Two children died on the streets of Chicago while the Congressional Black Caucus celebrated the removal of a historic relic in South Carolina. 1 As reported by the Chicago Tribune,2 Dillan Harris was sitting in his stroller when he was run over by a car escaping a shooting. The other child, seven-year-old Amari Brown, was shot dead.
Hopeless legislative stalemate happens when lawmakers don’t do their jobs. When they are too indebted to their big money backers or too obsessed with personal agendas and vendettas to perform their task of managing government, government fails. That’s when the courts step in.
Failed government means orders and outrage
Frustration from failed government causes the kind of outrage that Obama committed last November when he decided to throw the gates open wide for illegal immigrants.
We just witnessed a pivotal moment of revenge in our democracy, a mass withdrawal of the consent of the governed. Don’t confuse Tuesday’s rout with what happened in 2010. This wasn’t about lapping up a conservative agenda. There was no Pledge to America this time. In fact, the only real agenda was the one pushed by the losers and rejected by voters.
Is it easier to destroy conservative career politicians than ruin the lives of liberal Democrats? We like to complain about media bias and railroading, but the press is not always as forgiving of the left as we like to think. In Illinois we delight in watching Democrats fall down hard. Jesse Jackson Jr. and Rod Blagojevich took well-earned beatings at the hands of the media, as did Republican ex-governor and ex-con George Ryan before them (see: Why Illinois Should Reward Political Corruption).
Americans deserve better than the litany of bad laws that kick in every January. We start every year shaking our heads in disbelief at new laws and regulations that scream legislative abuse and special interest pandering and pose a real danger to those unfamiliar with new infractions and their penalties. As with all bad things in government, my state of Illinois is our role model.