Critics accuse Mayor Lori Lightfoot of allowing crime to get out of control, but now she too is being threatened by violence. According to news reports, Mayor Lightfoot and her neighborhood are getting special personal protection from the police.
This is how the mayor explained her decision to beef up security for herself and her family.
We are living in very different times and I've seen the threats that have come in, and I have an obligation to keep my home, my wife, my 12-year-old, and my neighbors safe . . . I think that residents of [Chicago], understanding the nature of the threats we are receiving on a daily basis, understand that I have a right to make sure my home is secure.To which I say, "friggin' A," which is slang talk meaning strong affirmation (according to Urban Dictionary).
Like Mayor Lightfoot, the Minnesota City Council also believes its members have a right to be safe. Three of them are getting personal security at the city's expense, even while the Council is trying to defund the police.
So perhaps we can all affirm at least one basic principle: Americans have the right to keep their homes and families safe in their own neighborhoods.
Or perhaps we don't agree on that. Municipal officials in Portland, Oregon, have tolerated riots, arson, vandalism, and looting for almost three months. Seattle allowed a so-called autonomous zone to establish itself in its downtown district for several weeks, although I think that thing finally fizzled out. Even nihilists get tired of living in their own feces after awhile.
But most of us--including Mayor Lightfoot, the Minnesota City Council, and me--believe we should feel safe in our homes. So let's expand that concept out a little bit.
Why do Nancy Pelosi and other national-level politicians (including Republicans, of course) get personal security from armed guards while the rest of us crouch behind locked doors? Why does Governor Cuomo have round-the-clock police protection while the state of New York tries to shut down the NRA? Is our politicians' safety more important than the safety of their constituents?
And why do you suppose non-criminal Americans have gone on an unprecedented gun-buying spree? Why is there a run on shotgun ammunition?
We know the answer to those two questions. Because Americans don't feel safe, and too many of them are not safe.
I have some young relatives--a married couple--who live in New Orleans and have two pre-school children. Both work in the hospitality industry and contribute to the economic life of the city. After their apartment was burglarized, the couple bought a home in the Ninth Ward.
Within a month of moving in, one of their cars was stolen. Unfortunately, someone left the house key in that car. The next night, burglars got into their home with a stolen key, grabbed the key to their second car, and stole it too!
What do our urban politicians have to say to people like my young relatives? Your life doesn't matter?
At least they would be telling the truth. Our urban politicians are endangering the safety and happiness of people who want to live, work, and raise their children in safe and prosperous cities. Instead, our so-called public servants are coddling the criminals who prey on decent Americans.
I just don't understand.
|Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot: "I have a right to make sure my home is secure."|