For many years, the political scene in Chicago has had a reputation as a cesspool of corruption. Mob ties, bribery, ethics violations, and other shady dealings have become business as usual for the Windy City, and most of the nation was blissfully immune to it until 2008, when Barack Obama entered the Oval Office and brought the ‘Chicago Way’ with him. Arrogantly touting his administration as “transparent” and more recently as "scandal free," he turned a corruption-infested Executive Branch over to Donald Trump in 2016, replete with a corrupt Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, and a host of other bureaucracies crawling with hard-left Democrat operatives bent on the destruction of the Trump presidency that was never supposed to be.
It is little wonder, then, that when one begins to study the real problem on our southern border, direct ties to the city of Chicago begin to surface. In order to understand how and why Chicago is directly connected to the border crisis, one must also understand the people, organizations, and history involved. The rabbit hole runs deep, but there is a common theme that runs throughout the entire journey that should cause every liberty-loving American to stop and take note of the events in Chicago, Washington D.C., and at the southern border. The Chicago Way isn’t the only bad actor in this border crisis, but it does seem to hold the lion’s share of the blame.
To begin, a few of the players and their organizations lurking behind this dangerous game must be introduced. Some names will be familiar, others not. But they are all connected by a disturbing thread.
The first name one needs to know is Rudy Lozano. Lozano was an activist, union organizer, and political figure in Chicago. He was murdered under mysterious (and mostly uninvestigated) circumstances on June 8, 1983. Before his death, he was a prominent figure who had lost a runoff election for a seat on the Chicago City Council by a mere seven votes. Rudy was credited with bringing Mexican and Puerto Rican voters together to back Harold Washington as Chicago’s first African-American mayor in 1983. He was also one of the founders of the Center for Autonomous Social Action (CASA), a hardline Marxist-Leninist foundation created to aid illegal immigrants living in the United States.
“Rudy was doing pioneering work in the effort to bring union recognition and justice on the job to immigrant workers, including the undocumented” (peoplesworld.org 07/13/03). It was this type of socialist multicultural activism that attracted a young Barack Obama to the Chicago area, according to Rudy’s son, Rudy Lozano Jr.
After Rudy’s death, his sister Emma Lozano, a pastor at Lincoln United Methodist Church in Chicago, continued to carry the torch of activism. Emma founded the Centro Sin Fronteras (Center Without Borders or CSF) and La Familia Latina Unida (LFLU) in 1987. CSF is an illegal alien advocacy group that shares the Lincoln United Methodist Church’s address along with the Pueblo Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders or PSF), which is actively involved in coordinating the movement of migrant caravans to the southern U.S. border. Another interesting organization Emma Lozano is associated with is Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR), an activist group that grew out of the movement to free Angela Davis, a noted member of the Communist Party USA. Emma is also staunchly anti-American, as noted in her 2003 speech:
“We won't give up until we have equal rights and live a life with dignity. Legalization is not enough - we want to make a new America, one that accepts and treats all of the inhabitants of our continent as equal citizens. We ride for freedom from our oppressors and we don't say, ‘please, accept us, we are good workers,’ and make contributions, and wave the U.S. flag. We know our history - 1/2 of the entire United States was originally Mexico. We have every right to be here.”
The Lozano family doesn’t stop there. Rudy Lozano has two sons, Rudy Jr. and Pepe. Pepe was a member of the Young Communist League USA, and former writer at the hard-left publication known as People’s World magazine. Rudy Jr. is a politician and Vice President in Global Philanthropy at JP Morgan Chase & Co. Both sons worked on Barack Obama’s 2004 U.S. Senate campaign, both remain tied to Communist Party USA to varying degrees.
Much of this information was uncovered in 2016 when large caravans of immigrants heading to the United States were falsely reported by the mainstream media to have been part of an uncoordinated grassroots movement to reach safe haven. Hayden Ludwig of the Capital Research Center exposed the organizations that were reportedly organizing and funding these caravans in his October 14, 2018 article. The connections, however, run deeper than simply organizing the caravans and getting immigrants to the border to demand asylum. They run straight from Chicago to Washington D.C.
