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To the editors:

The Reader's ongoing diatribes against Rich Daley and in favor of Tim Evans by David Moberg and fellow liberal party liner Doug Cassel (most recently "The Fuel of a New Machine" and "What's This Election About?" in the March 31 issue) are about as convincing as a $3 bill.

Yes, the high rollers have given Daley huge "campaign contributions" and he accepted them. The sun also rose over the lake this morning. So what else is new? The rich and powerful have controlled politics in every city in the world for oh, at least about the last 4,000 years now. Welcome to the real world, fellas.

The rich supported Daley the moment it became clear that he would be our next mayor. Many of them also supported Sawyer until it was evident he could not win; they always cover their bets to make sure whoever is in office will do their bidding. If they thought Tim Evans, or Moberg, or Cassel, or me or the man in the moon was likely to be our next mayor, that is where their support would have gone. Complaining about Daley's funding is just sour grapes from the losers. Are we to believe that Tim Evans would not have been thrilled to death to have such funding himself?

Liberals, being the perennial whiners that they are, would have us believe that the rich only get chummy with moderate or conservative white politicians, but they have a short memory. The business community was not exactly unhappy with that liberal darling, Harold Washington, who showed no more opposition to downtown building projects than any other mayor. Had he lived to run for another term, it is a given that he would have done so with LaSalle Street's full blessing; everyone knows that. But would the liberals have whined about that? And be accused of being racists on top of turning against a fellow liberal? No way.

This is hardly to suggest that we should be happy about Daley as mayor. It is easy to make a case against him without having to resort to cheap shots about his campaign contributions and blood lines or pretending that Tim Evans is somehow better. Richie Daley has yet to show that he has any original ideas about dealing with Chicago's problems and making the city a better place. Additionally, unlike his father, he shows little leadership ability and is utterly gutless. Can anyone imagine his dad being afraid to debate the likes of Fast Eddie?!

But making a case for Tim Evans as mayoral timber requires a leap of faith beyond what the rational mind is capable of. Here is a guy who everyone admits has done a poor job in his own ward, a man who can offer nothing more than having been a Washington lackey. However, he is black, and that makes all the difference. (Remember when liberals used to make excuses for Jeff Fort, something they never would have done for, say, a leader of the Simon City Royals?) No doubt, therefore, a white vote for Evans was supposed to be a "vote against racism."

This says far less about Evans than it says about the liberal version of fighting racism, which astute blacks correctly identify as paternalism, itself a form of racism. It goes something like this: blacks are pitiful creatures who have been oppressed for so long that we should make it up to them by not expecting them to be judged on the basis of merit like everyone else. Judging them on merit, the party line goes, would be unfair because blacks cannot be expected to have the merit! If that isn't itself racist, I don't know what is. No wonder growing numbers of blacks have better things to say about their traditional enemies, the KKK (at least you know where they stand) than their "friends" the liberals, who unknowingly do more to discredit blacks than traditional racists ever could.

Recently I have been told that by not swallowing the liberal/left line on these matters, I am really a fascist. If being a fascist means having an independent mind that refuses to swallow the authoritarian liberalism of the Mobergs and Cassels, then I am proud to be a fascist. It seems all real Americans are called that eventually. I for one am not afraid of that label.

Tyrone Walls
N. Rockwell

David Moberg replies:

So at last Walls comes out of the political closet. Anyone else wishing to formalize "Fascists for Daley" should contact him.

Incidentally, although the Washington administration did not slow the downtown building boom, it did begin to require some compensation (like the Low-Income Housing Trust Fund) in exchange for public help to private developers, moved Chicago a bit closer to other big cities in setting standards for public amenities from developers (like streetscaping), and shifted city capital spending a bit toward the neighborhoods. And most of the big developer money behind Daley supported Tom Hynes against Washington in 1987.

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