It’s generally considered well worthwhile to seek the advice of others with more experience when taking on a new job. By seeking the counsel of an accomplished, recognized authority in a particular field, you can avoid costly mistakes and benefit from the lessons others have already learned. That’s why it’s so baffling that New York City’s new Mayor Eric Adams chose to travel to Chicago to seek the “wisdom” of the Windy City’s Lori Lightfoot in how to deal with the Big Apple’s violent crime problem.
Lightfoot is widely considered one of the most inept big city mayors in the country (see here, here, and here. And here. Oh, and here, too.). New Yorkers can only hope that the meeting was far more symbolism than substance since emulating anything Lightfoot’s been doing in Chicago could only result in more disaster in New York City.
Both mayors are desperate to show some semblance of a win over the violent crime situations in their cities…or at least put on the appearance of doing something about it. However, Lightfoot and Adams find themselves well behind the 8-ball in that — by default — they advocate not for the exercise of common sense Second Amendment gun rights for their law-abiding citizens, but instead for continuing to keep them securely on the gun control plantation.
At the same time, both mayors live and work behind phalanxes of armed security, a luxury the little people in their cities simply don’t have. While they’d never publicly admit it, the mayors’ own actions show that they know the only thing that stops bad people with evil in their hearts is a good guy with a gun.
Between America’s murder capital Chicago and America’s largest city New York, with its endless parade of high-profile crimes, one after another (after another), both mayors face increasingly angry constituents and increasingly critical mainstream media, frustrated over the impotence of their respective cities’ leadership in doing anything meaningful about the cities’ crime problem.
So why, you may ask, is ex-cop Eric Adams — the self-described Biden of Brooklyn — looking to the inept Lori Lightfoot for counsel? It certainly isn’t because she has a winning track record or an effective plan to reduce crime in the City of Big Shoulders.
Instead, all she has is one embarrassing story after another of her crude, vulgar nastiness behind closed doors. Like the recent scandal in which she bragged that she has the biggest schlong in Chicago.
I will never forget this pic.twitter.com/XcdzC8UxRC
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) May 25, 2021
In fact, Lightfoot’s galaxy brained idea of doing something about crime in Chicago is putting 2800 unvaxxed Chicago cops on unpaid suspension — over one fifth of the department — which was substantially understaffed before the suspensions. What will happen to crime with 20% fewer cops? (Hint: Nothing good.)
The jaw-dropping improbability of it all put the Adams-Lightfoot confab on the pages of the UK’s Daily Mail (under the title ‘The blind leading the blind’ no less):
The mayors of New York City and Chicago met Friday to exchange ideas on tackling crime, which continues to skyrocket in both cities – a trend that began during the worst days of the COVID pandemic and continues to dog both cities.
New York’s Eric Adams and Chicago’s Lori Lightfoot, both Democrats, have in recent weeks sparred with their cities’ top prosecutors and accused them of pushing for lenient policies that don’t hold criminals accountable.
Crime in NYC is up by over 45 percent compared to this time last year as Adams battles a growing crisis at Rikers Island – the city’s main jail – as well as a spike in hate crimes and an overburdened court system.
In Chicago, crime is up by 34 percent.
Violent incidents in public transit have left residents of both cities terrified for their safety. Transit crimes have shot up by 80 percent in NYC, according to the city’s latest crime statistics. The Chicago Transit Authority, meanwhile, recorded a spike in crime of 56 percent in January and February, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Both mayors held a closed door meeting before a ‘hastily scheduled’ news conference, WTTW reports.
‘We are gonna be great partners in the work that we’re all doing,’ Lightfoot told reporters.
So much truth in so few lines of print… especially that last one. “Great partners?” In what, winning the race to the bottom?
Here’s a report from Chicago’s WGN TV . . .
Good luck, New Yorkers. You’re gonna need it.