Whatever you do, don't vote for the mayor

Opinion: Arlene Jones

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By Arlene Jones


The importance of politics can never be undervalued. From the mandated birth certificate that one must get when you're born until the death certificate that is rendered at the end, those are political decisions made by man. Worst are all the other decisions made in between.
Politics affects every aspect of our lives. Jobs that are created and jobs that have left this country are all part of the political process. Even religion is part of the political process because it determines where a church can and cannot be placed. If you can think of a single thing that isn't affected by politics, let me know. even if the initial action wasn't political in nature, politics will play a part in the eventual outcome.
We have just gone through the primary for the national midterm elections. For those of you who didn't vote, the candidates who are running and will eventually legislate your life are halfway done with the race — halfway because we still have a general election in November where you'll get to choose from which party the various candidates who are running will rule. Will the next governor be a Republican or will we stick with the Democrat?
 Following the midterm November elections, we'll have the municipal elections. That is where the current mayor and the aldermen will run, claiming that all they want to do is what is best for you. But one glance out your front door and most of black Chicago can attest to that being a very disingenuous statement. From the pothole-ravaged streets that are always worst in the black community, to the closed schools, to the Xs and empty lots that not dot the entire landscape here in the Austin community, the current mayor and aldermen are doing a piss-poor job.
Recently the mayor (I can't stand to even say or write his name) announced that he might just have to raise property taxes 100 percent. What stood out the most to me when he made that announcement were all the black folks he had lined up to do the bobble-head nod. In most of his other press conferences, he normally has his young, white, nobody-knows-them-cause-they-came-from-out-of-town-and-don't-know-Chicago-worth-a-damn commissioners and deputy commissioners. So this same mayor who couldn't or wouldn't enter black churches to debate when he was running now finds it convenient to use black folks because it is suiting his needs.
 Rumor has it that the current mayor had grandiose plans to run for higher office. Those plans got waylaid when black folks started recognizing that "if it looks like a snake, slithers like a snake, and hisses like a snake" then it is exactly the serpent it manifests itself to be.
Lately the mayor has been all over WVON-1690 AM to try and reach out to the very voters whose neighborhoods he has actively been destroying. Now he wants to help ex-offenders get jobs and talk at private breakfasts about how when he calls to console a mother whose child has been killed, she is always a single mom without a man in the house. After not giving a damn about the black community, he now needs our votes to remain in office.
My suggestion is very simple. Take all he has positive to offer. Take the jobs. Take the money. Take the gifts. But come the municipal election of 2015, don't vote for him.
He wasn't sent here by the POTUS. He was kicked out of the White House and they are glad he's gone.
If you're "sick and tired of being sick and tired," then vote come Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 and make sure we kick out of office an individual who has done nothing for the past three years but make us "sick and tired of being sick and tired."

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Constance sullivan from Chicago  

Posted: May 13th, 2014 1:41 AM

Amen! Never have I've seen the street so damaged with craters! All the tricks n treats of the parking tickets and the violence he can't seem to get under control!!!! Promises promises I am very disappointed with Obama for referring him to us! What a terrible city Chicago has be come. Chicago is known as ChiRock to our youth.....ITS TIME FOR A CHANGE....now!!!

Ray from Chicago  

Posted: April 12th, 2014 6:50 PM

"The Little Boy on The 5th Floor" has already began to use a little of the resources from his enormous war chest to contribute to the "pretend-to-be campaigns" of several black candidates, with a little recognition to chicle off votes in the black community. He knows that he is very unpopular in our community, he has began to reel in preachers. The next mayor does have to necessarily be black, but a credible, electable candidate. Some white folks are pissed with the "midget" as well.

Larry from Chicago  

Posted: April 12th, 2014 8:35 AM

It's not just about the mayor. All politics is local. The black faces behind the mayor are usually the aldermen and women that represent us and, support his agenda in the council. We can't place all of the blame on the mayor and , we can't expect him to monitor every single city block in every ward. That's the alderman's job. The mayor can have all the plans that he wants but the council still must approve them. These cowards usually do.


Posted: April 9th, 2014 3:53 PM


Frederick Collins from Chicago  

Posted: April 8th, 2014 11:22 PM

I absolutely agree we as Chicagoans must stand and work together to vote Mayor Rahm Emanuel out of office. WWW.collinsforchicago.com

Rudy from Chicago  

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 9:51 AM

Besides the mayor's history, the political party's history is important to learn from to, in order to stop the insanity (Susan Powter) of continuous Democratic voting which has produce 50 years of more of the the same crash and burn, which gp mentioned. :(

Da Pasta from Chicago  

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 9:21 AM

I am totally in agreement with the writer. The mayor is only out for himself, now he is looking to raise property tax again for homeowners, and the crime rate has sky rocket. He needs to stop the madness, no I will not vote for him. We need to know the history of a person not a party in which they claim to belong to and see if they are for the people. Not just the RICH.

Rudy from Chicago  

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 4:20 PM

Church is a man made law. Read what Jesus said about praying! Unlike "most" politicians, Emanuel understands that church is for worship, not political rallies.

Rudy from Chicago  

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 4:15 PM

Support of any Democrat for any office always somehow returns to the Daley (yes, he's in charge) Democratic Machine. Replacing Emanuel with another Democrat is *NOT* the answer!

gp from Chicago  

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 8:41 AM

The easiest way to participate (as opposed to not participate) in the Democratic process (Voting) is to walk outside your door, swing your head from left to right, decide if things are better or worse where you live (or in your life) then swing RED, BLUE, RED, BLUE, REDD, BLUE until one of the major parties get it right! Don't listen to anyone...just red, blue, red, blue, red, blue...5 decades and 50 years of one party rule has made this segregated, discriminating, red lined, mess.

gp from Chicago  

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 8:38 AM

For 50 years the cycle of crash in burn and rebuild has gone on in Chicago. Who pulls the strings? Is it the University of Chicago's Social Science Research center who calls out the 77 Communities which started in 1920 w/ an unofficial static map? Is it the US Census through the 10 year redistricting of wards which turns into a political tool to keep certain elected officials in thro? Or is it the every in flux Chicago list of neighborhoods which is approx 200 w/no fixed names or boundaries?

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