When Rahm Emanuel returned to Chicago after his stint as White House Chief of Staff, he was welcomed as a conquering hero.
There was a new sheriff in town.
The city’s gangbangers were thrilled. They threw a party and turned Emanuel’s city into a shooting gallery. Gun violence in Chicago soared.
Perhaps they saw him as a community organizer. Perhaps they saw him as a man who would feel their pain. They certainly saw weakness that was ripe for exploiting.
Mayor Rahm could only respond with the usual liberal pieties. In a city that had some of the most stringent gun control laws in the nation he announced that gun control laws would control the violence.
Like his former boss Emanuel is in over his head. Clueless about how to stop the violence he accepted Louis Farrakhan’s offer to help police the streets.
Rahm’s Chicago values allow him to embrace one of the nation’s most virulent anti-Semites. And they allow him to provide official sanction for an operation that will proselytize the thought of Louis Farrakhan and will recruit young people into the Nation of Islam.
At the same time Mayor Emanuel was showing how tough he is by standing up to the threat posed by a restaurant chain called Chick–fil-A.
The restaurant chain wants to open a new restaurant in Chicago. Rahm is against the plan and promises to use his considerable powers to block it.
Don’t you ever think that Rahm Emanuel is not tough on crime!
His reason: Chick-fil-A’s president, Dan Cathy opposes same-sex marriage. As a good Christian, Cathy believes that marriage is always between a man and a woman.
The mayor of Boston had recently made similar threats. He was quickly informed that his actions would be a stark violation of First Amendment freedom of speech.
Even the ACLU is defending Chick-fil-A.
Perhaps Emanuel wanted to show everyone where Chicago’s gangbangers got the idea that bullying was acceptable behavior….
As for the substance of his argument: until a decade or so ago every human being who has ever lived on the planet has understood that the institution of marriage involves a man and a woman.
Now, prominent liberal politicians have decided that anyone who holds to this opinion is a contemptible bigot and must be shunned.
No one is less liberal minded than today’s liberals.
Keep in mind, Rahm Emanuel is not some fringe leftist kook. He was chief of staff in the Obama White House.
Now what we really need to ask is this: Does Louis Farrakhan support gay marriage? And if he doesn’t, why is he being allowed to recruit on the streets of Chicago?