But only a start. In a just world, I would be happy about this photo:
Perhaps not ecstatic – simply because that dollar value is tremendously low for the scope of the abridgements of Constitutionally-protected rights perpetrated by the city of Chicago – but at least happy.
But this is not a just world. And instead of those people whose names grace the bottom of the check being the ones who have actually pay it, the people of the city of Chicago are the ones on the hook for having to fork over that cash.
After a fashion, that does make sense – after all, they elected into office those scumbags who had no respect for the individual rights of American citizens – but not all of the people having to foot this bill voted for Emanuel, and not all of them support him now, and they are all getting screwed alike.
Until such time as cities, states, and nations hold politicians individually, personally responsible for their official actions, things like this will always grate on me. Sure, they beat the alternative of allowing our individual rights to be ground into dust under the color of "law", but they really are not doing anything to fix the actual problems, only addressing the symptoms.