I love Chicago and consider it the best – by far – city of all the cities in the US that I have ever visited. It is a great dream of mine to live there one day. This is why I didn’t appreciate Robert Knight’s article in The Washington Times that gives a horrifying (and might I add completely untrue) picture of my favorite city.
However, my self-righteous indignation over the unfair criticism of Chicago took a step back after I read the concluding passage of the article:
Chicago just sailed by Los Angeles, long considered the most gang-ridden city, in total gang membership with as many as 150,000 street thugs, as reported by the Christian Science Monitor. It’s a safe bet that not many of those young men bought Father’s Day cards in June. Surveying the social and fiscal damage in Chicago, you might honestly conclude that sworn enemies of the United States could not have done a better job of sowing the seeds of internal chaos [emphasis mine].
I often find the journalistic jargon difficult to understand (here, for example, I failed to realize that David Brooks was actually trying to defend Romney rather than ridicule him.) This is why I don’t want to jump to any conclusions before consulting with my readers.
In the quoted passage, do the words marked in bold-type attempt to insult single mothers as only being capable of raising criminals? Or is the suggestion here that all criminals (at least in Chicago) are immigrants? Because this is a holiday that many other cultures either don’t celebrate. Or does the journalist try to say that Father’s Day cards are a very basic necessity of life and people who can’t afford them must be extremely poor which is what drives them to the life of crime?
Of course, if we analyze the passage within the larger context of the article, we might conclude that the Big Bad Government provides all inhabitants of Chicago with free Father’s Day cards because people in Chicago are so spoiled by governmental munificence that they expect Governor Pat Quinn to buy, sign and mail their cards for them.
Which interpretation do you think is more likely?
P.S. If you suffer from elevated blood pressure, it might be a good idea for you to avoid reading this article. It is very offensive. The paragraph about charity is especially obnoxious. And the paragraph that comes right after it makes me wonder about the author’s mental health.