WASHINGTON, January 11, 2017 — Chicago hasn’t seen a Republican mayor since the rein of William “Big Bill” Thompson ended in 1931. Its gun-related death rate hit the 700 mark at 6:20 a.m. on November 30. Chicago’s unemployment rate stands at 6.5 percent compared to the nation’s 4.7. Its public-employee pensions—coupled with those of Cook County—have saddled Chicagoans with a staggering debt of $65 billion.
All this made the “city of big shoulders” a fitting venue for President Barack Obama’s adieu to a traumatized America.
“Hello Chicago,” said Obama, “It’s good to be home!”
Looking at the dysfunction surrounding him, the president said, “Now this is where I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved, and they get engaged, and they come together to demand it … I still believe that. And it’s not just my belief. It’s the beating heart of our American idea—our bold experiment in self-government.”
The last election should have been a teachable moment for the president, the media, and other members of Obama’s cult of personality.
In November, nearly three million voters, mostly Californians and New Yorkers, ran face first into one of the constitutional brick walls preventing a regional monopoly on power: the Electoral College.
America was never meant to be a primitive democracy in the mold of ancient Greece. “Such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths,” wrote the father of the U.S. Constitution, James Madison.
What Madison said of ancient, democratic Athens applies to Obama’s Democrat-run Chicago.
America was founded on one preeminent principle: The rights of the individual must be preserved against the heated demands of political demagogues and the democratic mob.
The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are designed to do just that.
In his speech, Obama said that he “reversed a great recession,” rebooted “our auto industry, and unleash[ed] the longest stretch of job creation in our history.”
That characteristic moment of narcissism harkens back to the egocentric flap-doodle Obama spouted during his acceptance speech after winning his party’s presidential nomination. He described his apotheosis as “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”
Consider that while reading a small portion of George Washington’s presidential farewell address, “I am unconscious of intentional error, I am nevertheless too sensible of my defects not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors.”
With the 115th Congress gearing up to dismantle the error of Obamacare, and Donald Trump chomping at the bit to rescind his predecessor’s mountain of business-stifling regulations and executive orders on immigration, the outgoing chief executive isn’t likely to have much of a legacy very soon.
That legacy includes an 11 percent spike in the nation’s murder rate in 2015, with the petri dish of political corruption and race-baiting community organizers, Chicago, leading the nation in mindless killings.
The New York Times noted, “Nationally, homicide rates are still much lower than they were in the 1990s.” In other words, incidents of murder continue to fall in fly-over country, which rejected Hillary Clinton and came to the polls in droves for fear she would continue Obama’s brand of Chicago-style politics, with its racial strife, economic deprivation and threat to life and limb.
“I am asking you to believe,” said a weeping Obama to weeping Chicagoans, “Not in my ability to bring about change—but yours.”
Outside Chicagoland, a dried-eyed and joyful America did exactly that.