"This may not be politically correct, but I know the power of what faith and family can do,” the mayor said. “Our kids need that structure… I am asking…that we also don’t shy away from a full discussion about the importance of family and faith helping to develop and nurture character, self respect, a value system and a moral compass that allows kids to know good from bad and right from wrong."
Mayor Rahm Emanuel Chicago Sun-Times
summer composition numero seis
Mayor Rahm was addressing the crazy amount of violence coming out in the streets of Chicago...
but isn't it beautiful.
not to gloat, but this girl has been preachin' that kind of message since i was a wee gee....just sayin'
he went on to say...
“If we’re going to solve this … we’ve got to have a real discussion. … Parts of the conversation cannot be off-limits because it’s not politically comfortable. … We are going to discuss issues that have been taboo in years past because they are part of the solution. … We also have a responsibility to help nurture character. It plays a role. Our kids need that moral structure in their lives. And we cannot be scared to have this conversation."
and even though all that he said is well and good, like, very good -- he was immediately lambasted for blaming the victims.
and it's like, what the fluff?
Can't his critics understand that if we raise good citizens right from the start, the majority of people reaching adulthood would never steer towards a life of crime, drugs, prostitution, and gangs. Gangs are only attractive to the kids who do not get what they need at home; every time a gang banger has been interviewed, all I have ever heard is how the gang filled a need inside, that it provided the family, the support, and a life, that he never had.
And Rahm here, is speaking of this grand and taboo subject, and is absolutely, without a shred of doubt, spot on. And more important, his people know it.
It doesn't take money to grow children of character.
It takes a committed set of parents who understand and embrace the huge responsibility to teach our children well...to be good role models themselves, to praise and encourage good behavior, to ensure they do their homework, to spend quality time together, to go to church together, to read books together, to have dinner together, to care about each other....all together, like a family, every single day.
More from Fox News, here's some of his critics --
Shari Runner, former president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, deemed the remarks insensitive. "I cannot see the victims of racist policies and bigoted practices shamed by anyone who says they need to do better or be better in their circumstance. I won’t accept it,” Runner said
Kwame Raoul, a Democratic state senator who is running for Illinois attorney general, took a similar view. “I think for the mayor to make a generalization about a community is more than just misspoken," Raoul said, "it's outright wrong,”
THE THING IS, people, he wasn't saying EVERYBODY is IMMORAL; he wasn't saying EVERYBODY is lacking in good character.
HE was speaking of a part of the problem, in his own words, that has grown "politically-incorrect" because it speaks to a core value that is more commonly recognized as an important issue for conservatives. "Parts of the conversation cannot be off-limits because it's not politically comfortable" does not equate to the whole of the conversation...it is only part of it. And, apparently, that too, was spot on -- for, as a whole, no one, except perhaps conservatives, paid any attention to the "parts" part.
They jumped on Rahm like he should have been taken to the town square and stoned to death.
AND my God, this Shari Runner -- "I cannot see the victims of racist policies and bigoted practices shamed by anyone who says they need to do better or be better in their circumstance. I won’t accept it."
Who's policies have been running CHICAGO, Shari?
Who's policies have been running Chicago, Runner?
What a disgrace.
What a disgrace, and I would tell that to her face.
TO generalize -- and to help us along, shari runner: every city run by the democrats has major inner city issues; that is just a fact.
Which means, shari runner, when the democrats run things, they reap the results just like every other city in America.
And we reap what we sow, whether we are speaking of our own personal lives, or the lives of an entire community, the country, and the whole of the big wide beautiful world.
Baltimore, since 1947 has had a single Republican mayor and 10 Democratic mayors; For 64 of those 68 years, the city has been run by Democrats. Detroit has had eight Democratic Mayors and no Republicans since 1962 — 53 years. Chicago has had 10 Democrats and no Republicans in 84 years. Philadelphia has had nine Democrats and no Republicans in 63 years St. Louis, similarly has had nine Democratic mayors and no Republicans in 64 years; Boston has had 12 Democrats and no Republicans in 85 years; Los Angeles has had five Democrats and a single Republican in the 54 years. New York, has had 15 different mayors since 1917, nine of whom were Democrats.84 years, shari
Little miss urban league better go find a mirror pretty darned quick.
