An End to the Daley Dynasty …..hopefully.

Frankly, I don’t like Mayor Daley. His family’s rule of Chicago is ridiculous. Everyone seems to think he’s “nice guy” and that he is legitimately qualified or elected to the overseeing office of one of the largest cities in the world. The Daley’s have run this city like a royal family, similar to the Kennedy’s. They have a shit-ton of money and an inate ability to escape accountability. This has to end.
Scandal after scandal, a shiny new black eye is discovered every few months within the City of Chicago. They’re even talking about it in the UK. Somehow every investigation conducted by the Federal Government gets within spitting distance of the Mayor but they never directly tie him to anything.

Obviously Daley is one of two things:
An amazing bullshitter (no one can contest that… can they?) with one hell of a damage control team
or 2.)Completely oblivious to everything and everyone around him to the point that he has no idea that the whole city is corrupt and he is the only one that is not “in the know”, in which case, he shouldn’t be in any office.

So, in the meantime, I’m putting on my “U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald” baseball cap and foam finger and waiting for the proverbial shit to hit the fan. Go get ’em Paddy.

8 Comments so far

  1. EgoKitten (unregistered) on July 19th, 2005 @ 12:13 pm

    And then what? Does anyone want Jesse Jackson Jr. for mayor?! That would be orders of magnitudes worse …

  2. Tony (unregistered) on July 19th, 2005 @ 12:59 pm

    Yeah, because things have sucked so bad since he got in office, right?

    Please..the city is better now than ever, and the ‘alternatives’ out there are laughable at best.

  3. Dilip (unregistered) on July 19th, 2005 @ 1:14 pm

    I gotta agree to a point. big cities attract corruption, but while Chicago has corruption and patronage, its a lot cleaner and more livable than most big cities.

    I’d rather have a benevolent dictator, than corrupt anarchy with everyone on the graft.

    I certainly wouldn’t want Jesse Jackson Jr, since his family has the same sort of power issues and special interests pushing them as Daley.

    If you want things to change, then push for a real ethics law w/ teeth. Too bad the Federal Government won’t set some strong national standards that also apply to them.

  4. CP (unregistered) on July 19th, 2005 @ 2:02 pm

    Wait, so if Daley isn’t mayor, then Jackson has to be? I’m not sure why if I have chocolate, the only other option is vanilla. Would no one else run? Is this not one of the most diverses cities in the world? Can we find no one? Is this being mistaken as Jackson propaganda? Because it is anything but. I can understand the statement, “I’d rather have a benevolent dictator, than corrupt anarchy with everyone on the graft.” But that is simply the root of the problem. Our willingness to accept the lesser of two evils is the overall problem with American sentiment towards social issues next to full blown apathy.

    Furthermore, as far as “since he’s been in office,” if you take into consideration, the he illegally rips up airfields in the middle of the night, puts up spy cameras all over the city, then taking extravagant, personal vacations on the taxpayers dime and written off as “Goodwill Missions” as a job well done, then yes, let’s have 3 cheers for the Big D.

    Please don’t mistake me as a member of any party or politcal camp. I just don’t see the point of ignoring corruption and incompetence by those who mean to govern us. How about instead of making this so black and white, call your alderman/woman and see how they feel and if they’re thinking of running for a higher office within the city? Or has Daley filled all of those with his brothers?

    God, I love a spirited discussion.

  5. Justin (unregistered) on July 19th, 2005 @ 2:59 pm

    I like Daley, always have. He’s made the city better for everyone, IMO. So he gave some people some jobs, big deal, not the crime of the century. Look at Marion Barry, he smoked crack and got re-elected.

  6. nikkos (unregistered) on July 19th, 2005 @ 4:51 pm

    Let’s be clear: it’s the power itself that is ultimately corrupting.

    In spite of the Daleys, Clintons, Bushes and Kennedys, American Democracy was designed in order to eliminate the dynastic approach to governance on the grounds that it is never the best form of governance.

  7. tankboy (unregistered) on July 19th, 2005 @ 5:45 pm

    Personally I think Dubya picked today to make the Supreme COurt nomination so he could take the heat off our dear Mayor. It’s SO obvious!

  8. Bill V (unregistered) on July 20th, 2005 @ 12:44 pm

    Fitzgerald is certainly not the answer, but I’m sure he/she is out there somewhere.

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