Thursday, June 08, 2023

Chicago: a Shell of a City

The decline of Chicago is truly one of the saddest developments in recent American history.

Chicago was once a world-renowned city and the crown jewel of the American Midwest. Chicago earned its reputation for its industrial capacity, its rich culture, and its city skyline. As Sinatra once sang, “Chicago is my Kind of Town!”

Unfortunately, Chicago is no longer the great city it once was. Rampant crime, laughable political leadership, and hemorrhaging economic opportunity (mainly due to crime) has reduced this once-great city into a shadow of its former self. No wonder ten thousands of people leave Chicago leave Chicago every year. 700 murders a year will do that to a city.

Not only are people leaving Chicago, many major businesses are also packing up to move out their headquarters out of this crime-infested city. Tyson Foods, Boeing, Catepillar, and Citadel are just a few of the major companies that have left Chicago in recent years.

The events in Chicago last weekend encapsulated everything wrong with Chicago. Here is a video of the violent rioting that took place over last weekend:

Simply put, hundreds teens essentially rioted in the Millennium park area of Chicago last Saturday. These violent delinquents torched cars, attacked innocent bystanders, and destroyed local businesses/private property. Little was done to stop this riot from occurring. Based on eyewitness accounts and videos of the riots, the cops didn’t seem to do to stop the rioters from wreaking havoc on the city.

As you can guess, many people were upset about the events that unfolded in Chicago. One of the most disturbing parts of this whole saga came from the Far-left Mayor-elect of Chicago Brandon Johnson. Here is Johnson’s statement regarding Saturday’s events:

In no way do I condone the destructive activity we saw in the Loop and lakefront this weekend. It is unacceptable and has no place in our city. However, it is not constructive to demonize youth who have otherwise been starved of opportunities in their own communities. Our city must work together to create spaces for youth to gather safely and responsibly, under adult guidance and supervision, to ensure that every part of our city remains welcome for both residents and visitors. This is one aspect of my comprehensive approach to improve public safety and make Chicago livable for everyone.

It’s over for Chicago. The soon-to-be Mayor of Chicago is more than happy to excuse criminal behavior as a consequence of a “lack of opportunity”. Give me a break.

The sad reality is that Chicago will not until you have elected officials who will work to fix Chicago’s crime problem. Chicago’s problems are fixable, but there is no political will to end Chicago’s decline. Even after many years of horrible crime, Chicago elected a Far-Left radical, Teacher union-backed candidate (Brandon Johnson) over a pro-police, law candidate (Paul Vallas). You can’t make this stuff up.

Chicago is a shell of its former self, and no one should be happy about the demise of one of America’s greatest cities. Hopefully a strong leader will one day fix the Crime in Chicago. Unfortunately, that day appears far away–especially when you consider Chicago’s recent knack for electing terrible mayors.