Mayor Daley Had It Right
Our world today is in a complete downward spiral. I'm not going to get into the politics, or reasons for the current mess, we all have our opinions, and I'm not going to change anyone's mind by sharing mine today. We have record numbers of our family and neighbors dying from a virus out of control with nothing being done to contain it and nothing on the horizon for many months.
We have more people out of work than any time since the great depression and no opportunity for that to change in the foreseeable future. The police are trying their best to maintain law and order while too many of them are the most lawless of all.
Young people are marching in the street for change that is long overdue, and working to make this a better country, just like many of us did when we were young. Sports are being cancelled because we can't keep our athletes safe, and when we do, they can't stay inside like they are supposed to do.
So, it is not surprising that in the middle of all this, and more, there are groups of people who are taking advantage of the chaos and confusion by committing arson and looting while the police have their attention diverted to other issues.
These punk gangs and ne'er do wells are finding easy pickings in our cities as they smash windows, loot stores, and set them on fire, all because they feel they are entitled to take what isn't theirs, and then ruin the livelihoods of innocent people.
There is nobody lower on the totem pole of life than looters and arsonists. The businesses they attack, generally, have nothing to do with the reason for any of the protests to begin with, and yet they are compelled to destroy these business for their own amusement.
I literally get sick to my stomach when I see this happening as I think of the business owners who have worked insane hours, and invested their life savings into their business, only to have some asswipe break in and steal everything in the store because they don't want to get a job, or put in the time and energy to earn a living themselves.
The great Mayor Richard J. Daley, in 1968, as the city was burning after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., issued this directive to his chief of Police.
As Chicago is once again the center of world attention because of people completely out of control and taking what doesn't belong to them, current Mayor, Lori Lightfoot, might consider issuing the same directive. It will only take doing it one time to get everyone's attention.