Chicago Way w/John Kass: When legal blows are enough to threaten the body politic

April 15, 2023

This week, John Kass and Jeff Carlin are joined by the Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Chicago Charles Lipson with a look at the national issues facing the body politic, including Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg deciding to indict former President Donald Trump, progressives winning elections, and the tolerance of the far left & right. Check out more Kasso at

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  1. I too don’t think Donald can win. He’s simply got too much baggage, and he cannot move past the last election loss. But I wonder if DeSantis can pull it off as well. If we can’t get a conservative into the White House, (that has an ego smaller than the state of California,) we’re going to lose the Republic 100%. Just as in Chicago, after this last election where a Marxist mayor has been elected. We are about to witness the funeral of Chicago, no doubt about it. The CTU is calling the shots now, not the mayor! Summer’s coming, so you know crime is going to skyrocket once more! The schools will continue to “graduate” illiterate pupils, who are doomed to join the ranks of gangs and criminals in order to survive. If Biden, or another far left socialist is elected, say goodbye to America. We’ll become another satellite country of the Chinese Communist Party! All thanks to Joe and Hunter as they continue their payoffs from Xi!

    1. Hi Leo. This is Jim Gianukos. I’ve been retired to “The Peoples Republic of California” for the last 20+years. Chasing children and grandchildren. And have lost track of so many of my old friends and acquaintances. I hope Frank and Steve are both well. And tell Steve, I miss taking his money in an occasional poker game. I’d love to catch up with any or all of you guys either by email, or phone 747-264-0011.
      I still can’t believe that Chicagoan’s missed their last chance for redemption.

  2. Love you John! You’re sounding stronger! Keep up the good work….you’ve been through so much in the past few years….
    This podcast was brutally honest, informative and downright depressing. But it says it all….we, as older Chicagoans, White Americans, are sadly losing the fight. It’s bigger than us. Period. John, you have a great knowledge of history and political takeovers. I think we are sadly living in those times. I have no answers. I see most everything is backwards now…far from what we embraced as a pleasant life with morals and values no longer exist.
    If this is real, which it is, then our only hope for salvation is the afterlife. God bless us all….

  3. John, you’ve been wronged by the hard left, and the unethical, dishonest people who pose as journalists in the local media. Many of these people are lacking in honor and the number they did on you was wrong.

    The Democrats and the corrupt media did a total hit job on Trump too. I’ve come to the realization that while Trump seriously flawed, he wasn’t the worst president we’ve had by a long shot. He was essentially a chamber of commerce Republican. Pro business, pro wealthy people, and ambivalent towards poor folks, but head and shoulders above George W Bush, and only the preexisting health portion and expansion of service to the poor even makes Obama in his league in my eyes, I. Sure you’d disagree about that too.

    Anyway, there are many liberals out there who are tired of the lack of leadership in the nation and the abandonment of the American worker by both parties. You see Fox and MSNBC and most of the media out there are complicit in the sleight of hand being portrayed by the corporate duopoly that actually runs the country.

    The mega corporations, and the oligarchs like Soros!, control our politicians, politics and policy. Nothing gets done without them wetting their beaks. They own our politicians and carry them around in their pockets like so many nickels and dimes.

    Republican, Democrat, it doesn’t matter. They all sell us down the river time and time again. Trump asked too. Any questions, and asked where the money was going. That’s why he had to go. He was threatening the elites gravy’s train. I see that now. Only Trump is far too egocentric and too much of a doofus to truly throw light on all the fraud and abuse going on.

    The whole thing needs to be toppled. Just like it says in the Declaration of Independence John. IF the government is not carrying out policy we want, it is our duty to put one in that will.

    It is only by coming together against the mega rich owners of the sanction that we can get anything like the freedoms that most of us want.

    1. With all due respect Robert, how do we even go about that? Voting? I’m beginning to think that is no longer a valid avenue. We’ve been sold a bill of goods…evidently bad!?!

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