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As Chicago’s religious leaders demand his resignation, Rahm Emanuel promotes faith and family

As Chicago’s religious leaders demand his resignation, Rahm Emanuel promotes faith and family

The anti-God, anti-family left is livid. Of course.

Faith and family are two pillars of American culture that Democrats have worked for decades to undermine, so imagine my surprise when I read Obama’s former White House Chief of Staff and current Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel making an argument for stronger faith and family values.

The left, of course, is livid and think he’s “blaming the victims” of the rampant violence that many parts of Chicago experience on a daily basis.  Perhaps they needn’t be, however, as the cynic in me wonders if this isn’t a geared response to the massive protests organized by pastors from Chicago’s South and West sides.

Violence in Chicago is well-known, if not paid much attention by the national media.  Just last night, a “peace picnic” in Chicago turned violent as three people were shot and one was beaten.

In the wake of widespread poverty and violence, organizers from Chicago’s black communities like Reverend Gregory Livingston and Reverend Ira Acre have been protesting Emanuel, calling on him to resign, for months.

Watch these reports:

Protesters in the above segment are so desperate for relief that they are calling on President Trump for help and offering their support for him as they blast Emanuel for “caring more about illegal immigrants” than Chicago’s black communities.

Emanuel is now coming under fire for arguing for the power of faith and family values in minority communities.

Fox News reports:

After one particularly violent weekend earlier this month when more than 70 people were shot, Emanuel deflected questions about police staffing and strategy. Instead, he ignited a firestorm when he said there needs to be a politically incorrect conversation about character and values.

“This may not be politically correct,” he said, “but I know the power of what faith and family can do. … Our kids need that structure. … I am asking … that we also don’t shy away from a full discussion about the importance of family and faith helping to develop and nurture character, self-respect, a value system and a moral compass that allows kids to know good from bad and right from wrong.”

He added: “If we’re going to solve this … we’ve got to have a real discussion. … Parts of the conversation cannot be off-limits because it’s not politically comfortable. … We are going to discuss issues that have been taboo in years past because they are part of the solution. … We also have a responsibility to help nurture character. It plays a role. Our kids need that moral structure in their lives. And we cannot be scared to have this conversation.”

Critics quickly called him out for what they dubbed tone-deaf comments, in which he seemed to be blaming the victims.


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Emanuel just made a slip of the tongue. Not to worry.

Maybe if Chicago Police cars were retrofitted to broadcast the National Anthem instead of the sound of a siren all fleeing criminals would stop and take a knee. Apprehension would be a snap.

DieJustAsHappy | August 19, 2018 at 4:56 pm

The FoxNews Analyst Gianno Caldwell stated that the people are “hungry for safety.” From the remarks of some of those interviewed, it’s more like they’re starving for protection and well-being.

I like the remark by Rep. LaShawn K. Ford (D), Illinois State Representative, who stated, “Not everyone believes that Chicago is a Trump-free zone.”

G. de La Hoya | August 19, 2018 at 5:10 pm

I wonder if Deadfish Emanuel is realizing that the governmental assisted, inner city, reservations are proving to be a failure of the socialism that his party espouses 🙂

    Drug Prohibition is socialism for criminals. Says Milton Friedman.

    Failure? It is a rousing success.

    I do like strong conservative values.

    “Government SAVE us. We are being attacked by plants.”

He wanted to dedicate his life to destroying the NRA but Weinstein already has dibs.

In the 60s, MLK Jr. had a meeting with Richard Daley Sr. to discuss Chicago’s civil rights problem. MLK threatened all the usual boycotts, etc. and Daley sat there, shaking his head in agreement. He said everything supportive he could, just short of promising specific action.

In the end, nothing was done. Daley was just bullshitting MLK and had no intention of lifting a finger to change the corrupt Chicago system.

Given that this behavior has a long tradition in Chicago, what do you think the odds are that Rahm has turned over a new leaf?

HONESTLY hope Trump doesn’t send anyone, unless it’s the Army. Let the people of Chicago figure this out for themselves, it would be a great example for every other failed Democrat city. Maybe they’ll lynch Emanuel and leave his body swinging on a flag pole….time to get off the plantation. The ‘master’ can’t take care of y’all no more…that was 150 years ago.

I hope that Trump takes up Mr. Ford’s request, goes into d’town Chicago, and speaks about what might be done to make the city safer. It would blow the Left’s narrative of a “racist” Trump out of the water, and maaybe even turn Illinois red.

    Eric R. in reply to Kepha H. | August 20, 2018 at 10:30 am

    I’d actually be surprised if Mr. Ford doesn’t get a call from Trump. Trump – and more importantly, the Democrats – know that he is gaining ground among black voters, and black politicians like Ford need no longer be afraid to be seen with him.

    Prison reform and drug legalization/decrmininalization are two areas where the President can gain ground with black voters without losing his base.

DieJustAsHappy | August 19, 2018 at 5:21 pm

Of note is that all five Chicago pro sports teams – Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox – are supporting a youth program called “Choose 2 Change.” The “mission is investing in public safety: to get kids therapy and mentoring before they commit violence.” Give credit where it is due.

    Dr. Lonny Shavelson found that 70% of female heroin addicts were sexually abused in childhood.

    Addiction is a symptom of PTSD. Look it up.

    And the way to fix this? Make war on these people. They deserve it.

