CHICAGO, August 22, 2012 — Disproportionate. Today’s word is disproportionate.
“Ronald Reagan deserves a special place in hell for his role in the war on drugs.”
The above comment was made by Democratic President of the Cook County Board of Commissioner’s, Toni Preckwinkle. There was no backlash, even from Republicans.
She was given a free pass by all.
Before becoming President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, Toni Preckwinkle was a Chicago alderman. Chicago aldermen are famous for the disproportionate number of them who go to prison.
Preckwinkle is high-ranking member of the Chicago Democratic Machine, the political crime family that rules Chicago, Cook County, and Illinois. Government payrolls there are disproportionately loaded with friends and families of the politicians.
Contrary to popular belief, Preckwinkle is not a reformer or good-government type. She would could not get elected as County Board President if she were.
Toni Preckwinkle made the above comment about former president Ronald Reagan while speaking at a luncheon, “The Opportunities and Responsibilities of Public Service.“
When the audience gasped at her remark, she retorted and doubled down, “What? You didn’t like that?” There was no backlash. Preckwinkle is immune.
She retracted her “inflammatory remark” hours later.
The retraction was insincere hot air, that nasty carbon stuff. Chicago politicians’ apologies and retractions are meaningless gasbaggery.
Naturally no one would dare call her remarks racist or insulting. Her retraction will be blindly accepted and everyone is expected to just move on. That is what they are supposed to do because, well, just because.
Toni Preckwinkle believes the war on drugs placed a disproportionate number of Blacks and Hispanics in prison. She believes the war on drugs is responsible for disproportionate devastation in minority communities.
She, like a disproportionate number of enlightened progressive reformers, ignores facts. They have no use for facts, truth, or reality. The imaginary theoretical abstract narrative running through their heads is what guides them.
Disproportionate numbers of Blacks and Hispanics are in prison for drug offenses because disproportionate numbers of Blacks and Hispanics willingly chose to sell and buy disproportionate amounts of illegal dangerous drugs in Black and Hispanic neighborhoods.
The drug trade caused disproportionate numbers of Blacks and Hispanics to join gangs and participate in gang and drug turf wars creating years of continuing disproportionate acts of violence, mayhem, and murder.
The drug trade is what caused disproportionate economic and social devastation in communities, not the War on Drugs. It is easier to blame the War on Drugs instead of the drug trade. Blaming disproportionate numbers of people and holding them responsible and accountable for their actions is politically incorrect.
The race and ethnic baiters, progressive bleeding hearts, and practitioners of the Politics of Poverty refuse to acknowledge the imprisoned felons are personally responsible for their plight when discussing the disproportionate numbers of people of color in prison.
Toni Preckwinkle is one of the elite minority career politicians who did and do little for their own impoverished communities. They got elected, collect their paychecks and ignored the very people they were supposed to represent, until the next election.
They practice the Politics of Poverty: Keep people poor. Keep them living in poverty and blight. Blame someone else for conditions. Throw them bones of entitlements to barely survive on. When all else fails, cry “racism.” Poor people will keep voting and reelecting them. That is the game. The politicians win. The people lose.
These politicians are a disgrace to the people they allegedly represent. Drive through the neighborhoods or districts. Nothing has changed in decades. There is no economic development, no opportunity, and no hope. Nothing changes because politicians like Preckwinkle do not want them to change.
The War on Drugs did not cause the devastation. Those communities were on the path to devastation before the War on Drugs. The drug trade made it worse and hastened the devastation.
Drugs wreaked havoc in low-income minority communities. At one point the only economy in some areas was the drug trade and its corollary businesses. Politicians like Toni Preckwinkle did nothing to stop it. They did not allow alternative economic opportunities for rebuilding, employment and prosperity. Maybe that luncheon should have been called “Opportunists and Irresponsibility of Public Service.”
Toni Preckwinkle is just another in a long line of urban political opportunists, con artists, grifters, and glib tongued bottom feeders. They will say anything to get elected and do nothing when they are.
All this talk about disproportionate numbers of people in prison is just an excuse to mask their failures. It also gives intellectually enlightened progressives an excuse to salve their disproportionate collective racial guilt.
Drugs kill. Drugs are poison. There should be a special place in hell for anyone selling drugs, even disproportionately small amounts. There is no prison sentence disproportionately long enough for these criminals. There should be special place in hell for any politician who excuses the disproportionate crimes or sentences.
What? You don’t like that?
How do politicians who excuse and enable evil sleep at night? How do they face themselves in the mirror? How do they go decades in so-called public service and live with themselves? Maybe zombies do exist.
Why do intelligent people give them credibility? Why does the media fawn over them? The reality is bleeding hearts ignore the disproportionate blight, devastation, and destruction. They ignore the disproportionate human toll caused by the drug trade.
They live nowhere near those neighborhoods. They drive around them or through them as fast as they can with their social conscience blinders on and their doors locked.
The media are in mortal fear of being accused of racism. Their politically correct multi-cultural diversity so-called “journalistic ethics” keeps them blissfully blind to reality. Their willful collective cowardice perpetuates the lies they are told and publish.
Politicians like Toni Peckwinkle, people who support and excuse them, the media that enables and endorses them, and people who believe them are just more proof that we should never underestimate the disproportionate number of stupid people in society.
Peter V. Bella is a retired Chicago Police Officer, freelance journalist and photojournalist, cook, and raconteur. He likes to be the irreverent sharp stick that pokes, prods, and annoys. His opinions are his and his alone. Mr. Bella is a member of the National Press Photographers Association and the Society for Professional Journalists.
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