Like most, I felt for the Wambier family of Cincinnati Ohio. If you are behind on your news, their son, Otto was the young man detained in North Korea in January 2016, having been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly tearing down or stealing a propaganda poster from a hotel. By the time the Trump Administration was able to bring him home, after failed attempts by the Obama Administration, he was in a coma and passed away six days after his return. At this time, it is unknown of what killed Mr. Wambier.
As a side note, one wonders what the hell that kid was doing in North Korea in the first place. The sheer invincibility and naivete of the youth never ceases to amaze the elders of every generation going all the way back, I suppose, to when man first stood up on two legs, more than likely in order to smack his offspring in the back of the head. And one wonders what those parents were thinking for allowing him to go, surmising they paid for it. I don’t mean to Monday-morning-quarterback the Wambiers, but jeez, traveling into North Korea, home of that spoiled nut job Kim Jong Un, in this day and age, makes about as much since as me getting on my bad-ass motorcycle and leisurely cruising the streets of the south side of Chicago on a hot weekend. There are some snakes you don’t have to touch in order to know they will kill you.
As a news junkie, I was painfully aware at most times of exactly what was going on with the 22-year-old junior at the University of Virginia. (My point to this blog is, that I shouldn’t have been.) On a trip to China, he signed up to go visit North Korea. I saw the never-ending clips of his trial and pleadings for his release, as well as North Korean guards dragging him from court to whatever hell-hole they stashed him in. I watched his father, Fred, patiently answering endless reporter questions, wearing his sons jacket, while more than likely dying on the inside himself. It was a sad story, and one made readily available to me constantly by just about any news outlet. We evidently consider this important news nowadays.
In the same time-frame that Otto arrived back on American soil and the time of his death, there were nineteen people murdered on the streets of Chicago. Quick – name one!
Did you hear anything of 78-year-old Gene Gordon being shot in the West Englewood neighborhood at 5:00 in the afternoon? Shot in the head in broad daylight, yet we know nothing more of a life that had existed on this earth for 78 years. If you search the Internet deeply, you will find out a little more about the man they called Big Red, but it took me about 15 minutes to find anything.
How about 15-year-old Julio Garcia-Lara who was shot while riding in the backseat of a car one night? I couldn’t count how many times I went joy-riding in the back of cars when I was 15 and always came home no worse for the wear…well, for the most part.
The point is, folks, we have our priorities screwed up, led in a large part by corrupt governments and their media outlet trying to shape our thoughts. Until poor Otto came home, there were a total of 16 people being detained in North Korea. (I wouldn’t have known that if Otto hadn’t come home.) At the time Otto was released 313 people had been killed in Chicago in 2017. At yet, the media decides to focus irritatingly and ad nauseum on the Wambier family and for the most part, ignores the killing fields of Chicago.
Every Tom, Dick, and Harry knows that people are getting massacred on the streets of Chicago, and with the exception of a brief acknowledgement by the local news sensationalizing the killing that day, we know little of why the carnage is not being stopped. If you do, please explain it to me. Where was the outcry by Secretary of State John Kerry, Al Sharpton, or Jesse Jackson to help clean up “Obama’s hometown?” Why doesn’t current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson get involved in safeguarding the people here on our soil, who are being mowed down in their own American neighborhoods? Little girls are being shot while sitting on their own porch or watching TV inside the house! Where is the National Guard? What the hell is Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago alderman doing about this? Why is there not non-stop wall-to-wall media coverage of the bloodshed, exposing the vermin that are wreaking this slaughter on innocent people just living their lives?
I’m not saying Otto asked for his demise, but in a sense, he knew he was living dangerously when he stepped over the North Korean line. That’s what 22-year-old kids do, sometimes with terrible results. But, these people in Chicago are just trying to live their lives. And they have every right to expect that their government will protect them from predators – it’s why we have governments.
It’s about time for the national media to start focusing on what’s important, rather than the “flavor of the week” that sells. We don’t need to know incessantly what college Otto Wambier attended or that his dad wore the son’s jacket during yet another press conference. We need to relentlessly know what is going to be done to clean the blood off the streets on the south side of Chicago so that little girls can sit on their porch and not have to dodge gunfire! It's an American city for Christ's sake, not a third world country. And it’s about time the city of Chicago and/or the state of Illinois step up to help them, or get out of the way and let the Federal government do it.
I'm sure President Trump would have no problem cleaning it up.