By Angela Kelley

“Until Republicans realize their best hope is to be conservative missionaries to their fellow human beings, we are doomed to watch the country we love fall into the chaos of the Left.”

What are the real problems in America’s inner cities? Is it all about racism, or could it be a combination of several factors? According to a survey of Chicago parents by the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, poverty, violence, and crime are also some of the biggest concerns in their neighborhoods. Good jobs and capitalism could solve the poverty part of the problem, but if cities make it hard for businesses to come into town or for a local person to start a small business, citizens with little mobility stay poor.

Why wouldn’t these cities want the freest, most business-friendly laws and policies imaginable for their citizens? The answer is often that politicians care very little about their constituents but care deeply about their own power and money.

High taxes, crony capitalism (meaning favors for politicians and others who have the power to give the “right” companies the contracts), excessive regulations, and a culture of “it’s who you know” combine to crush entrepreneurs and small business owners who are not among those favored by the powers that be.

Remember, Chicago hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1931. In fact, not only is Mayor Lori Lightfoot a Democrat, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Secretary of State Jesse White, Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton, and Governor J.B. Pritzker are all Democrats. When one party is in power for such a long time, dissenting voices are not heard. The interests of the monopoly party trump the needs of the community.

In 2018, the University of Illinois at Chicago found that “Chicago [is] the most corrupt city in the country and Illinois [is] the third-most corrupt state.” Government corruption hurts communities… CONTINUE READING ON AMGREATNESS