The following is a transcript from the Pro America Report.
Welcome, welcome. Welcome, Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. Great to be together and hope you had a great weekend. Busy busy time. Lots happening for lots of families. School winding down for some. I was over with my daughter and my wife and our whole family for a college weekend this past weekend, which was great. My oldest daughter is a freshman in college, so. We had a great time.
And a lot happening across the country and the world and lots to comment on. I you know when I get to my WYNK every day, I think to myself, what’s the most important story that’s not being covered in what I would say in a sane way. And I have to say I changed my mind since I started to get ready for this WYNK, What You Need to Know, first of all, if you go to proamericareport.com, you’ll see Ed Martin’s Pro America Report. There you can sign up for the daily e-mail, the WYNK, What You Need to Know, and that’s what we start today.
But here’s the thing. When I thought about, I thought I thought, well, there’s the leak. The leaker, who it looks like he leaked some documents that show the Ukraine Russian war is in a different place than maybe we thought. There’s conversations about the school choice movement, vouchers. Very ugly smear. I might get to it later in the show. Smear against Chris Rufo, sorry, Corey D’Angelis, not Chris Rufo. They both Corey D’Angelis is the one who got smeared. A terrible, mean spirited, almost political ad I I have to say I guess. The creator of the ad, which really smeared Corey de Angelis. I I guess they’re considering him a public figure so thoroughly that they think they’re protected, but it was really brutal. But I I could talk about all those things. I could talk about Tesla. It looked like they were gonna have a launch to go to Mars or the next step in that. For Elon Musk, but that got scrapped early in the day on Monday, I think.
But instead I want to talk about the violence that was featured over the weekend in Chicago. And when I say it was featured, most of our major cities have violence and crime every weekend. If you go and do a tally of the number of people shot, for example in a place like Chicago over a weekend. You it’s it’s devastating numbers. Sometimes it’s more than 50 people shot on a two night two day period. But and and and right now our cities are lawless and and or our cities are wild. Let’s say that way. Lawless is a little Bit of an overstatement, but it’s not a surprise. It’s not a surprise and and why I’m covering this as my WYNK today
What you need to know is because I did a radio interview earlier today and the and the guy on the other end, he’s kind of a libertarian and he said. Well, Ed, you know, New York City, but people say that there’s not enough enforcement of the laws, you know, and that the the current prosecutor is the Soros guy and spending his resources on on trying to trump up charges against the former president. He said, this guy said, but Ed, the the jails are full. Well, the jails are full. What are you gonna do?
And I said well. If you want to change the laws so there’s less people in jail, go ahead and change the laws. If you want the executive branch to do a a pardon, go ahead and do a pardon, but if you’re gonna have a system of laws and you send out the word, the bat signal goes out. From Gotham. Or any other city. That when it comes to so-called, you know, basic crimes, property crimes, sometimes called, we’re not gonna enforce them or in addition, in a lot of these cities, they’re not gonna enforce any of the drug laws.
So if you burn a car in in Washington, DC, at Trump’s inauguration, you won’t get prosecuted. If you break a window in Chicago over this past weekend, you won’t get prosecuted. In fact, you’ll get the mayor to say something like, well, we, we sure wish there was constructive ways where these young people could go somewhere and uh be supervised by adults. What? These people don’t want to be supervised by adults. And my point is not that the mob of kids were hardened criminals. But you don’t have to go far to see that the the the the BAT signal being out creates a situation where you can’t really tell the difference. Remember, a few months ago. When there was a an epidemic. Of people, they call it smash, uh smash and grab. They go into malls in, in, in, in California especially, and a gang of people would have a mask, a bunch of masks on and they’d break open the cases and they’d grab the jewelry or the watches or other stuff. And it wasn’t always the highest end. It wasn’t like they would do it at Tiffany’s. Tiffany’s has an armed guard at the front and has a, you know, bars on the door, they would go to the mid level places, the mid Level Department stores. And and in the malls. But they knew they wouldn’t be prosecuted. They knew that there would be no consequences.
Again once you set up a system where the cost of bad behavior is low or nothing, don’t be surprised when people take advantage of that. So in Chicago and in New York and in D.C. and in my hometown, St. Louis, the prosecutors have announced. That they will not. Prosecute so-called property crimes that they will not prosecute drug crimes, drug violations. And once you do that, you can expect that those things will, people that want to commit those crimes, people that want to commit that mischief will come to that town. That’s inevitable.
And what it’s doing is over time, it’s making inevitable that you cannot go to the cities. Because if you. Go to the cities because you like, you know, to see the skyline in Chicago on the on the. Lake there and it’s. You know you like to go to the Navy pier and you can see the Ferris wheel and there’s music and all. That’s fine because why? Because the thing that you want the incentive for you to be there is the skyline and the and the and the Navy pier. But if the things you wanna do are lawlessness, you have all the incentive you can want to go to downtown Chicago. And so you will and pretty quickly.
Absent a change in the in the enforcement of the law, the people who want to see the skyline and the Navy pier are not going to come down. In the face Of crime and and lawlessness, and having their car broken into or having to worry about a group of people you know raving across an area and they, back in the ’80s, they called it Wilding. It was a whole movement. Now, my point there, by the way. Is that these things do ebb and flow.
When you get a series of law enforcement officials and mayors and others that don’t enforce the law, you get a bad situation and that the classic example. Is the, New York City, is New York City in the 1970s and ’80s when it got increasingly lawless, increasingly graffiti covered. And you ended. Up with vigilantes like Bernie Goetz pulling a gun out on the subway and shooting somebody, and you had people getting more and more fed up and fleeing from New York City.
Until there was a dramatic change in leadership and actually I was just watching a documentary about this called Gotham. I’m going to try to get the speaker on. And Gotham actually gave the credit, he said. It started to happen actually under Koch. I guess. Koch, excuse me, it started to happen under Dinkins. Dinkins actually hired a. So Mayor Koch was the mayor of New York City. And continued downhill then Mayor Dinkins, African American, was, upset Koch in the primary and became the the mayor. And and Dinkins was boxed in by the crime and and forced against his political will by the Speaker of the City Council to hire a bunch of cops. And they actually added a whole bunch, 10s of thousands of cops, but it didn’t happen in time. For Dinkins to get credit in this documentary, they cover that. So what happens? Rudy wins. And then, after Rudy’s eight years or nine years, because of the, the eight years because of the situation with the 9/11, then Rudy hands it off to Bloomberg, who goes another. Was it 10 or 12 years, I guess, 12 years. He actually got term limits rolled because of the crisis. And so what you end up with is. People who are seeing that the incentive changed that the incentive changed and that the reality is that the crime can be stopped if there’s law enforcement and prosecutors are willing to do it. And that’s what happened there.
So what you need to know is The cities are not giving us examples of of kids being worse. They’re not an example of the jails being full. They’re not an example of social media run wild. They’re not an example of any of those things. They are a clear result. Of going ahead and not enforcing the law and holding people accountable for crimes that have an impact. Broadly on how you live, and that was by the way, again back to this documentary called Gotham, that’s what you saw in New York. They called it a broken windows. I think it was broken windows. They would, they would basically say. Anywhere where you saw graffiti or broken windows, you fix it because people have a better sense of what’s happening. They have a better. Understanding of law and order when they see it all around them. So that’s what you need to know today. What, it’s not just defund the police. It’s not just defund the police, it’s it’s send up the bat signal that you want lack of accountability and violence and crime and people will deliver for it. So that’s what you need to know.
We will take a break and we’ll be right back. It’s Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report back in a moment.