While the press fawns over the likes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib, all of whom carry the communist-socialist torch, another freshman congressman remains unmentioned by the media, yet poses a much larger and deeper threat to the sovereignty of our nation. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia replaced Luis Gutierrez after an unexpected 2018 announcement that Gutierrez was retiring after a 26-year run in the House of Representatives. Before we can understand the threat a lawmaker like Garcia poses, we have to look at the background of his predecessor, Gutierrez.
A one-time member of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party and longtime friend of Emma Lozano, Gutierrez retired from Congress to work as Senior Policy Advisor for the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) coalition, which “brings together 37 pro-immigrant, pro-refugee groups in 31 states to mobilize them” to vote for anyone or anything that pushes the United States further left towards socialism. Gutierrez was also no stranger to ethics investigations during his tenure as a congressman. As recently as March 2018, Gutierrez was found in violation of House rules after paying his former Chief of Staff Douglas Scofield out of his office funds, and in November 2018 was investigated for paying his wife over $400,000 from campaign funds from 2010 - 2016. Simply put, Gutierrez was a corrupt politician with a communist background who hand-picked Garcia (another communist) to replace him in 2019.
Chuy Garcia was handpicked to run for Congress to replace Gutierrez because of his similar hard-left views. He was a former Cook County commissioner who had honed his radical leftist views in college (learning from Lola Navarro, a disciple of the infamous Saul Alinsky). It was also in college where he met and befriended Rudy Lozano Sr. who, like everyone else discussed to this point, had ties to the Communist Party USA. Garcia also has a noted involvement with the Communist Party USA , and turned his precinct into a communist fiefdom by hand-picking local leftists and making sure they got elected. That is the classic Chicago Way. Garcia wasted no time joining the Congressional Progressive Caucus when he arrived in D.C., a testament to his hard-left political beliefs.
One can also tie Valerie Jarrett and the Obamas, who all come from similar backgrounds, to the growing list of Chicago extremists. All three are connected in one way or another to the Communist Party USA, all three were activist with socialist leanings in the Chicago area, and all three traveled in the same group of acquaintances.
All of the people and organizations mentioned in this article have something in common. They all share the belief that the U.S. / Mexico border should be wide open to allow anyone to walk across at will, unchecked, unhindered, and unaccounted for. They all share the belief that the United States is inherently evil because of “white privilege” and must embrace socialism in order to redeem itself from its perceived racism and oppression.
Organizations like Pueblo Sin Fronteras, Centro Sin Fronteras, La Familia Latina Unida (LFLU) and others are committed to bringing immigrants to the U.S., not for the sake of ‘social justice,’ but to change the landscape of the electorate to push hard-left socialism. The coordinated immigrants coming to our border have been duped into leaving home and family, promised a life of ease, lied to about the immigration process, and are now being used as propaganda tools for groups like the Congressional Progressive Caucus, who parade them out during election cycles in an attempt to make conservatives look bad. But getting these people to the border requires money, which is something very few of these organizations admit to having. A little research and connecting the dots casts shadows on a few monetary resources, though.
Enter the Wieboldt Foundation, a $20 million corporation whose executive director since 1994, Regina McGraw, is the former President for Communications at Voices for Illinois Children and whose president, Maureen Loughnane, is a former Director of Development with the ACLU.The Wieboldt foundation, sticking to the hard-left socialist agenda, makes social change and redistribution of wealth its main priority. They have contributed to PSF, CSF and LFLU over the years, making the funding of migrant caravans possible. Remember too that Rudy Lozano Jr. is the VP of Global Philanthropy at JP Morgan Chase bank. Is migrant caravan funding on Chase Bank’s agenda? There is no obvious evidence, but it does not take much to imagine some of those benevolence funds finding a back door into these organizations, then passing funding on to the coordinators of the caravans. Other donors appear to be the Public Welfare Foundation, and the National Immigration Forum, both hard-left organizations.
