Who did Rahm Emmanuel serve? Not the President of the United States, not for long (although his influence in getting the Bland One elected to that office cannot be underestimated).
Not the citizens of the United States of America, a far more vast constituency than the citizens of the City of Chicago.
He has about the same staying power of public service as Sarah Palin. This is not a compliment, lest you find any ambiguity to the comment.
Whose interests will Rahm Emmanuel be serving should he (forbid it almighty God) become Mayor of the City of Chicago? Most definetly NOT the interest of Chicagoans. Most assuredly the interests (the power interests) of Rahm Emmanuel and the money interests of his wealth, powerful, power-elite cronies. Only them, and no one more.
As much as I did not like Carl Rove, you cannot deny that he served at his Presidents pleasure for entirety of his deployment as George W. Bush's Chief of Staff. And, from all I have read, in his own mind, he was serving the interests of HIS vision of the United States: the monied and corporate elites, and God's Own Party. To this extent, Rove was as far greater patriot than Rahm Emmanuel would know how to be. And to this extent, he is worthy of being credited. (Argue me all you wish about his policies and tactics, I would probably agree with you on any negative point you would care to make).
The verdict is clear. Rahm Emmanuel must NEVER be allowed to rule the kingdom of Chicago. NEVER.
Anti-Emmanuel campaign sound bites:
Serving the monied few;
Serving the politically corrupt;
Serving corporate power;
Serving no one's interests but his own.
Those and those alone will he serve.
A disgrace of a citizen of the U.S.
The simplest thing in the world ought to be to bleed his $8,000,000 campaign chest dry.
Coalesce the Hispanic, Black, Ukranian, Irish, Polish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, and Middle-East, Roman Catholic, and mainline Christian communities. Make realistic promises to allow them all to share proportionately of the pie.
Observe, orient, decide, act. Act decisively; Act fearlessly; Make no promises you do not keep. It ought to be possible to make Emmanuel a cipher by November 1, one year hence. ALL that he has going for him is the dirt he has on the other challengers to the office, and money, money, money, lots of money.
But folks, all my dear Chicago friends. Teach money that it cannot buy this election. Send a message. Shout it from the top of the Sears Tower. Make it heard in Washington D.C., in New York City, in Los Angeles, California, in Houston Texas, in Miami Florida. ALL they have is the money. The people have to vote; they people have to power; may the people will be done, here on earth, so they will smile in Heaven.
Democracy is coming, to the U.S.A.
The Chicago mayoral election could potentially set democracy in the U.S.A. ahead by 200 years, on par with the democracies of South America. It could be, it can me, it well ought to be, seismic.
And in point of fact, there is a candidate who has been a politcal servant for much of his adult life: Jery J. Chico. I'd also consider Carole Mosely Braun, but what I find immensely attractive about having Chico as Chicago's mayor would be able to claim the significant distinctions of having had a Black mayor, a woman mayor, and an Hispanic mayor. And that sounds like one hell of a melting pot to me.
Time to quit taking the scrap tossed down from the table, and to take your rightful place as the one who slices and serves main meal. Best of luck Jery Chico. You have my support.
Widespread delusion and chronic terror"The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it." -- Edward Dowling