As street violence continues to escalate authorities consider beefing up police presence and possible sending in the military. Baghdad? Kabul? Nope. Chicago, Illinois. Chicago is on track to experience some 500 homicides in 2008. According to police spokesperson, Monique Bond, that would make ‘08 one of the least deadly of the past 40 years. However, when compared to the loss of life among our military in Iraq over the last seven years, Baghdad seems to be the safer of the two cities.
According to an article in the Chicago Tribune Wednesday, Governor Rod Blagojevich met with state police and National Guard officials to discuss the possibility of offering Mayor Richard Daley assistance in curbing the spike in violence that has surged during the spring months. In one weekend Chicago police responded to 36 shootings with nine deaths. More than two dozen Chicago Public School students have been killed in violent incidents since the start of the school year in September. Much of the violence is connected with an increase in gang activity.
The majority of the violence has occurred on Chicago’s South Side where Barack Obama worked from 1985 to 1988 as a Community Organizer and director of the Developing Communities Project. It is also the area he represented in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. One would think that based on the promises he makes as a candidate for President, he would have solved the problems on Chicago’s south side during his seven years as Community Organizer and Senator.
Granted, Chicago had a high level of violence before Obama arrived on the scene, and the level of violence would probably be just as great had he chosen another city as his home base, but that is just the point. In his campaign speeches he referrers back to his experience in Community organizing and his time in the Illinois Senate as the accomplishments qualifying him to be President of the United States. In fact, from some of his speeches you would think he is running for President of the world.
He has promised to cut poverty in half in Africa, bring peace to the Middle East, reinvigorate the United Nations, end International terrorism, stop nuclear proliferation and reverse global warming. He also promises to expand socialist programs to include Pakistan, Africa and other countries struggling with poverty, disease and oppression. These are indeed lofty goals for someone whose efforts to bring about change during seven years of public service in his home state proved to be practically non-existent.