On June 22, 2019, the Communist Party USA celebrated its 100th anniversary in Chicago, “...emphasizing their backing of the Green New Deal, full legalization of all immigrants, protecting voting rights, and other issues.” (peoplesworld.org). Pepe Lozano was a featured speaker. He and other speakers spelled out the party’s platform, which mysteriously aligns perfectly with many of the Democrat presidential candidates heading into the 2020 election. When one looks at the Democrats’ efforts through the lens of Marxism, the picture becomes crystal clear. The political right has not become the extremists; the left has.
It is time for all conservatives, libertarians, and independents to become hyper-sensitive to the events that have been unfolding at America’s southern border and to the arguments being presented by leftists in Congress and their lapdogs in the media. There is a massive, concentrated effort to escort these supposed “asylum seekers” into the U.S. for one reason alone: To create a voting base to usher in a socialist-communist government against the will of the people. The Chicago influence is only the tip of the iceberg. Similar organizations can be found in New York, Los Angeles, and other large cities across the nation. Americans must realize that when they hear government officials and media outlets promote the Green New Deal, shame people for being white, smile with pride at their support of late-term abortions, heap scorn on Second Amendment advocates, and berate citizens for wanting border control, they are taking pages straight out of the Communist Party USA’s platform.
It must also be realized that the crisis at the border is the result of the problem. The cause of the problem is the coordination and funding of certain types of immigrants to be used as political pawns by the extremist left. Trying to deal with the problem at the border is like putting a bigger bucket under a leaky pipe. The leak is still there; the bucket only buys time. The problem needs to be fixed at the source. The people and organizations coordinating and funding this intentional effort to “change the face of America” must be shut down. The future of freedom in the United States depends on it.
Washington D.C. is a mess. This seems to be news to many people, but anyone who pays the slightest attention to politics has known this for decades. The runaway bureaucracies, the unelected tyrants lurking in the shadows, dark money being exchanged for policies that may not have the best interests of “we the people” in mind, liberty-eroding lunatics getting elected into positions of power, high tax rates, and the $23 trillion national debt have all accumulated over the years to form the exact government our Founding Fathers warned us about as they debated the contents of the Constitution. For years, the general public was mercifully cushioned from much of the chaos of the three-headed D.C. hydra by slow-moving media and long news cycles. Those days are over thanks to 24-hour news cycles and social media. Politics, political rhetoric, political news, and shameless political pandering fill our news feeds at every turn. Yet we still rarely find the unbiased truth about our representatives and their actions.
Right now, American media is obsessed with reporting on House Democrats calling for the President’s impeachment while it also studiously ignores the Republicans’ efforts to investigate the prior administration’s possibly illicit activities involving the Trump campaign and early administration. Likewise, the talking heads on the TV screen are reporting economic chaos and global destruction as a direct result of the current President’s policies, while the numbers seem to indicate things are working much better than the previous administration insisted they ever could again. One day, senators are screeching about a crisis at the southern border; the next day is filled with news clips of the same senators denying any issues there at all. It’s little wonder that a disturbing number of confused Americans tune out of politics and blindly assume that somehow everything is adequately handled by the federal government, which is being scrutinized by the big corporate media.
Very little is being handled adequately by the federal government or watched by the media giants, though. The ugly truth is that our nation’s capital is spiraling out of control and has been for quite some time. And big-money media has taken to running cover stories and hit pieces to camouflage the problem. The bulk of the U.S. population is only starting to notice this because an outsider who was elected to the White House has disregarded the subtle nuances of “politics as usual” and continues to ramrod through the Oval Office knocking over the policies of his predecessors and calling out the media for their practices. This does not sit well with many career politicians on both sides of the aisle, nor several of the mainstream media outlets who have become the propaganda arm of the left side of the D.C. establishment over the years.
