Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania

Catanzara is cure for what ails Chicago

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By Ray Hanania

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx have no solutions to rising crime, using a lot of smoke and mirrors and excuses to distract the law-abiding public from their failures.

Often hiding behind a thin veneer of racism, Lightfoot and Foxx have empowered criminals, undermining police authority while pandering to a small group of vocal, race-driven activists.

As with Lightfoot, race and public perception are more important to Foxx than actually fighting crime by prosecuting criminals. That’s why Foxx has made life so much easier for criminals, weakening the justice system with policies like increasing the felony prosecution level for theft to $1,000.

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A criminal who steals under $1,000 (instead of $500) faces misdemeanor charges. Because jail overcrowding is so serious, the system usually cuts the criminals slack. They have to be arrested and charged 10 times before their criminal conduct is taken seriously and elevated to a felony.

Lightfoot’s failures and Foxx’s lax policies towards criminals are forcing law-abiding people to flee Chicago for the suburbs. The population scales move slowly because the law-breakers, gangbangers and criminals are migrating to Chicago, where life is so much easier for them.

Chicago was pretty bad back in the 1980s when the Wall Street Journal dubbed the city “Beirut on the Lake.” The murder rate was considered pretty bad back them.

But under Lightfoot and Foxx, the murder rates have increased significantly. Chicago is often now compared to Afghanistan, you know, that country another race-driven apologist abandoned to the terrorists who spent 20 years trying to destroy?

It took us how many years to kill terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, who was hiding right under our noses near a Pakistani military base?

So, as it becomes harder and harder to stop the rising death and crime, Lightfoot and Foxx have turned to making excuses for it. The increases in crime have pushed the media level of acceptance for them higher, which is one reason why they were so quick to cut Jussie Smollett a break.

Thankfully, not everyone has given up on crime. Former prosecutor Dan Webb pretty much peeled back the lies from Smollett, who enjoyed the backing of people like Michelle Obama and Foxx.

What we need now is to peel away the thin veneer of lies that people like Lightfoot and Foxx have created to cover-up for their failure to rein in the criminals.

That’s where John Catanzara comes in.

I got a chance to meet Catanzara this past weekend, but not at a rally of right-wing extremists as Lightfoot, Foxx and friends are hoping you might associate with him. He was at a dinner hosted by Arabs and Muslims that included a diverse range of people, including Dr. Willie Wilson, Chicago Alderman Raymond Lopez and Democratic Committeewoman Blanca Vargas.

Catanzara is a pretty smart guy. As a 27-year police officer, Catanzara knows exactly what a mayor needs to do to make Chicago and the region safer. Put the pressure back on the criminals, and take it off of the backs of a police department that has been disabled by Lightfoot’s failed leadership and Foxx’s failed policies.

Catanzara told me he is running for Chicago mayor, probably announcing his candidacy in early January. As mayor, he would declare war on the criminals, but wouldn’t run it himself.

Being a police officer, he would support police with the funding, backing and support that they need to do their jobs, and by hiring a veteran police crime fighter to head the police department.

Catanzara would strengthen the police instead of easing the pressure on the criminals. He would reverse Lightfoot’s and Foxx’s policies of criminal appeasement, putting the focus on protecting all law-abiding citizens.

Much of our problem has to do with criminal perceptions that they can get away with crime. Instead fearing being shot, beaten or jailed, the criminals know the Lightfoot/Foxx system is on their side.

Chicago and Cook County need someone who will put the muscle back into crime fighting and send a clear message to the criminals. Their lives mean nothing, certainly not more than the lives of their victims and the law-abiding citizens.

We have to be tougher than criminals to beat them. Catanzara can make that happen.

Let’s change the Lightfoot/Foxx message from “Defunding Police,” to “Empower Police” and make Cook County and Chicago safer places to live and work.

Check out more of Ray Hanania’s columns and political podcasts at hanania.com..

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