Carnage in Chicago: Can Trump Actually Send in the Feds?

My piece at LN discusses the fact that no one is paying attention to: The issues in Chicago aren’t the kind that sending federal troops in will fix. What’s more, there’s that thorny little document called the Constitution. Sadly, it seems that Trump’s authoritarian side may have a bigger set of balls than it should.

The idea that the U.S. government can come in and stamp out the problems in Chicago seems a bit naïve. National Guard troops in Chicago would not change the culture there, and would not make fatherless black males with gangs for role models stop shooting each other in the streets. Bringing in more FBI agents would not fix the fact that according to the Guttmacher Institute, last year in Cook County alone there were 22,892 abortions – more than half of all abortions performed in the state.  In fact, it is arguable that government, bureaucracy, and politicians are the root of the problem. Federal troops won’t fix the problem in Chicago.  It will take a massive shift in culture and the mindset of its citizens and leaders.

President Trump should think long and hard before calling upon the federal government to go into Chicago and start throwing its weight around. Not only will it cause more violence, but it will also advance the idea that the Feds have every right to come into any state, push local and county authorities aside, and simply take over.

5 Replies to “Carnage in Chicago: Can Trump Actually Send in the Feds?”

  1. Totally disagree with you an d your view is DANGEROUS for citizens on the southside of Chicago where majority of murders are committed. Trump CAN LEGALLY put the National Guard in those neighborhoods, THAT in itself will help curtail the ongoing violence and shootings. ANYONE CAUGHT with an illegal weapon is ARRESTED, TRIED and INCARCERATED, NO exceptions. ANY ILLEGAL caught participating in violence can be DEPORTED–that will immediately make those neighborhoods and citizens safer than anytime since Rahm Emanuel’s election!

    1. A few questions for you.

      1. Who decides what an illegal gun is?
      2. How do authorities determine which people are walking around with guns at all, let alone illegal ones?
      3. Can you cite the Constitutional clause that bolsters your opinion?
      4. How would putting armed federal troops on the streets of Chicago help the cultural issues?

      I have plenty more questions but we’ll start with that.

    2. If the governor of State of Illinois and the mayor of Chicago, backed by the voters who elected them, want to proceed along those lines then so be it…

  2. Kit said: “President Trump should think long and hard before calling upon the federal government to go into Chicago and start throwing its weight around. Not only will it cause more violence, but it will also advance the idea that the Feds have every right to come into any state, push local and county authorities aside, and simply take over.”

    You are exactly right Kit. I agree 100%.
    What Trump suggested is actually just a domestic version of the USG’s disastrous interventionist foreign policy that has caused so much misery around the world. Chicago already sucks down huge amounts of Federal assistance money. Hows that been working out?

    Send in the troops now? Can you imagine the dystopian future “Refugees from Chicagoland”? And where will they go? Canada?
    As long as the people of Chicago (and the Europeans for that matter) keep electing these self-serving, corrupt politicians then they will continue to suffer the consequences. Local people must solve their own local problems.

    I am overall very impressed with the operational tempo of the Trump administration and their Shock and Awe first week in office. Much of what they have on the agenda is outstanding! However, this Chicago intervention idea trial balloon is one that should just be allowed to be gone with the wind.

  3. A big help would be enforcing federal laws that are on the books already and if they bring back that law they had in Richmond

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