This here is a continuation of last week’s post regarding Rahm and his children.
I’m basically responding to the comment from Kamran Swanson and I wanted to clarify my statements. I appreciate the reply, and I hope I can do justice to the fine observations made by KS.
First, mya culpa KS. I realize now that I was buildin’ my case from more than just one news source. I should have also provided a link to this article titled Exclusive: Emanuel To Send Kids To U. Of C. Lab Schools
Here are the excerpts that were of interest to me:
“If I made a decision about my children that was not as father, but as mayor, first of all my kids would know it – because it is exactly what we said, they have a sixth sense about that – and I’d be less as a father,” he said. “I would know it and the public will understand, then I’m less of a person and I know they will appreciate that. I have absolute confidence in that.”
“There is nothing more important to me than my children and my family and you know this as a father … our kids are unbelievably smart. They know if tjey [sic] become instruments or second priorities,” he said. “And I never want my kids to grow up thinking that my career or my profession trumps their future or their relationship with me.”
So, to clarify, I believe that Rahm selectively used his children to get sympathy and acceptance from the public. Who is going to argue with the kind of logic he presents here? We all agree that parents want what’s best for their children; I said sos myself in the original post last week. Nobody will ever question that and Rahm knows it. All parents know it. However, to be perfectly clear, Rahm states how his children have this sixth sense about his parental abilities. Why use them to get more sympathy? Just tell us what you decided to do and leave it at that for now boss. Nah. Ya know why? ‘Cause he’s sellin’ himself as a caring parent by using his children to convince us. I’m not sayin’ he isn’t a caring parent. I’m just sayin’ that he’s makin’ sure we know what his children are thinkin’ ’cause it adds that level of humanism needed to push his political agenda over the top, or rather, through the doors of the lab school.
I’d like to know what his response would be if his children said, “Hey dad, my sixth sense tells me that school on the south side is too darn far. I rather go to school in our ‘hood so I can hang with my new friends and get some extra sleep in the morning. Whatdaya say pops?” Would Rahm still listen to his children? Would he tell the public?
My answer is this: I don’t think so ’cause Rahm the father would still do what Rahm the politician wants to do. I’m guessin’ he’d take his powerful parental role and tell his children to get in the car and we, the citizens of the city, would be none the wiser ’cause I’m sure Rahm would keep this family matter private.
Would we still think of him as being a caring parent if we knew this was going on? I do wonder.
Through it all, the children pay the price. They serve Rahm’s calculated needs perfectly. He serves ’em up at the right time, with just the right hint of moral awareness that keeps us all at bay, in our state of public education discontent. But we don’t question the politician disguised as the parent. Smooth move. We fall for it ’cause the father says the mayor is doin’ the right thing; and he can only be the father if he presents the children, the token, objectified, children. They serve his purpose well. Sad, but true.
My argument isn’t whether or not Rahm is a good father. It’s none of my business. My concern is that he is using political clout to state his case to the public and then, and then, and then, he’s using his children to demonstrate how moral he can be. This is almost as bad as those photos of children standing next to politicians while they sign new laws. No wait. I take it back. It is as equally bad. Stop playing these games with children. They are not political objects.
On a side note, and to address KS’s comment regarding Rahm sending his children to school on his own dime. I have to respectfully disagree. Rahm is sendin’ his children to school on our dime, the taxpayers of Chicago. Now, just like the mayor has the right to tell us, city employees where to live and by default, spend our nickles and dimes, we too should have a right to tell Rahm where to spend his quarters.
Thanks for readin’.
I know the public understands me. I have absolute confidence in that. My sixth sense tells me so.