Obama’s chickens coming home to roost as he gives Chicago farewell address

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Obama's chickens coming home to roost as he gives Chicago farewell address

[cap­tion id=“attachment_94162” align=“alignright” width=“255”] Chicago’s Grant Park, where Obama gave his vic­tory speech[/caption]

By John Ruberry

On the Sun­day after the 911 attacks, Jere­miah Wright, then Obama’s pas­tor, bel­lowed, “God d – n Amer­ica” and “America’s chick­ens are com­ing home to roost” from the pul­pit of his Chicago church.

Two nights from now Pres­i­dent Barack Obama will give his farewell address in Chicago, his adopted home­town. The Hawaii-​born 44th pres­i­dent moved to Chicago a year after grad­u­at­ing from col­lege where he worked, with at best mixed suc­cess, as a com­mu­nity orga­nizer on the Far South Side. It’s an area still beset by vio­lence and poverty with no hope of a turn­around thirty years after Obama left that post so he could attend Har­vard law school.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_61418” align=“alignleft” width=“208”] Ayers and Dohrn Chicago home[/caption]

It was in 1996 Chicago where Obama launched his polit­i­cal career. One of his first cam­paign stops – per­haps his first–was at the home of his friends, unre­pen­tant Weather Under­ground ter­ror­ists Bill Ayers and Bernar­dine Dohrn. Eight years later another Chicagoan, state Sen­ate Pres­i­dent Emil Jones Jr, put Obama’s name on some key bills that bol­stered his lib­eral cre­den­tials. Obama scored a sur­prise win in the Demo­c­ra­tic US Sen­ate pri­mary, and after the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee imploded, he eas­ily won in the gen­eral election.

You know the rest of the story.

How­ever, Obama was not a slam-​dunk in the 2008 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion against John McCain – what we now call the Great Reces­sion sealed the deal – and Amer­ica elected its first black president.

Chicago is still recov­er­ing from the ’08 eco­nomic col­lapse. Of the nation’s 35-​largest cities, Chicago has the largest per­cent­age of under­wa­ter home mort­gages.Two years ago Chicago enacted its largest prop­erty tax hike in his­tory, the impe­tus for it was to pay for under­funded munic­i­pal pen­sion funds. What does this have to do with Obama? Chicago hasn’t had a Repub­li­can mayor since 1931, Obama is the most hyper-​partisan pres­i­dent in mem­ory. Along the White House ride for Obama was Valerie Jar­rett, his senior advi­sor and “Berlin Wall,” the for­mer slum­lord was a deputy chief of staff for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. It’s Daley, not his suc­ces­sor, for­mer Obama White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, who bears the respon­si­bil­ity for the Chicago pen­sion deba­cle. But Chicago’s gen­er­ous munic­i­pal pen­sions are polit­i­cal pay­back for public-​sector unions, who’ve been an arm of the Demo­c­ra­tic Party in all but name for decades.

Obama has always been very cozy gov­ern­ment labor unions.

Two years ago – under Emanuel’s watch – Moody’s down­graded Chicago’s bonds, and those of Chicago Pub­lic Schools and the Chicago Park Dis­trict to junk. Other rat­ing ser­vices haven’t fol­lowed suit yet, but they absolutely don’t view Chicago favorably.

Chicago’s pop­u­la­tion is at it low­est level in 100 years.

Chicagoans pay the nation’s high­est sales tax rate.

Chick­ens.

Last year at least 762 peo­ple were mur­dered in Chicago – an appalling 57 per­cent increase over the year before. Chicago suf­fered more killings than New York City and Los Ange­les – com­bined. One of the rea­sons cited for the soar­ing mur­der rate was Rahm Emanuel’s inept han­dling of the shoot­ing of unarmed black teen Laquan McDon­ald–with six­teen bul­lets – by a white cop, all of which has com­pelled Chicago Police offi­cers to use less aggres­sive law enforce­ment tac­tics. Chicago is a hotbed for Black Lives Mat­ter activists. The out­go­ing pres­i­dent has been sup­port­ive of this rad­i­cal group, which deems racist the state­ment All Lives Matter.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_82529” align=“alignleft” width=“243”] Near where the Face­book attack occurred[/caption]

That leads to last week’s racist atroc­ity in Chicago, the tor­tur­ing of a white spe­cial needs man–thirty min­utes of which was streamed live on Face­book – by four blacks in the East Garfield Park neigh­bor­hood on the West Side. The vic­tim was bound, gagged, beaten, slashed, forced to drink toi­let water, and coerced to say “F – k Don­ald Trump” and “F – k white people.”

