Blagojevich, Obama, And The Diversity–Fueled “Chicago Way”

With the

unveiling last week
of

hilarious wiretaps
of Governor

Rod Blagojevich
(D-IL) trying to auction off Barack
Obama`s Senate seat, the eye-opening implications of the
fact that the man elected to the White House on a mantra
of

“reform” and
“change”
is, in fact, a Chicago politician has


finally

began to dawn on the MainStream Media.

Maybe.

This scandal is of particular interest
to VDARE.COM readers because immigrants and immigration
policy play such a large role. For instance, the go-betweens
in the alleged deal in which

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.,
apparently the high bidder,
would raise at least $1 million for Blagojevich were members
of what the

Chicago Tribune
calls [Blagojevich
Fundraiser Held by Jackson Allies Saturday
, by David
Kidwell, John Chase and Dan Mihalopoulos, December 12, 2008]
“the close-knit and politically active

Indian business community
.

Another of Blagojevich`s Senator schemes
has proven

embarrassing
to one of the strongest supporters of
illegal immigration: the huge

Service Employees International Union
, which claims to
represent unskilled workers, often illegal aliens. The SEIU
is potent political force on the far left, but it curiously
less potent at getting higher pay for its teeming members.

On page 60 of the

criminal complaint
:

"ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated, `I want to make money.` During the call, ROD
BLAGOJEVICH, HARRIS, and Advisor B discussed the prospect of
working a three-way deal for the open Senate seat. HARRIS
noted that ROD BLAGOJEVICH is interested in taking a
high-paying position with an organization called `Change to
Win,` which is connected to Service Employees International
Union (`SEIU`). HARRIS suggested that SEIU Official make ROD
BLAGOJEVICH the head of Change to Win and, in exchange, the
President-elect could help Change to Win with its
legislative agenda on a national level."

In other words, in this scenario,
Blagojevich, who has apparently been under financial stress
ever since his Lady Macbeth-type wife had to give up her job
as a

real estate agent / bagwoman
because most of her
commissions were barely disguised bribes for her husband,
would promise to resign as governor. Obama would lean on his
friends in the SEIU to give the disgraced governor a job
paying $250-300,000 pushing

SEIU`s agenda
(which includes

amnesty
). Before moving on, Blago would appoint to the
U.S. Senate

Valerie Jarrett
, Michelle Obama`s old boss when she
worked for the Daley Machine.


Tom Balanoff
, head of the janitors` local in Chicago and
a close ally of Obama, evidently conveyed Blagojevich`s
brainstorm to the Obama camp.

President Andy Stern`s

corrupt
SEIU is less a union that battles for higher
wages for its members than a

front
for the Open Borders lobby pushing for higher
immigration. Wages are ultimately determined by supply and
demand, which is why

Cesar Chavez
, during his prime, ruthlessly fought
against illegal immigration in order to keep the supply of
labor down and the price of labor for his members up. But,
in contrast, Stern`s strategy is to maximize the number of
unskilled service workers paying dues into his union at the
expense of his members` wages. Much of his energies go
toward promoting leftist political victories rather than
getting higher pay for his workers.

Obama isn`t at all like the previous
occupant of his Senate seat, Peter Fitzgerald, a Republican.
Fitzgerald served only one term from 1998-2004 because he
upset so many local politicians by bringing to town federal
prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald (no relation), who has now
arrested the last two (2!) governors. Instead, Obama

played ball
with
Illinois

politics` rich array of colorful characters, such as
Blagojevich,

Tony Rezko
, Richie Daley, Emil Jones, and

Rahm Emanuel.

Despite Obama`s initial equivocations, it
turns out that he had indeed been discussing the Senate seat
with Blagojevich through his new chief of staff,

Rahm Emanuel
—an energetic, patriotic fellow who had
responded to his nation being in peril during the 1991 Gulf
War by rushing off to serve as a volunteer at an army base …
an Israeli army base.

Seen up-close, Chicago politics
resembles a bizarrely intricate multi-generational soap
opera.

Obama and Blagojevich have long been
allies, but never have been particularly friendly, coming as
they do from very different ethnic bases. They do have a

close friend in common
: Tony Rezko, the Syrian immigrant
operator whom Patrick Fitzgerald sent to jail earlier this
year.

Even though Fat
Tony is neither black nor Muslim, he got his start in w:st="on">Chicago`s big time as the

business manager for Black Muslim
interests, including
running the career of boxer Muhammad Ali. Rezko went on
fraudulently to win numerous affirmative action set-aside
contracts using Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad`s
son Jabir as his

minority frontman
.

Rezko, always on the lookout for
up-and-coming black political talent, began recruiting Obama
in 1990. In 2003, Obama, the new chairman of the Illinois
Senate Health and Human Services committee, may have repaid
Rezko`s favors (such as $250,000 in fundraising) by
recommending to the floor

SB 1332
, which, in effect, gave Rezko corrupt control
over who got to build

hospitals
in Illinois.

In turn, that may help explain why Obama
brought the notorious Rezko into the deal to buy Obama`s
mansion in June 2005—and why

Rezko paid full price while Obama got a $300,000 discount.

(By the standards of

Russia
or
Mexico,
these Chicago sums may seem paltry. But that`s how

the game has been played
in the
Windy

City
ever since the first
Mayor Daley put Democratic Machine corruption on a
sustainable basis in the 1950s. The rakeoffs must be small
enough and boring enough that they engender cynicism among
the public rather than outrage.)


