Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Chicago Way

"They will ruin us."

"We could support a political candidacy, we could donate or work for one or another politician that we agreed with."
"This is America, I said."
"Are you in your good senses?" said my father. "We have lives here. We have businesses. If we get involved in politics, they will ruin us."
"And no one, not the Roosevelt Democrats or the Reagan Republicans, disagreed. The socialists, the communists, the royalists, everyone nodded their heads."
"This was Chicago. And for a business owner to get involved meant one thing: It would cost you money and somebody from government could destroy you."