The Very Right Reverend , The Honorable, the Indefatigable Jesse Jackson is coming to the rescue (he thinks) of Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Chicago. Emanuel had previously entertained the notion of having the Nation of Islam, a quasi-paramilitary, vigilante group, patrol the streets of Chicago to maintain order and….discipline (Black Muslim discipline, we can only surmise). Well, that idea didn’t get much traction. Enter the former civil rights icon and former presidential candidate, suggesting that the Department of Homeland Security, an outfit based in Washington, DC should get the contract. We think this is an idea whose time has come. Jesse has always been ahead of his time. Remember his famous Rainbow-Push Coalition (wink, wink!) And now we have homosexual marriage in America, a development championed by the NAACP and cozied up to by all the manly Black Liberation Theologists across the land!
Before a march on the city’s South Side, Jackson, a former Democratic presidential candidate, said America’s third most populous city needed more help than Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police superintendent Garry McCarthy could offer. “When the president shows up, it shows ultimate national seriousness,” said Jackson, a Chicago resident. He also called for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help patrol the streets of Chicago.
We were on the South Side in April of 1968 at the time of an infamous event in American history. We recall the tanks and jeeps and armed foot patrols restoring law and order in the aftermath. The permanent residents were none too happy about it, because it was a visible reminder of the oppression and brute force of…..The Man. Chicago wasn’t the only place defacto martial law was in place in those turbulent times, but it did not suffer the devastating destruction and loss of life as did Newark and Detroit, for example. Still, it wasn’t a pretty time. Since everything is integrated and affirmative and united and diverse and we now have minority rule in this country, the rabble rousers of the sixties and seventies have nowhere to direct the folk, apparently, but in upon themselves, and it is still not pretty. It makes the days of the Blackstone Rangers and the East Side D’s look like a Boy Scout Jamboree in comparison. Five hundred dead in Chicago this past year. So calling in the troops may have a sort of…calming effect, we think. And it could serve as an illustration, a model of how military control of other urban areas in these unsettled times could be achieved. One thing for Jesse, and Rahm, and Barack to keep in mind though. DHS, even the elite shock troop force of TSA agents, thoroughly schooled in the art of grope and gawk learned under fire at the nation’s airports, is not a military, not even a paramilitary force. If they are going to enter the war zone that is the Streets of Chicago, they had better undergo some very rigorous extra training. People in ghettos, as the Nazis found out in Warsaw back in the day, resent an occupying force. It is entirely possible that, unlike ’68, the body count could go up instead of down when The
boyz Man comes to town. If the Feds are going to do this, they better do it right. When your …opponents…don’t wear uniforms, it often becomes a long, drawn out affair, as REAL soldiers could tell you. But maybe Jesse could advise the TSA troops to get them some…dogs and fire hoses.…to help keep the situation…under control. Perhaps that is a… visual message ……the media could capture in order to help ‘curb the violence’ in Chicago and Oakland and other hotspots. Not sure if it would work in Midland, Texas, if the inhabitants ever get unruly down there. So, anyway, what do you think, Jesse? Dogs? Fire hoses? Or just assault weapons? Shoot to kill? Crossposted at Grumpy Opinions