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Bryan Preston


February 23, 2013 - 7:09 am

Over at Newsbusters, Mike Bates lays out the facts. Chicago hasn’t elected a Republican mayor for 80 years. Illinois is dominated by Democrats, who tend to leave office straight for prison. There are several Democrats in the state’s legislature under investigation for various offenses right now. So one can make the case that Democrats rule Illinois, they rule Chicago, and they have a culture of ethical lapses. One can also make the case that Democrat policies on law enforcement in Illinois and Chicago have quite a bit to do with the city’s horrific murder rate — more than 500 last year. Whether any of that has played any role in Chicago’s rampant murder rate or not is an argument to be made, but the one argument that cannot be credibly made is that Chicago’s rampant murder rate is Republicans’ fault. They have no — zero — power in Chicago and very little at the state level. And they only control the House at the national level.

None of that gets in Democrat strategist Robert Zimmerman’s way, though. Zimmerman isn’t just some schmuck. He’s the DNC committee member from New York. Has been for 13 years. He was a trustee for Obama’s inauguration. He has actual influence within the Democrat Party at the top level. Robert Zimmerman of the DNC and presidential inauguration committee would have the world know that Chicagoans are killing each other at alarming rates because of the House Republicans and their “mindset.”

And let’s be very clear about what’s happening in Washington today and why it’s undermining the city of Chicago, because there’s a mindset now in our government, in Washington, from the Republican members of Congress, that sequestration is an acceptable way of doing business, that we can in fact engage in these massive irresponsible cuts that no one thinks is a logical approach to budgeting.

And that undermines law enforcement in our cities; it undermines so many education opportunities for our younger people and it does in fact — in fact create an impoverished class of our society that leads to abuse, leads to violence and leads to more Chicagos.

Zimmerman’s position is literally insane. He’s nuts. Barking mad. He should be locked up and barred from owning a firearm or ever operating any heavy machinery. The CNN host, Carol Costello, reacts to him about as mildly as possible.

COSTELLO: Yes, but I don’t –


COSTELLO: I don’t think you can leave Democrats out of that one.

No, I suppose not. They only control all of the power in the city and the state.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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i think gun free zones are great. i believe in the concept so much that i believe washington should have a total ban on guns. no, not w/ the exceptions for pol's and 'special' people's bodyguards. everyone. a good pol will always prove their point by being first to give it a try. i also believe it will lead to a solution to most of our problems. what, no takers? imagine that. this could be proof, once and for all, how well gun free zones work. be brave. just do it.
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Of course, police, firefighters, and teachers are not, for the most part, federally funded. I am reminded of a quote I saw at Instapundit's site, anw which I saved:

"As my father-in-law once said, when they talk about taxes it’s always for teachers, firemen, and police — but when they spend your taxes, it always seems to go to some guy in a leather chair downtown you never heard of."
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I have some questions.

1)In the top 25 murder capitals of this country, how many are in cities with Republican mayors.

a) within those cities, in the wards, townships, districts, or however they are split many of the high murder rates are in areas with a Republican representative?

2)Gun violence is the issue? Do we have a demographic breakdown of the "voting populace" in the highest incidence of gun violence? Are these perpetrators in heavily Republican constituencies?

3)What percentage of murders are committed by gangs? Is the demographic makeup of gang murderers aligned with Republican or Democratic Parties?

If we find that the vast majority of illegal gun activity is taking place by Republican constituents, in Republican dominated areas, with Republican representatives, then it is fair to lay the responsibility at their doorstep.

Guns are not the problem, gun crimes are the problem. We simply have to uncover where they are being committed and by whom. As long as we are looking to point fingers and lay blame on a political party ala Zimmerman, then let's do it right.
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I’ll never forget the situation in Philadelphia in 1985 where the Democrat administered city government actually dropped a bomb from an aircraft onto a house. Can you imagine the media if a Republican administered city government had resorted to such?

Perhaps it was the inspiration for the Clinton-Reno attack on the Branch Davidians in Waco. It certainly had analogous “collateral damage”.
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Let's me be perfectly clear and make no mistake about it, Chicago is not salvageable, not with more government money or government oversight. Government has proven to be the biggest hindrance to reform and greatest accelerator of decay. It is a city that should be abandoned and then razed, the ruins salted, with nothing permitted to rise in its place for another two centuries at the minimum. The country deserves to be rid of the stench that wafts from its environs.

This - from an Illinois resident.
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