Two months ear­lier in another West Side neigh­bor­hood a white man was pulled from his car and bru­tally beaten by four blacks. That attack was cap­tured on video, the assailants screamed, “You voted Trump” and “Beat his a – .” While the vic­tim was indeed a Trump voter – yes, there are a few in Illi­nois besides me – he told author­i­ties that there was no way the thugs could have known that. There was no Trump bumper sticker on his car – he was white and that was enough provo­ca­tion for these creeps.

Obama’s chick­ens – and those of Chicago Democ­rats – have come home to roost.

Our col­lec­tivist pres­i­dent has prac­ticed iden­tity pol­i­tics for his entire adult life. which for the most part means race pol­i­tics. Us ver­sus them. And as a col­lec­tivist Obama has appointed him­self as the sav­ior to put the pieces back together.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_61593” align=“alignright” width=“193”] Chicago’s North­west Side[/caption]

But break­ing things is much eas­ier than putting them back together.

Some final thoughts.

As a pub­lic ser­vice I am rec­om­mend­ing that if you are plan­ning to attend Chicago’s McCormick Place address, please use pub­lic trans­porta­tion. I’ve been for­tu­nate enough to visit 45 of our 50 states. With the excep­tion of Detroit, the worst-​maintained streets and roads I’ve encoun­tered are in Chicago. And while you’re dri­ving around pot­holes and crevices, please beware of Chicago’s ubiq­ui­tous red light and speed­ing cam­eras. An astound­ing 1.9 mil­lion traf­fic cam­era tick­ets were issued between 2010 and 2015. Chicago has 2.7 mil­lion or so res­i­dents. Most of those tick­ets were writ­ten while Emanuel was mayor.

The for­mer admin­is­tra­tor of Chicago’s traf­fic cam­era pro­gram is serv­ing a ten-​year prison sen­tence for accept­ing bribes.

Some­one needs to come up with a mis­ery index for big cities like Chicago, which should include such items as cor­rup­tion, low high school grad­u­a­tion rates, unfunded pen­sion oblig­a­tions, red light cam­eras, crum­bling infra­struc­ture, pop­u­la­tion loss, taxes, and yes of course, crime.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_54680” align=“alignright” width=“206”] John “Lee” Ruberry[/caption]

Per­haps Aus­tan Gools­bee, Obama’s ami­able pal who is an eco­nom­ics pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­sity of Chicago, can absolve him­self of left­ism and get to work on this much-​needed project.

Thank God I left Chicago for the sub­urbs nearly two decades ago.

And Obama, at least for now, won’t live in Chicago after he moves out of White House next week. He’ll prob­a­bly only return to visit his pres­i­den­tial library.

John Ruberry is a fifth-​generation Chicago area res­i­dent who writes the Marathon Pun­dit blog. The Chicago Con­ven­tion and Tourism Board had no input in com­pos­ing this blog entry.

Chicago’s Grant Park, where Obama gave his victory speech

By John Ruberry

On the Sunday after the 9/11 attacks, Jeremiah Wright, then Obama’s pastor, bellowed, “God d–n America” and “America’s chickens are coming home to roost” from the pulpit of his Chicago church.

Two nights from now President Barack Obama will give his farewell address in Chicago, his adopted hometown. The Hawaii-born 44th president moved to Chicago a year after graduating from college where he worked, with at best mixed success, as a community organizer on the Far South Side. It’s an area still beset by violence and poverty with no hope of a turnaround thirty years after Obama left that post so he could attend Harvard law school.

Ayers and Dohrn Chicago home

It was in 1996 Chicago where Obama launched his political career. One of his first campaign stops–perhaps his first–was at the home of his friends, unrepentant Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Eight years later another Chicagoan, state Senate President Emil Jones Jr, put Obama’s name on some key bills that bolstered his liberal credentials. Obama scored a surprise win in the Democratic US Senate primary, and after the Republican nominee imploded, he easily won in the general election.

