Chicago's Mayor Daley is just a little more equal than anyone else. That's certainly the claim he's making right now with his demand for bodyguards after he retires from office.
That's right. Mayor Daley is requesting three around the clock Chicago Police bodyguards to protect him once he retires in a few weeks.
Just like the pigs in Orwell's Animal Farm, the top Chicago piggy sees nothing wrong with demanding bodyguards after doing everything in his power to ensure regular Chicago citizens are rendered defenseless.
But that's not all. The Entitled One also has demanded a pair of vehicles, one for himself and one for his wife. Unsurprisingly, Daley has no comment on that.
The only person who seems unable to comprehend Mayor Daley's hypocrisy is... well... Mayor Daley.
He says the bodyguard request is "appropriate".
That's hardly shocking, but former Chicago mayor Jane Byrne doesn't agree.
When she was asked about Daley’s request and whether she felt it was justified, Byrne said this:
“I don’t think it’s appropriate in any way once you leave. As he said, there’s only one mayor at a time. There’s no need to give somebody protection for the rest of their life. I don’t see it.”
But the Hypocritical One obviously thinks so. He's more important, you see. Special even.
This man has spent his entire career keeping firearms out of the hands of his own citizens, the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution be damned. Even after he lost that battle in court, he still managed to find a way to game the system and ensure that it was all but impossible for regular citizens to own a handgun inside Chicago's city limits.
But unlike the "legal" Chicago mobsters like Daley, a separate set of rules apply to you and me. We're nothing but mere citizens, you see. Not worthy of the air we breathe when compared to such luminaries, or dare I say it, scumbags like Mayor Daley.
Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Shields called the mayor’s request ill-timed when a two-year police hiring slowdown has left the Chicago Police Department more than 2,300 officers-a-day short of authorized strength, counting vacancies and officers on medical leave and limited duty.
“We have an extreme manpower shortage. The citizens of Chicago can feel that shortage. To ask for five bodyguards is ridiculously excessive,” Shields said.
He shouldn't have bodyguards while he's the mayor, let alone when he's not! He should be forced to live under the same rules he's forced on the good citizens of Chicago all these years. No exception.
Once he retires he is a regular citizen entitled to the same level of protection as any other citizen, i.e. none.
Of course the Arrogant One doesn't see it that way.
The safety of my family comes first.”
But what about the safety every other family in Chicago? Do they not deserve to be safe too?
See, there's the rub.
Mayor Daley doesn't give a shit about anyone else. Never has, never will.
He cares only that he's treated just a little more equal than anyone else.