“Who sent you?”
is the classic
question in w:st="on">Chicago politics. And the
answers can go back a generation.

Blagojevich, for example, owes his
political career to marrying the foul-mouthed daughter of
Richard
Mell
, a powerful Chicago alderman. During the notorious

“Council Wars”

of the mid-1980s, between

Fast Eddie Vrdolyak`s white majority of aldermen
and
Obama`s idol, the
black mayor
(and former

jailbird
) Harold Washington, Mell initially sided with
the majority.

Obama chose to move to
Chicago

during the Council Wars in part because he was tired of
living in places without enough overt black-white conflict
to suit his tastes.

Then the political winds shifted in
Washington
`s favor.
 Mell abandoned
Vrdolyak and led a minority of the white aldermen into an
alliance with the mayor. But shortly after the
284-pound
Washington`s triumphant re-election in 1987, he died of a
heart attack. This opened the door for the coronation of the
Promised Prince,
Richard
M. Daley,
son of the late six-term mayor
Richard J. Daley
, as Mayor-for-Life. (Assuming, of
course, that Richie has the good sense to drop dead before
Fitzgerald gets him).

The Daley Dynasty`s grasp on the mayor`s
office has frustrated both Alderman Mell, now Richie`s
leading white critic on the city council, and Barack Obama.
The president of the

Harvard Law Review
had baffled his friends in w:st="on">Cambridge by insisting that he would pass up
all the glittering job offers he was receiving to

return to the political trenches in Chicago
and avenge
Harold Washington by getting himself elected mayor of
Chicago
.

Why mayor of Chicago? Because that job
gives you what Obama has always lusted after: power. By my
count, the word
"power"
or its variants appears 82 times in Dreams
from My Father
, his autobiography devoted to his 25-year
struggle to prove he was
“black enough” to
fulfill his father`s dreams becoming a leader of the black
race.

But Obama`s
attempt to follow Harold Washington`s career path—state
legislature to House of Representatives to mayoralty—was
derailed in 2000. Obama was beaten two-to-one in the
Democratic House primary by

a former Black Panther.
Although Obama carried the white
vote in his district, black voters didn`t find Obama black
enough. Apparently not enough of them had made it all the
way through the 460 pages of Dreams from My Father
to the happy conclusion where Obama decides that, yes, he
is black enough.

Obama went into a long depression
following the rejection of his “racial
credentials”
by

authentic African-Americans.
After recovering, he
launched himself on a new career—as the black candidate who
tells whites what they want to hear.

At the same time, Blagojevich set off to
get himself elected Governor of Illinois as a
“reformer”
promising “change”.
In 2002, he replaced Republican George Ryan (whom Fitzgerald
later sent to prison). Blago immediately turned much of the
state`s governance over to Rezko, justifying letting Rezko
staff his administration on grounds of …

diversity
!

Blago said he sought Fat Tony`s

"advice on
recommendations for agency directors …


[because] he was able to bring us people who were not
part of state government before. And he has connections and
roots in the

African American community
, and he could help us with
candidates . . . because part of what we wanted to do was to
have a diverse administration."

While Obama and his cronies (I haven`t
even gotten to Emil Jones, his

godfather in the state senate
) make for fascinating
gossip, all this raises a more general questions:
what`s the deal with
Chicago?
Why is it so notorious for parasitical
politicians?


There
are two main reasons.

  • First, as Mrs.
    Blagojevich no doubt told her former clients in the real
    estate business: location,


    location, location.

Beginning in 1673, French fur trappers would

portage
their canoes about a mile through what`s now
suburban Chicago to get from North America`s second most
important watershed (the Great Lakes / St. Lawrence River)
to its most important (the Mississippi River). Chicago has
grown up as the natural linchpin of North America`s water
transport.  Moreover,
because Lake Michigan extends so far south, railroad and
highway routes from the Northeast to the northern Midwest
and the Pacific Northwest inevitably go through the Chicago
area.


More
recently, the enormous expansion of

O`Hare airport
under the first Mayor Daley made the w:st="on">Chicago area an ideal home base for frequent
fliers.

So
Chicago

is, by nature and nurture, a great location to do business.
And thus it`s a great place for politicians who leech off
the wealth generated by businesses.

Its
long history as a major immigrant gateway means that the
population is greatly divided by ethnicity. As Singapore`s
Lee Kuan Yew, perhaps the most adept statesman of the 20th
Century,

noted
: "In multiracial societies, you don`t vote in
accordance with your economic interests and social
interests, you vote

in accordance with race and religion
."

The
voters who comprise w:st="on">Chicago`s various ethnic blocs know their
representatives are sonsabitches. But at least they are
their sonsabitches.

You let your
group`s veteran politicians pocket some bribes because, if
you got all high and mighty and threw the bums out and
replaced them with some public-spirited novices, your ethnic
group would find itself despoiled by all the other ethnic
groups` wily old politicians.

In summary:
clearly, the Main Stream Media failed to tell us much about
the real Obama.

The
fact is that he`s much more
interesting than his canned image as the

post-racial
reconciler.

Not as edifying,
perhaps—but interesting.

And the Obama
Presidency is just going to get more and more interesting.

To
learn who Obama really is, from his own words, my new book,
buy my reader`s guide to the President-Elect`s autobiography

America`s
Half-Blood Prince: Barack Obama`s “Story of Race and
Inheritance"
now available in paperback!


[Steve
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movie critic

for


The American Conservative
.

His website



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BARACK OBAMA`S "STORY OF
RACE AND INHERITANCE"
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