It is almost as if our state’s political leadership is hellbent on legalizing crime without consequences.
We tried a baby-step towards eliminating cash bail with the “Affordable Bail Act of 2017.” It has proven itself an unmitigated disaster leaving a trail of dead bodies and maimed survivors in its wake thanks to new crimes committed by those out on “affordable bail” before trial.
Ironically, a disproportionate number of blacks have been victimized by those out on “affordable bail.” Yet the Democrats – led by the Legislative Black Caucus in our state – insisted on giving us the “No Cash Bail” law that will eliminate the entire bail system altogether.
The Legislative Black Caucus claims that allowing crime without consequence is somehow promoting safety and equity.
It won’t make us safe. It will cause more poverty, blight and misery.
It all comes down to safety or the lack thereof. If you don’t feel safe in a place, why would you invest in a business there? If you don’t think you and your employees would be safe working there, why would you place a business there? You wouldn’t. Also, why would you live there with your family?
Through defunding the police and encouraging remaining officers “go fetal” to protect their jobs and retirements, Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot has neutered the people to enforce the rule of law. By doing so, she has gifted control of her city to criminals.
And now the bad guys operate with impunity, as evidenced by cops stopped from pursuing violent criminals (even murderers). Thanks to the “no snitch” culture, Chicago PD solves less than 5% of non-fatal shootings and less than 15% of homicides. And then the Cook County State’s Attorney doesn’t even charge half of the homicides that are cleared. It’s so bad that residents in Chicago are more likely to be victims of crime than criminals are to be caught and prosecuted.
Productive people aren’t going to stand for it indefinitely. Businesses aren’t going to stay.
Residents do the same. If people don’t think they can live and raise their families in safety and they can afford to leave, they will move to a safer place.
We cannot have flourishing, vibrant cities without safety and the rule of law. This is true no matter how much government money is spent on “education” or “jobs.” Safety must come first.
Without safe streets and the rule of law there will be nothing but blight and crime.
And if Illinois doesn’t end this social experiment of crime without consequences, the exodus of businesses and productive families will accelerate dramatically.