Funny how one prepares for the afterlife of being Mayor of Chicago. I suppose Richard M. Daley has signaled that he will begin the transition of being the biggest whiner of all, into strictly being an observer of them instead. But, I wonder how long that will last? It is not as if Daley is the most graceful public speaker, although, he has gotten better over the years. Now, I would think that those public relations firms vying for listeners , and the people who are willing to pay to listen to the usual propagandizing, must surely be hoping for him to put his proverbial "foot in the mouth" that he is so well-known for. You see, you just never know what he will say at any given time.
One thing, though is certain. I doubt very seriously that King Richie II will enlighten anyone on how Big City Bosses are able to rule with an iron fist and still keep the majority of underlings happy in the process. And no, don't expect that his lectures will highlight how all the wheeling and dealing happens in smoke-filled back-rooms that our politicians are so famous for either. Besides, if that were to happen, heck, even the Feds would be paying the admission price.
And sure as I am sitting here, that would be the last thing he would ever want. I mean Richard M. Daley has been able to withstand any charges of public corruption over the years, while many in his administration have gotten busted. Thus, there is absolutely no reason for him to talk turkey at this point, is there?
But, it will be interesting to see what the expert lectures will be on. Perhaps it will be on the gun control issue which he has whined about over and over again. He could even offer up a follow-up demonstration of how to ram a bayonet-mounted rifle up the backside of any pesky reporters. Don't we all remember, that not-so-funny moment, when a Chicago Reader reporter had the gall to point out that the Chicago Gun Ban did not deter gangs from wreaking havoc during his time as mayor? Gee, I just hope those attending won't raise the ire. of the soon to be ex-mayor, by asking any silly questions like that. Hmm? That may sell more tickets.
In all seriousness, though. I would think a frank lecture on Chicago Clout, and its proper application, would be well worth an inflated ticket price. But, don't count on it. That is the absolute last thing you should expect to get. He will probably talk about how he favors doing business with the Chinese and their inferior products. It seems to me that his attitude has been, that so long as the Windy City got its fair share of tourism and he got those trips to the Far East, well, then who cares if the Chinese steal U.S. trade secrets, poison our children with cadmium or sell otherwise inferior products. Hey who cares?
Naturally, Daley has been correct, though, when he says that we live in a world of Global Trade and that we must accept it. However, I am one of those that believe that we should expect, and get, a level playing field with our so-called trade partners. And that is something China has not offered us, or the rest of the world, when it comes to their trade policies. It is easy to understand why they buy our debt, isn't it?
At least Richard Daley will now have the extra time to read up on exactly what ethical trade practices are, and hopefully he will advocate for their implementation. But, I guess we will all just have to wait and see on what his speaking topics will be. He could, after all, surprise us. Somehow, though, I don't think that is what will be on his agenda. Remember, Daley has spent a considerable amount of time honing his whining.
And whiners will remain whiners, and boy has Daley perfected that art.
Because he is the biggest whiner of all.