Friday, July 24, 2020

Rioters' veto: Lightfoot orders removal of Chicago's two Columbus statues

Christopher Columbus statue at
Columbus Park in 2010
Years ago I came across the term "heckler's veto." It is government, and sometimes corporations, bowing down to the complaints of a very few, even just one person, over something like a creche display outside a village hall--even when other displays, even irreligious ones, are allowed.

Society's descent continues. Last night, bowing to pressure from rioters, Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago ordered the "temporary" removal of the city's two Christopher Columbus statues, one just south of downtown in Columbus Park, the other at Little Italy on the West Side. They were gone sometime before sunrise today.

We now have a "rioters' veto." Mayor Lightweight caved in to the extremists.

Although there is no polling on the statues, my guess is that most Chicagoans either supported keeping the statues up, or they didn't care. But the violent brats, far-left Antifa and the like, got their way.

If only Lightweight was as determined to fight violent crime in her city. We'd be making progress. She calls herself a progressive. But she doesn't seem that interested in that kind of progress.

UPDATE 10:30am: Fox News has video.

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