Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Daley Decides Stakes Too High; Rahm To Run

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"Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future."
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-Adolph Hitler (Chancellor of the Third Reich, 1933-1945)

Yesterday, Mayor Richard M. Daley announced his decision not to run again for mayor of Chicago, ending a 21-year reign. The move was a shock to many Chicagoans who figured Daley would run for one or two more terms and hand-pick his successor. That successor was widely expected to be Patrick Daley, his son. After all, in the past 60 years, a Daley has been mayor for 42 of those years. In his parting farewell, Daley said, "....Many of you will search to find what is behind my decision. It's simple. I have always believed that every person, especially public officials, must understand when its time to move on. For me that time is now."

At The National Pulse, we agree this decision was a simple one to make for the 68-year old mayor. When you have the choice to go to war or not, the decision-making process is easy for the overmatched.

"The strength of the Democratic Party of Cook County is not something that just happened."
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- Richard J. Daley, (Mayor of Chicago, 1955-1976, on the strength of the Democratic political machine)

The Daley dynasty has long been a subject of Chicago lore. Richard M.'s father, Richard J. Daley, was raised in the Irish neighborhood of Bridgeport to become a big-city mayor and even a huge power broker in national politics. Richard J. was born in 1902, in the shadows of the Union Stockyards, where every day, the cattle were driven down Archer Avenue to their bloody demise. In the first half of the twentieth century, the politics were very local, even tribal. "Da Mare," as he was affectionately called by his throngs of supporters and patronage workers, never lost sight of the neighborhood in which he was raised and lived in a modest bungalow a few blocks from his birth.
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Richard M. grew up in that environment- an atmosphere that understood that the political machine came first. Loyalty to the party could bring great power. Richard J. Daley is famously credited with turning the tide of the 1960 election in favor of the Catholic John F. Kennedy over Richard Nixon. Unfortunately for America, Kennedy was gunned down in the broad daylight of the Lone Star State, after issuing Executive Order 11110, which would have stripped the privately-owned Federal Reserve Bank from loaning money to the federal government at interest. Even after Kennedy's death, Daley remained a heavy in the Democratic Party, having regular conversations with then- Democratic President Lyndon Johnson. The son, Richard M., was elected in 1989 and continued the expansion of employees on the public trough. The junior Daley amassed his own political fortune, hosted the 1996 Democratic convention, and helped transform Chicago into a modern city.

"No enterprise is more likely to succeed than those concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution."
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-Niccolo Machiavelli (Italian Writer, 1469-1527)
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However, that was then and this is now. To astute observers of the machinations of the criminal New World Order, it was clear Daley's time was up. The loss of the Olympic games and the Supreme Court's upholding of the Second Amendment were two punches from which Daley was unlikely to politically recover. The New World Order could not let things like the U.S. Constitution get in the way for their police state plan for America.

Rahm Emanuel let his feelings on the Chicago mayoral position be heard in an April interview with Charlie Rose earlier this year. Emanuel was born in Chicago and still calls it his home, sometimes. He attended summer camp in Israel as a boy and even served the Israeli Army as a civilian volunteer during the 1991 Gulf War. This dual citizenship comes in real handy when evading taxes as was uncovered in 2008. Also, when you envision America to be much like your other homeland of Israel, it is much more rational to propose mandatory military service for all kids (Watch Rahm explain this stupid idea).

In the political world, what Rahm is best known for is being a bully. Not metaphorically- really a bully. This is odd considering he spent much of his youth parading around in tights, holding on to a bar next to a mirror, jumping and prancing. When the Administration most recently jammed health care reform through, Rahm allegedly met a representative in the shower, naked as a jaybird, and threateningly poked him in the chest.

Accustomed to being the man in charge, Daley really did not understand the meaning of Rahm's not-so-subtle hint. Going into the summer, Daley, according to Chicago Sun-times columnist Mark Brown, was hitting on re-election themes, especially during a speech delivered to City of Chicago Club on May 24. Daley doesn't think the people deserve a property tax hike? Alderman Joe Moore was quoted, "I anticipate the Mayor will formally announce at some point his intentions to run for re-election. It certainly sounded like a man intent on staying around a while."

Those intentions ended abruptly when Chicago police officer Michael Bailey, Daley's home guard, was shot dead after his shift, at six in the morning while cleaning his car in front of his house. The press called it an attempted car theft, though no car was taken. The officer's death was grouped and spoken of with other policeman who had been gunned down in recent months. This killing was an obvious assassination, a shooting too well-planned to be the work of gang bangers.

At Bailey's funeral, Police Superintendent Weis was quoted, "If someone is willing to kill a police officer at 6:30 in the morning, wearing a uniform, wearing a gun, think of what they are willing to do to someone who is not wearing a gun. Who's next? We've got to get these people off the streets."
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We agree- just make sure it's the right people.

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