting to downplay the anarchy. The news media report only the most egregious shootings, such as murders of innocent bystanders, including infants and a teenager just back from President Obama’s Second Inaugural.
Why has Chicago, which brags as having the toughest gun control in the country, pled for federal law enforcement assistance?
Gun-control laws are failing to curb daily shootings. Police lack control of the streets, as Mexican and black criminal gangs control neighborhoods. Visitors to Chicago are getting an eyeful, especially those who wander into zones where policemen fear to tread.
I, for one, wanting to revisit my family’s old neighborhood, found my way to an area near the University of Chicago. I was admiring the 1930s yellow-brick home of my childhood, when a police cruiser pulled up and advised me to exit the area, as it was unsafe for me.
I then headed to the Loop, following Michigan Avenue north of Randolph Street to the Outer Drive, the “Magnificent Mile” that features the Wrigley Building, the Trib Tower, the old water tower, and a parade of high-fashion stores. The area looked prosperous and safe, but on Easter Saturday evening 2013, roving gangs of male and female teenagers descended on the “Magnificent Mile,” bumping, grabbing, molesting, attacking, and shouting expletive-deleted epithets at “whites.”
The police made “many” arrests, but as one native Chicagoan observed, “The arrests are all show. Nothing will be done.” A woman, shopping on the “Mile” with friends, concluded, “It is getting worse every day. Our politicians are so politically correct, the thugs have free reign. Gun control? That’s a laugh.”
One of her companions noted, “Even here, no one is safe. Can you imagine the neighborhoods — this city is a hellhole.” About 20 people gathered around them, seeking protection in numbers. Police officers arrived to assure shoppers that all was well but it was time to leave. Police escorted the women and other groups away from the area, and shoppers were relieved to have the escort.
The evening television news played a video of two women being attacked by minority female teenagers on Chicago’s elevated railway, the historic “L” transit system. The police made arrests that tended to be “all show.”
On April 2, 2013, a Chicago Alderman suggested that “Magnificent Mile” businesses ought to pay for additional police presence. In a sad commentary on Chicago’s crime control, the Alderman ignored the actual cause of the out-of-control youth.
On Easter Sunday, locals at a North Side church commented on the wildness of Chicago youths, many of them minorities. Suggested causes included poor schools, single-parent families, lack of responsibility by young males, political prostitution for votes, an entitlement mentality permeating the nation, criminal-immigrant gang members, political indifference, moral decay, and lack of religion.
A 40-something man spoke up: “Everything you said is true, but even more true is that the same problems face the nation. The greatest nation in the world is now beset with this moral decay and our leaders are afraid to say anything, afraid to be judgmental, afraid to tell what is happening here. We are losing it.”
Just before leaving Chicago, I stopped for a soft drink at a quick-stop shop. My wife was waiting in our rental car, when a woman opened the driver’s side door, entered the car, and attempted to place her key in the ignition. Seeing that a key was already there, she and my wife both reacted with surprise and shock. The woman realized that she was in the wrong car and repeatedly said, “So sorry, Lady,” as she exited. My wife was shook but relieved that it was not a car-jacker.
At Midway Airport, we had allowed an hour and a half to pass through security, not thinking that we were to experience Obama sequestration in full effect. It was Easter weekend. The airport was packed with travelers on their way to visit family; yet the security lanes that started as eight then narrowed to three, causing widespread traveler angst. We barely made our flight.
Why would Chicago, transportation hub of the nation, allow such false economy? Was it a ploy to demonstrate the flaws of sequestration that the president now attempts to blame on Republicans?
It was a sad farewell to the Windy City, where anarchy is surely afoot.
James H. Walsh was associate general counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service from 1983 to 1994. Read more reports from James Walsh — Click Here Now.
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