Eight years ago corruption fighter Andy Martin explained why martial law was needed in Chicago, to stem the tide of relentless violence
Andy Martin was supposed to attend the University
of New Hampshire, where his mother
and uncle had graduated. But when Andy got the chance to play Big ten football
at the University of Illinois
he grabbed for the brass ring, eventually ending up as a corruption fighter in Illinois.
Today Andy lives in Manchester,
near the Merrimack River. But this year, 2017, he
celebrates fifty years as a corruption fighter in Chicago
and Illinois, and forty years as
the last surviving reform mayoral candidate in the historic election to succeed
“The Boss,” Mayor Richard J. Daley. Andy continues to fight political
corruption from Hanover to Honolulu,
and he remains an “honest broker” in explaining why martial law is the only approach
that will succeed in quelling the violence in Chicago.
Andy endorses President Trump’s promise to “send in the feds” if Chicago
leaders cannot stop the killing; eight years ago in a blunt, landmark
prediction, Andy said Chicago’s
leaders were incapable of regaining control of the city. Andy was right. The
failed political leadership in Chicago
was wrong. And today President Trump is also right. Will Trump right Chicago’s
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says that without a declaration of martial law, Chicago violence cannot be stopped
and Chicago politicians lack the guts to act,” Andy says; “Only President Trump
has the willpower to succeed”
2017 Andy celebrates fifty years as an Illinois and national corruption
fighter, and forty years since he led a reform movement after the death of
“Boss” Richard J. Daley in 1977
Martin was once a modern day successor to “Eliot Ness and the Untouchables” in Chicago; today Andy lives in New Hampshire but occasionally takes on a Chicago corruption battle
(Near the Winter
White House, Florida) (February 6, 2017)
Eight years ago I called for the imposition of martial law
in Chicago, to stem the relentless
tide of murder and violence (please see link #1 below). History has confirmed
the accuracy and wisdom of my predictions. Since 2009 thousands have been
murdered in Chicago, and tens of
thousands have been shot. Local authorities remain unwilling and unable to stop
the violence. In 2012 I again predicted that martial law was the only solution
(please see link #2 below).
Since my original prediction both national personalities
such as Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and local public officials have joined my call
for emergency action (please see link #3 below).
Now that President Trump has promised to “send in the feds”
(please see link #4), it is time to understand why Chicago
continues to fail to provide public safety for its citizens, and why only
drastic measures can succeed.
First, a little personal history. I grew up in New
England, not the Midwest. Because both my
mom and uncle had graduated from the University
of New Hampshire I was expected to
attend there. But I got the chance to play football at the University
of Illinois and the siren call of
the Big Ten took me to Illinois. I
come from a military family; the last thing on my mind was becoming a
corruption fighter. But through a series of accidental opportunities I ended up
working for a U. S.
Senator who himself had been a legendary corruption fighter in Chicago, as well
as a friend of the great lawyer Clarence Darrow.
As a college senior I went to the Illinois General Assembly
(legislature) as an intern where I encountered the Mafia, which enjoyed its own
state senate seat from Chicago. The
machine politics of the 1950’s-1970’s Daley Machine was operating with little
hindrance. And, somehow, fifty years ago the die was cast. The people who
supported and encouraged me became an informal version of “Eliot Ness and the
Untouchables.” We were a team that could not be bossed or bullied or bought and
had a steadfast commitment to public integrity and fighting political
corruption. I was the public face and took the brunt of the counterattacks and
Forty years ago in 1977 I participated in the historic
mayoral primary election to succeed “Boss” Richard J. Daley. Today I am the
only surviving candidate from that election. But I have just as much energy and
commitment today as I did fifty years ago.
I moved back to New Hampshire
in 2010 (please see link #5 below). But because of my national corruption fighting
activity from Hanover (NH) to Honolulu (HI) we still get involved with Illinois
and Chicago corruption from time to
time. Why do I mention my long history of experience with political corruption
and public integrity? Because many political leaders have a “here today, gone
tomorrow” attitude and lack any institutional memory.
Forty years ago Governor “Big Jim” Thompson of Illinois
passed “Class X felony” legislation to rid Chicago
of gang violence. Thompson is long gone (but still alive); Class X felonies
still remain on the law books. But the gangs are more powerful than ever.
Everything the politicians have tried has failed. That’s why it’s time for the
Donald Trumps and Andy Martins to offer solutions and in the case of President
Trump to take action.
If you go back and read what I suggested in 2009 (link #1)
you’ll think it sounds pretty mild. But in 2009 I was considered “way out” for
proposing a massive campaign to end gang violence through an initial
declaration of martial law. Since my original proposals, thousands have died
and tens of thousands have been permanently maimed and wounded by violence.
