Pres. Trump recently announced his intention to send federal agents to Chicago, seemingly because of the upticks in violent crime there. Some reports indicate that there is little more, even less, violent crime now than in last decades, but still it does seem apparent that at least some increase in violent crime has occurred in the last 18 months or so.
It is unequivocally true that the drug lord and crime family Kingpin “El Chapo” Joaquin Guzman, who has been recently extradited to the U.S., once called the shadowy underworld of Chicago home, or hideout. I doubt Mr. Chapo will be making any more escapes worthy of a Hollywood movie either. Although the numbers are somewhat elusive, El Chapo’s personal worth has generally been valued at around one billion dollars, while the value of his business in the United States alone may be as much as $20 billion or more – all “headquartered” in Chicago, at least for some period of time. Of course, it’s ridiculous to think that putting El Chapo’s head on ice will immediate shut down an empire of that size. That scale of business is highly organized, and most probably doesn’t leave the highest ranks of government untouched.
Little wonder, then, that Chicago has got law enforcement problems. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, many in law-enforcement everywhere, simply decided to have an “on the job strike,” essentially taking “their” ball, and quitting the game. It’s clear that for some inextricable reason, police actually seem to think that they can make their own rules, and that if they don’t like the imposition of legitimate rules and legitimate law that they must also follow, they just quit doing their job. Well, in a town that apparently intends to live up to it’s organized crime reputation, is it any wonder that El Chapo’s empire has a huge influence on what is apparently a very corrupt law enforcement system, and how it goes about regulating and acting as henchmen for that organized crime?
The first step has been accomplished, the Kingpin El Chapo has been removed and the organization beheaded. And the second step, sending federal agents to Chicago, is in the works. But that seems to be more of a signal of things to come rather than any substantive measure. Here’ what I say Mr. Trump, Chicago police officers who strike on the job are about like the Air Traffic Controllers that Ronald Reagan fired. Weed them out, Mr. President, and fire them. It’s not like Chicago will loose good law-enforcement officials and go corrupt in the transition. It probably don’t get no worse, Chicago is better off without them, even if it leaves only half a police force – and so is the rest of the country.
And that’s part of the point. When a major city like Chicago sets a deeply corrupt precedent for the rest of the country, then they’re exporting that corruption along with the destructive drugs that made El Chapo one of the richest men in the world. I can assure you in no uncertain terms, the police department in my little hometown, Huntsville, Alabama, has been directly influenced and corrupted by the empire of corruption in Chicago.
And notice there, I said “destructive drugs.” I want to make one thing understood, while I did attend one particular party with Bill Clinton where there was a peculiar smell of pungent smoke in the air, I have no first hand knowledge of what I’m talking about. Still, I say this. Marijuana is not a gateway drug, unless it is being sold by a criminal dealer who has more mysterious adventures to offer – why do you think they call them pushers? If anything, the so-called “war on drugs” has not only been ineffective, it has also been in tandem with the organized crime it theoretically seeks to eradicate, and has served to embolden and militarize the local municipalities throughout this country who think they are Rambo on a mission – and sometimes with graft in their back pocket.
Personally, I don’t much care for toga parties to begin with, and whether or not they are smoking pot won’t make any difference to me. The trouble is, the new Attorney General Jeff Sessions is disinclined to legalize marijuana, apparently is in bed with the Klan, and has already taken pro-active steps to embolden criminal activity by law-enforcement in Alabama – which is ironic, because ultimately he has raised the level of danger they face in so doing. Well, good riddance, you got him out of Alabama.
But there’s more to the equation. If you’re going to shut down Chicago’s crime empire – in order to make America greater than ever before – legalizing marijuana will take a large portion of their profits away. More importantly, it will also make it easier for sensible people, and sensible law enforcement, to get behind an honest effort to eradicate the drugs that truly are destructive. No doubt, legal marijuana will have some pitfalls, not unlike lifting the prohibition on alcohol. But the fact is, I don’t need a big brother, a lot of people can’t afford the medical care marijuana can alternatively provide, and if nothing else, it turns out to be the lesser of evils.
I strongly suggest Mr kczscus. President, that you keep El Chapo in jail, and Jeff Sessions on a very short leash.
© 2017 – Jim Casey
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