    Arminius in reply to DieJustAsHappy. | August 20, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    I don’t see what credit is due. This will be just another failed program that won’t make a dent in Chicago’s skyrocketing crime rate. Like midnight basketball, and frankly I see this has the potential to make things worse. “We have communities that haven’t been invested in?”. No, we’ve poured billions into these money pits. Throwing money at problems like this turns it into just another entitlement program. Frankly, it doesn’t matter much what race, ethnicity you’re talking about. Charities like this go through three phases. First, people are grateful for the help (but certainly not always, as a quick look in and around dumpsters in Spain or Calais will demonstrate as the “refugees” throw away donated clothing and blankets), then they learn to expect it, and finally they demand it as a right (Brixton riots, anyone?). But the people funding the show will feel really good about themselves.

      Arminius in reply to Arminius. | August 20, 2018 at 8:20 pm

      Seriously, why should anyone “Choose2Change” when they’re also being told that the cause of their pathologies are the rich people who refuse to “invest” in their “communities.”

      My idea of community doesn’t include street gangs using large summer gatherings as shooting galleries so that 1) the targeted gangbanger can use them for cover and 2) the other gangbangers don’t care and shoot anyway and 3) the shooters can use the confusion and mayhem they cause to blend in and make their getaways and 4) then everyone gets reminded that “snitches get stitches” and they abide by the gang code.

      The bottom line is I consider this a joke. A bad joke, but still a joke. Again, why should anyone “Choose2Change” when the message they’re getting it’s really the unfair world that needs to change?

      DieJustAsHappy in reply to Arminius. | August 20, 2018 at 8:37 pm

      Who knows how many lives and in what manner they might be impacted. Do you know? I don’t. I do know that some of the simplest kindnesses when I was a child and youth came to me as an adult, often when I was of the greatest need of them. However, there is even more.

      Any number of professional athletes are involved in and support programs oriented to helping aiding youth who are in circumstances not of their own making. Of course, we hear more about kneelers then those attempting to have a positive influence on their community.

      Your cynicism is duly noted. And, given that there seem to be so much going Hades in a hand-basket it’s understandable. I wrestle with bout of it from time to time. However, when I learn of programs, such as the Choose2Change one, I find it inspiring that there are those who attempting to effect a positive change even when their leaders have failed them.

JusticeDelivered | August 19, 2018 at 5:21 pm

They need to be talking about hands on parenting, where children are more less continuously taught and guided, that and change in culture.

    Well of course. Hands on parenting.


    The best way to get that is to put fathers in jail.

    Look, we understood we couldn’t make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue…that we couldn’t resist it.” – John Ehrlichman, White House counsel to President Nixon on the rationale of the War on Drugs.

How STUPID are the minority ‘leaders’ in Chicago to continue to tolerate this malignant clown?

Well, not that stupid: they’re on the payroll.

    I can not fathom how people can vote for these democrats. It is by me. Total disconnect. Beyond my comprehension.

      How can they vote for Democrats? The alternative is Republicans.

      Drug Prohibition is socialism for criminals. Says Milton Friedman.

      And people wonder why America has so many criminals.

      I guess they don’t teach 1920 to 1933 American history any more.

        Elzorro in reply to MSimon. | August 20, 2018 at 9:37 am

        Both options are bad but the D option is worse. They are much further down the wrong road. No matter how far down the wrong road you go, always turn back.

Hope he does not get his Tutu in a bind.

amatuerwrangler | August 19, 2018 at 7:33 pm

Hmmm. Let’s take a peek at My, my, my. For the week of 8/12 through 8/18 we have 78 folks shot, 7 fatally. For the year 2018 there is someone murdered every 15 hours.

    Chicago is having an old fashioned Prohibition War.

    We have no idea how to fix such problems.

    Look, we understood we couldn’t make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue…that we couldn’t resist it.” – John Ehrlichman, White House counsel to President Nixon on the rationale of the War on Drugs.

Patriotism used to be the last refuge of a scoundrel. Now it appears that religion is.

“This is really ridiculous. I don’t care who you are or where you’re at. Nobody is safe from this kind of madness going on out here in the streets,” stated Marvin Edwards of 100 Men Standing.

From LBJ’s ‘Great Society’ program in the 1960’s the Democrat Party has denied and rebuked the idea that family is the most important element in creating a functioning society.

The Democrat Party, the media and academia have effectively propagandized the nation with the unending drum beat that it’s a fetus, not life, that’s it’s a choice, not human life. The Democrat Party, Academia and the Media have belittled the notion of civic virtue and personal responsibility. They replaced those values with the notion that, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’

No – it takes parents who understand that their first and foremost responsibility is to parent their children, that is, to provide them with the values and discipline to become adults.

Their mantra and their legislation has been to absolve men of their duty to provide for the care and well-being of their children and the women who bear these children into this world. The result are young people who have no values – no respect for human life, no respect for their neighbors, no respect for themselves.

Oprah Winfrey, a Chicago native, made a fils a number of years ago – ‘Waiting to Exhale’. One of the characters in the film gave birth to a child and she had no husband. The mother decided to keep the child and raise it on her own. What would have made this film memorable, instead of crap, would have been to examine the mother’s motivation. This mother has obligated an infant with the responsibility to love this woman.

This motivation amplifies another Progressive value – life is about my fulfillment.