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Planned protest to shut down O’Hare Airport likely motivated by self-interest instead of activism

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Planned protest to shut down OHare Airport is likely motivated by self-interest instead of activism

Throughout American history, disruptive protests have been valuable tools to force change in society. It often takes powerful actions to get enough attention for an issue. Chicago’s mounting problems deserve the type of protests made popular in the 1960s, but that’s not what we’re getting on Labor Day.

Instead, we’re likely going to get a huge headache that accomplishes little other than expanding the self-interests of the organizers.

Chicago murders: Protesters hope to shut down O’Hare Airport

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/09/02/chicago-murders-protesters-hope-shut-down-ohare-airport/1180561002/Livingston has a list of demands ranging from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s resignation to repurposing closed schools for businesses and other uses that stabilize neighborhoods.

He also wants economic investment on the South and West sides “commensurate” with spending on the North Side and downtown, legislation to encourage hiring of released inmates and resources for black-led anti-violence efforts.

“I’d would rather see my people marching on the expressways than dying in the streets,” Livingston tweeted Sunday.

While the motivations seem admirable, the methodology behind the protests is flawed. Attempting to shut down the highway that leads to the second busiest airport in America on Labor Day will have one of two immediate results. Either they’ll fail because police are able to keep traffic going or they’ll succeed and cause harm to innocent travelers. Either way, the optics are horrible.

Let’s look at the first scenario. If they fail to do what they set out to do, it will demonstrate weakness of the movement, its leadership, or both. Protests must be successful to be effective. Otherwise, organizers cannot get the additional support they seek.

If they’re able to achieve their goals, they’re going to make a whole lot of people mad. They aren’t causing a ruckus at city hall or screaming across the fence at the Governor’s Mansion. Instead, they’re taking their grievances to the people by harming the people themselves. Instead of endearing more people to their cause, they’ll end up pushing people away.

The only people who can benefit from a protest like this are the organizers themselves. It helps them build their “civil disobedience resume” and gives them a taller platform upon which they can promote their agenda. Unfortunately for those following them, that agenda likely does not include the changes they espouse. If it does, then they’re going about it all wrong.

There are many ways in today’s world to make big changes in a city like Chicago when you have the people behind you. Harming citizens of and visitors to Chicago isn’t one of them.

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16-year-old illegal alien Domingo Marcos accused of killing teacher in head-on-collision

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16-year-old illegal alien Domingo Marcos accused of killing teacher in head-on-collision

When Domingo Marcos, 16, crossed our southern border illegally in 2017, he immediately asked for asylum. He was given a date for his asylum hearing and released. When he didn’t show up for his hearing, his asylum was denied and a deportation order went out. Unfortunately, law enforcement didn’t catch up with him until he allegedly killed Alabama school teacher Sonya Jones in a head-on collision.

According to MyNBC15:

Prosecutors say Marcos is an illegal immigrant from Guatemala who tried to claim asylum in Arizona in 2017. When he was a no show to his hearing, prosecutors say he was denied asylum and issued a final order of deportation. Authorities didn’t catch up with him until Monday’s crash.

My Take

Most of the stories about illegal immigrant crimes we cover here have to do with heinous acts committed by adults. This is a reminder that there are dangers posed to American citizens that come in many forms from illegal immigrants. Not all of the pain they cause is intentional, and not all of those causing the pain are adults.

Things may be very different today if more illegal immigrants who apply for asylum showed up to their hearings. This goes to show it’s often considered easier to flea from the law for the rest of their lives and hope for Democrats to give them amnesty in the future rather that risk failing the very difficult task of demonstrating a valid need for asylum. The left will say the system needs to be changed to allow more asylum-seekers to stay in the country legally. That may actually be the case, but until we stop the flow of illegal immigrants coming over the southern border, it’s really a moot point.

America is the most generous nation in the world in dealing with illegal immigrants. We can be strong defenders of our own sovereignty and still be compassionate, but it must start by securing the border. We need the wall up immediately.

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Mark Geragos, lawyer to Kaepernick, Smollett, and Jackson, likely unnamed co-conspirator with Michael Avenatti

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Michael Avenatti may be getting all the headlines, but his unnamed co-conspirator may be even more of a catch in the extortion case that got Avenatti arrested. Mark Geragos, a regular CNN analyst and lawyer to famous people like Colin Kaepernick, Jussie Smollett, and Michael Jackson, is supposedly the unnamed co-conspirator.

My Take

Avenatti is a spotlight hog. He’s the guy you call if you want the attention paid to your lawyer instead of you. He draws fire and offers cover while still getting your case plenty of attention.

Geragos is the guy you call if you need a real lawyer.

This is why people who aren’t stars call Avenatti while those who are aleady stars call Geragos. He’s a high-dollar hired gun who delivers results. This time, he may have gotten caught with his hand in the wrong cookie jar.

The fact that he’s a CNN analyst certainly adds poetic justice to this. CNN is one of the biggest culprits who helped make Avenatti a star in the first place.

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Venezuela is colluding with Russia while America is distracted by Trump not colluding with Russia

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Venezuela is colluding with Russia while America is distracted by Trump not colluding with Russia

Two Russian jets carrying troops and equipment landed in Caracas, Venezuela, as part of a mission to “fullfil technical military contracts,” according to Russian media. But it’s almost certain this is part of Russia’s play on Venezuela to prop up socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro just as they did with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Meanwhile, most Americans who follow the news cycle were bombarded with perspectives on Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the Robert Mueller investigation report. In it, President Trump and his 2016 campaign were found to not have colluded with the Russians in their election hacking endeavors.

My Take

While most were focused on fake Russian collusion, the real thing was happening in one of the world’s hottest spots, Venezuela.

Russia’s play here is simple: keep Maduro in power at all costs. They got the drop on any actions the United States may have been planning, though it’s unlikely those plans included military intervention. Still, Russia isn’t taking any chances. By getting troops and equipment on the ground, they’ll be able help Maduro by offering cover from outside actions while bolstering his support internally.

Any defections or coup attempts will be much less likely with Russia directly involved.

The opposition leader who America and over 50 other nations consider to be the rightful interim president, Juan Guaido, has been trying to get international support while maintaining domestic support, but Maduro’s move may have prevented that from happening.

In essence, the battle over Venezuela is now over. It’s unfathomable to conceive of action by the United States or any other’s who support Guaido other than diplomatic efforts that will accomplish nothing. Venezuela is doomed to retain their socialist dictator now.

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