Obama has come and gone in the White House. The killing continues unabated.
Significantly, Obama has not moved back “home” to Chicago.
Recently some of us went on a ride through the most
dangerous neighborhoods. They are barely a stone’s throw from President Barack
Obama’s mansion on the South Side. I first went to the South Side long, long
ago. But the bombed out neighborhoods of the 1960’s are still largely bombed
composed of good people who are held hostage by crooked politicians. Both the
State of Illinois and City of Chicago
are bankrupt. Taxes skyrocket, services are curtailed and the “death spiral”
that caused me to move away in 2010 has gotten progressively worse. Can Chicago
and Illinois be saved? I believe
they can. But I also believe that neither Mayor Emanuel nor Governor Bruce Rauner
is going to take action. So President Trump must act.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said he wants President Trump to
“help.” But Emanuel doesn’t really want Trump’s help. Emanuel wants to continue
the same old failed liberal Democratic Party solutions, while trying to shift
the blame for failure to Trump. Trump is too smart to fall for that snare.
My 2009 proposals are strikingly current. But stronger
action is needed today because of the deteriorated situation.
In 1957, President Eisenhower sent in a contingent of the
101st Airborne Division (U S Army) to support the Arkansas National Guard which
the president had federalized. (While the National Guard remains under the
control of a state’s governor, a president can “federalize” state troops and
place them under national command). Thus, there is a precedent for federal
action to protect constitutional rights when local officials fail or refuse to
The federal ATF agency supposedly will send twenty (20) more
agents to Chicago, a claim the
agency denies (please see link # 7 below). But “20 agents” is a drop in the
bucket. In 2014 more ATF agents were sent to Chicago
with no noticeable impact (please see link #8 below).
Drastic and dramatic gestures are necessary. Which is why
local politicians prefer to do nothing and pray for cold weather to keep people
indoors. Mayor Emanuel has claimed he is “hiring more police,” but that is a
typical Emanuel smokescreen. Emanuel’s hires would bring the police force back
to where it was when he took office (please see link #9 below).
In November Chicago
voters chose to continue the chaos when they rejected Trump and elected to
continue the state’s relentless decline into insolvency and mediocrity. So
Trump doesn’t owe Illinoisans anything. He could let the people who voted
against him stew in their own juices and it would be a condign response since
he is under no immediate obligation to do anything.
Nevertheless if Trump could succeed in stemming violence in Chicago
- and he can - that would send a message to every American, “Law and order is
back, anarchy will not be tolerated, and if local officials refuse to act, we
The tragedy is that African-Americans, who remain laminated
to the failed Democratic Party policies of the last half century, and laminated
to the failed political leadership of the Congressional Black Caucus, are the
ones who are betrayed by their local and national leaders every day in every
way. Trump could redeem his campaign promise to African-Americans by “making Chicago
Eight years ago I laid out a rational and reasonable program
to bring peace to the embattled streets of Chicago
(#1). That program can easily be updated, as I have done in these few
The cost of bringing peace is far less than the ongoing cost
of the bleeding which the city and region are enduring. While “Chicago
hating” is a time-tested electoral strategy in Illinois,
particularly downstate, Chicago is
an economic engine that powers the entire Midwest. If Chicago
dies, citizens across the region, from Indiana
to Wisconsin and beyond will be
Martial law would not have to last very long. But it would
involve an initial “shock,” followed by a precinct-by-precinct effort to regain
control of lawless neighborhoods. Instead of seeking to regulate the police, as
President Obama did, Trump could work to encourage and professionalize local
If politicians simply allow the same failed policies to
continue, and allow the same failed leaders to persist with the same failed
programs, the Midwest will eventually suffer irreversible
Demanding “jobs” and “education” and other federal
giveaways, which is what Emanuel and Black leaders expect from Trump, is a
pathway to oblivion. Without public safety in the streets, no program can
succeed. I have known Chicago for
more than a half century. The trend has been down, down, down. There is no
local leadership and no local initiative. The demands for justice and giveaways
have been relentless and irrelevant. Nationally, trillions of dollars in
“poverty programs” have accomplished little.
If Trump wants to tackle the problems with real solutions,
he knows where to reach me. In Manchester, New
LINKS TO THIS STORY (cut and paste the entire link below and not
just the underlined portion):
Andy Martin is a
legendary New Hampshire, New York and Chicago muckraker, author, Internet columnist,
talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With
forty-nine years of background in radio and television and with five decades of
investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides
insight on politics, foreign policy, intelligence and military matters. For a
full bio, go to: www.AndyMartin.com;
also see www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm
immigrated to Manchester, New
Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where
he played as a small boy. He is ’s leading corruption fighter and
Republican Party reformer.