There is just something about a summer holiday weekend in Chicago that brings out the worst in people.
When Brandon Johnson was running for mayor, he promised big changes, but it has just been more of the norm since he took office.
I just cannot help but continue to ask why Biden and Democrats just seem to brush these numbers off, week in and week out, and voters in cities like Chicago are not demanding change.
As this weekend started, over the first 24 hours, there were 15 shootings in the city of Chicago, with four of them resulting in the loss of life.
Two of the four victims were in their 20s, the other in his 30s, and a woman who was 53 were all shot and killed.
This is not an outlier weekend, either, but the norm, and it has been for some time.
Here are some quick stats regarding violence in U.S. cities from the Council on Criminal Justice:
To be fair, there are some downward trends, such as robberies and residential burglaries, which fell by 3.6 and 3.8 percent respectively, but I am more concerned with violent crime numbers, and they are clearly on the rise around the entire country, especially in big cities, which are run, by and large, by Democrats.
When Brandon Johnson took office, he promised voters that he would be addressing these issues with a different approach.
His website states:
“As mayor, I will chart a new strategy for public safety, rather than relying on the same failed approaches that have brought trauma to communities across the city. I will work with police and first responders to invest in community-based interventions that de-escalate conflict, reduce violence and make our neighborhoods safer. I will create an Office of Community Safety, reopen the city’s mental health clinics, fully fund year-round youth employment, and foster partnerships between communities and law enforcement to make critical investments preventing crime before it happens.”
I realize it is a very small sample size since he has taken office, but how long do we have to wait to see improvements?
Of all the candidates in the race, Johnson was arguably the only one more extreme than Lori Lightfoot, and that is who the people of Chicago chose to run their city.
Black-on-black crime is, by far, the highest violent crime statistic we see in big cities, but nobody will talk about it because it is taboo. When you talk about this, you either get excuses or accused of being a racist, so nobody touches it.
When crimes are committed that do not check the proper boxes, the media and Democrats simply ignore them, and black-on-black crime and crime that happens in poor neighborhoods, in general, does not check the proper boxes.
There are some amazing people in these neighborhoods, black, white, Hispanic, etc., that are being held hostage by these murderers, drug dealers, and thugs simply because the Democrats are terrified of losing their grip on minority communities.
The irony in this is if that you have ever attended a town hall in one of the cities, you know that the good, law-abiding residents want a bigger police presence and they want these people taken off the streets, yet they continue vote for Democrats that offer them nothing but radical ideas and broken promises.
I lived in one of these communities in Philadelphia for years, and when I talk to my friends who still live in the area, the reason they often give for not voting Republican tends to be one of two answers:
That, my friends, is the mentality of the left because Democrats have literally brainwashed them about the entire right.
Until we figure out a way to crack that code, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, New York City, and just about every other major city in this country that you can think of will continue to be crime-ridden hellholes where law-abiding citizens are treated like second-class citizens behind illegal immigrants and criminals.
So, let me ask you just one simple question in departing... what have the likes of Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, and Ronna McDaniel done to address this one single issue? The answer is nothing, so I have to ask conservatives, why are all three still holding leadership positions in our party?