The city of Chicago was once one of the greatest achievements in American society. It was a center of commerce, culture, and industry, long before the liberal darkness swept across the land.
After prohibition’s ill-gotten gains became the foundation of wealth in the Windy City, Chicago never truly returned to it’s freedom-centric roots. In place of enterprising Americans, the Illinois metropolis became a breeding ground for liberalism and globalism, thanks in no small part to politicians such as Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama, the latter becoming President and the former apparently tucking his tail and scurrying away from the war-torn city.
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Emanuel said in a statement released by his office that being mayor “has been the job of a lifetime, but it is not a job for a lifetime.” The Chicago Tribune says he had already raised more than $10 million for another run for a four-year term.
Emanuel, 58, was a Democratic congressman and chief of staff to President Barack Obamabefore becoming mayor in 2011. He followed Richard M. Daley, who was mayor for more than 20 years. His won a second term in a 2015 runoff.
His surprise announcement comes the day before the start of one of the biggest police-shooting trials in the history of Chicago — the murder trial of police officer Jason Van Dyke. The release of a dashcam video two years ago of the white officer shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014 drew the sharpest criticism of Emanuel in his two terms as mayor.
Chicago, colloquially known as “Chiraq”, has been suffering from one of the worst outbreaks of gang violence in American history, stemming from an ill fated 1982 decision to ban handguns in the city. This led to a strengthening of the criminal element of the city, while disarming those good samaritans who would have kept the crooks in check.
This could also lead to speculation that Emanuel will be throwing his hat in the ring for the 2020 presidential election, but, given his ties to the shadiest, windiest city on the planet, that would be ill-advised.