You know the rest of the story.

However, Obama was not a slam-dunk in the 2008 presidential election against John McCain–what we now call the Great Recession sealed the deal–and America elected its first black president.

Chicago is still recovering from the ’08 economic collapse. Of the nation’s 35-largest cities, Chicago has the largest percentage of underwater home mortgages.Two years ago Chicago enacted its largest property tax hike in history, the impetus for it was to pay for underfunded municipal pension funds. What does this have to do with Obama? Chicago hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1931, Obama is the most hyper-partisan president in memory. Along the White House ride for Obama was Valerie Jarrett, his senior advisor and “Berlin Wall,” the former slumlord was a deputy chief of staff for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. It’s Daley, not his successor, former Obama White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, who bears the responsibility for the Chicago pension debacle. But Chicago’s generous municipal pensions are political payback for public-sector unions, who’ve been an arm of the Democratic Party in all but name for decades.

Obama has always been very cozy government labor unions. 

Two years ago–under Emanuel’s watch–Moody’s downgraded Chicago’s bonds, and those of Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Park District to junk. Other rating services haven’t followed suit yet, but they absolutely don’t view Chicago favorably.

Chicago’s population is at it lowest level in 100 years.

Chicagoans pay the nation’s highest sales tax rate.

Chickens.

Last year at least 762 people were murdered in Chicago–an appalling 57 percent increase over the year before. Chicago suffered more killings than New York City and Los Angeles–combined. One of the reasons cited for the soaring murder rate was Rahm Emanuel’s inept handling of the shooting of unarmed black teen Laquan McDonald–with sixteen bullets–by a white cop, all of which has compelled Chicago Police officers to use less aggressive law enforcement tactics. Chicago is a hotbed for Black Lives Matter activists. The outgoing president has been supportive of this radical group, which deems racist the statement All Lives Matter.

Near where the Facebook attack occurred

That leads to last week’s racist atrocity in Chicago, the torturing of a white special needs man–thirty minutes of which was streamed live on Facebook–by four blacks in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. The victim was bound, gagged, beaten, slashed, forced to drink toilet water, and coerced to say “F–k Donald Trump” and “F–k white people.”

Two months earlier in another West Side neighborhood a white man was pulled from his car and brutally beaten by four blacks. That attack was captured on video, the assailants screamed, “You voted Trump” and “Beat his a–.” While the victim was indeed a Trump voter–yes, there are a few in Illinois besides me–he told authorities that there was no way the thugs could have known that. There was no Trump bumper sticker on his car–he was white and that was enough provocation for these creeps.

Obama’s chickens–and those of Chicago Democrats–have come home to roost.

Our collectivist president has practiced identity politics for his entire adult life. which for the most part means race politics. Us versus them. And as a collectivist Obama has appointed himself as the savior to put the pieces back together.

Chicago’s Northwest Side

But breaking things is much easier than putting them back together.

Some final thoughts.

As a public service I am recommending that if you are planning to attend Chicago’s McCormick Place address, please use public transportation. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit 45 of our 50 states. With the exception of Detroit, the worst-maintained streets and roads I’ve encountered are in Chicago. And while you’re driving around potholes and crevices, please beware of Chicago’s ubiquitous red light and speeding cameras. An astounding 1.9 million traffic camera tickets were issued between 2010 and 2015. Chicago has 2.7 million or so residents. Most of those tickets were written while Emanuel was mayor.

The former administrator of Chicago’s traffic camera program is serving a ten-year prison sentence for accepting bribes.

Someone needs to come up with a misery index for big cities like Chicago, which should include such items as corruption, low high school graduation rates, unfunded pension obligations, red light cameras, crumbling infrastructure, population loss, taxes, and yes of course, crime.

John “Lee” Ruberry

Perhaps Austan Goolsbee, Obama’s amiable pal who is an economics professor at the University of Chicago, can absolve himself of leftism and get to work on this much-needed project.

Thank God I left Chicago for the suburbs nearly two decades ago.

And Obama, at least for now, won’t live in Chicago after he moves out of White House next week. He’ll probably only return to visit his presidential library.

John Ruberry is a fifth-generation Chicago area resident who writes the Marathon Pundit blog. The Chicago Convention and Tourism Board had no input in composing this blog entry.