Being born & raised in Chicago until I went off to college, I remember being a bit hushed as a politically-minority Republican, not that I was all that partisan growing up. But I do recall being asked by some Democrat-type kids, as a high-school freshman, if my few Republican friends and I were happy when President Kennedy was assassinated. Yes, they were the same then as they are now, nasty and evil at every opportunity.
More than a few of my high-school buds took work with the City, being connected, and enjoyed being ‘supervisors’ of largely non-existent City workers, but earning a nice living nonetheless. Occupationally, it was helpful to be connected and Democrat, impossible to be the former without being the latter.
I pretty much lost touch with the ins-and-outs of machine politics after I left the city, recalling only bits and pieces, like Jane Byrne’s problems with snow removal and the like. But I do recall wondering who-in-heck was this Barack Obama when his name came up campaigning in the primary for the US Senate seat being vacated by Peter Fitzgerald. Memories of the Chicago way flooded back into my consciousness with the scandal that swamped Republican Jack Ryan’s candidacy; I get a little nauseous watching Body of Proof whenever I see Jeri Ryan, remembering her (perhaps inadvertent) involvement, and how it brought us our present, sorry administration. Imagine how different life might be had Ryan won that election!
Dr. Stan Kurtz did a nice, but pedantic, job of researching the tiny bits and pieces of our current president’s background in Radical In Chief, which I enjoyed, but confess felt like wading through parts of it; Dr. Kurtz hasn’t mastered the art of writing for the general, non-academic public as well as my idol-intellectual, Thomas Sowell. But I got through it and recommend it as well. It confirms our gut that we’ve got a Socialist in our White House.
Because of my background I’m constantly interested in the Chicago roots of: how did we get here? So this is my roundabout way of pointing interested readers to a current article in the American Spectator about another shadowy Administration figure, Valerie Jarret. If you have the time & patience to click through a seven page web article, you’ll come away with perhaps some new insight into who this person is that has the (
Dumbo like sorry, couldn’t resist!) ear of our President. Makes interesting reading and yet another confirmation of the gut feeling mentioned above.
January 2013 can’t get here soon enough.