Wow. she's a beaut.... falling back on the ole excessive amounts of racist policies and bigoted practices at the hands of who, shari...um that would be your democrats; after all these 84 years, republicans had nothing to do with it, just like you so said, and so well! thank you very much for making it so clear with the present danger. amen to that, amen to that.
Of course, it isn't just Chicago; and really, it isn't even just the inner cities of America.
There is a faith and family problem that extends from sea to shining sea, from purple mountains majesty to valleys wide and deep. It's just not fair for Rahm to allow Chicago to take all the heat, right?
If we are going to have parts of that conversation, then we might as well go all in...we are, in fact, the United States of America, after all.
America, as a whole, has a faith and family problem -- and the evidence is seen, and unseen, in numerous ways:
- our churches losing its congregations
- our school systems doing away with a moment of prayer or silence at the beginning of the day (and football games)
- our culture, itself, welcoming the total lack of respect for our bodies, fellow human beings, our neighbors and communities
- our family dysfunction through abuses we do to ourselves...like divorce, incest, addictions to sex and drugs and alcohol
- our obliviousness to the bad influences seeping into our lives to the likes of an environmental disaster, costing us billions of dollars in damages to the mind, body and soul, through film, video, television...letting Hollywood lead us into temptation [this is a fascinating link, by the way] with our children being its youngest victims. [Here's a thought, maybe Hollywood should pay to fix up Chicago once and for all, considering they glorify gang violence, free love, bad behavior, guns and robbers, murderers, and the like, every single second of the day...and their leftists too!]
- our own personal dismissal of the importance of keeping a connection with God
Yes, indeed, I did save the best for last...glad you noticed.
For --the truth is -- if we ALL stayed in relationship with God, and made God the center of our world and co-creator of our days, then, dare I say, we wouldn't even be having this conversation, in part or in whole! We would ALL be lovely spiritual beings having a human experience all over this great country.
But nooooooooooooo free will leaves many of us without a Supreme reign, and therein lies the rub
And you know what that means........
We are all a bunch of mother fuckers if we don't get our shit together, and that goes double in an election year.
“Guard well your spare moments.
They are like uncut diamonds.
and their value will never be known.
and they will become
the brightest gems in a useful life.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
this quote was snatched from the link, above, directing you to Hollywood's undisclosed cultural damages...the author chose this quote as the first sentence. And I loved it so much, I had to copy.
So much of our lives these days go unguarded...and I'm pretty sure there is no need to explain that; from the moment you read the lines for yourself, you knew. We go about our days in a fog to God, and yet we allow in all of these other influences, good bad or indifferent. fuckin' clueless and sleepless in Seattle, Chicago, Portland, Baltimore, Denver, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philly....and on and on and on...
Every man woman and child have the same 24 hours a day to guard well the spare moments, and even the ones fully occupied with all that life brings us. And in a world where I believe there are no accidents, we, as a whole, have chosen a path in modern day America that has led us wholly astray from the things that truly matter....faith and family.
America has lost it's authentic Christianity, and it shows.
Make it a Good Day, G
IT is true,
we are not a Christian nation
and have not a national religion.
BUT, our founders laid a foundation based
upon Nature's Law and Christian principles.
Our founders believed,
that as long as we, the people, stayed true
to the principles
and the individual duty to be of morally sound, good conduct,
and a lawful people,
the greater our chances of surviving as a nation.
THE UNALIENABLE RIGHTS this nation has become famous for,
is based upon our rights handed down from GOD
that NO man
can ever take away or usurp.
God Bless you Rahm Emanuel