Real Democrats aren't afraid of leaving the vote up to the people. And that is why Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the other oligarchs will never be confused with being as such. You see what "our Democrats" do is deny the public their right to weigh in on matters of public importance by using a bullshit procedural maneuver which hides or ties them up in a Rules Committee. And just like that Rahm Emanuel screws voters out of a referendum allowing them to elect their own school board.
And that, my friends, is why the Status Quo doesn't, and can't, change.
I don't know what it is about being the Mayor of Chicago, but they sure seem to act more like Fascist Dictators than Democratically Elected Public Officials. As a matter of fact, it seems as if there are quite a few Fascists running this state and I think we can deduce who they are very easily by the political fiefdoms they have carved out for themselves.
But I have to tell you something, I think any politician who acts like Fascist should meet the same fate Mussolini did. Unfortunately I don't think that will happen anytime soon since we are, after all, living in a civil society. Then again, maybe our civil society should consider the bringing back of "the Public Stocks" (like they had in Colonial Times). Of course we would have to modify that some to make sure it is not construed as being cruel and unusual punishment. So NO physical abuse or tickling of feet by passers by. It will just have to be a public shaming in a public square (heckling and hissing encouraged).
Of course that's won't happen but hell we sure can dream can't we?
Hey maybe Guantanamo?
Okay, okay I will get serious here now. If there is one thing that the Ukraine Uprisings should have taught us all is that the ideals of "We The People" are a sacred thing in a Democracy, especially when it is own Constitutional Democracy. But all too often we see that the people are being abused by the very people they have elected to public office. Not only that, those that we elect have also rigged the system so that once they get in - it hard to rid ourselves of them because of the political gamesmanship and Gerry-mandering.
But don't kid yourselves, what the Ukrainian People did was 100% correct. They had had enough and took to the streets to take it back. Yeah it is unfortunate that it has led to problems in the Crimea or that there is a question whether or not the current Parliament is legitimate or not (personally I think it is but that's my opinion). Still - power vacuum or not - the people did right to want to take their government back from those who preferred corruption over that of good government.
And just ask yourself something - is it wrong for them to want freedom after years of oppression? Or that they want a job or a stable economy? I don't think so and guess what? How is Illinois any different right now when it comes to the corruption, nepotism, cronyism, high unemployment and failing infrastructure? Quite frankly, Illinois and the Ukraine have many similarities if you think about it and the common denominator is the corruption and the suppression of people's personal rights and liberties.
Think about that the next time our shameless Illinois Legislature enacts a law which protects our political scumbags from being accountable! And if you think I'm being harsh here, well then so be it. But when politicians pervert the Constitution and twist laws to protect their own corrupt behavior then we aren't exactly living in the same Constitutional Democracy we thought we were.
Matter of fact, we haven't been living in one for a long time now. Whether it be Chicago or the State of Illinois - democracy has been slowly taken away from the people by nefarious machine politicians who have carved-up one thing after another. And one particular and galling carve-up involves the raising of our taxes while career politicians serve as agents for their largest campaign contributors in order to have their taxes reduced or avoid paying their fair share. Don't believe me? Well, just ask Alderman Edward Burke, just one of the many machine offenders engaged in that scam!
Look conflicts of interest abound in Chicago (Illinois) Politics and it involves those in the highest levels of government. Yet they see nothing wrong with it and neither does a State's Attorney who refuses to launch an investigation into any of them. Instead, all we get is their bullshit spiel that they are part-time lawmakers and should be allowed to use their influence in personal business as lawyers and/or lobbyists without being restrained.
But hey if The People want to take some control over their own destiny or have a hand in local politics, well faster than you can say zip-a-Dee-doo-dah they get a quicker than quick Vladimir Putin-like Nyet. Or they will do what Rahm Emanuel and his allies did - they pull the ultimate deception by burying the measure in committee using whatever superfluous rule allowing them to do so.
When it comes to controlling Education in the City of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel has acted like the ultimate Fascist Dictator. He wants to be the Grand Pooh-bah and maintain total control over the schools and its board. Emanuel also likes to perpetuate the myth that charter schools in the City of Chicago are vastly superior or outperforming the Public Schools (although I will give him that there are a couple) overall they are NOT! And if the truth be told that hasn't been substantiated nationwide according to Forbes and Stanford University.
And let there be more truth - Chicago's Tax Increment Financing Districts (TIF's), like Chicago Charter Schools, are more scam than not. And the sooner you know and understand what's behind them the better off we will all be.
So please folks, understand that in the State of Illinois, and Chicago in particular - Democrats Are Not Your Friends! Look, I know you would like to believe that they are, after all they hand out the right "buzz words" like flies on shit but they certainly have not acted like they have nor have they shown any inclination to uphold the ideals of the Democratic Party.
Hey I used to be a staunch Democrat until I saw and felt what their actions meant to an Average Joe like me. And if you can't admit to yourselves that whenever the hard choices have to be made it involves programs for the poor or working class that are the first to go rather than close the spigot for their own gains - well, then you have not paid attention one bit.
As I said in the first paragraph, Real Democrats are not afraid to "leave it up to the people." It really is as simple as that. And given Chicago's overwhelming majority that should be a no-brainer. So why aren't they? Don't they think the people are smart enough or trust them? And why are they constantly taking away more of our right's and liberties or imposing Nanny and Sin Taxes or just being Big Brother in general?
Well it really is pretty simple folks - they are all "Fu$kers or Fakers," whichever word it was that Da Boss Richard J. Daley shouted out to Senator Abe Ribicoff during the 1968 Democratic Convention. Although it has also been reported that what Da Boss really said was "Fuck you, you Jew son of a bitch, you lousy mother-fucker, go home."
So it just goes to show you that even as far back as then all we have really had around here were politicians masquerading as Democrats. But like Ribicoff said "how hard it is to accept the truth." And truth tells us all we have been given are more of Medusa's Snakes. They slither here, there and everywhere all the while procreating and handing us all the next generation of snakes to bestow the Crown of Nepotism upon.
This is what our politics have been and remains to be!
And that, folks, isn't anything near being a Democrat!
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