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.