THE OBAMA-EMANUEL AND CHICAGO-AURORA TRAGEDIES Despite the pre-election promise of Chicagos Mayor Rahm Emanuel to "make Chicago's streets safer" to be one of his top three administration priorities, at the start of July, 2012, just as New York City murders fell to 193, one-third smaller Chicagos murder victims, a disproportionate number being Blacks, reached 250, a figure now about 40% higher than it was for the same period a year ago. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Switch now to Aurora, Colorado where on Friday, July 20, 2012, James Holmes, a 24 year old, seemingly innocuous Neuroscience Ph.D candidate, armed with a rifle, shotgun and two hand guns, and dressed out in a complete suit of black body armor, shot to death 12 people and wounded 58 other people. Now consider President Obama, in the midst of a presidential campaign, ordering the nations flags fllown at half-mast and flying to Colorado to be photographed and to be interviewed and to be lauded for visiting the survivors and the families of those who had been shot by Holmes--- AND ALMOST STUDIOUSLY IGNORING THE SOARING MURDER RECORD OF CHICAGO, a city now ruled by Obama's discoverer, close friend, former mentor, Chief of Staff, ever ambitious Rahm Emanuel. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Now cut to the chase and consider what our Chief Executive had to say about the Aurora shootings and what wsws.org has said about our Chief Executives reaction to the shootings, etc. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx The Aurora Massacre*** 23 July 2012President Barack Obama touched down in the Denver, Colorado area Sunday afternoon to meet with the families of the victims of the Aurora movie theatre massacre. Afterwards he made a brief public appearance, in which he declared: Although the perpetrator of this evil act has received a lot of attention over the past couple of days, that attention will fade away. "In the end, after he has felt the full force of our justice system, (those who) will be remembered are the good people who were impacted by this tragedy. This statement is both thoughtless and cynical. As a matter of fact, very little is known about James Holmes, the alleged gunman responsible for the killing of 12 people and the wounding of scores more. is fortunate that this individual did not take his own life at the conclusion of his homicidal rampage. The fact that Holmes is still alive at least provides the possibility that the deeper psychological causes of this and other episodes of mass killing will be found. Hopefully, doctors will make a serious effort to discover the neurological and psychological processes that led a young man to commit such a heinous crime. As this is the third major incident of mass killing to take place during his presidency, one would imagine that Obama would also recognize the importance of such an investigation. But this president, it seems, can think only of revenge. He believes that the troubling issues raised by this latest tragedy will be settled when Holmes is subjected to the full force of our justice system. And as for the victims of the shooting, they and their terribly bereaved families will soon be forgotten by the political establishment and the media. Do the politicians and the media still remember the victims of the massacres at Columbine, Virginia Tech and Tucson? As in the past, the families of the deceased and injured will be left to suffer the unending pain on their own. society, as it is presently constituted, does not believe that it owes the victims anything, least of all an explanation. An examination of the psychological background of this crime is essential, but that can only provide a part of the explanation for the Aurora killings. Holmes is a very sick person. And yet the cause of this crime cannot be explained solely, or even primarily, by investigating the psychology of the shooter. Holmes homicidal rampage, like those of other mass killers, occurs in a definite social context. We must understand not only the pathology of the individual, but also that of the society from which he emerged. More than 13 years have passed since the United States and the world were stunned by the killings of students at Columbine. That event was followed by meaningless denunciations of evil and perfunctory and soon forgotten declarations of solidarity with the victims and their families. But the politicians and the media moved on, and other disasters followed. Who can claim that anything was learned from that tragedy? One must also ask: Have any of the deeper causes of the Columbine killings been identified and addressed? Is the United States less or more socially dysfunctional than it was in 1999? Is America less unjust and unequal? Is the social fabric less strained? Has anything happened during the past 13 years that would tend to make America a less violent and more caring society? Is there any reason for young Americans to be more hopeful about the future than those who came of age one or two decades earlier? James Holmes was born in December 1987. What are the events and circumstances that shaped his conscious life? He was only 11 years old when the Columbine killings took place. The eve nts of 9/11, which set into motion the War on Terror, occurred when he was 13. Since the years of his adolescence, Holmes has lived in a society whose political leaders encourage and promote a form of social paranoia, in which the population is called upon to be on the alert for suspicious individuals and unknown threats. Danger, the people are told, lurks everywhere. And the sole defense against this unknown but supposedly ever-present threat is violence, which is practiced by the countrys leaders on a gigantic scale. Every day, in one part of the world or another, America is killing enemies. This is the environment of violence, compounded by the social pressures of years of economic crisis, *** XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Now consider the reform prospects of the election of an OBAMA-BIDEN ticket, an OBAMA-EMANUEL ticket, an OBAMA- Clinton ticket, etc., and what the election of each such ticket might have on the future of our country, Christian or otherwise, and determine for yourself, after hearing money and other persons speak, whether Obama or Romney would be the better, or, perhaps, at the best, the worst candidate, and vote, if you do, for the better or against the worse of the two-- and do so, of course, if you do, only after considering their vice presidential running mates. And try not to be displeased if, after you cast your vote, the electoral college or the US Supreme Court or state-counted hanging chads, etc., robs you of your vote and your candidate and the public good of the election.