Regardless of one’s feelings for the sitting President, it must be argued that one of his administration’s greatest accomplishments has been to peel back the layers of corruption, tyranny, and deliberate misrepresentation running rampant in the government, and the coordinated assistance coming from the big-money media that reports on it. The giant rat’s nest has been exposed to the general public, and the picture of the incestuous relationship between the beltway and big media gets a little clearer every day. It has become so clear that even the simplest of souls can detect it now, and they scratch their heads in wonder at the freak show on the east coast.
Although some may believe that this level of chaos has never been experienced before, history shows us that the United States has endured several periods of chaotic government. From Andrew Jackson, who dismissed his entire cabinet over a social affair, to Abraham Lincoln’s inheritance of a rapidly dividing nation, John F. Kennedy’s close call with the Soviet Union, to Jimmy Carter’s embarrassing family members and his own embarrassing ineptitude, Richard Nixon’s paranoia, and even Bill Clinton’s sexual exploits in the oval office, Washington D.C. has seen its share of tumultuous eras. The only thing that has really changed over the years, however, is the access to convenient technology that allows common citizens to root out and expose both the government and a potentially biased press.
The nation’s Founders knew time would not favor our continuing freedom, and therefore they gave us the tools to expose and short-circuit corruption and collaboration in our nation’s capital. One of the most important tools, and becoming more significant in this age, is the freedom of the press.
“No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press.” - Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson (and Benjamin Franklin) would have adored the technology we wield today and would be fascinated at the speed and frequency which reports travel from the writer to the reader. Never in the history of mankind have so many people been able to communicate on a global scale so easily. But this poses a problem, especially for the old institutions of government and media.
It is getting harder for career politicians to distract voters’ attention away from political incompetence when the line of communication between voter and politician is a mere Twitter click away, bypassing the established media in the process. Likewise, several giant media outlets are having a very hard time pedaling potentially biased rhetoric when the facts (or lack thereof) can be verified or debunked, and broadcast worldwide by anyone with a little knowledge, a cell phone, and a social media account. In short, everyone has the potential to be somewhat of a journalist, which has created an interesting predicament for established media sources and politicians alike. Currently, attempts are being made in the corporate offices of social media companies to control the unruly mob of ‘reporters’. Shadow banning, account banning, word banning, and other control measures are being put in place in an attempt to keep the "power of the press" in the hands of corporate media giants. The good news is, this is failing. As quickly as social media policies are put in place, new sites arise that allow unbridled posts, and people are seeking them out. Outside of completely dismantling the internet, there is little chance the big media dinosaurs will be able to regain the influence they once had on the common person. Smaller internet news outlets, blogs, and social media posts are rapidly replacing the 6 o'clock news and the 24-hour news channels. Yet that poses a problem as well. Who does one believe?
That, dear readers, has been the issue since the very first cuneiform was stamped into a muddy slab touting the divine providence of the tribal king. The onus is, and has always been, on the reader to decide what is accurate and what is not. "Fake news" is nothing new, and example after example can be cited throughout the ages. Being in the know and protecting yourself from the brain-numbing effects of propaganda requires effort and discernment. Multiple sources from important stories must be cross-checked to discover where the truth lies. In short, it is not up to them; it is up to you. Being a savvy consumer of news requires almost as much research as it takes to write an article. Knowing what is taking place in our nation's capital requires research and multiple viewpoints as well.
Washington D.C. continues to whirl like an F3 tornado, and giant corporate media continues to assure everyone that their take on events is the accurate one. But you, the news consumer and social media account holder, have become the watchdog now. Take your title seriously and continue to report the inaccuracies, hypocrisies, and propaganda pouring out of the Capital. The truth will eventually rise to the top if we proactively seek it.
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