We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Of course Obama isn't the cause of all of Chicago's dysfunction. It's just that he supports policies that exacerbate the problem by refusing to look honestly at what's causing it. I was actually a little impressed that he briefly, at one time, accurately identified absent fathers as a huge factor in social collapse, poverty, and violence. The problem is that he can't keep his attention focused there, but insists on reverting to the tired old policy of relying on a vague collectivism to cure problems that can be cured only through individuals, or through institutions that demand a great deal of individuals. Blaming the problem on inadequate public assistance is a much more reliable vote-getter. He has neither the imagination nor the integrity to go for a real solution over a popular one.